The Truth to Medical Weight Loss

OK, Bear with me on this one folks. I have talked to a lot of people about weight loss in the last 90 days. Everyone wants to know what I am doing to lose weight. When I tell them P90X, some of them get it and some look at me like I am insane. But I am most concerned about the ones who have actually told me that working out just seems to hard and they are going to go to some medical weight lose clinic for shots and pills. Really? Well, I guess that it is their choice, but I’ll stick with sweating. So I did a little research into this whole phenomenon and fill that I would be remiss if I did not talk about pills and shots versus diet and exercise. 

As for the meds, the most popular ones that I looked into were Xenical, Meridia, B-12 shots, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and Phentermine. Xenical and Meridia are fat blockers and apparently you can expect an average weight loss of 5 to 22 lbs per year (I lost 35 in 90 days with P90X). Xenical also blocks vitamin absorption (not good for you). And people with high blood pressure and a host of other health issues should avoid Meridia entirely. Anyone taking Meridia MUST monitor their blood pressure and heart rate regularly (scary enough). B-12 does not actually promote weight loss. Apparently these programs put you on VERY calorie restrictive diets and the B-12 is used to boost energy and reduce hunger pangs. Then there is my personal favorite, HCG. HCG is produced by the placenta and excreted in urine of pregnant women. OK, I am not even taking that, ‘nuf said! Probably the most popular (and problematic) is Phentermine. Some side effects of Phentermine are dizziness, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, irritability, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. And you should also tell your doctor if you have uncontrolled muscle movements and change in sexual ability. And it may infrequently cause serious or fatal lung or heart problems. Here are a couple of quotes about these drugs from WebMD: (I highlighted the important stuff). 

“Because these drugs are not recommended for long-term use, it is important for people who are trying to lose weight to learn new eating habits and to exercise while the drug is still effective. Once healthy eating and regular exercise have been learned and established, it is important to continue eating right and exercising if you hope to continue losing weight and keep lost weight from returning.”

 “Taking these weight loss drugs too often or in too large a quantity, or for longer than prescribed, can lead to addiction or, in worst-case situations, an overdose. Symptoms of anoverdose can include confusion, convulsions, hallucinations, and coma. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately.”

OK, so if you take these, you may loose weight, but you still need to diet and exercise or the weight will just come right back. And you may get addicted to them and go into a coma! So why bother? Just go straight to healthy diet and exercise. So now let’s look at the potentially serious side effects of proper nutrition and exercise. Addiction may also be a problem with these. Some of the side effects include drastic weight loss, short term profuse sweating, severe thirst (during the workout), muscle fatigue and soreness and the dreaded shapely tone muscular body. You may also experience increased energy levels and a sudden desire to spontaneously remove clothing.

What about the price though? Well from what I saw on the web, the medical weight loss clinics really do not like to openly discuss that. But I did find a couple of places that mentioned an initial $200 to $300 for EKG, lab work and evaluation, and then $45 to $65 per week for the program (45 x 4=180/month). That should more than cover the cost of a gym membership or a quality home fitness program like Insanity Workout or Turbo Fire. Over the course of a year, the cost of the clinic would run between $2500 and $3600. This would pretty much cover an entire home gym and a trip to the beach to celebrate your new body. Now, after hearing that, if you still want to go that route, I can’t stop you. I know some of you may think that I am just being biased, so I seriously encourage to do some research of your own.

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