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After a long day at the office, it’s hard to find the energy to cook a nutritious meal, let alone put in an hour at the gym. As we get older and our less-than-healthy diets start to catch up with us, it’s normal to put on a few extra pounds. But if you are looking to cut back and still do not have time to put into a healthier diet, all is not lost. Modern medicine has an answer for everything, and dieting is no exception.
If you are looking for help cutting back on late night snacks and mid-afternoon munchies, or perhaps you are just looking to reduce hunger, consider talking to your doctor about appetite suppressants. They are safe and effective, and one of the most commonly used forms of medical weight loss therapy. If taken correctly, they can help put a spark into your diet and alter how you approach food altogether.
The most difficult part of starting a new diet is sticking to it. Because you are consuming fewer calories, your body sends signals to the brain, indicating that it is hungry. The trick is to override those signals so that your body believes it is full. This is where appetite suppressants come into play. They prevent the signals from reaching the brain by increasing two different chemical responses—serotonin and catecholamine.
Serotonin is often thought of as the body’s natural happy pill. Serotonin boosts mood and energy levels. Catecholamine is a hormone that regulates appetite. By regulating these two chemical transmitters, you can not only tune out your body’s “hungry” signal but also do so without suffering through a foul mood. If you struggle to eat less while dieting, appetite suppressants can help you feel full sooner or cut out hunger pangs when it is not mealtime.
Of course, there are a variety of different appetite suppressants, and not all are the same. When you schedule a consultation with your doctor, go into the appointment knowing what you want. Because there is more than one type of medication, not all choices will be best suited to your needs.
Be careful about taking any medication without first consulting with a doctor. There are many products advertised as appetite suppressants available over the counter, but these are often unregulated and could cause more harm than they are worth. It is best to follow a doctor’s orders when it comes to weight loss medication.
The current top appetite suppressants on the market today include:
All five of these appetite suppressants are members of the sympathomimetic family of drugs and are designed for short-term weight management plans. They should be used alongside a diet plan and regular exercise. Additional behavioral therapy can help to alter eating habits as well. Combined with these approaches, Adipex and Bontril can help you not only lose weight but also develop better and healthier eating habits.
Bontrol and Tenuate come in short- and long-acting options, but Adipex is specifically for all-day suppression. If you are looking for something in the middle, Didrex lasts anywhere from six to ten hours. Qsymia is the newer option on the market and stands out from the others for its ability to decrease appetite as well as increase weight loss.
No single product should be used without dieting and exercise. These medications are specifically designed to reduce your appetite, but the goal should be creating better eating habits. They are an aid, not a cure all. To reach your ultimate weight goal, you have to make long-term behavioral changes. Remember, these medications are only for short-term weight management and should not be abused.
But remember, getting back into the groove of a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a complete test of will power. When 2:00PM rolls around and you’re feeling peckish, don’t give in to temptation. Talk to your doctor and get set up with the solution to your hunger. Starting a new appetite suppressant can help you reset your diet and bring you back to a healthy lifestyle. Let this be the year that you finally get back down to your high school weight.