Whether you need to lose a little weight or a lot, making the lifestyle changes necessary for long-term, sustained better health is challenging. Dr. Vinh Ngo offers customized, medically assisted weight loss programs for patients from throughout the Bay Area from his practice, Smart Medicine SF, in San Francisco. If you want help reaching your goal weight, call or book an appointment online today.


Medically Assisted Weight Loss Q&A

What is medically assisted weight loss?

A medically assisted weight loss plan combines healthy eating and exercise with a prescription to help control your cravings that is overseen by Dr. Ngo. He uses his experience in health and nutrition and an integrated, holistic approach to create customized plans that are tailored to address overall well-being, medical needs, food preferences, and lifestyle habits.

What medically assisted weight loss programs are available?

Dr. Ngo uses an integrative approach to medically assisted weight loss, which means that no two patients receive the same treatment. He offers comprehensive consultations to develop an understanding of your goals, health, lifestyle, and other factors that contribute to weight loss. He then creates a weight loss plan, customized to meet your needs. Weight loss plans may include Phentermine prescriptions, hCG diet, customized meal plans, or a combination of approaches.

How does Phentermine work?

Phentermine is one of the most common FDA-approved appetite suppressants prescribed today. It has been on the market since 1959 and has helped many people reach their weight goals and learn healthier diet and exercise habits. Phentermine stimulates your hypothalamus gland, which affects your neurotransmitters that signal hunger.

Phentermine is most effective when it is combined with exercise and a commitment to making healthier dietary choices. It should help you to control your cravings while you make your commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

What are meal plans?

The formula for weight loss is to consume fewer calories than you use for a sustained, consistent period of time. However, many people don’t know where to start or think they don’t like so-called “healthy food.” Dr. Ngo creates meal plans for you to follow that include balanced and low-calorie meals including a variety of foods you enjoy. Following a plan can take a lot of the stress out of grocery shopping and preparing meals. Meal plans also can be adapted once you’ve reached your goal weight to help keep the weight off.

What is the hCG diet?

The hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin – better known as hCG) diet is a specific, medically supervised weight loss program which combines the hCG hormone and a very low-calorie diet to produce dramatic weight loss results. HCG is a naturally produced hormone that helps weight loss by jump-starting your metabolism as well as curbing your appetite. These factors combine to help you lose weight more quickly and effectively.

If you’re tired of struggling with your weight, call Smart Medicine SF or book an appointment online to talk to Dr. Ngo about your goals and to learn about the weight loss options available.

*Individual results may vary