In addition to hormone replacement therapy, Balance Hormone Center offers the following weight loss services:
HCG Diet | Qsymia | Contrave | Phentermine
HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is the same hormone women make when they are pregnant. Patients on the HCG diet lose weight not from the HCG, but from the diet itself. However, the HCG reduces feelings of hunger. The increased levels of HCG in the bloodstream decreases appetite.
HCG works by changing the way you lose weight. HCG helps patients take the weight off by retaining muscle mass. HCG allows the body to be selective in burning fat instead of muscle. It puts the body in an anabolic (muscle-building) state, instead of a muscle burning state, which many of the traditional low calorie diets do.
The only method of increasing blood levels of HCG to a significant degree are by using the injections. The HCG drops are broken down before they even reach the bloodstream, making them ineffective.
Following the 23 or 40 day program correctly, patients should expect to lose ½ to 1 lb per day.
Qsymia is an FDA approved prescription weight loss medication composed of two medications, Phentermine and Topiramate. Qsymia works by decreasing appetite and increasing metabolism to help the patient lose weight. It is meant for long-term use in patients with a body-mass index (BMI) of greater than 27. BMI is calculated using several factors, including height, weight and age. Qsymia should be used together with a low calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adults.
Your physician will determine if you are a candidate for Qsymia, based on your health history, weight, and your goals. Qsymia can also cause side effects in some patients taking it, which your physician will discuss with you.
Contrave is an FDA approved prescription medication that is used for long-term weight loss in patients with a BMI greater than 27. It contains two medications, Naltrexone and Bupropion. It works by taking away hunger and cravings for food in patients that tend to overeat to satisfy a craving. It is used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise in order to get results.
Patients on antidepressants or other psychiatric medications should not use Contrave and should speak to their physician about all medications they are on before starting.
Phentermine is an FDA approved prescription medication that works both as an appetite suppressant and a stimulant. It is used for short term (up to 12 weeks) weight loss in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise. Patients with certain heart conditions should not use phentermine.
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