The Science of Weight
Weight Loss and Medication
For many patients, their weight makes it hard to do the level of physical activity that is necessary for weight loss. Further, our research has shown that a lot of extra fat in the body can sometimes alter the body’s metabolism and ability to lose weight. Medication can help you get to a point where physical activity is possible as well as help your body adjust to eating less, and differently.
The Main Medications
Contrave is a newer medication option that arrived to market in 2014. It works on the cravings for food that often overwhelm a person like an addiction, and lessens the strength of appetite. Read more about Contrave.
Phentermine acts on your brain’s messengers to make you feel full sooner. Phentermine is marketed under different names and also has a generic option. Read more about phentermine.
Qsymia blends Phentermine with another substance called Topiramate. It is thought that this part can decrease impulsive eating behaviors. Read more about Qsymia.
Xenical stops the enzymes that work to break down fat in your intestine. This means you do not absorb the fat, and it passes through your system. Read more about Xenical.
Restrictions and Affording Medication
Please note that many of these medications are controlled substances under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means we need to see you about every three months in order to give you a prescription renewal. Please plan your visits accordingly.
To help you with prescription costs, we recommend Goodrx.com, a website that helps you find the lowest cost for a medication in your area.
Calories In, Calories Out
To lose weight you have to eat fewer calories than you burn over time. Weight maintenance happens when the number of calories you eat is the same as the number of calories you burn over time. It sounds really simple, but for many of us it is tough to accomplish weight loss. Sometimes hormone-related roadblocks make burning calories harder than usual. Menopause and thyroid conditions are two examples.
Regardless of endocrinology, your body still needs you to eat fresh foods that are nutritious, and to get moving! There is no magic bullet to losing weight. Our goal for you is to find foods you love and physical activity you enjoy so that you’ll make it a habit. That’s the “formula” that works best: the one you’ll keep doing. If you need some inspiration, we have a collection of recommended tools and resources that you can browse.
MNCOME coined the term “bariatric endocrinology,” which is the science of how hormones and fat cells interact, and their effect on weight. We understand how these interactions can become abnormal or force the body into a disease state; and how to help you get better.