Managing Your Weight With Medication

Weight management is an important topic for many people. In the United States, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 30.7% of adults are classified as overweight. Weight loss medication can be a useful tool in managing one's weight but must be used with care and supervision by a qualified medical professional. Read on for insight about using medication for weight management.

The Most Common Medications Used for Weight Management

The types of medications available to help people manage their weight vary, but the most commonly prescribed are appetite suppressants, fat blockers, and metabolism enhancers. Appetite suppressants work by reducing cravings. Fat blockers prevent the body from absorbing certain fats in food and metabolism enhancers help the body burn more calories while at rest. All of these medications come with potential risks, so it's important to get a professional assessment from your doctor before taking any of them.

Considerations for Taking Weight Loss Medication

Before taking weight loss medication, first and foremost is safety. Discuss any weight reduction medication with a doctor beforehand. It's also important to understand that medications will not achieve long-term results on their own. Always use them in conjunction with an appropriate diet and exercise plan for successful, sustainable weight management.

The Benefits of Taking Medication

Weight reduction medications can help individuals achieve short-term results with correct usage. It can kickstart a weight management plan to break through plateaus in achieving long-term weight management goals. Many people also find that appetite suppressants can help them control their hunger and cravings, enabling them to make better food choices.

The Potential Risks of Taking Medication

Some medications can have serious side effects, including heart palpitations, headaches, and dizziness. They may also interact with other medications or supplements you are taking. Additionally, medications that affect hormones can cause changes in mood and energy levels, so again, it's advisable to consult a medical professional before taking any weight loss medication.

Weight management is an important issue for many people, and medications are a source for managing one's weight. Understand the potential risks and benefits of using such medications before starting a regimen. If you are ready to take the next step in losing weight, contact Keystone Medical Wellness today.

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