Exploring the Options for Weight Loss Supplements

Whether you are looking to take off those last 10 pounds or feel that you have more to lose, you may have considered using weight loss supplements to help you in your weight loss journey. There are many different types and brands of supplements available and because of this it can get confusing and you might not know which ones to choose.

Hopefully this article will help explain some of the available choices and help you make the best decision for your situation. Remember, regardless of what type of weight loss pill or supplement you decide to use it is best to check with your doctor, do your research, eat healthy, and exercise. It’s also best to remember that good health is not just a number, but a lifestyle.

Weight loss supplements are available in both prescription and non-prescription form:

Prescription Pills and Supplements for Weight Loss

Prescription pills are actually diet pills and are prescribed by a doctor. When taking prescription weight loss pills it is usually necessary to visit your doctor monthly to make sure that you are not experiencing any unhealthy side effects. Prescription weight loss supplements are closely monitored and approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). A few examples of prescription weight loss medications are Xenical, Meridia, Adipex, and Phentermine.

Because these are prescription medications there are some people who will not be able to take them or may not have enough weight to lose and may want to consider looking into non-prescription weight loss supplements.

Non-Prescription Supplements for Weight Loss

Non-Prescription pills are designed for those who prefer supplements over prescription pills or who are unable to take prescription weight loss medications. Supplements are not monitored by the FDA and can be bought over-the-counter by anyone, though some may require that you be over the age of 18. There are many different types of supplements and it is best to do some research before taking any. Some supplements work like amphetamines and because of this it is important to make sure that your body can handle this type of supplement safely and that it will not interfere with any medication you are taking.

Some supplements work with the chemicals in the brain to suppress hunger while others work inside your stomach to help you feel full. As with the other supplements we’ve discussed you need to check with your doctor before taking them to make sure that they will not interfere with your current medications.

Other weight loss options that should be considered regardless of whether or not you use prescription pills or non-prescription supplements include eating healthy and exercising. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising not only helps you lose weight but can also help you lower your cholesterol, keep your heart healthy, and lower stress.

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