The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology say that with a healthy diet, increased exercise and behavioral therapy people can lose 5 to 10 percent of their weight – in about six months. If you need to lose weight faster for a health reason or because you are easily discouraged and give up, diet pills are a consideration. Here are 4 situations where diet pills might be the right answer.
1. A Fast Start: You may have so many pounds to lose that you can’t feel good about a slow, long-term weight loss. You may know that when you give up high calorie foods and those scales are barely moving, you get discouraged and quit the diet. Your health situation may call for a quicker weight loss. Diet pills may help you get the fast start you need. Some diet pills block the absorption of fat and Mayo Clinic says these may stimulate your body to lose more weight quicker. A fast start may make sticking with your diet easier.
2. No Exercise: Sometimes starting or increasing exercise just isn’t possible. Your weight may be stopping you. You may have a health issue or a problem with your joints. You simply may not think you can fit more exercise into your schedule. A diet pill that reduces your appetite may help you create the caloric deficit, using more calories than you take in, that leads to weight loss. Losing pounds may actually make exercise less painful and more attractive – you may find time to fit it into your busy schedule.
3. Reduce Appetite. You may be used to eating whenever and whatever. To lose weight, you’re going to have to bring you appetite under control. Diet pills can help you do that. If you can control your hunger and your cravings, you’re going to reduce the number of calories you eat in day – and it may even help you learn to eat healthier as you take the junk food out of your diet.
4. Your BMI is High. If you BMI is 30 or above…or if it is 27 or higher and you have weight related health problems, you may need the help of diet pills to get that fast start, reduce your appetite and fill in for the exercise you probably haven’t been getting. Another reason to use diet pills is if you’re stuck. If you’ve done behavior modification, increased exercise and decreased calories and still can’t lose (think of a rate of about 4 pounds a month), diet pills may give you the help you need.
If you’re thinking of taking diet pills, first check with your doctor. Next, seek the help of a weight-loss specialist who can prescribe the right diet pill for you. A medical weight loss center is a good place to get started. They have a bariatric doctor – a specialist in weight loss and weight related disease – at the helm and a staff who is experienced and expert at giving you the help you need. They know what each diet prescription can accomplish and they’ll prescribe the one that’s right for you. You’ll get the help and support to finally start taking off pounds.