FAQs on HCG Weight Loss Program in Houston, TX
As the leading medical weight loss clinic in the Houston area, we pride ourselves on having informed and knowledgeable patients. Understanding medical weight loss and the tools we implement as a weight loss center is highly important, so we’ve compiled a list of FAQs that should help guide you.
A. What is medical weight loss?
Medical weight loss utilizes customized dietary plans and weight loss medications, hormone therapies, and vitamin supplements prescribed by a physician or healthcare provider. This includes, but not limited to prescriptions to appetite suppressant like Phentermine, hormone therapies such as HCG therapy, and lipo B injections. While not all of these options are suitable for each patient, at our medical weight loss clinic we’re sure to match each patient with the appropriate care based on their medical evaluation and physician’s advice.
Phentermine is a prescription medication used to suppress appetite and aid in losing weight quickly. When combined with diet and exercise it accelerates weight loss by decreasing your hunger and making you feel full longer.
Phentermine is not recommended if you just want to lose just a few pounds. Phentermine is one of the most commonly prescribed weight-loss medications and is FDA approved for weight loss. Several medical studies have found that short-term phentermine administration induced significant weight reduction and reduction of waist circumference without clinically problematic adverse effects on relatively healthy obese people.
B. Do prescription weight loss medications really work?
Yes. In combination with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise, weight-loss medications produce a significant decrease in body fat in a short period of time.
Even modest weight loss can improve your overall health significantly by:
- Decreasing blood pressure
- Decreasing lipid levels
- Decreasing blood glucose levels
- Increasing insulin sensitivity
C. Do I qualify for medical weight loss?
Prescription weight-loss drugs aren't intended for people who want to lose just a few pounds for cosmetic reasons. They are only appropriate for people who have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise, and those who have health problems due to their weight.
At Memorial Weight Loss Clinic, the doctor may consider weight-loss drugs for you if you have no contraindications and:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 27
- Your BMI is greater than 25 and you have a serious medical problem related to obesity, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Before selecting a medication for you, a qualified health professional will consider your health history, possible side effects and potential interaction of weight-loss drugs with other medications you're taking.
D. Does Memorial Weight Loss Clinic provide other weight loss services such as diet and exercise coaching?
During your initial consultation at Memorial Weight Loss Clinic, your diet and exercise needs will be discussed with a medical professional, and you will be given a dietary guide. Additionally, our medical weight loss center has partnered up with local dieticians and physical trainers to assist you in completing your weight loss goals. Please let us know if you would like a referral to one of our partner dietitians or personal trainers.
E. How much does the program cost?
The cost of your first consultation is $125. This includes your initial medical consultation, lab work, dietary consultation, and one month worth of prescription for appetite suppressants (additional charge for appetite suppressants at your local pharmacy). The cost of the program for each month thereafter is $75, which includes a medical follow-up, lab work, dietary consultations and one month worth of prescription for appetite suppressants (additional charge for appetite suppressants at your local pharmacy).
Additional Lipo B injections cost $27. These are recommended weekly to maximize your weight loss potential.
HCG therapy costs $18 per injection.
F. Is medical weight loss covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, medical weight loss is not covered by insurance. But you can confirm with your insurance provider. However, the costs of the medical weight loss program may be tax deductible if you meet the following criteria:
- you itemize your deductions
- your total itemized deductions are less the 7.5% of your total income.
- you have a medically diagnosed disease that necessitates weight loss.
Please discuss the deductibility of Memorial Weight Loss Clinic's program costs with your tax advisor to determine eligibility.