Combination Therapy For Weight Loss
With the present lifestyle, we all are prone to becoming overweight. Every extra pound gained requires a continuous conscious effort to lose and maintain weight.
Diet plans, medications, and therapies are constantly being developed, which makes it even more challenging to choose the right one to lose weight effectively.
This blog explores how combination therapy for weight loss includes weight loss injections and gastric balloons. This hybrid weight loss approach helps achieve more weight loss and helps to avoid long-term side effects of medicines, making it a WIN-WIN situation for both approaches!
Let us get into the details of this approach and how it helps.
Combination therapy for weight loss: weight loss injections and gastric balloon
Combination therapy for weight loss
Combination therapy for weight loss involves various treatment modalities to help individuals achieve their goals. This approach combines weight loss injections, either gastric balloons or bariatric surgeries to achieve best weight loss outcomes.
While weight loss injections can be effective independently, they are often combined with other weightloss treatments for best long lasting results.
Weight loss injections
Weight loss injections include medications like Liraglutide, Semaglutide, Mounjaro or Ozempic areinjected directly ( subcutaneously like insulin) into the body to aid in weight loss. These injections work by different ways like suppressing appetite, increasing metabolism, and delaying emptying of the stomach or by reducing fat absorption by the body. They are usually prescribed to individuals who cannot achieve their desired weight loss through diet and exercise alone.
Some of the most commonly used weight loss injections are:
Liraglutide — satiety sensations are increased, which curbs appetite. Compared to lifestyle-based treatment alone, this once-daily drug injection has been shown to result in an average long-term weight reduction of approximately 5- 10 %of body weight. The gastrointestinal system is the most typical area for side effects like nausea etc.
Semaglutide, Mounjaro or Ozempic — Mounjaro or Ozempic elevates satiety sensations, decreasing hunger. Compared to lifestyle-based treatment alone, all these once-weekly injections have been shown to cause an average weight reduction of 5-10% sometimes more .
Another effective weight loss injection Naltrexone/Bupropion is a mix of two medications, bupropion and naltrexone. Bupropion is an antidepressant that can also suppress appetite, while naltrexone is used to treat alcohol and drug addiction. When combined, these medications work together to curb appetite and boost metabolism, thereby aiding weight loss.
While weight loss injections can be effective in helping individuals lose weight, they are often used in combination with other weight loss treatments for optimal results. One such treatment is the gastric balloon.
A gastric balloon is a non-surgical weight loss treatment that involves the insertion of a balloon into the stomach. Then the balloon is filled with saline solution, reducing the amount of space available in the stomach and creating a feeling of fullness. This reduces the amount of food an individual can eat,
leading to weight loss.
The gastric balloon is a temporary treatment usually removed after six months or one year. During this time, individuals are closely monitored by their healthcare provider to ensure that they are losing weight safely and effectively.
Gastric balloons are often combined with weight loss injections for better results. This combination therapy is effective in helping individuals lose weight and keep it off. Studies have shown that individualswho undergo combination therapy for weight loss can lose up to 20- 25% of their body weight within a year.
For individuals who are severely obese and have not been successful with other weight loss treatments or want to lose more , bariatric surgery may be recommended. Bariatric surgery involves surgically modifying the digestive system to reduce the amount of food an individual can eat. This results in significant weight loss and can improve or resolve many obesity-related health issues, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Bariatric surgery is often used with weight loss injections for best results. This combination therapy is effective in helping individuals lose weight and keep it off long-term & same time minimising side effects
of weight loss medicines.
Basic treatment, in simplified terms, means more exercise and a change in diet. The traditional recommendation is to reduce your daily caloric intake to 500- 1000 kcal and exercise at least 150 minutes weekly. In addition, primary care may include counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, or participation in support groups.
According to studies, the average amount of long-term (maintained for more than 1 year) weight loss achieved with basic treatment is 3–5% and can be up to 6% in more effective programs. For example, participants in paid programs such as the Atkins diet or Weight Watchers lose, on average, 3 kg by the end of the first year.
Consult Dr Juneja to begin your combination therapy for weight loss
With more than 30 years of expertise in laparoscopic/general surgery, Dr Girish Juneja is a surgeon of excellence in combination therapy for weight loss. He introduced combination therapy with successful best weight loss results as compared to one modality of treatment.
Weight reduction enhances your personality and appearance and repairs the harm done by metabolic diseases like PCOS, hypertension, diabetes and other cardiac issues.
Our method makes it possible to pinpoint the root causes posing challenges that need to be removed before weight reduction is accomplished.
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