Do Weight Loss Medications Work?

Do Weight Loss Medications Work?

There are dozens of ways to lose weight in the world of weight loss. However, if you have tried dieting and exercise and are still not getting the results you were hoping for, weight loss medication may be a good option. 

While continuing to exercise and eat right, weight loss medication gives your body the extra boost it needs to lose weight. With so many weight loss medication options on the market, it’s hard to know what’s best for you or whether weight loss medications even work. 

Whether a weight loss medication works, and how effective it is, varies on a person-by-person basis. Here’s an overview of what weight loss medication is and whether it may work for you. 

What Is Weight Loss Medication?

Weight loss medication is a drug that helps you lose weight . Various medications work in different ways. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), some weight loss medications work to suppress your appetite, others block the absorption of fat or carbs, while still others increase satiety. 

It is important to remember that weight loss medications work best when you combine them with a healthy diet and regular exercise. 

How Effective Is Weight Loss Medication? 

The overall effectiveness of weight loss medication varies from person to person. 

According to the NIDDK, on average, people taking prescription weight loss medicines while engaging in a healthy active lifestyle can lose between 3% and 9% of their starting weight, compared to those without medication. 

What Determines the Effectiveness of Weight Loss Medicine? 

Medical weight loss professionals look at several factors when determining the effectiveness of weight loss medication: 

  • What the starting weight of the patient is
  • What the overall health status of the patient is 
  • Whether the patient follows the medication regimen prescribed by the medical professional 
  • How committed the patient is to making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise 

Before deciding on any weight loss medication, consult with a medical weight loss professional to discuss your medical history and what the best weight loss solution is for you. 

Taking the Right Step in Your Weight Loss Journey 

When setting out to lose weight, you must choose a path that will get you the results you want while keeping you safe and healthy. For this, you may need the help of a medical weight loss professional to help you on your weight loss journey. 

At Balance Hormone Center, we’ll help you understand how weight loss medication works and whether medication is the best path forward for your weight loss goals and needs. If you want to learn more about medical weight loss, you can call 480-526-4384 or schedule an appointment today.

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