Medications that raise your metabolism can help you lose weight faster. Examples of medications that can raise your metabolic rate include:
Metformin is a type of medication that helps your body burn fat. It’s used to treat type 2 diabetes. It’s also available as a generic drug.
Troglitazone is a medication that works in several ways. It increases your metabolic rate by increasing your sensitivity to insulin. It also slows your appetite and reduces your body fat. It’s used to treat type 2 diabetes. It’s also used for high cholesterol and heart disease.
Metformin may not work for everyone. Some people may not have the right type of stomach to absorb it, or it could cause side effects. Your doctor can help you decide if this drug is right for you.
Beta blockers are used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease. They help slow the heart rate, which can help you lose weight.
Metformin and beta blockers are often used together.
Calcium channel blockers are used to treat high blood pressure. They help lower your blood pressure by reducing the amount of calcium in your blood.
Metformin and calcium channel blockers are often used jointly.
Sodium-glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are used to treat type 2 diabetes and prevent kidney disease. They help with glucose absorption in your intestines.
A 2017 review and meta-analysis looked at more than 20 studies that showed that SGLT2 inhibitors can help people lose weight and lower blood sugar.
Examples of SGLT2 inhibitors include:
These drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat type 2 diabetes.
The authors noted that the benefits of these medications usually don’t last and that most people stop taking them after a few months.
Several other medications may help you lose weight. These include:
Sibutramine is used to treat high blood pressure, a condition that is often linked with type 2 diabetes. It works by reducing the amount of sugar in your blood.
A 2013 review and meta-analysis of studies concluded that sibutramine can help people lose weight and lower blood sugar.
Sibutramine is approved by the FDA to treat high blood pressure.
Metformin and sibutramine are often used together.
Diet and exercise
Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult. A diet and exercise plan that you can stick to can help you lose weight and keep it off.
A 2016 review and meta-analysis found that a low-calorie diet and exercise program can help people lose about a pound per week. That’s about half the amount of weight that you need to lose to have a positive impact on your health.
Talk to your doctor about the diet and exercise plan that’s right for you. You can also talk to a dietitian to help you plan a diet and exercise plan that’s safe and effective.
Examples of diet and exercise plans include:
- A low-calorie diet of no more than 1,500 calories per day
- A diet that focuses on veggies, fruits, and whole grains
- Regular exercise
Your doctor will likely recommend a diet and exercise plan that’s safe and effective for you.
You should also avoid foods that trigger weight gain. These include:
- Red meat
- High amounts of refined grains, such as white bread
- Sugary foods, such as candy, baked goods, and soda
- Processed foods, such as fast food
- High amounts of saturated fat, such as meat, butter, and fried foods
- Alcoholic drinks, such as beer and wine
- Fried foods, such as French fries
You can also help your metabolism by eating high-fiber foods and taking steps to lose weight.
High fiber foods are:
- Whole grains, such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread
- Leafy vegetables
- Low-fat dairy
- Low-fat proteins, such as turkey, chicken, and fish
Here are some examples of ways to lose weight when you eat high-fiber foods:
- Eat a diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Eat meals with a focus on lean protein and healthy fats.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.
- Try to limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
- Try to limit your sugar intake.
- Eat snacks that are high in protein, such as a cheese wheel.
Your doctor can also help you learn how to use exercise and diet to lose weight.
When to talk with a doctor?
You can lose weight with the help of these medications and lifestyle changes. But you may need to talk to your doctor if you:
- Have a history of heart disease
- Have a history of high blood pressure
- Have a history of kidney disease
- Have type 2 diabetes that doesn’t respond to medication
- Have a family history of obesity or type 2 diabetes
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of about 30 or above
- Have trouble losing weight
- Have liver, kidney, or thyroid disease
- Have heartburn or other digestive problems when you eat high-fiber foods
- Have depression or other mental health conditions
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or if you:
- Have a BMI of 40 or above
- Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9
- Feel tired or have trouble sleeping
- Have a body that doesn’t look healthy
- Change your diet or lifestyle and don’t lose weight
- Have a weight-related health condition
- Have a skin condition
- Have a physical or mental disability
- Have other chronic health conditions
Take a look at what you’re eating and drinking. Check your portion size and make sure you’re getting enough nutrients.
If you’re having trouble losing weight, you may need to see a doctor or other healthcare provider. This can help you find the best treatment for your weight.
Losing weight can be challenging. But you can do it.
A 2018 review and meta-analysis found that about a third of people who were overweight lost 10 percent of their body weight, and two-thirds lost 5 percent of their body weight.
Weight loss medicines can help you lose weight at home or at the doctor’s office. Talk to your doctor about weight loss options that are right for you
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