Fat cells used to be considered nothing more than a way for the body to store excess calories. Now experts know that fat cells produce and release hormones that regulate metabolism. When you have an excessive number of fat cells actively producing strong hormones, you end up with an imbalance that makes it harder to lose weight.
Fat cells also produce biochemicals that promote chronic disease. Add potential nutrient imbalances associated with being overweight and a diet with too much sugar into the equation and the risk for chronic disease increases. As a result, overweight and obesity lead to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease.
Many adults have encountered weight cycling, which is the cycle of working hard to lose weight, only to regain it back again. This can happen even when you’re diligent about diet and exercise due to the influence of hormones that regulate hunger and fat burning.
One example is leptin, which is a hormone that promotes fat burning. Resistance to leptin often develops in people who gain weight. As a result, the body doesn’t respond properly to leptin, so you keep fat in storage rather than using it for energy.
Another hormone that can influence your weight is ghrelin, which makes you feel hungry. After initially losing weight, levels of ghrelin tend to increase. However, if you can keep the weight off for a year, ghrelin levels drop back to normal.
When you need to lose weight, Dr. Boulware can help by prescribing weight loss medication. All of the FDA-approved weight loss medications are meant to be used along with diet and exercise. They’re also intended for short-term use, so they’re not a permanent solution for maintaining weight. However, they’re very effective for kick-starting a diet and boosting your overall weight loss.
Several weight-loss medications are available, so Dr. Boulware recommends the one that is best-suited for your health and weight loss needs. Each medication works using a different mechanism – and some have multiple mechanisms – which include the following:
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