If you’re a teen looking for help with weight loss, or if you’re a parent looking to help your child, we’d start with our HEROES (Healthy Eating with Resources, Options, and Everyday Strategies) Weight Management Clinic. This clinic is dedicated to treating weight gain and weight-related health risks in children. HEROES is the only medically managed program of its kind in the Omaha area.
• Increasing muscle mass — Jeff Volek, Ph.D., is a registered dietitian specializing in how a high-fat, low-carb diet can affect health and athletic performance. He's written many scientific articles on this topic, as well as two books, and he explains that ketones have a similar structure to branched-chain amino acids that can be useful for building muscle mass. Ketones spare these amino acids, leaving higher levels of them around, which can help promote muscle mass.
A game to help you lose weight? It's more likely than you think! It's like The Price Is Right for food. The game shows you two similar products, and you guess which one is more nutritious and less fatty. It's surprisingly addictive, but it also teaches you the surprising food tricks that can make for better meals. The next time you go to Quiznos, order a grilled-chicken sub instead of tuna salad, and save yourself 1,000 calories (seriously!). You'll be glad you played.
Next, we use a chart to determine their status (underweight, normal/healthy weight, overweight, or obese) compared to other children of the same age, height and gender. At Children’s, we only perform the surgery on patients with a BMI of at least 40, or a BMI higher than 35 with another significant weight-related condition, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or liver disease. We also generally reserve this surgery for patients over age 14.
Phentermine-topiramate is a combination of an anticonvulsant (topiramate) and a weight-loss drug (phentermine). Phentermine has the potential to be abused because of its amphetamine-like effects. Other possible side effects include an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia, constipation and nervousness. Topiramate increases the risk of birth defects.