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Ask the Weight Loss Dr.: Are Appetite Suppressants Right for Me?

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

Many people avoid taking medical supplements for their diets out of fear that they'll end up trying to replace their food with pills.When it comes to losing weight, medical assistance is the last resort for many people. The reasons for waiting to seek professional weight loss solutions from a real physician/dietician are legion; ranging from a reluctance to discuss weight-related problems with a stranger to an understandable fear of the side-effects of medical procedures.

However, for all too many people, fad diets and other do-it-alone methods of losing weight prove to be ineffective. Because of this, it is often necessary to seek out the help of a trained physician in order to create a comprehensive weight loss plan.

One of the major discussions your dietician/physician should have with you is whether or not you should use appetite suppressants to help you meet your weight loss goals.

Are Appetite Suppressants Right for You?

The answer to this question is dependent on a number of factors, such as:

  • Your eating habits.
  • Your metabolism.
  • Your activity level.
  • Whether or not you are diabetic.
  • Certain heart disease risks.
  • Whether you are nursing, pregnant, or could become pregnant.

And these are just a few of the factors that apply to most appetite suppressants. Specific types of appetite suppressants can have specific side effects for people who suffer from other conditions, such as glaucoma.

For many people looking to shed excess weight, however, appetite suppressants can be a very effective way to help maintain weight loss goals and prevent extra weight gain.

Consider an appetite suppressant if you:

  • Have difficulty controlling the urge to eat.
  • Have constant feelings of hunger.
  • Are considerably overweight.
  • Have been trying to cut back your meal portions but still eat more than you should.
  • Want to reduce your appetite without committing to a more invasive procedure, such as gastric bypass surgery.

As with any form of medication, it is important to make sure that you talk with your physician before starting an appetite suppressant regimen. Only a trained Weight Loss Dr. is qualified to make a complete assessment of your dietary needs.

What Else Should I Know?

If you begin an appetite suppressant regimen, make sure to check in with your doctor on a regular basis to track the progress of your weight loss program. Also, ask the physician supervising your treatment if the specific appetite suppressant that he or she is using is suited for long-term use.

If the treatment that you are on is not suited for long-term use, it is important to make sure that you follow your weight loss doctor’s recommendations as to when to stop taking it.

Why the strong cautionary information? Because, here at Step Ahead Wellness, we’re dedicated to doing what’s best for you. While we know that appetite suppressants can be a wonderfully effective way to lose weight, they aren’t for everyone.

That’s why we’ll work with you to determine if appetite suppressants will be an effective treatment for you specifically. We take into account any pre-existing conditions that you have before we make any dietary recommendations, including the prescription of an appetite suppressant.

Learn more about appetite suppressants and other weight loss tools and procedures by contacting Step Ahead Wellness today!

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