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Causes of weight gain

Weight gain can be caused by a number of factors but the most common one is an unhealthy lifestyle. The direct relationship between the number of calories consumed and weight gained is indisputable, with poor diet and lack of exercise being the main contributory factors for weight gain in the UK. There are other factors that can contribute to weight gain, certain genetic conditions, for example, may prevent a person from feeling full or people affected by other health conditions may have to rely on medications causing weight gain as a side effect.

Do I need to lose weight?

Many people are uncertain whether they are actually overweight and, subsequently, are unsure as to whether or not they need to begin to lose weight. To determine if a person is at risk, medical professionals use the body mass index (BMI), which determines a person's ratio between height and weight. The BMI is used to determine whether a person is overweight and is a good way of calculating whether a person is at risk of health complications that can sometimes occur.

A BMI of between 25 and 30 would mean that you are overweight, whilst a BMI of over 30 is an indication for obesity. Exceptions can be found in some people, for example in women losing weight after a pregnancy or in athletes with high muscle concentration, but generally, people with a high BMI should be looking for ways to safely lose weight. To calculate your BMI, use our BMI calculator.

How do I lose weight safely?

It is important that you make sure that your weight loss is safe and ideally you would want it to be sustainable too so that your health can improve over time rather than just for the short term. Traditional lifestyle weight loss methods are the most effective and healthcare professionals most often recommend diet and exercise first. However if you find that you are not achieving the results that are needed, prescription medication like Xenical (Orlistat) or Saxenda (Liraglutide) can be an effective aid in weight loss. In all cases it is important that you complete an online or face-to-face consultation with a medical professional to ensure that the weight loss aid you choose is suitable and safe for you.

Choosing the right weight loss treatment

It is important that you understand the causes of your weight gain before deciding on which course of action to take. If you are unsure how to tackle weight loss, you can seek support from your doctor or a nutritionist, who will advise on a suitable diet and exercise plan. Eating a healthy, well-balanced and varied diet is key to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise will help you control and maintain a healthy weight.

If you are struggling to reach your weight loss goals through diet and exercise alone, there are certain prescription treatments available which may support your efforts. The prescription treatment Xenical stops the absorption of part of the fat you consume with your meals while Saxenda works by reducing the appetite. These medications may help you lose weight more efficiently, but it is important to remember that weight loss treatments should best used in addition to proper lifestyle changes – the most important and effective weight loss methods involve exercise and healthy eating.

In extreme cases, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure such as a gastric band to support weight loss in severely obese patients. However, this is normally considered a last measure and should only be considered if your weight has had a serious impact on your health and all other weight loss methods have failed.

Can I purchase prescription weight loss treatment online?

If you have struggled to lose weight whilst dieting and exercising then it may be safe and suitable for you to purchase prescription weight loss treatment online. To determine whether Xenical with the active ingredient Orlistat or Saxenda with the active ingredient Liraglutide are suitable for you to purchase, simply complete one of our free online consultations. Your consultation will be reviewed by one of our registered doctors and they will prescribe the medication if they believe it is safe to do so. The doctor then passes the prescription on to our pharmacy where your treatment will be packaged discreetly and dispatched with express shipping for next day delivery.

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Appetite and blood sugar

Saxenda is a weight-loss treatment that comes in the form of an injection pen. It is available for people with a body mass index (BMI) over 30. Saxenda helps regulate appetite, meaning you eat smaller portions, less frequently.

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Decrease fat absorption

Xenical is a weight loss drug available for people with a body mass index (BMI) over 30. It works by preventing up to 30% of the fat you consume from being absorbed. You need to take a tablet after each meal.

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Burns calories

Mysimba alters the way your body regulates appetite and makes exercise more effective. You feel less hungry on a low-calorie diet, and food is burned more efficiently during exercise.

FAQs

What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.

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