Trying to lose weight is no easy task; it’s no wonder that so many people think that weight loss medications are the answer that they have been looking for. Unfortunately, they are not a cure-all that works for everybody who takes them. Still, they do hold some promise and may be worth looking into if you would to lose some weight.
Weight loss medications can be broken down into two major categories: over-the-counter and prescription only. The first type can be purchased by anyone, while the second type requires a written prescription from your doctor.
The benefit of over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss medication is that it is convenient. You don’t have to see your doctor to buy it. However, this isn’t a good idea, as you should always check with your doctor about any health issues you are concerned about, including losing weight.
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If your doctor says that it is okay for you to take OTC weight loss medication or supplements, then go ahead. However, you should also know that what is sold over the counter isn’t always what will cause you to lose weight. See, the manufacturers of these “medications” have figured out a way that makes it seem as though their concoction helps you to lose weight, but there’s a catch: you must follow the enclosed diet plan.
That’s right, what you are really buying (in most cases) is a written diet plan that includes some sort of supplement. In reality, it’s the diet plan that is responsible for the majority of the weight loss. However, that doesn’t mean they are bad. You really can lose weight with them, provided you follow their diet as well.
Prescription weight loss medications may not include a gimmicky diet plan, but you will still need to watch what you eat. These medications are really intended to help you lose weight, but you will have to do most of the work yourself.
Don’t get the wrong idea, there are several effective weight loss medications. Make an appointment to see your doctor so you can discuss the options that are best for you. Also, be sure to talk about any harmful side effects. While side effects vary in their frequency, it’s always smart to know what to watch out for, and what you should do if any particular side effect should develop. Furthermore, the side effects of being overweight can be more frequent and severe. Only you and your doctor can decide if prescription weight loss medications are right for you.
Even if you do decide to take medication for weight loss, you will still need to eat right and get exercise. Some medications may interact poorly with certain foods, so make sure that you read all of the information about a particular drug before taking it. Weight loss medication really can help you to lose weight more quickly. You can try something via prescription or over-the-counter; either way, it will be worth it once you see those extra pounds start to melt away.