Weight Loss Remedies and Belviq
Navigating the world of weight loss can be overwhelming. There are a ton of products on the market that claim to help individuals lose weight, but how many of them work? Herbal or all-natural remedies, over-the-counter diet pills, weight loss prescription medications, exercise plans, and weight loss programs have flooded the market all claiming to be the next big thing. Despite their claims, individuals are wise to be cautious when choosing the program to help them lose those unwanted pounds and inches from their waist.
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Obesity Rates in America
Over the last century, the American lifestyle has changed dramatically. Homes where families once sat down to have dinner together with home cooked meals have now become quick trips through drive-throughs or microwaved dinners from a box. To say that the average American’s diet is an unhealthy one is probably an understatement. Sugar, salt, fat, and oil content has skyrocketed, and with the ease of purchasing pre-cooked meals and sedentary lifestyles, there’s no wonder that our waistline has expanded.
A whopping 30% of Americans are estimated to be clinically obese today despite the overabundance of weight management products available. Entire communities are plagued by heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer, all of which can be linked to poor diet and exercise.
Effective Weight Loss Medications
The names of several weight loss medications as well as programs probably come to mind when you are considering treatment. While some of the most popular regimens can be very helpful, they often only work while eating the foods sold by the program. Once an individual has lost the amount they originally wanted, and they go back to eating normally, many find themselves gaining weight once again. Sadly, programs that require you to purchase meals don’t educate patients on how to maintain their new look.
For a weight loss program to be effective, it must address several issues. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or certain thyroid conditions, can increase the amount of weight a person gains. Controlling these issues are an important part of any weight loss regimen. Changing behavior is another.
When patients learn how to make healthier choices that include tasty meals, they often find that keeping the weight off is easier. Especially when an appropriate exercise program is added, not only does routine exercise promote weight loss, but it also helps to build strong bones and leaner muscles.
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A healthy diet and exercise program are just a portion of what it takes for an overweight individual to get fit. Often individuals, especially those who are obese, need something to start them on their journey.
Weight loss prescription medications have been around for decades. Some are anorexiants (appetite suppressants) while others inhibit the absorption of fat. Regardless of which type of medicine you are taking, patients should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.
What Is Belviq?
Belviq is a weight loss treatment for adults who are overweight with weight-related medical conditions. The active ingredient in Belviq, Lorcaserin, helps to make you feel full by targeting a hunger receptor in the brain. Chemical messengers called neurotransmitters stimulate the brain and tell us that we need to eat. Serotonin, another neurotransmitter, makes us feel full. Belviq makes the brain produce more of the chemicals that encourage the full feeling while eating less and promoting weight loss.
Forty-seven percent of the adults who took Belviq lost 5% or more of their body weight during the first year compared to those who used diet and exercise alone. These results have helped to prove that Belviq is an effective medication for weight loss.
Belviq Side Effects
As with many medications, some side effects can be attributed to Belviq:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood sugar (adults with type 2 diabetes)
- Back pain
While this is not a complete list of possible side effects, patients who have signs of an allergic reaction should seek immediate medical attention. Swelling of the face, tongue or neck, as well as hives or itching, can all be signs of an allergy.
Where to Seek Treatment and a Belviq Prescription
Individuals who need treatment for obesity should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner. While many practices offer a prescription for Belviq, most don’t have the necessary support methods that EZCare Clinic can provide.
Along with a weight loss prescription, EZCare can also offer nutritional advice and support as well as supplements and the help needed to choose a personalized exercise program. Additionally, weight loss counseling that can help patients understand the emotional factors that contribute to weight gain is available at the clinic.
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Choosing the right clinic to help you lose weight and keep it off is just the first step in your weight loss journey. Don’t wait, call today for an appointment at (415) 966-0848. Open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, however, you can schedule an appointment online.