Make Your Resolutions a Reality With Our Weight-Loss Program

Has keeping New Year’s resolutions been a fantasy for you in previous years? You’ve tried counting calories, cutting carbs,and many other approaches. It’s time to try something new.

Even though diets haven’t worked, you don’t want weight-loss surgery. Jack Hensel Jr., board-certified plastic surgeon and weight-loss specialist at Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, provides two excellent options for losing weight that you may not have tried and that don’t involve surgery. The first is a hormone therapy that supplements a low-calorie diet; the other is a medical balloon-type device that blocks part of your stomach. Following are details on both approaches. 

Weight loss with hCG supplementation

hCG is a hormone produced by a pregnant woman’s placenta. Dr. Hensel uses a variation of the  hCG diet as seen on the Dr. Oz television show. It’s a low-calorie diet for a certain period of time supplemented with injections of hCG administered by Dr. Hensel. You eat between 500 and 1,200 calories a day based on specific criteria. Dr. Hensel uses a customized hCG dosing strategy based on your gender and weight.

Dr. Hensel explains that hCG helps trigger your body to burn fat, not muscle, and resets your body’s metabolism. The doctor-researcher on the Dr. Oz show said that her patients lost 41 percent less muscle with the hCG diet than patients on a low-calorie diet without hCG supplementation. Losing too much muscle when on a low-calorie diet can weaken your body unduly.

The amount of protein and nutrients in the diet are carefully calculated based on body weight and gender so that you are getting enough essential nutrients until you go into a maintenance phase, where patients are eating from 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day. A dozen patients appearing on the show were able to maintain their weight loss for two years and were very satisfied with the program. 

A low-calorie diet using hCG supplementation is a rapid weight-loss method. Compare the idea of getting one injection a day for up to a month versus a gastric bypass operation. Weight-loss surgery such as the gastric bypass has risks of infection and other complications, and it changes how you eat and what you eat indefinitely. The hCG diet is noninvasive, and you don’t have to go on a liquid diet for weeks.

Obera weight loss

If you like the idea of reducing the size of your stomach without surgery, welcome to Obera weight loss. Obera is a medical balloon that’s inserted through your mouth while you’re sedated. Don’t worry; it’s deflated when it slips inside your body. Dr. Hensel then inflates the balloon via a syringe filled with saline while you’re sedated. 

The balloon, when inflated, blocks access to part of your stomach so that you feel full much more quickly than usual and therefore just don’t eat as much. The Obera balloon is a fully FDA- approved medical device. 

Obera is a slower weight-loss process than a plan using hCG. However, if you don’t like the idea of daily injections for a period of time, it’s a great option. 

You should commit to having the balloon inside you for up to six months, although many patients reach their goal much sooner. It depends on how much weight you want to lose. The Obera program offers coaching for 12 months to help you develop and maintain new, healthy eating habits. 

Avoid the time and expense of weight-loss surgery. Call Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center or book an appointment through our online portal for a consultation on a medically supervised weight-loss program today. 

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