What You Need to Know About
Weight Loss Medication
There might comes a point in your
fight with obesity where you say, “Forget diet and exercise, I need weight loss medication!” The good news is
that there is a wide variety of weight loss drugs on the market today. The bad news is, there’s pretty much
never going to be a circumstance where you can truly throw in the towel when it comes to diet and exercise. That
doesn’t mean that weight loss drugs are useless, of course – far
from it. Weight loss medication can be very helpful in your quest to lose weight.
There’s a big difference between
over-the-counter diet pills and genuine, prescription weight loss medication. Anyone can buy diet pills.
Usually, the only function that diet pills provide is a boost to a person’s metabolism through assorted herbal
compounds and a generous dose of caffeine. This can be enough for some people when combined with diet and
exercise, but it’s not always going to get the job done in severe cases.
Genuine weight loss drugs are, of
course, tougher to obtain and require a doctor’s prescription. When your doctor feels that weight loss drugs are
the way to go for you, he or she will recommend them and prescribe them for you. Generally, weight loss
medication is only prescribed for people with a body-mass index of over 27, and even then, sometimes only if
that person suffers from symptoms or conditions related to obesity.
Symptoms and conditions related to
obesity are numerous, and can include: shortness of breath, sleepiness, heart disease and stroke, high blood
pressure, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea and more. If you’re suffering from these conditions or symptoms, then
you need to lose weight, and fast. Losing weight is more than just a matter of fitting into your summer swimsuit
– the conditions and symptoms related to obesity can be life threatening!
Most weight loss drugs are meant to
only be used for a short period of time – a couple weeks, months at most. There are a few medications made
specifically for longer-term use, but their safe use has not been tested past 2 years. Again, your doctor will
be able to advise you of the dosage and length of time that you should use any weight loss drugs he or she
Most of the weight loss drugs on
the market today are one of two types: appetite suppressors or fat absorption inhibitors. Those big fancy words
for saying that these drugs either cause you to get hungry less or make less of the fat in the food you eat get
digested. Only one fat absorption inhibitor is legal in theUnited States, so most of the time a doctor will
prescribe an appetite suppressant.
Ironically, appetite suppressants
actually work on your head, and not your stomach. These drugs trigger the release of a natural chemical in your
brain that helps keep your appetite in check. Basically, your brain believes that you’re not hungry or even full
when you’re actually not. With these types of weight loss medication, you’ll have less desire to eat to fill
yourself up, but you’ll still need willpower to avoid eating for pleasure, so hide those chocolate bars and
chocolate chip cookies!