What is IDEACLINICS Weight Management Service?

IDEACLINICS has launched a professional evidence based multi disciplinary weight management service at Hyderabad, India.

IDEACLINICS Weight Management Team : Our team constitutes an experienced team of Endocrinologists, Physicians,  Dietitians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Physical Trainers supported by telemedicine and home care facilities.

How is IDEACLINICS Weight Management different?

Unique features of our weight management service are

  • Professionally driven protocol based
  • Patient friendly with multidisciplinary team
  • Evidence based with

What is Obesity?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of your weight in relation to your height, to define overweight and obesity. Globally people who have a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered overweight. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater. However, for Indians the criteria is different and BMI between 23 and 27 are considered overweight and Obesity is when BMI is 27 or greater.  Being overweight or obese may increase the risk of health problems. Your health care provider can assess your individual risk due to your weight.

Obesity is a chronic condition that affects more than one in three adults in urban India. Another one in three adults is overweight. If you are struggling with your weight, you may find that a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity help you lose weight and keep it off over the long term. If these lifestyle changes are not enough to help you lose weight or maintain your weight loss, our doctors  may prescribe medications as part of your weight-control program.

IDEA CLINICS OBESITY SERVICE – DIET

Idea Clinics Obesity Services Address patients unique needs and serves differently

There is no single rule that applies to everyone, but to lose weight at a safe and sustainable rate of 0.5 to 1 kg a week, most people are advised to reduce their energy intake by 600 calories a day. For most men, this will mean consuming no more than 1,900 calories a day, and for most women, no more than 1,400 calories a day.

The best way to achieve this is to swap unhealthy and high-energy food choices – such as fast food, processed food and sugary drinks (including alcohol) – for healthier choices. A healthy diet should consist of:

  1. Plenty of fruit and vegetables
  2. Small portion sizes
  3. Some milk and dairy foods
  4. Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other sources of protein
  5. To be aware of calorie information for each type of food and drink.
  6. Not be overly restrictive in terms of the type of foods you can eat
  7. Aim on achieving gradual, sustainable weight loss rather than short-term rapid weight loss, which is unlikely to last
  8. Setting realistic weight loss goals
  9. Eating more slowly and being mindful of what and when you’re eating – for example, not being distracted by watching tv
  10. Monitoring your progress – for example, weigh yourself regularly and make a note of your weight in a diary

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IDEA CLINICS OBESITY SERVICE – EXERCISE

Reducing the amount of calories in your diet will help you lose weight, but maintaining a healthy weight requires physical activity to burn energy. Physical activity also has wider health benefits and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%.

We recommend that adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes moderate-intensity activity a week – for example, 5 sessions of 30-minute exercise a week. Moderate-intensity activity is any activity that increases your heart and breathing rate, such as brisk walking, cycling ,recreational swimming or dancing or working out at Gym

Vigorous exercise or activity is when breathing is very hard, your heart beats rapidly and you may be unable to hold a conversation. running, most competitive sports. You should also do strength exercises which could be in the form of a gym workout, carrying shopping bags

It’s also important to find activities you enjoy and want to keep doing. Activities with a social element or exercising with friends or family can help keep you motivated.

To prevent obesity, 45-60 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a day is recommended. To avoid regaining weight after being obese, you may need to do 60-90 minutes of activity each day. Our physiotherapists will be able to advise you further about the type of exercise you should do and for how long taking into account your current fitness level and individual circumstances.


IDEA CLINICS OBESITY SERVICE – PSYCHOLOGY

Psychological therapy can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s also useful to treat any underlying anxiety and depression and help address weight issues.

Psychology behind weight gain can sometimes involve eating too much when you regularly lose control of your eating, eat large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty. Psychological therapy looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

It will usually be one-to-one individual sessions with a therapist. You should be offered about 12 weekly sessions over 3 months, each one lasting about 30 minutes. Monitor what you are eating and try to change patterns in your behaviour.

Make realistic meal plans – planning what and when you intend to eat throughout the day can help you regulate your eating, prevent hunger and reduce binge eating. Learn about your triggers – this can help you to recognise the signs, intervene and prevent a binge.

Sometimes antidepressants may be offered to help manage other conditions, such as anxiety or depression or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Our Obesity, Bariatric Specialists

Prof. Dr. N. Sudhakar Rao

MBBS, DM - Endocrinology

Prof. Dr. Rakesh Sahay

MBBS, DM - Endocrinology, DNB - Internal Medicine

Prof. Neelaveni

MBBS, MD, DM

Prof Srinivas Rao

MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DNB - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr Vrinda Agrawal

MD (FACE, USA) Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr Arun

MD, DM (Endocrinology) Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr.Kalyan Chakravarthy

MBBS MRCP (UK), CCT Endocrinology

Dr Shyam Kalavalapalli

MBBS, MRCP (UK), FRCP - Endocrinology, CCT - Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus

Dr Meher Prasad

MRCP CCT Endocrinology, Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr Kishor

MD, DNB Endocrinology Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr. Pallavi Rao

MRCP Endocrinology Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr. Siddhartha Chakravarthy

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Endocrine Surgeron

Prof. Dr. N. Sudhakar Rao

MBBS, DM - Endocrinology

Prof. Dr. Rakesh Sahay

MBBS, DM - Endocrinology, DNB - Internal Medicine

Prof. Neelaveni

MBBS, MD, DM

Prof Srinivas Rao

MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DNB - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr Vrinda Agrawal

MD (FACE, USA) Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr Arun

MD, DM (Endocrinology) Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr.Kalyan Chakravarthy

MBBS MRCP (UK), CCT Endocrinology

Dr Shyam Kalavalapalli

MBBS, MRCP (UK), FRCP - Endocrinology, CCT - Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus

Dr. Siddhartha Chakravarthy

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Endocrine Surgeron

Dr. Pallavi Rao

MRCP Endocrinology Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr Meher Prasad

MRCP CCT Endocrinology, Consultant Endocrinologist

OBESITY - IDEA CLINICS MEDICATIONS

Medications don’t replace physical activity or healthy eating habits as a way to lose weight. Studies show that weight-loss medications work best when combined with a lifestyle program. Our health care professionals at the IDEA CLINICS will guide you about lifestyle treatment programs for weight management that will work for you.

Medications to treat overweight and obesity work in different ways. For example, some may help you feel less hungry or full sooner. Others may make it harder for your body to absorb fat from the foods you eat.

Weight-loss medications are meant to help people who may have health problems related to overweight or obesity. We often use BMI to help decide who might benefit from weight-loss medications. At IDEA CLINICS, our doctors may prescribe a medication to treat your overweight or obesity if you are an adult with

  • a BMI of 30 or more or
  • a BMI of 27 or more and you have weight-related health problems, such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes.

Weight-loss medications aren’t for everyone with a high BMI. Some people who are overweight or obese may lose weight with a lifestyle program that helps to change their behaviors and improve their eating and physical activity habits. A lifestyle program may also address other factors that affect weight gain, such as eating triggers and or not getting enough sleep, particularly those on shift patterns.

Most weight-loss medications only for adults except for  orlistat  which  is FDA-approved for children ages 12 and older.

When combined with changes to behavior, including eating and physical activity habits, medications may help some people lose weight. On average, people who take medications as part of a lifestyle program lose between 5 and 10 percent more of their starting body weight than people in a lifestyle program who do not take medication.  However, few may lose even over 10%

Weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your starting body weight may help improve your health by lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides. Losing weight also can improve some other health problems related to overweight and obesity, such as joint pain or sleep apnea. Most weight loss takes place within the first 6 months of starting the medication.

You will probably regain some weight after you stop taking weight-loss medication. Developing and maintaining healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity with at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and at least 2 days a week of muscle-strengthening activities. You may need to do more than 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week to reach or maintain your weight-loss goal.

Choosing a medication to treat overweight or obesity is a decision between you and your doctor. Important factors to consider include

  • the likely benefits of weight loss
  • the medication’s possible side effects
  • your current health issues and other medications
  • your family’s medical history
  • cost

Our IDEACLINICS weight management team will guide you with the right choices.

Possible side effects vary by medication and how it acts on your body. Most side effects are mild and most often improve if you continue to take the medication. Rarely, serious side effects can occur.

Tips for Taking Weight loss Medication

  • Follow our team’s instructions about weight loss medications.
  • Take weight loss medication to support your healthy eating and physical activity program and not as a stand alone option.
  • Know the side effects and warnings for taking any medication.
  • Avoid taking weight-loss medications during pregnancy or if you are planning a pregnancy.

The FDA has approved five  drugs

  • Orlistat
  • Lorcaserin
  • Phentermine-Topiramate
  • Naltrexone-Bupropion
  • Liraglutide (Victoza)

Pregnant women should never take weight-loss medications. Women who are planning to get pregnant also should avoid these medications, as some of them may harm a fetus.

Future drugs may use new strategies, such as to

  • combine drugs that affect appetite and those that affect craving
  • stimulate gut hormones that reduce appetite
  • shrink the blood vessels that feed fat cells in the body, thereby preventing them from growing
  • target genes that affect body weight
  • change bacteria in the gut to control weight

Testimonials

  • "The best hospital ever!!! It's like a family here. The Staff were ALL very friendly and helpful. I 'm absolutely satisfied. The best place to trust your health"
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