Despite all the knowlege of our scientific age, there is no magic pill or potion to make us lose weight. However, our scientific knowledge is the reason we use medications as one of the tools in a comprehensive approach at Kitsap Medical Weight Loss.
Researchers have found that people with overweight/obesity may havesuffered damage to the appetite signaling system in their brain, making it difficult to battle cravings, get satisfaction from appropriate amounts of food, or to know when they are full. To further complicate the situation, when you start to lose weight your body ramps up the production of the hormone that makes you hungry. This isn’t just a matter of willpower, it’s a problem with a damaged signalling system. You are not “weak-willed;” you have a disease.
There are medications that can help to rebalance this complex system. Phentermine is the one most well known because it’s been around the longest, but not always the right choice for any specific patient. As with all medications, understanding the proper use, and knowing who is an appropriate candidate for using it is critical. These medications are prescribed to people whose excess weight is posing health concerns. Weight-loss medications aren’t given in place of nutrition and exercise recommendations; rather they complement these proven strategies.
Many people on weight-loss medications have no side effects, or the ones they do experience are minimal. The benefit of losing weight almost always has a greater effect on your health than the side effects. As with any medication, proper monitoring by a physician is important, and with patient feedback the doctor is able to fit the right medication and dosage to each person’s weight loss journey.