Non Surgical Weight Loss For Morbidly Obese

Non Surgical Weight Loss For Morbidly Obese

Non surgical weight loss for morbidly obese

There are many weight loss programs that are widely available for any individuals who would wish to lose their excess weight. They may be either surgical or non-surgical procedures. A combination of modifying the diet an individual has been using and behaviors to is used when it comes to the non-surgical programs of weight loss.

Though the end result of non-surgical procedures is minimal. At most time individuals who opt to stick to non-surgical procedures to lose weight loss only sheds off an important amount of the weight and the amount lost stays stagnant for a long period of time. There is the risk of regaining the lost weight back within a period of one year. It is even more difficult to attain constant weight loss for people who suffer from morbid obesity. Morbid obesity is a complicated, caused by many factors and a long-lasting condition.

Non Surgical Weight Loss Approaches For Morbidly Obese

Instead of an individual suffering from obesity opting to go for the surgical procedures to lose their excess weight, they can settle for a non-surgical programme. This is due to the fact that, surgery should only be suggested for those obese persons weighing at least 100 pounds. The weight should be way above the normal weight or they have a minimum BMI also known as Body Mass Index of 40 or more.

If the patients are willing to have the non-surgical weight loss procedures which involve wide dietary modifications, exercises, and medical procedures, they have to be committed to this and be more understanding. No-surgical weight loss for morbidly obese procedures include having diet and behavior modifications being involved in weight loss exercises, and use of over-the-counter prescribed drugs.

1. Through Diet And Behavior Modifications

There are many kinds of diets an individual can change to for weight loss especially when they suffer from obesity condition. Although, this should be checked, since the abrupt changes in diets in trying to lose the weight can lead to stressing the heart, the kidneys, and other body parts. This is in turn, can be harmful to the health of an individual trying to lose the excess weight.

The diets prescribed and overseen by the doctors for use by their obese patients are usually created in a way such that they are customized with the aim of largely hindering calorie absorption from the diets taken. The diets are categorized into main categories namely;

  • Diets That Are Low in Calories Content - They are designed in a way such that the individual trying to lose weight only eats about 500 to 1000 fewer calories daily than they are able to burn.
  • Diets That Are Very Low in Calories Content - This type of diets is customized in a way such that, the calories contained in the meals eaten by the patients is strictly limited to about 400 to 800 daily and contain large amounts of protein, but have low-fat fluids.

These low-calorie diets have exhibited significant weight loss in individuals prescribed to them in the loss of weight. The disadvantages of using this non-surgical procedure are that about 90% of all obese patients regain the lost weight back in a period span of two years.

On The Part of Behavior Changes, therapy is used to assist the patients suffering from obesity to modify their eating and exercise norms. The results from using behavior modifications in non-surgical weight loss for morbid obese are short-lived just like the use of diet changes. The results are also lost in a period of about one year.

2. Being Involved In Weight Loss Exercises

Studies have indicated that exercises have led to an uncertain loss of weight when included in the non-surgical weight loss for morbidly obese patients. The exercises are beneficial too in that they increase the fitness of the blood circulation system. They also assist in the maintenance of weight loss.

Exercises work in a way such that they hasten the metabolism which is needed to burn the excess calories taken in the diets. For instance, when a person reduces the number of calories they eat in a day, the body corresponds to burning fewer calories. Exercises come in handy in helping to burn these calories and giving long-term results.

Some of the known daily exercises that give good results in the loss of weight include; taking the stairs to the office or house instead of sticking to the elevators, minimizing the time spend on the couch watching television and investing that time to do exercises, taking bicycle rides exercises, and having daily walks.

3. Use Of Over The Counter And Prescribed Drugs

Medications that can be bought from the chemist or pharmacies or have even been prescribed to individuals by doctors are now available for non-surgical weight loss for morbidly obese. The results are not so long-lived but have significantly shown help in shedding of about 10% of the excess weight. The lost weight is regained after about 6 to 8 months once the individuals stop using the weight loss drugs. The bad side of using the drugs is that they can have serious side effects on the individuals.

These diets mainly are for controlling the appetite of an individual. The over the counter drugs available and prescribed for non-surgical weight loss for the morbidly obese include

  • A type of stimulant drug that assists in hastening the metabolism of fat and by the name Beta-methyl-phenylethylamine or Fastin.
  • A drug that is used in the blockage of almost thirty percent of fat from the diets taken from being absorbed into the body system. The drug is known as Orlistat or Xenical.
  • A drug that is used in the suppression of an individual’s appetite and by the name Phentermine.
  • A drug that is used in the suppressing of appetite in the patients and can be used for a long time known as Sibutramine or Meridia.

The Best Known Non Surgical Procedures Weight Loss For Morbidly Obese Include

  • The Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty or ESG also referred to as the accordion procedure. It involves the insertion of a tube down a person’s throat, the surgeon sews pleats on the stomach but does not cut it. It makes it resemble an accordion

  • Use of the 3D liposuction involves the destruction of the fat cells in a period of about three quarters of an hour

  • There is a use of the Gastric Mind Band for non-surgical weight loss for morbidly obese and the use of a weight loss equipment by the name of AspireAssist

Non-surgical obesity treatment for morbidly obese involves use of medication to cure the health issues that are brought about by the obesity, modifying one’s behaviours such as the change of dietary norms and doing more exercises, and going for therapy to deal with the eating conditions one is faced with which may be done with the combination of drugs.


At most times these non-surgical weight loss for morbidly obese programs works well for an obese individual who has gone for the surgical weight loss procedure. They too have their side-effects on top of the accompanying disadvantage of gaining back the lost weight within a year or two. This calls for the need for an individual to consult with their doctor on the best available option to them when it comes down to loss of weight.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad