If you are over weight or have difficulty in maintaining a healthy weight, the cost of not participating in a medical weight loss program may far out weight the costs of making the mental and financial commitment to begin a medical weight loss program today.
In these economic hard times, not everybody has extra money sitting around to be spent on health programs that are viewed as "extra". Some people scratch and save to pay for their portion of the health care costs that are true emergencies. So who can blame someone struggling with their weight who decides to forgo a truly helpful medically supervised weight loss program because funds are tight?
A closer look reveals that weight loss usually results in financial savings. To begin with, most medically supervised weight loss programs start with a meal replacement program that takes away all of the choices in foods and replaces the normal things you would buy to eat with specific powdered shakes and supplement bars. While the shake and bars are not cheap, they are markedly cheaper than all of the foods, drinks, desserts we buy during the day.
Next, you throw in the cost savings from living at a healthier reduced weight and you start to see big savings. For example, healthier weight people tend to spend less money on drugs and medicines, starting with simple Tylenol or ibuprofen for headaches and joint pains, all the way up to blood pressure medicines and insulin shots.
Think of all the money you spend on clothes as you outgrow the cute outfit that no longer fits you. Most adults tend to gain several pounds a year as they approach middle age. That's a lot of outfits that get stuck in the back of the closet waiting for a day when you can squeeze into them again.
For the more seriously overweight individuals, the savings are even greater because they include savings from fewer visits to the doctor, less durable medical equipment, and less money spent on specials odds and ends like oxygen, canes, walkers and wheelchairs, knee braces, Ace wraps, lotions, creams, CPAP machines, inhalers and more.
It should also be considered, that most health care savings account programs as well as some health insurance plans will reimburse a significant portion of the costs of medically supervised weight loss.
Finally and perhaps one of the biggest and most overlooked expenses saved is the amount of money you are currently spending with other less helpful weight loss efforts. These less effective diet aids include over-the-counter medications, fad diets, glossy magazines and more. iMetabolic has a nice cost analysis that shows how you will save money even in the short term by enrolling in a medically supervised weight loss program, and I have seen other medically supervised programs offer a similar and very persuasive analysis of the cost savings too.