Are You a Candidate for an Inpatient Weight Loss
There are many different types of inpatient weight loss programs that
involve a stay in a hospital or facility dedicated to helping obese
patients get control over their weight.
These types of programs depend on supervision of the patient by
Patients are monitored for vital signs and weight loss and there is
usually some form of physical therapy, exercise and even psychotherapy
to ensure overall patient health and wellbeing.
Any successful weight loss program depends upon being able to maintain
weight loss, once the pounds have come off. For this reason inpatient programs often include periods of monitoring and study
before the diet begins. This helps researchers figure out whether or
not patients are able to maintain their weight before they begin the
program, and how many calories it takes to do so.
Maintaining your weight after losing weight is harder than maintaining
it before you lose, because it takes fewer calories to maintain a lower
body weight. The dieting period can be followed by a period of
monitoring after you lose weight to ensure that you are able to keep it
Inpatient weight loss programs are often conducted in research
facilities by doctors and weight loss research scientists who monitor
body mass index along with muscle and fat ratios and perform blood and
urine analyses to ensure good health.
Subjects may be placed on a liquid or solid food diet of less than
1,000 calories for the period of study. After losing some percentage of
their body weight (maybe 10% or so), the weight loss subjects may be
required to maintain their weight for a period of several weeks before
proceeding with further weight loss if needed.
Inpatient stays range from several weeks to several months, usually
with a follow-on period of study conducted on an outpatient basis.
Eligibility for the programs varies widely, depending on the nature of
the study being conducted. There might be a certain age range, a
certain weight range or a specific gender (male or female) associated
with the study. Weight loss subjects in research studies are usually
volunteers, and there are many inpatient weight loss programs focused
on helping obese children.
Not all of these programs are directed towards the obese. There are
also studies for people who are not excessively overweight but still
have a few pounds to lose.
Many programs focus on testing new drugs and medications that help to
promote weight loss while others are focused on testing weight loss
theory and the effects of exercise or lack of exercise on metabolic
rate. There are also studies and special programs for people who are
interested in bariatric
surgery. Bariatric surgery involves several types of
procedures that reduce the size of the stomach so that less food can be
To find an inpatient weight loss program that could work for you,
contact your local hospital or the health department of your local
university. You can also go online to www.clinicalconnection.com
where you can register to become a free member and receive
notifications of new weight loss trial programs in your area.
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