If you are trying to lose weight, you might find yourself wondering if there are weight loss pills to take that makes everything easier. In general, the best way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to make weight loss easier and more effective, and taking prescription medications is one of them. At our office, we help you discover the tools that you need to accentuate your weight loss in an effective and always safe way. Contact our office today to learn more.
The Basics of Weight Loss
Weight loss is not a one size fits all solution. Weight loss is a combination of various lifestyle changes. For many, breakfast is certainly the most important meal of the day. Skipping it means that the metabolism is slower all day, burning fewer calories. Protein and calcium at every meal – in small, healthy portions, of course – help to preserve muscles and speed weight loss, respectively. Skipping meals, like breakfast, further encourages binge eating to “catch up” on the food that was not eaten earlier.
Furthermore, anyone looking to lose weight needs to have exercise as part of their plan. Whether that means getting to the gym more or simply picking up a new sport, it’s an important part of fighting weight gain. It forces the metabolism to burn more calories than it does when sitting on the couch resting. Standing up and stretching while working is another good way to incorporate exercise into your day.
How do weight loss pills work?
Weight loss pills are never going to be the best option for everyone. However, they can aid in the weight loss process. The most successful pills are a two-fold combination. They will help to suppress the appetite and will also help boost your metabolism so that more calories are burned during exercise. A few medications even help to boost the metabolism while at rest.
Taking a pill for weight loss simply means you are getting a boost that your body has lost or never had. Less food going in and more calories being burned means that the fat your body has stored will be used. This will turn into more fat that is lost.
How can weight loss medication benefit me?
Prescription weight loss pills are usually given by doctors to their patients who have either 1) a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher, or 2) a BMI of 27, but also have a condition that could be related to the excess weight. These pills are only meant to supplement the weight loss plan, not be the plan itself. You may not be a candidate for weight loss medication if you are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.
Are there any side effects to using weight loss medications?
As with any type of medication, there is the possibility of side effects. However, the side effects will vary from one pill to the next. Some of the possible side effects include diarrhea, gas, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, and constipation. If the pill your doctor prescribes you is a stimulant (in other words, if it is meant to help your metabolism speed up), there is a small risk of pulmonary hypertension, which is fatal if you have high blood pressure. If you feel like your heart rate is quicker or are unsure if your blood pressure is normal, ask your doctor to double check it. All of these potential side effects are one of the reasons that a thorough evaluation is needed before using any type of weight loss pills. At our office, we will take all of the steps necessary to ensure that the medication you are using is safe for your overall health and medical history.
We also make sure that you are using the medical weight loss prescriptions safely and in the most effective way. This means that we carefully watch your dosage and provide regular follow ups to make sure that things are going smoothly.
To learn more about weight loss pills and to find out if they would help you to lose weight, contact our office today. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have about the weight loss process and what you could expect from a consultation at our office. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started on the path of reaching your health and weight loss goals.