Am I a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Medication?

Jan 12, 2024
Am I a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Medication?
For some people, weight loss medications are an excellent way to streamline the process of achieving their ideal weight and improving overall health. Consult with our experts to find out if you’re one of them. 

When you think of previous weight loss attempts, you might recall feeling hungry or depleted all the time as you attempt to cut down on calories. But what if we told you that you could eliminate the challenge of feeling deprived? That’s how many popular weight loss medications work. Alongside a healthy diet plan, weight loss medications can diminish hunger signals, reduce your appetite, and ultimately make it easier to lose weight. 

While weight loss medications may sound like the ideal addition to your personalized weight loss program, it’s important to consult with a physician to ensure you’re a good candidate to use them. Our experts welcome you to Physicians Weight Loss Center Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, for a complimentary consultation to explore the industry’s leading medications for weight loss and see if they can meet your needs. 

Beyond weight loss medications, our experts develop individualized weight loss and wellness programs including various evidence-based weight management strategies. Your personalized program may include customized nutritional advice, meal-prepping tips, meal replacements, wellness injections, personalized counseling, and custom body sculpting

Understanding weight loss medications

There are several classes of weight loss medications. Some primarily come in injectable forms while others are taken orally. 

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide are two options leading the industry today. Both of these anti-obesity medications belong to the same class, called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs). They imitate a natural hormone found in your gut that signals when you feel full and suppresses your appetite. That hormone, GLP-1, also signals the release of insulin when you eat so your cells can use the glucose from your food as energy. Semaglutide has historically been prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes but is now widely available to treat obesity as well. 

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide aren’t exactly the same. In addition to being a GLP-1 RA, Tirzepatide also belongs to a class of medications called glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptides (GIP). Like the GLP-1 hormone, the GIP hormone in your gut similarly triggers insulin production and helps you feel full after you eat. 

Are you a candidate? 

When you visit Physicians Weight Loss Center Highlands Ranch for your complimentary weight loss consultation, our team conducts a careful medical evaluation and asks for details about your dietary history. We also complete a body composition analysis and review your bloodwork results. 

You might be a candidate for weight loss medications within a comprehensive program if you:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher
  • Have a BMI over 27 with weight-related medical conditions
  • Can commit to following all of the team’s recommendations
  • Can take your medications correctly and consistently

Based on the team’s findings, Physicians Weight Loss Center Highlands Ranch can determine if you’re a good candidate for Semaglutide or Tirzepatide and dose you accordingly. During your program, you’ll come in for weekly weigh-ins and counseling. The team ensures you follow your medication protocol and experience positive results. By closely following a medication-assisted weight loss program, you can anticipate losing around 2-4 pounds weekly. 

Come in for a consultation today

Are you ready to learn more about current weight loss medications and what to expect while taking them? Call Physicians Weight Loss Center Highlands Ranch or schedule your initial visit online today.