Meal plans can range anywhere from full meal replacements, partial meal replacements or regular food or a combination of any of the three to meet a person’s specific needs. The scientific explanation for this is that it is important for the body to have extreme restriction to turn off the hormones in the gut that trick the body into thinking that it is hungry when it is full and to continue eating unnecessarily leading to excess calorie intake resulting in weight gain. During this time of low calorie intake, appetite suppressants and other weight loss medications can be used and are essential to stave off hunger. Medically supervised weight loss often involves use of FDA approved medications when indicated and safe and can be part of any weight loss program. With the approval of a primary care physician or specialist- if under the care of one- and a recent electrocardiogram, the medication can be safely prescribed and submitted through insurance for possible reimbursement. With the help of an experienced and knowledgeable clinician, there is a solution. The right regimen of diet and possibly appetite suppression medications and exercise can ensure lasting success.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), or bioidentical hormone therapy refers to the use of hormones that are identical on a molecular compound level as naturally occuring hormones in hormone replacement therapy. It may also be combined with blood and saliva testing of hormone levels, and the use of pharmacy compounding to obtain hormones to reacha specific level of hormones in the body. Many hormones are used in BHRT and may include the different types of estrogen, and progesterone which can also be found in FDA approved forms.
Nutritional diagnostic therapy and education are provided for the purpose of disease prevention or management by a qualified clinician. A treatment regimen of proper diet and lifestyle changes in many disease states are best used to avoid the initiation or long term use of medication.
Meal replacements control calorie intake by regulating the exact amount of calories consumed per serving. The amount prescribed is based on an individual’s resting metabolic rate (RMR) which can be determined by a high-tech, body composition analysis scale that measures an individual’s resting metabolic rate. The resting metabolic rate is the amount of calories burned in a 24 hour period of time. The body burns calories digesting foods, breathing, the heart pumping and during the many other vital functions the body does to sustain life. If the person is desiring weight loss, weight gain or weight maintenance, it is determined by their RMR. Medical grade meal replacements also maintain muscle mass particularly while losing weight since they provide adequate protein intake while the body is in a fat-burning mode, or ketosis. The vital importance of sufficient protein intake and few carbohydrates is so the muscle will be spared from being used for energy making it such that the only source of energy left is from fat which is in a ketotic state. Sufficient protein also produces satiety or a satisfaction of fullness as protein is the most satiating macronutrient among carbohydrate, protein and fat. Finally, meal replacements usually supply a well-balanced meal with adequate protein, sufficient but minimal carbohydrates, and likely the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. Meal replacements are often a means to an end but can be used safely in any meal plan for any length of time and are often a convenient and easy way to ensure adequate protein, fiber, vitamin and minerals in one’s diet.
Preventive medicine consists of actions taken to prevent disease, as opposed to disease treatment in individuals, communities and specific populations. The objective is to maintain health and well-being while preventing sickness and death.
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