When Are Appetite Suppressants a Good Idea?

Are you struggling to lose weight? If so, you’re not alone. Here in Florida, 30% of adults are overweight or obese.

To experience lasting weight loss, it’s important to change your daily habits and thoughts toward food. Many people try different diets and strategies on their own without success. And with the holidays around the corner, even those with an iron will have a difficult time fighting the temptation. 

If you’re ready to say goodbye for good to excess weight this holiday season and new year, it’s time to learn how to make permanent changes in your daily dietary habits. These changes can help you trim down and keep off the excess weight for good.

At Lady’s Care Center in Miramar, Florida, Dr. Ladynez Espinal and our compassionate care team understand the importance of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight for both your physical and mental well-being. That’s why we offer medical weight loss programs to our patients, using tested, holistic weight-loss techniques. 

Our weight loss plans are for every patient who’s trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy body mass index. We offer plans that incorporate healthy eating along with supplements and medications when recommended. 

For many patients, appetite suppressants can make a difference in achieving successful, long-term weight loss. By using FDA-approved, prescription weight loss medications, Dr. Espinal helps you control your appetite so you can better adapt to new dietary habits. 

What are appetite suppressants?

Appetite suppressants are medications designed to help control your appetite so you can lose weight. There are different types of medications; depending on the formulation, some help you feel full sooner while others curb your overall appetite.

Appetite suppressants are usually prescribed alongside a reduced-calorie diet. When using them, it’s important to receive medically supervised support and guidance regarding your medications and meal plan.

When are appetite suppressants a good idea?

Adding appetite suppressants to your weight-loss plan may be a good fit for you if you’ve tried losing weight on your own in the past but haven’t had success. People taking prescription weight-loss medications lose 3%-9% more of their starting body weight compared to people using diet alone. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition that impacts your ability to exercise or lose weight, or if you’re older, a medical weight-loss program that includes appetite suppressants may be for you. 

It’s also important to take weight loss seriously if you have a chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, or hypertension. Losing even a small amount of weight can improve or reverse these conditions, improving your overall health and wellness dramatically.

How do appetite suppressants help?

Weight loss medications can help you shed excess pounds, but they’re not magic pills. They work best as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan. 

When prescribed by a medical care provider and used appropriately, appetite suppressants can help you follow a lower-calorie meal plan so that you lose weight safely and effectively. Here are a few of their benefits:

Stop cravings before they start

Cravings for fatty, sugary, high-calorie foods can derail your weight-loss efforts. If cravings are a problem, Dr. Espinal can prescribe appetite suppressants that reduce them and help you stick to your weight loss plan without feeling deprived or cranky. 

Feel fuller with less food

After years of overconsuming food, it can be challenging to stick to a lower-calorie meal plan. Some appetite suppressants can help you to feel more satisfied with less food. Dr. Espinal works with you to determine if you can benefit from medication that helps you feel fuller after eating smaller meals.

Control feelings of hunger

Feelings of excess hunger lead to overeating and frequent snacking. The result? The scale stops moving the direction you desire. Appetite suppressants help control your hunger so you can focus on giving your body the nutrient-dense foods it needs to keep you healthy and maintain permanent weight loss.

If you’re tired of dieting and want to learn more about our weight loss programs and begin your journey this holiday season, schedule a consultation with Dr. Espinal. Call our office in Miramar, Florida, or book your appointment online.

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