Your Weight Management Options

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Committing to changes in your lifestyle is essential for long-term weight management. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to change your energy balance by taking in less energy to your body than it uses. You can do this by altering your diet (eating habits and healthy food), increasing exercise and changing your behaviour.

Behavioural changes mean first getting an understanding of the factors and/or behaviours that have contributed to you becoming overweight or have stopped you from losing weight.

Your Doctor may refer you to a psychologist, counsellor or behavioural therapist for help with this.

iNova’s iLiveLite program has weight loss tips and tools to help you track your weight and measurements on a weekly basis. While getting the necessary information, tips and support to keep you motivated on your path to attaining and maintaining your goal weight. To help get you started, sign-up onto the iLiveLite program today where you can access free tools from health experts:

  • A measurement tracker to keep you on track with your progress
  • Meal plans or diet plans designed by a Dietician
  • A Food Diary
  • An Exercise Diary
  • A 12 week exercise program designed by a Personal Trainer
  • Information on how to read and understand a food label
  • Tips on how to exercise to lose weight
  • Recipes

SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE THAT CAN HELP WITH YOUR APPETITE.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE

Medicines such as appetite suppressants that help with/aid weight-loss may be used as part of an overall weight loss program that includes diet, exercise and behaviour changes.

There are several prescription weight loss medicines that are currently approved for use in South Africa. It is important that you speak to your Doctor to discuss your options.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Surgical treatments are often considered as the last resort, as they are only suitable in people with a high BMI. Weight loss surgery is quite expensive and can be difficult to access.

That said, surgical treatments are an effective way for severely obese people to lose weight.

There are three common surgical weight loss options available; adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass (which changes the way the stomach and intestine handle food) and gastric sleeve (which reduces the size of the stomach).

PRE-PREPARED MEALS AND VLED PRODUCTS

Various commercially prepared meal programs, diets or diet plans are available. These can help by providing energy controlled meals. Other options include VLED (very low energy diet) products and meal replacements.

A VLED product (e.g. shakes and bars) can be used to substitute all or some meals. This option should be used with supervision from your Doctor as part of a weight management program. VLEDs should not be confused with meal replacements. Generally, meal replacements are not nutritionally complete, so there is a danger you could end up with malnutrition if you ONLY eat meal replacements.