Weight loss resources
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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.
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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