Weight Loss

Weight Loss Specialist
Embarking on a self-administered weight loss program is admirable, and, for many people, ineffective. Medically assisted weight loss tends to be far more effective, not only because of the additional support you receive but also through the insights about your body that come from a medical perspective, such as analyzing your body chemistry. Dr. Nicholas Bujak of West Valley Med Spa in Phoenix, Arizona is your ideal medically-assisted weight loss partner. Call or click today to schedule a consultation to develop your personalized fitness plan.

Weight Loss Q & A

West Valley Med Spa

What is medically assisted weight loss?

Any program that addressed weight loss that’s supervised by a physician qualifies as a medically assisted plan. There’s no standard process or particular diet and exercise plan. In fact, one of the strong points in favor of using Dr. Bujak as your supervising physician is the personal customization he can give you, based on your health and lifestyle.

For example, when you try a diet plan on your own, you may not be aware of nutritional insufficiencies you may already have, which could be further complicated by extremes of the diet. Aggressive weight loss plans are not easy on your body, so medical supervision is a safeguard against compromising your health in the pursuit of a lower weight. Medically assisted weight loss adds a margin of safety, as well as a source of support for your efforts.

What are some of the challenges of weight loss programs?

The weight loss equation is quite simple on paper. If you consume fewer calories than you burn on a regular basis, you’ll lose weight. Anyone who has tried to diet, however, knows that in practice it’s more complicated.

When you start into a calorie deficit, your body begins to use energy stored as fat, which is the desired response, but at the same time, your metabolism slows, since your body also perceives famine conditions. Overcoming feelings of low energy caused by this reaction may be the biggest challenge surrounding weight loss.

How can I diet without losing energy or being tempted to eat more?

Though there’s no “one size fits all” way to counter the side effects of deliberate calorie deficits, Dr. Bujak uses several techniques that may help you.

Diets accompanied by human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a medication typically used in fertility treatment, reduces the negative side effects of low-calorie diet. Often promoted as part of an extremely low-calorie self-administered diet, using hCG may be unsafe without medical supervision.

Other medications, such as Contrave®, work to suppress the way the brain perceives appetite and hunger so that the desire to end your calorie deficit doesn’t sidetrack your eating efforts.

When you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, you may benefit from lipotropic injections including the vitamin, the so-called Lipo-B injection. This treatment encourages weight loss while restoring lost energy. While results may vary, B12 injections can provide a strong assist for your other weight loss strategies.

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