Losing weight is something that many of us want to do during our lifetime. You may have been told by your GP or healthcare professional that you are overweight, and this may impact your health. Here at Click2Pharmacy, we have various products that can successfully help you with weight loss.
Losing weight is something that many of us want to do during our lifetime. You may have been told by your GP or healthcare professional that you are overweight, and this may impact your health. Being overweight may put you at risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Carrying a large amount of excess weight and body fat is called being “obese”. Obesity is a growing problem, and affects around a quarter of adults.
Body mass Index
Excess body weight is usually measured by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. This number is called your body mass index (BMI), which gives you an indication if your weight is considered unhealthy. You can check to see if you are carrying excess weight using the body mass index (BMI) calculator in the link below:
What can cause Obesity?
In some individuals, excess weight may be due to underlying health conditions, such as an underactive thyroid. However, eating too many calories, and not getting enough exercise is usually the cause. Our modern day lifestyles of sitting at desks, driving cars instead of walking, and eating high calorie processed foods contribute to this problem.
How to Lose Weight
In order to lose weight, you need to consume less calories than your body requires. Following a healthy diet will help you do this. Being more active through exercise can also contribute to burning more calories and help with weight loss. You can see you GP or healthcare professional for further details and advice on how to do this, or access information online:
Treatment for Weight Loss
Weight loss can be a real struggle for many people. Eating less and moving more may seem straightforward, but putting it into practice can be difficult. Even when making all the right changes weight loss can be slow and difficult, causing frustration and leading to giving up altogether. Thankfully, there are over the counter and prescription based medicines that can support you in your weight loss journey.
At Click2Pharmacy we offer a prescription based treatments, where our advance prescribers can guide you with which medicines may work best for you.
Non-prescription based (over the counter)
Alli (Orlistat) 60mg capsules
- one capsule taken 3 times a day with a main meal
- designed for those who have a body mass index (BMI) over 28 and are aged 18 and over
- blocks some of the fat from being absorbed into the intestines
Prescription based weight loss treatment
Xenical (Orlistat) 120mg capsules
- one capsule up to 3 times daily with or after a main meal
- designed for those who have a body mass index (BMI) over 30 and are aged 18 and over (those who have diabetes and other conditions can take if their BMI is 28 and over)
- if combined with a calorie controlled diet, can help you lose 50% more weight than dieting alone
- works by blocking around a third of fat from food being absorbed into the intestines
Orlistat 120mg capsules
- generic (unbranded) version of Xenical
- works the same way as Xenical
Whichever option you choose, these medicines work best when combined with a calorie controlled diet and exercise. If you need any more information on how weight loss medicines work, and which may be right for you please contact a member of our team at CIick2Pharmacy.
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