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When Should Appetite Suppressants Be Part of Your Weight Loss Plan?

Dr. Latisa Carson at Uniquely Fit Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center in Chula Vista, California, has dedicated her career to helping her patients reach their goals. As an obesity physician, she specializes in helping people identify and overcome barriers to weight loss and fitness. She uses a number of different tools, sometimes including appetite suppressants, to help you become the best version of yourself. 

How appetite suppressants can help

If you’ve struggled to lose weight, you’ve probably encountered obstacles. Not everyone has the same struggles, but nearly everyone has one or more of the following issues as they work to lose weight:

Obviously, there are myriad other issues that can impact your ability to lose weight. Perhaps your schedule makes it difficult to exercise, or you have an injury or condition that limits what you can do. For most people, though, eating and appetite control are part of the issue. 

What about self-discipline? 

One of the most commonly believed myths about obesity is that it results from a lack of willpower. Obesity is a complex condition, and it involves several factors -- but none of them include self-discipline. 

There may be underlying factors, such as stress or lack of proper sleep. Conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and many others affect your weight. 

Using the tools available to you, particularly with the supervision of a qualified medical expert such as Dr. Carson, does not indicate a lack of willpower. In fact, seeking proper health care is a testament to your level of self-discipline. 

Appetite suppressants are one tool among many that may be able to help you along your journey to weight loss. Using those tools properly speaks to your possessing self-discipline, not lacking it. 

Not all appetite suppressants are the same

Just as appetite suppressants are one of many tools, there are several different types of appetite suppressants that work differently, affecting your body in different ways. 

For example, some appetite suppressants affect the levels of serotonin released in your brain, while others change the hormones in your gut, keeping you from feeling hungry. There are others, as well. 

It’s important to work with a qualified medical professional such as Dr. Carson when you’re considering appetite suppressants. Her training helps guide her treatment suggestions for you. She can determine which type of appetite suppressant is most likely to work in your situation. 

There can be drawbacks

Appetite suppressants can have some unpleasant side effects. Not everyone experiences them, but it’s possible you’ll have constipation, insomnia, drowsiness, or other side effects. Additionally, depending on your body and the type of appetite suppressant you take, it may only work for a short period of time -- but it may be long enough for you to develop habits that will help you continue to lose weight even if you’re not taking the appetite suppressant. 

If you’d like to learn more about how obesity can be treated, and what the most appropriate approach for you might be, book an appointment with Dr. Carson at Uniquely Fit Medical Weight Loss and Wellness. She can answer your questions and help you develop a plan that will work. 

You can book an appointment easily using our online scheduling tool, or you’re welcome to call us at 619-274-8104 and we’ll be happy to help!

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