Appetite suppressants work by interrupting the hunger signals between the stomach and the brain. The medication suppresses or dulls the neurotransmitters located in the brain, preventing them from relaying messages to the stomach. An appetite suppressant can be used to prevent people from snacking throughout the day or from eating large meals. Appetite suppressants increase the amount of serotonin levels in the brain. As the amount of serotonin increases, the desire for food begins to decrease. When food cravings diminish and the person eats less food, their calorie intake will decrease. If the number of calories taken is lower than the number of calories burned during daily activities, weight will be lost.
When used as part of a medically supervised weight loss program, appetite suppressants are safe and effective. The doctor knows when to prescribe an appetite suppressant as well as the appropriate dosage to meet each patient's needs. While all medications run the risk of possible side effects, appetite suppressants that are used along with other weight loss techniques can actually cause weight to be lost much faster than if they were not included. Common side effects associated with appetite suppressants include stomach upset, dizziness, dry mouth, irritability, and constipation. Each person will react differently to the medication. Close monitoring by the doctor will prevent any adverse side effects.
A medically supervised weight loss plan includes exercise routines, nutritionally sound diet plans, and the use of appetite suppressants to help patients reduce their cravings for food. Constant monitoring by the doctor will help the patient stay on track no matter the stage of weight loss they are in. The doctor will use these tools to help the patient establish healthy lifestyle patterns when it comes to meals, serving sizes, and overall calorie intake. Controlling calorie intake through appetite suppressants and the type of foods that are included in the diet, will help the patient lose weight more efficiently. The healthy lifestyle habits and patterns that are learned during the weight loss program will remain with the patient for many years to come.
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