Almost everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has tried weight loss drugs at some point. Some have worked, and some have ended up being proven very dangerous. Some that have been around for years can be purchased over the counter and claim that if you take them every day, they’ll suppress your appetite, you’ll eat less and you’ll lose weight. Newer over-the-counter weight loss drugs are designed to help you while you’re eating less, and can have embarrassing and uncomfortable consequences if you stray from your eating plan while taking them.
These over-the-counter pills are technically weight loss drugs, even though you don’t have to get a doctor’s approval before you purchase them. Just that they can be purchased in any store without a prescription should lead you to doubt how truly effective they are. Read the enclosed information very carefully on any weight loss aids you purchase, and one thing becomes pretty clear. The pill you have to take seems to do very little, because while you’re instructed to take the pills (or pills) you’re also told that weight loss will happen best if you follow a diet plan at the same time.
So are the weight loss drugs responsible for any weight you lose while taking them, or is the diet plan you follow what’s letting you drop the pounds? While some of the pills really can suppress your appetite and make it easier for you to eat less food, it’s the diet plan you follow while on the pills that is actually responsible for any weight you lose. But people still associate the act of taking the pills with the lost weight, so they believe these things make a huge difference.
Other types of weight loss drugs require a prescription and careful monitoring by your doctor. The pills don’t claim to burn the fat off you or rip away the pounds; they’re designed to help you eat less by making you less hungry. If you really can’t follow a diet plan because you can’t stop yourself from eating more than your plan calls for, then prescription appetite suppressants could help you greatly. But you should understand that there’s always a risk of side effects when you take any drug.
Weight loss drugs haven’t always been a good thing, either, with some flooding the market only to be recalled a few months later because it turned out they were dangerous. People have died taking both over-the-counter and prescription weight loss medications, so you have to decide for yourself whether getting some help feeling less hungry is that important for your weight loss efforts, and whether it’s worth any potential risks to your health.
Herbal remedies are drugs, too, so carefully examine the claims that any herb or supplement can help you lose weight with no side effects. Just because an herb is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe or effective. Talk to your doctor about weight loss drugs, and then carefully decide whether or not they’re right for you.