Supplements & Meal Replacements

There are numerous supplements, both prescription and non-prescrption, that are proven to assist in weight loss.  But, it’s buyer beware out there as everywhere you turn there are products that claim to be the next “miracle” for weight loss.

Let our medical team help you make sense of the options for weight loss supplements.  We’ve done extensive research on numerous supplements to insure there is evidence of safety and efficacy for weight loss.  Plus, we also have years of experience in applying that knowledge to pick the right supplements for you.  We know what works and what doesn’t.

We choose supplements based on the patient’s needs, targeting cravings, excess appetite, blood sugar control, fat breakdown, gut health, or metabolism.  We might even target all of those!

Here are a few of our non-prescription favorites:

  • Advanced adipocyte formula (sphaeranthus indicus, garcinia mangostana, irvingia gabonensis)
  • Integra Lean (irvingia gabonensis)
  • Metabolic Lean (sphaeranthus indicus, garcinia mangostana, capsaicinoids)
  • Multiprobiotic 15 billion
  • FiberPlex
  • 5-HTP
  • Resveratrol

We have not found evidence of efficacy for weight loss in the literature, nor in our experience, with:

  • Indian hoodia
  • Hoodia
  • Bitter orange
  • Chromium
  • Berberine (although we have found it works well in helping blood sugar control in diabetics)

Here are a few prescription supplements that we have good luck with and use routinely:

  • Phentermine
  • Naltrexone
  • Buproprion
  • Metformin

Many, many medications can cause weight gain.  We are familiar with these medications and can help you stop and/or exchange these medications for ones that do not cause weight gain.  Examples include antipsychotics, older antidepressants and some of the newer ones too, older diabetic drugs, seizure meds, birth control pills, depo-provera injections and the IUD called Mirena.

Meal Replacements

There are numerous meal replacement shakes on the market.  They are mostly pretty good, effective, and typically based on protein powders with various “special” additives.

We utilize a few protein powder meal replacement shakes that are custom designed for weight loss.  These work very well for lots of patients to help them reduce calories, increase nutrition, and curb appetite.  They also make for a convenient and healthy meal when you are “on the go”.