GOALS OF THERAPY

  • Reduce weight

  • Improve health status

  • Minimize adverse effects

 

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

 

  • Triggers to eat

    • Determining what triggers you to eat involves figuring out what foods you eat and where and when you eat them.

    • Keeping this food diary will help determine if there are psychosocial contributors to   

  • Eating

    • You can change your eating habits by breaking the chain of events between the trigger for eating and eating itself.

  • What happens after you eat

    • Do not use food as a reward. Some people find money, clothing, or personal care (eg, a haircut, manicure, or massage) to be effective rewards. Treat yourself immediately after making better eating choices to reinforce the value of the good behavior.

 

Diets

 

  • No one diet is "best" for weight loss. Any diet will help you to lose weight if you stick with the diet. Therefore, it is important to choose a diet that includes foods you like.

  • Diets that sound too good to be true usually are. These plans are a waste of time and money and are not recommended.

 

WEIGHT LOSS MEDICINES

 

  • Orlistat - Reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs from the foods you eat. The average weight loss is approximately 11.7 pounds or 8 to 10 percent of initial body weight.

  • Lorcaserin - Medicine that reduces appetite, after one year, the mean weight loss is approximately 12.8 pounds.

  • Phentermine-topiramate - Medicine that reduces food intake by causing early satiety. patients taking the medication lose approximately 8 to 10 percent of their initial body weight or 22.4 pounds.

  • Bupropion-naltrexone - Patients taking the medication lost approximately 5 to 6 percent of their initial body weight or 11 to 13 pounds.

  • Liraglutide - Patients without diabetes taking the highest doses of liraglutide for approximately six months lost an average of 16 pounds.

  • Phentermine - Average weight loss after 12 weeks, was 15.8 pounds

 

Other factors that contribute to successful weight loss

 

  • Establish a "buddy" system – Having a friend or family member available to provide support and reinforce good behavior is very helpful. The support person needs to understand your goals.

  • Learn to be strong – Learning to be strong when tempted by food is an important part of losing weight. As an example, you will need to learn how to say "no" and continue to say no when urged to eat at parties and social gatherings. Develop strategies for events before you go, such as eating before you go or taking low-calorie snacks and calorie-free drinks with you.

  • Develop a support system – Having a support system is helpful when losing weight. This is why many commercial groups are successful. Family support is also essential; if your family does not support your efforts to lose weight, this can slow your progress or even keep you from losing weight.

  • Positive thinking – People often have conversations with themselves in their head; these conversations can be positive or negative. If you eat a piece of cake that was not planned, you may respond by thinking, "Oh, you stupid idiot, you've blown your diet!" and as a result, you may eat more cake. A positive thought for the same event could be, "Well, I ate cake when it was not on my plan. Now I should do something to get back on track." A positive approach is much more likely to be successful than a negative one.

  • Reduce stress – Although stress is a part of everyday life, it can trigger uncontrolled eating in some people. It is important to find a way to get through these difficult times without eating or by eating low-calorie food, like raw vegetables. It may be helpful to imagine a relaxing place that allows you to temporarily escape from stress. With deep breaths and closed eyes, you can imagine this relaxing place for a few minutes.

  • Self-help programs – This is basically what we do at Mabry Medical is give you a structure and support to change your lifestyle so you can have sustained weight loss. As with all weight loss programs, you are most likely to be successful with these plans if you make long-term changes in how you eat.

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Springdale, AR 72762

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