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Weight loss causes

Being overweight is incredibly common in the UK and a recent survey by the UK's National Obesity Forum found that around 26% of the adult population is considered to be above their ideal weight range. With many experts suggesting that this statistic is likely to continue rising, there has been an increasing concern among the public and among healthcare professionals to lower the number of people who are considered to be overweight.

Healthcare professionals will always suggest changes in lifestyle and diet as the first and best treatment for weight loss, and for most people an improved diet and increase in physical activity will, over time, lead to better general health as well as aesthetic change. There are however sometimes factors that can limit a person's ability to lose weight and so some people may require the aid of prescription weight loss treatments. These treatments can in many cases increase the chances of a person achieving their weight loss goals in the event that healthy lifestyle changes alone have not produced the required results.

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Causes of weight gain

Weight gain can be caused by a number of factors but the most common one is 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 with certain genetic conditions for example that will prevent a person from feeling full and with some 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. BMI is used to determine whether a person is overweight and is a good way of calculating whether a person is at risk from the health complications that can sometimes occur. A BMI of between 25 and 30 would mean that you are overweight whilst over 30 is an indication of 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 calculator here.

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 you require then an over the counter product or prescription medication like Xenical (Orlistat) 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 the increase in weight has been caused as a side effect of medication then a prescription medication would not be suitable. However, where weight gain has been caused by lifestyle choices such as a high-calorie diet and lack of exercise, a course of prescription treatment may be suitable. It is important to remember though that weight loss treatments are best used in addition to making lifestyle changes – the most important and effective weight loss methods involve exercise and healthy eating.

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 – the only prescription weight loss treatment available in the UK – is suitable for you to purchase, simply take one of our free online consultations. Your consultation will be reviewed by one of our partner doctors and they can prescribe you the medication if they believe it is safe to do so. The doctor can pass this on to our pharmacy where a fully registered pharmacist will discreetly package and dispatch your treatment for same or next day delivery. Our dedicated patient support team is available during evenings and weekends to ensure that you are receive any support and assistance that you may need.

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