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Weight loss resources

A collection of resources to aid your understanding of weight loss treatments. Find the answers you were looking for.

Mounjaro vs Wegovy, Mysimba & Saxenda

What is Mounjaro and when is it available in the UK? Compare Mounjaro (Tirzepatide) to Wegovy, Mysimba and Saxenda for weight loss

The importance of ongoing consultations in your weight loss journey

Dr Ruch Karunadasa MBBS Bsc MRCGP, Chief Medical Director at PrivateDoc, discusses the importance of the right support when on a weight loss journey and how PrivateDoc’s service can support patients who want to lose weight.

A Doctor's Guide to Everything You Need To Know About Wegovy

Our Doctors have put together a useful guide to tell you everything you need to know about the new weight loss drug Wegovy.

When will Wegovy be available in the UK?

Wegovy, the latest weight loss drug, received approval from the Medicines and Health Products Regulation Agency (MHRA) in the UK in September 2021. Despite approval, the UK market is yet to see the launch of Wegovy.

What is the Wegovy Dose Schedule for weight Loss?

Wegovy is a weekly injection and the dose is titrated on a monthly basis. The process is simple and consists of adjusting the amount of medication a patient receives in order to achieve a desired therapeutic effect.

What are the side effects of Wegovy?

The most common side effects experienced from taking Wegovy weekly injections are headache, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting.

What is Saxenda

So you've decided it's time to start your weight loss journey? Good for you! These hints and tips will help you get your weight loss journey off to the best start possible. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.

What is Mysimba?

So you've decided it's time to start your weight loss journey? Good for you! These hints and tips will help you get your weight loss journey off to the best start possible. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.

Saxenda vs. Mysimba

Discover the differences between Saxenda vs Mysimba weight loss treatments. How do they work and how can you get started.

New obesity drug that suppresses appetite could reduce weight by up to 20%

A new drug which works by suppressing appetite (a similar response to our current weight loss programmes) has been found to reduce bodyweight by up to 20% in major international trials.

Weight loss drugs

Weight Loss Drugs have hit the headlines recently with new clinical trials taking place on the drug 'Semaglutide' which was found to help participants lose up to 20% of their weight, but it is still not yet legally licensed in the UK.

Tips to help you lose weight

So you've decided it's time to start your weight loss journey? Good for you! These hints and tips will help you get your weight loss journey off to the best start possible. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.

How long does a pack of Mysimba last?

Find how long a typical pack of Mysimba will last you, along with a dosage guide.

How long does a Saxenda pen last?

Thinking about starting Saxenda? Find out how long a Saxenda pen lasts and how dosing works.

BMI Calculator

Use our handy online calculator to check your body mass index (BMI) and find out if you're a healthy weight

Saxenda Starter Pack Unboxing

Unboxing your Saxenda Starter Pack, find out more on how to use it, and what to expect from your Saxenda treatment

Saxenda Unboxing

Unboxing your Saxenda medication, find out more on how to use it, and what to expect from your Saxenda treatment.

Mysimba Unboxing

Unboxing your Mysimba treatment, find out more on how to use it, and what to expect from it.

What is Wegovy?

New weight loss drug Wegovy has been approved for the treatment of obesity. Find out what it is and how it works.

Join the Saxenda Support Group

Find support from our team, ask for advice from like-minded people and join live sessions with PrivateDoc.

Join the Mysimba Support Group

Find support from our team, ask for advice from like-minded people and join live sessions with PrivateDoc.

What to do if you haven't seen fast results from your weight loss prescription treatment?

Not seeing results? Don't quit just yet! Follow these tips for what to do if you're not seeing results from your prescription weight loss treatment.

How to diet effectively

Struggling to choose a diet? Looking for a diet that actually works? Discover our top tips for dieting effectively for lasting weight loss.

Creating an activity plan for weight loss

How to plan daily activity when starting a weight loss programme.

6 Benefits of Weight Loss When You Have an Obese BMI

Losing even small amounts of weight has numerous health benefits, particulary in those with an obese BMI. Discover 6 weight loss benefits.

The Risks of Yo-Yo Dieting

With yo-yo diets becoming increasingly popular at this time of year, we explore the risks associated with yo-yo dieting and why we always promote sustainable, healthy weight loss goals.

The PrivateDoc Weight Loss Service

PrivateDoc can help you lose weight and keep the weight off for good. We have treated 1000s of patients in the UK and helped them reach their weight loss goals, creating healthier and happier lives in the process.

What is Tirzepatide?

In recent weeks the new type 2 diabetes drug Tirzepatide has been hitting the headlines in the UK, but is it something we should be taking too much notice of?

New weight loss drugs for 2022

If you have had a close eye on the media in the UK, and globally, you may have noticed that a number of new weight loss drugs have been announced and are eagerly awaited in the weight loss treatment space.

The Obesity Epidemic

At a time in which the obesity epidemic continues to explode across the world, many pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals have been working diligently to discover the most effective medical treatments to help patients manage their weight.

Frequently asked questions about weight loss

  • What is BMI?

    Body Mass Index (BMI) is a calculation based on your height (m) and weight (kg) that is used to determine if your weight is healthy. Your BMI will be calculated as a number which represents your height to weight ratio i.e. 32kg/m2.

    BMI chart

    BMIs are shown in ranges as follows:

    • An ideal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9kg/m2
    • Between 25 and 29.9kg/m2 – you're considered overweight
    • Between 30 and 39.9kg/m2 – you're considered to be in the obese range

    As well as measuring your BMI, healthcare professionals may take other factors into account to assess if you're a healthy weight.

  • Which treatment is best for me?

    A healthy diet and exercise are the best way to lose weight. However, you may benefit from also taking weight loss medication. A consultation with one of our UK registered doctors will identify if medication is right for you and, if so, what the right treatment plan is.

  • Why haven't I been able to lose weight on my own?

    Losing weight is hard and takes time, so don't give up. It is important to get the right approach for you, and that you are happy with the progress you are making. As you lose weight, we will review your treatment plan and medication to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

  • Can I exercise when taking weight loss medication?

    Of course. Exercise and healthy eating should be part of a weight loss programme alongside any prescribed medication. As well as helping you to burn extra calories, it will also improve your general health and wellbeing, helping you maintain your weight once you have reached your goal and stopped treatment. Don't do too much too soon, ease into it depending on your current level of activity.

  • Should I adjust my diet whilst taking my weight loss medication?

    You will need to review your diet while taking your weight loss medication. Some medications require a reduced-fat or calorie-controlled diet to minimise side effects or meet your weight loss goals. It is important to ensure the food you eat is balanced so that you are not missing out on any essential nutrients. Eating a balanced diet is a lifestyle change that you should continue even after achieving your weight loss goal.

  • Will my treatment go on my medical record?

    We ask you to provide us with your GP's details and we encourage you to speak to them about your weight loss goals, however we do not share your treatment plan with them unless you agree for us to do so.

  • How long should it take to lose weight?

    This very much depends on how much weight you need to lose to reach your goal, and other measures you take towards a healthier lifestyle such as diet and exercise. In general, slow and steady weight loss is preferable to trying to lose a large amount of weight quickly. It is recommended to aim to lose 1-2lb per week.

  • Will the weight come back after the treatment is stopped?

    Your treatment plan will help you to achieve your weight loss goal, but you should adopt a healthier lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet and exercise, to help you maintain a healthy weight even after the medication has stopped.

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