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

IDEACLINICS 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 are overweight and 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.


  • There’s no single rule that applies to everyone, but to lose weight at a safe and sustainable rate of 0.5 to 1kg 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

Monitoring your progress – for example, weigh yourself regularly and make a note of your weight in a diary


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.


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)


How do weight-loss medications work?

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.

Who might benefit from weight-loss medications?

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 IDEACLINICS, 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.

Can children or teenagers take weight-loss medications?

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

Can medications replace physical activity and healthy eating habits as a way to lose weight?

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 IDEACLINICS will guide you about lifestyle treatment programs for weight management that will work for you.

What are the benefits of using medications to lose weight?

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.

What are the concerns with using medications to lose weight?

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.


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