Weight Loss

Weight loss treatments are an effective way for you to reduce excess body weight if you are significantly overweight. Some studies suggest more than 60% of the UK adult population is either overweight or obese. Obesity can have profound health implications and is associated with many chronic health conditions. Exercise and healthy eating have shown to be beneficial in weight loss, but in some people these measures are not enough. There are proven medical treatments to help lose. The FAQ about the products discusses obesity in more detail. If you are unsure about how to manage your obesity contact your own G.P for more help. If you know what product you require choose from below and start your free consultation.

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Losing weight

The most widely utilised mechanisms of weight loss are centred on dietary changes and increased exercise. Essentially the simple idea is to reduce the calorific intake and ‘burn’ the excess stored calories.

Causes of obesity

It is mainly a simple loss of equilibrium of the energy intake and energy utilised. Inactivity and eating more than required are the main causes. There are also medical and psychological causes of weight gain as well as some medical treatment.

Dangers of obesity

Obesity is related to many health conditions including:

  • Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Ideal body weight and BMI

Ideal weight depends on one’s sex, height, age and possibly ethnicity too. Obesity around the abdomen ‘pot belly’ is considered the most harmful.

A simple method to calculate your ‘ideal’ weight is using the Body Mass Index (BMI)

It is a simple calculation where you divide your weight by your height squared. Ideal range is 18.5 to 24.9. Above 25 is considered overweight.

When can I use weight loss pills?

There are many ways one can attempt to lose weight. Some measures are easy to integrate into your lifestyle without referring it to as dieting:

  • Eliminate sugary drinks
  • Eliminate fast and processed foods
  • Increase intake of salads and vegetable
  • Daily brisk walking for 45 minutes


When these and other techniques you have tried have failed, there are medical weight loss options that could be suitable for you.

At AccessDoctor we are able to offer Xenical and Saxenda. Combined with your lifestyle modifications these are highly successful in helping you to reduce weight.

Precautions and side-effects

Possible adverse effects include:

  • Low blood sugar
  • Diarrhoea
  • Steatorrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Pancreatitis

For a comprehensive list of precautions and side-effects please read the attached product information leaflet (PIL) for each treatment

Difference between the injection and pills

Weight loss pills work by stopping absorption of fat from your diet. It prevents around a third of your dietary fat from being absorbed directly passing through your system.

Injections work by reducing your appetite and controlling your blood sugar levels.

For detailed mechanism of action please see individual product FAQs.

How long will the treatment last?

Every treatment and response to it are different and depend on many things. If you have not reached more than 5% weight loss after 3 months of starting either Xenical or Saxenda, you should stop the treatment.

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Our friendly team is available to help Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.

If you need urgent assistance, do not use this service. Call 111, or in an emergency call 999.

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