With obesity a growing concern many of us are turning to our doctors for help.
Your doctor will be able to help with advice on how to lose weight and perhaps even prescribe weight loss medication as well.
Who is suitable for weight loss medication?
Those who are usually prescribed weight loss medication usually have to meet the following guidelines:
- Have a BMI between 27 and 29 with an existing health condition
- Have a BMI between 30 and 35
- Have tried to lose weight through lifestyle changes
- Have tried structured diets without success
How does weight loss medication work?
There are various types of weight loss medication, but most fit into the following categories:
- Fat burners: these help to stimulate the metabolism, which aids calorie burning
- Fat blockers: help to stop fat from being absorbed
- Appetite suppressants: help to reduce your appetite
Some types will work in more than one way, but it is important that if you are prescribed any weight loss medication that you follow the instructions set by your doctor.
You do not want to experience any side effects or issues by overdosing on the medication.
What you need to know before taking weight loss medication
Before you start to use the prescribed weight loss medication, it may make sense to keep the following points in your mind:
#1: Have realistic expectations
Unfortunately if you are obese you are not going to get back down to the weight you were in your teenage years.
Even if you could skin will be an issue as it will probably be stretched and loose, which may affect your confidence levels.
A more healthy goal would be to lose between 10-15% of your current weight. This amount of weight loss could help to ward off the dangers of conditions such as diabetes.
#2: Take it slow
Your weight will not drop dramatically overnight, it may take many months to any significant results.
However, even though the weight loss will be gradual. If you remain dedicated and committed to your goal then you will get there eventually.
#3: Weight loss medication is just a tool
If you are relying solely on weight loss medication for your results then you are likely to be disappointed by the results you experience.
To lose weight you will need to change your lifestyle habits too.
This means that you will need to start eating healthily and start getting some exercise. Out should go the junk food and takeaways, as you should be eating better than that.
Instead try eating more fresh fruits and vegetables as they are low in calories, but contain all of the nutrients your body requires.
You should also consider eating fibre and protein-rich foods too, as these can help fill you up and keep you feeling full.
As for exercise, whatever you do is better than nothing. To start I would suggest going for a short walk once a day, and to try and build up the amount you do.
Swimming is also a good suggestion, as it is low impact so will not affect your joints.
#4: You need to keep in touch with your doctor
To ensure you are seeing the right kind of results from the use of the weight loss medication it is important that you keep in contact with your doctor.
They should be monitoring your progress, and if you are not seeing the results you should then they may suggest alternatives.
If you value your health then it is no good continuing with a form of medication that does not work.