Non-Surgical Weight Loss Options -Alternatives to Bariatric Surgery

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC

The process of losing weight can be very frustrating, especially for those who find that eating a healthy diet and regular exercise aren’t producing any results. If this is the case for you, you may have considered surgery. While weight loss surgery (aka bariatric surgery) may seem like a quick and easy solution, it can actually be incredibly complicated and may not produce the results you want. Fortunately, there are non-surgical weight loss options that can be very effective.

Why Choose a Non-Surgical Weight Loss Option?

Bariatric surgery is invasive, meaning doctors will have to make incisions in your body and operate on your internal organs. Because of this, you may have to spend a considerable amount of time and effort preparing for your weight loss surgery and recovering afterwards. In addition, every surgery carries the risk of complications.

Furthermore, not everyone is eligible for bariatric surgery. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (AMBS), the qualifications for bariatric surgery are a BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 with the addition of an obesity-related health condition such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes. If you do not meet these qualifications, there are still options available for you.

Non-surgical weight loss options are non-invasive, so they do not involve operations. In addition, most people experience little to no side effects from non-surgical weight loss methods. Many of these programs are designed and supervised by medical professionals, and they focus on science and healthy lifestyle changes to eliminate excess fat and improve your overall health.

The Ideal Protein Protocol Is an Effective Alternative to Bariatric Surgery

There are a number of different weight loss methods you can try that don’t involve going under the knife. The most popular methods include medically supervised weight loss plans with nutritional guidance. Ideal Protein is one of the most popular and effective weight loss methods offered at Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa.

The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is a medically supervised weight loss program with a focus on food as medicine. Most diets require you to eat foods that you don’t necessarily like and encourage eating habits that just aren’t sustainable in the long run. The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol works differently.

Over 20 years ago, sports physician Dr. Tran Tien Chanh became fascinated with nutrition and obesity-related issues. Along with a team of other medical professionals, he came up with a ketogenic meal program that restricts carbohydrates and includes healthy proteins to help burn fat while retaining muscle mass.

What makes the Ideal Protein protocol different from other diets is that the main goal is to help your body reach a state called ketosis. This happens when your body burns stored fat instead of sugars. Much like the popular keto diet, it involves consuming fewer carbs and more protein. However, the Ideal Protein plan also limits foods that are high in fat so that it is easier for your body to reach ketosis.

There are three phases to the Ideal Protein plan. The first resets the body to burn excess fat. The second resets the mind to create healthy habits and keep the weight off. The third focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that you can continue to live life to its fullest. Throughout the program, a medical professional will be there to offer guidance, support, compassion and motivation.

What Can I Expect From the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol?

Your Ideal Protein Protocol starts with a medical consultation to determine what your unique weight loss goals and needs are. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history, lifestyle, and past weight loss attempts. They may also do a physical check-up to determine your BMI and current health condition.

Once your doctor has determined that the Ideal Protein Protocol is a good fit for you, they will provide you with a structured weight loss program that includes delicious ketogenic snacks and meals, as well as guidelines for how to make healthy lifestyle changes. You’ll get personalized one-on-one weekly coaching sessions, plus access to smart lifestyle tools to help you on your journey.

In the beginning, you can expect to see your body change as it starts to eliminate toxins, burn fat and build muscle. As you become healthier and stronger, the program focuses on shifting your mindset to implement healthy habits on a daily basis. Once that foundation has been built, you should have all the tools you need to maintain your ideal weight and lifestyle.

Where Can I Find Ideal Protein Near Me?

Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa is one of the leading Ideal Protein clinics in Los Angeles. Headed by Harvard-trained cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik, MD and supported by a team of expert health and wellness professionals, the clinic can help you reach your weight loss goals with a unique combination of fresh, healthy meals, nutritional guidance, one-on-one coaching, and ongoing support.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and other holistic, non-surgical weight loss options, please contact us at 818-900-5630. We proudly serve the Burbank area, as well as Glendale, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, and other communities in Los Angeles and Southern California.

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. To learn more about Dr. Thaik or the Holistic Healing Heart Center, or to schedule an appointment, please contact info@drcynthia.com or call (818) 842-1410.