Weight-loss Options

*Please consult your physician before starting any weight-loss program.

While losing weight may sound easy, most people are often troubled when it comes to choosing a weight-loss method and that is where the Your Weight Matters Campaign can help. The focus of this campaign is to help you have the conversation of weight with your healthcare provider. When you talk to your healthcare provider about your weight, you may discuss some of today’s commonly-used weight-loss methods. Be clear with your healthcare provider about all the weight-loss options you’ve tried in the past or if you haven’t tried any. Remember, they’re there to help you.

Below, we’ve briefly detailed commonly-used weight-loss methods:

Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes
Lifestyle and behavioral changes are very important in addressing your weight. In today’s modern society, we’ve become accustomed to quick and easy food sources such as fast food restaurants. Advances in technology have also contributed to our weight gain. Walking has been replaced by cars and few of us find time to leave our computers for physical activity. Changing your behaviors is key to an overall weight-loss plan. When you talk to your healthcare provider, ask them what you can do to improve your lifestyle. Remember, start small. You don’t have to run a marathon in your first week of living a new lifestyle. Slow and steady wins the race.

Commercial Weight-loss Programs
Non-clinical methods can take many forms. They include, but are not limited to, weight-loss chains, health coaches, diet books, Web sites, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, body monitoring devices, meal replacement items, meal replacement systems programs, and support groups. Some non-clinical weight management methods may require you to use the program’s foods or supplements, and there may be fees for professional services. It is important to remember that not all methods and weight-loss claims are reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, and weight-loss medications but not weight-loss supplements or books. A good rule of thumb is if a product or claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Medications for Weight Management
Today, there are FDA-approved medicines available that can assist you in managing your weight. Most times, your healthcare provider will use these medicines in conjunction with lifestyle and behavioral changes. Your healthcare provider may also encourage you to see a dietitian, exercise physiologist or other healthcare professional to help you create a weight-loss plan that will work for you.

Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery, better known as “weight-loss” surgery, is a weight-loss treatment commonly used for those affected by severe obesity. There are many surgery types available and each one requires different lifestyle changes. As with any weight-loss option, your healthcare provider will encourage you to seek the help of a dietitian and other healthcare professionals to achieve your weight-loss goals.

Learn More about Your Weight-loss Options
When addressing your weight and improving your health, it’s important for YOU to be the leader of your healthcare team. One of the best ways you can do this is by having a better understanding of your weight-loss options. If you would like to learn more about safe and effective weight-loss options, the OAC, founders of the Your Weight Matters Campaign, have produced a useful educational resource, titled Understanding Your Weight-loss Options. To view this brochure, CLICK HERE.