Gaining weight always seems easier to do than losing the weight. People get in the habit of eating too much of the wrong foods throughout the day or too much of the right foods. Whatever the reason as to why the person gained the weight, they will need to find a way to take it off.
The basics to losing weight is to control what is put into the mouth and increasing metabolism. To loose weight a person would need to burn more calories than the amount of calories they ate. It also deals with what the person is eating and drinking on a daily basis. Drinking too many sugary drinks, like carbonated sodas and juice, instead of water or unsweetened tea and coffee, can cause weight gain. A person will have to change their diet in order to lose the weight. The person needs a balanced diet of the right fats and carbs. The person would have to eat the right amount of healthy protein to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If the person has changed the way their diet is, plus increased the amount of exercise they do, but still can not lose the weight, they should see their doctor. Their doctor may be able to help them lose the weight and get to a more normal weight. Their doctor might be able to prescribe a weight loss pill only available through a medical physician.
Doctors usually prescribe a patient a weight loss medication based on the patients body mass index (BMI). If a person’s weight is in some ways caused by health related issues, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or other health issues, then the person’s BMI has to be at least 27. If the person’s weight is not caused by or related to a health issue, then their BMI has to be at least 30. The person will still need to change their diet and the amount they exercise when taking a prescription weight loss pill. Although this has been the standard for many years, recently we have been able to look much closer to how a person is made up and where there weight is coming from. Even though a weightlifter and an overweight man can weight the same amount, they both do not need to lose weight although a simple BMI would say otherwise. Using the latest technology, we are able to take the BMI and find out which part of it is made up of fat, muscle and water. This allows us to dissect the BMI and find out where the weight is actually coming from.
Before being prescribed any weight loss medication, the person needs to talk with their doctor. They need to talk about allergies the person has, all medications prescribed by all doctors, and any over the counter pills the person is taking. If the person is a woman, they will need to let their doctor know if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future. A woman will have to let the doctor know if they are breastfeeding. If a woman is breastfeeding, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant in the near future, then they may not be prescribed certain weight loss drugs until the pregnancy or breastfeeding is over with.
There are several different weight loss drugs a doctor can prescribe a person. The most common prescriptions for weight loss are: Qsymia, phentermine, orlistat, Belviq, Saxenda, and Contrave.