Prescription Weight Loss Facts
Prescription weight loss pills can help you lose weight. Let’s take a look at the history and pros & cons of prescription weight loss medicine.
Are Prescription Weight Loss Pills Worth It?
Did you know that the earliest weight loss pills, or “diet pills”, were first introduced in the late 1800s? They went by another name, too, called “fat reducers”. These diet pills found their fame during what’s called the “patent medicine” era, promising an increase in your metabolic rate, aiding in weight loss. Unfortunately, these pills also came with some side effects including abnormal heartbeats, chest pains, muscle weakness, and even death. Diet pills, despite their heavy risks, remained available until the 1960s.
What was with this diet pill craze of the 19th and better part of the early 20th century? Up until the time diet pills took the world by storm, “plumpness” was regarded as a sign of good health and beauty. Even a full-figured woman indicated great financial status. And it wasn’t until 1893 when Frank J. Kellogg debuted a “Safe Fat Reducer” when the world of “beauty standards” changed.
5 Mind Numbing Facts About Prescription Weight Loss Medications
1. Prescription weight loss medications are provided for those with significant weight loss problems. They’re not meant for “quick weight loss before bikini season”. You can only be prescribed a weight loss drug if your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater. The exception is if your weight is causing significant health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and so on.
2. You may lose some weight, but your health will be greatly improved. According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), losing 5 or 10 percent of your body weight has great positive health benefits. Benefits include lower blood pressure, improved blood sugar, and cholesterol levels, and much more. It should also be noted that a companion diet and exercise program are required to meet long-term weight loss goals. In fact, prescription medications should never be used as a substitute but as a supplement. Exercise and a reduced calorie intake can help reach your goal of losing significant weight.
3. Every prescription weight loss medication has one or more heavy side effects. Weight loss medications such as Qysmia can increase heart rate in some people. Contrave can cause seizures and increase suicidal thoughts. Other medications have the unfortunate side effect of making you feel as though you want to abandon your weight loss journey.
4. Not all prescription weight loss medications are equal. Some weight-loss medications only block fats while others only curb your appetite. The ones that block fats have unfortunate gastrointestinal side effects.
5. Lastly, only some insurance companies cover prescription weight loss medications. Good news, though: you may qualify for a discount to help with the cost.
Prescription weight loss pills should never be treated as a substitute for diet and exercise. That is why I work with you one-on-one to develop a unique action plan that is designed to help you reach your weight loss goals as comfortably as possible.
Take the first step in your weight loss journey by reaching out to me today!