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"My GP was happy with my weight loss after 3 months, I was over the moon" David B Reading

'It was when my GP said I'd probably get Type 2 diabetes that I called them.' Shazia K. (High Wycombe)  

We offer a range of appetite suppressants, from natural ones to medication. As you know all medication carries some risks, even commonly used ones like Aspirin and Paracetamol, which is why you can only be prescribed these ones by a doctor at a regulated, specialist clinic like ours. The medications we prescribe have been proven for over 40 years and are the most widely used appetite suppressants used in the USA, Canada and Australia. We source the medications from three pharmaceutical manufacturers in the UK. Usually, the doctor will prescribe you a lower dose for the first week to see how you get along. Some patients say that they might get a dry month and feel a bit restless for a day or two, but invariably this passes.

However, these slim risks must be weighed against the very considerable risks of being overweight. Did you know that 1 in 3 adults in this country are pre-diabetic? Did you know that a weight gain of just 11 pounds can double your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes or a gain of 20 pounds can double a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Likewise, a man’s risk of getting a stroke, heart attack or prostate cancer increases directly in line with his weight.

So yes – there are some slight risks, but the risks of remaining overweight are immeasurably higher. So join up and live healthily for ever after!

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Your body does get used to the medication, so after a while the doctor will give you a short break from them before you resume with your programme.

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Firstly, you will see a fully qualified doctor with years of training and experience whom you’ll see on a confidential one-to-one basis , plus we are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  

Secondly, we do not promote starvation diets as these can lead to yo-yoing. Our programmes will allow you to eat between 1300 – 1500 calories a day, which with the help of appetite suppressants, is quite manageable. We aim to help you develop good eating and drinking habits, but recognise that we all enjoy the occasional meal out, a few drinks with friends and the odd weekend away, party or wedding.

Thirdly, we don’t promote the latest fad in juices, shakes or expensive diet meals, but encourage you to prepare your own healthy meals and to eat regularly which leads to gradual, consistent weight loss. We’ve seen it work hundreds of times.

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You’re right. Keeping the weight off is an on-going struggle and there are many reasons for this – some physiological, some genetic, some psychological and it doesn’t help that we are bombarded by tasty, highly-calorific foods, coffees and sugary drinks everywhere. If you starve your body it will lead to yo-yoing, so our approach is for gradual, sustainable weight loss by getting you to change your habits and approach to food so that you can continue independently once you’ve completed the programme.  Nevertheless, we do see about one third of our patients a year or more after completing their programme with us to help nudge them back in the right direction again. However, once you’ve reached your goal, we encourage you to come on our free maintenance programme. Visit us on a monthly basis to be weighed, have your body composition analysis done, speak to the doctor and come away with a bit of encouragement! Understandably, many patients become our friends.

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No – not unless you want us to! Some patients want to be given exact instructions of what to eat and when while others want general guidelines. Everyone is different and we will come up with a programme which suits you and your lifestyle.

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Because NICE (National Institute of Health & Care Excellence) has not yet approved these medications, along with many other new medicines, for general release to the NHS/GPs. You cannot get them from your local chemist as these are controlled drugs (CDs) and therefore can only be prescribed by a doctor at a specialist, regulated clinic like Slimmingmedics.

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There have been a few tragic stories of people who did and suffered the consequences, so we would seriously advise against anyone thinking of doing this. There are hundreds of different offerings promising this and that which are as confusing to us as they must be to you. As a clinic regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), the medication we use has been proven for over 40 years in the USA, Canada and Australia. We source the medication from three pharmaceutical companies who manufacture under license in the UK. Also remember the support and value you get in talking to a doctor who keeps you accountable for your results and who has helped hundreds of people like you before.

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Great! We really encourage our patients to exercise, and if you’ve only got a few pounds to lose, then you should do exactly that. Regular exercise – and that is a minimum of 20 minutes a day is vital for your well-being.

But the average woman needs between 1,800 – 2,400 calories per day while the average man needs 2,600 – 3,000. Now a pound of fat is arguably 3,500 calories (between 2,700 – 3,700 calories). On average 60 minutes on a cross-trainer uses up 400 – 500 calories, so you would need 6-7 hours non-stop in the gym to burn off a pound of fat. Zumba is slightly higher, about 600 - 700 calories per hour. Another way of looking at it is if you were to run a marathon (26.2 miles) you would probably burn off around 2,600 calories. Therefore, to lose a stone, which is 18,846 calories, it is the equivalent of running nearly 19 marathons. Now that’s like running from London to Paris and halfway back again! But don’t be disheartened! It is proven that the best way of losing weight is to eat less, eat properly and eat regularly. Once you have achieved your target weight, the habit of regular exercise is excellent to keeping you on track.

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You didn’t put on weight overnight so please don’t expect to lose it overnight either. Most diets which promise you spectacular weight loss are invariably starvation diets which are not good for you, or diets where you mainly lose water. After your first week or so on the programme you are quite likely to be excited because you have probably lost a few pounds. We like to see our patients changing shape by losing fat and putting on muscle,  we aim for – consistent, gradual loss by helping you change your habits and approach to food.

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No – not safely. If you have read everything above you will realise that we work by gradual, consistent weight-loss, helping you change your behaviour, your habits and approach to food with the help of appetite suppressants.

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It often happens! If it’s at the beginning of the programme, you’re likely to feel hungry – so your stomach will quickly remind you. If it’s towards the end of your programme and you’re not feeling hungry then it’s probably a good sign because it means that you have developed good eating habits and it’s time for you to stop the programme and do it on your own.‘

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Yes, we have treated patients with thyroid problems. Please remember to inform the doctor or to bring in what medication you are taking when you come in.

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Yes, many of our patients have both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Obesity is often one of the triggers for Type 2 diabetes.

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Yes, high blood pressure is often caused by being overweight. We have appetite suppressants which are suitable for patients with high blood pressure. Please remember to inform the doctor or to bring in what medication you are taking when you come in.

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Yes, often depression leads to over-eating. We have appetite suppressants which are suitable for patients with depression. Please remember to inform the doctor or to bring in what medication you are taking when you come in.

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