Weight Loss Drugs: An Easy Way Out?

If your healthcare provider has recommended a prescription weight loss medication, you may be feeling like you are taking an easy way out. Although it can be a difficult decision for some to take these drugs, it's important to understand that there aren't any "magic pills." While they may help, you will still have to make lifestyle changes to help get rid of those pounds for good.


Do Weight Loss Drugs Provide an Unfair Advantage?

Are you considering a prescription weight loss medication to aid you in your efforts to lose your extra pounds? If so, you may have wondered if doing so is "cheating" or taking the easy way out. Our take? We don't think it is. Read on to find out why.

No Miracle Drugs

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a pill we could take that would allow us to eat all the food we wanted without gaining weight? Unfortunately, no such wonder drugs exist. The weight loss medications available today all help somewhat (some more than others), but none of them allow you to overeat on a daily basis while losing weight.
In addition, none of the weight loss drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are likely to cause rapid weight loss, unlike the kind of weight loss you see in tabloids or in advertisements for the less-than-reputable weight loss supplements. Think of it this way -- in order to be safe enough for FDA approval, a weight loss medication will likely need to encourage the type of gradual loss that is considered to be safe (no more than a few pounds a week, typically). Anything out there that can cause rapid, drastic weight loss probably isn't safe.

No Emotional Quick Fixes

As you probably already know, many people are overweight due to emotional issues. Some of us use food to deal with serious mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety -- after all, what is more soothing than your favorite comfort food? Many of us use food to ease the pain from past or present hurts. Sometimes we eat out of boredom or to avoid or postpone unpleasant tasks.
Weight loss medications don't treat the emotional causes of overeating. To successfully lose weight, you'll still have to do the hard work of addressing those issues.
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