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I am 5'0 and I weigh 185lbs I have tried so many different

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I am 5'0 and I weigh 185lbs I have tried so many different forms of diet and exercise to lose weight. Do I qualify for prescription weight loss and if I do can I get a prescription from you?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 years ago.


Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Your body mass index is 36. Usually insurance companies will not pay for bariatric surgery with a BMI less than 40 unless you have other risk factors (diabetes, hypertension, etc.). Ethical physicians will not prescribe amphetamine-type diet pills until a real trial of a reduced calorie diet has been tried. Everyone will lose weight when their calorie intake is less than they expend in exercise and metabolism. If you are exercising and still not losing weight, you need to reduce calories. Most people who are unsuccessful at a low calorie diet are not measuring and weighing their portions. The first thing you should do is see your medical provider to make sure you have no medical problems. He or she can recommend a diet or send you to a dietitian. Here are some sample 1500 calorie diets if you want to try them. You will lose weight if you eat what is on the diets in the amounts indicated. It is illegal to write a prescription for a patient you have not seen and examined in person.

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