We live in a society where we are led to believe that modern science can provide answers to all our questions and concerns. One of those things is weight loss medicine, so should you even consider using some sort of medication?
Well, the truth is that much of what we are led to believe about the benefits of taking a weight loss medicine is just slick advertising. If you are seriously considering taking this route, make sure you talk to your doctor fist.
It is very important to ask about the potential side effects you can expect. They can vary from one mediation to another and not everyone will have all of these side effects but you must know what is possible.
Most types of medications will really only be viable for short term use. That is something you must also take into consideration. If you can realistically only take a certain medication for a short time frame, what will happen when you stop taking it?
Will you stop losing weight as quickly, or stop losing weight altogether? Will you gain back what you have lost?
As you may have figured out already, I'm not a big fan of using medications for weight loss.
The only exception to this rule is if you are taking medications to help you get a quick start with your weight loss efforts but are still making needed diet and exercise changes.
Basically, the medication is simply a way to help you gain momentum by getting some results more quickly. But, you must also have every intention of making changes with your diet and exercise.
To me, that is the most logical way to use a weight loss medication: as a short term supplement to the other changes you are making.
That way, you don't have to worry about regaining your weight when you go off the medicine. Instead, you know that you have made changes so you can reasonably expect to keep the weight off once you've lost it.
Other than medications, you can also eat better by eating more lean protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, drinking more water and maybe lowering the amount of carbohydrates you get in your diet.
Combining all these things will make it possible for you to actually eat more while still losing weight. Another benefit is that you can increase your metabolism which means you can also lose more weight, more quickly.
In effect, you are simply giving your body what it needs to run at it's best instead of a lot of empty calories. That way you are working with your body instead of against it. That is a much easier way to go.
I actually had that experience myself. I started eating 6 small meals daily. They were the proper portion size as well as made up mostly of fresh vegetables and lean protein. I lost 10 lbs. in one week!
So, if you are considering using weight loss medicine to loss those extra pounds and that unwanted body fat, first talk to your doctor and second, consider these points. Make sure your expectations are realistic for your best chance of success.