Am I a Candidate for Weight-Loss Medication?

Slim down and stay down.

You desperately want to achieve a healthy weight to boost your health and self-esteem, but traditional weight-loss efforts that involve changing your diet and adding in exercise have failed you. Weight-loss medications can assist you in getting a jumpstart on losing, and our team at Marin Weight Loss & Wellness in Greenbrae and Novato, California, can help. 

Even if you our medical weight-loss management team believes weight-loss medications can help you, don’t mistake them for a substitute for diet and exercise. Weight-loss medications are a complement to, not a replacement for, healthy habits.

Read on to learn if you might be a candidate for weight-loss medication and how it can help.

The best candidates for weight-loss medication

People who can benefit from weight-loss medication are those who’ve been actively trying to lose weight through diet and exercise but have little success. You may be losing slowly or you’re discouraged by the process.

If you’re only looking to take off a last 5-10 pounds to reach your goal weight, you really don’t need the boost of medication. We offer weight-loss medication support if your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30 or if you have a BMI greater than 27 along with serious medical problems related to being overweight or obese.

You also need to be in good health. We review your medical history, labs and EKG to make sure weight loss medication is a healthy choice for you. It should go without saying that weight-loss medications aren’t for women who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding.

Effectiveness of weight-loss medications

Prescription weight-loss medications can produce significant weight loss. Although results vary, people who take prescription medications for weight loss lose 3-9% more of their starting weight as compared to those who don’t take medication.

Weight-loss medications typically suppress your appetite and increase your feelings of fullness. As a result, they help reduce cravings and can help you make important lifestyle changes, such as sticking to proper portions. These benefits serve you well in the long term when it comes to keeping excess pounds off.

Side effects of weight-loss medications

Some people do experience uncomfortable side effects when they take weight-loss medications. These may include feeling anxious or irritable, or not sleeping well. There are several medications available. You will work closely with Dr, Altschuler to determine if weight loss medication is right for you, and to  find the medication that best suits your needs.

Your insurance may or may not pay for them, so you should consider the possible impact on your finances.

Length of time on medication

At Marin Weight Loss & Wellness, we carefully monitor your medication usage to ensure it’s working for you and not causing any adverse side effects. If you don’t lose at least 5% of your body weight after three months on the medication, we’ll change your treatment plan or switch medications altogether.

During your time on the medication, you still need to maintain healthy habits such as dietary shifts and exercise. You don’t stay on medication forever, so it’s important to ingrain these habits to help you stay healthy for the long term.

If you’re overweight or obese and having trouble losing weight with diet and exercise alone, contact Marin Weight Loss & Wellness. We want to help you achieve a healthy size and maximize your quality of life. Take advantage of our full array of weight-loss plans and healthy living support programs.

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