What is a good weight loss program?
Everyday, many people struggle to lose weight. This often stems from a lack of understanding of the science behind weight loss. Majority of us are unable to resist the temptation of yummy food in food paradise Singapore. Commercial weight loss program often lure clients with quick fixes at a high price. Such businesses probably want repeat customers rather than long term solutions. A good weight loss program should be scientifically sound, focus on long term goals, be guided and supported by well trained staff.
What is an effective weight loss program?
Our body weight is dependent on several things. No doubt genetics play a major role. Many blame the fat genes they inherited from their parents. Genetics aside, we can control our weight using the simple rule of watching our calories. When you want to gain weight, your calorie intake should exceed that of your calorie output. Similarly, when you want to lose weight, your calorie intake should be less than of that your calorie output. Check out our useful calorie calculator to know how much calories you need to lose 0.5 kg or 1 kg in a week. You will also find tables on food calories and calories burned by common physical activities on the same page.
What happens during our weight loss program?
You will consult our doctor and discuss your weight loss goals. During the consultation, we will ask your medical history and assess your health risks. After that, we will measure your weight, height and blood pressure. You will be informed of your current BMI (Basal Metabolic Index) and your target BMI range. Then, we will set your goals and discuss your treatment options which may include medications, meal replacement and counselling.
Based on your person goals and preferences, we make recommendations on the treatment options. Then, we will review your progress over a period of 3-6 months. Once you achieve your weight goals, we will teach you strategies on how to maintain your healthy weight.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does weight loss medication work?
There are many different types of weight loss medications. Duromine is commonly prescribed by doctors in Singapore. It suppresses our appetite and induces a feeling of fullness. With a reduced calorie intake, you will start to lose weight. Like all prescribed medication, it is best taken under medical supervision. Xenical is another common weight loss medication. It inhibits the absorption of fat in our diet and these excess fats get passed out in our intestines.
What are the side effects of taking weight loss medications?
Most of the side effects are mild and improves over time. The common side effects for duromine include nausea, vomiting, insomnia and palpitations. Hence, it is important for the doctor to review and adjust your dosage at each visit. We recommend weight loss medications for short term use (up to 3 months) to reduce the risk of dependence. Xenical is better tolerated and can be used for long term weight maintenance in some patients.
Can I not take medications for weight loss?
Of course you can. There are many ways to lose weight besides taking medications. You can consider taking meal replacement, watching your calorie intake and increasing your physical activities. At each follow up visit, we will review you to see if you are on track for your weight loss goals and make recommendations accordingly.
How much weight should I target to lose?
This is dependent on the BMI range you are in. For Asians, our healthy BMI falls in the range of 18.5 to 23. You can calculate your BMI here. The common goal for most patients is to target a 5-10% of body weight loss over a period of 8 to 12 weeks. Excessive weight loss (more than 10%) over a short period of time is unhealthy and not recommended.
What do people fail in their weight loss?
There are many possible reasons. Many people focus on short term, instead of long term goals for themselves. Some are unable to handle food temptations during festivals and holidays. A large majority of us are busy with our work and do not exercise often enough. As a result, when our calorie intake outweighs our calories burned, we will start to gain weight.
I am not overweight. But I have pockets of fat in some areas. What can I do?
You may be a good candidate for non invasive fat reduction using cryolipolysis (fat freezing). One of the most popular treatment for such problem areas is Coolsculpting. You can find out more information from our page on CoolSculpting.