Supplements play a key role in your ability to lose weight. Ultimately, the most important factor in weight loss will always come down to your daily calorie intake. That doesn’t mean calories are the only factor. Physician-developed vitamins and supplements are an invaluable part of any comprehensive weight loss plan. For the best results, Forum Health Medical Weight Loss often combine supplements with exercise recommendations, dietary changes, injections, and more.
However, proper supplement use isn’t as simple as just going to a wellness store and buying pills and vitamins. Weight loss supplements are most effective when they’re implemented strategically.
With this personalized approach, we provide individuals with the best supplements for their unique needs. In this blog, we’ll go over the benefits of our physician-developed pharmaceuticals and how they stack up to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. We’ll also go over how our supplements can help you get the proper nutrients during your calorie-restricted diet, while also controlling your appetite and water retention.
Pharmaceutical vs. Over-the-counter
OTC medicines have their place and purpose, and when used correctly, they can be highly effective at treating your ailments. When it comes to losing weight, however, you should be wary of OTC supplements and pills that claim to be a weight loss solution.
One of the main reasons for caution comes down to safety. OTC weight loss supplements don’t go through the same rigorous set of testing standards as pharmaceutical supplements. This means they might not only be ineffective, they may even be potentially dangerous. While the FDA can monitor and recall OTC weight loss supplements at any time, they can essentially be sold without any proof that they actually work.
Pharmaceutical weight loss supplements, however, tend to have a much higher rate of success. Pharmaceutical supplements can only be prescribed and dispensed by a medical professional. This ensures that the pharmaceutical supplements prescribed to you are individually suited for your unique needs and goals. Not to mention, prescription supplements are often more powerful due to their higher dosage.
Because they’re also prescribed to you by a medical professional, using pharmaceutical supplements is often much safer than OTC. All pharmaceutical supplements are regulated through the FDA’s New Drug Application program, further enhancing their safety. As part of this program, all pharmaceutical supplements are rigorously tested.
With that being said, a pharmaceutical weight loss supplement isn’t necessarily safe for every person. Each person has their own unique body type, medical history, and body tolerances. What is safe and effective for one person might be dangerous for another.
All pharmaceutical supplements and dosages are tailored to the individual. This means that using these supplements when not prescribed could have dangerous outcomes. That’s why all prescription supplements received from Forum Health Medical Weight Loss should only be used by the patient they’re intended for.
Physician Developed for Calorie Restricted Diet
While losing weight is the ultimate goal, it shouldn’t come at the expense of your health. We find that far too often, people with calorie-restricted weight loss plans experience adverse physical effects. These include hair loss, broken nails, malnutrition, and more, all from a lack of vitamins and nutrients.
As part of your weight loss plan, you’ll be placed on some sort of calorie-restricted eating plan. Naturally, it’s harder to get all of the necessary nutrients for your body when drastically reducing your calorie intake. Even if your current diet is poor, it’s easier to find additional nutrients when you’re eating 2,500 calories per day instead of 1,200, for instance. The most common nutrients that people tend to lack during this time include:
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin A
- And more
Under a Forum Health Medical Weight Loss plan, our weight loss supplements will help ensure that your body is getting these necessary nutrients to continue living a healthy life. Not only are each of our supplements hand-selected, but we even offer unique supplements to aid in your weight loss. Our go-to is called the Ultimate Multi, which was developed to deliver essential nutrients at the correct doses.
Now, taking supplements doesn’t give you free reign to eat whatever you want—you’ll still need to adhere to your eating plan. However, supplements combined with a physician-developed weight loss plan will greatly help with healthy weight loss.
It’s the elephant in the room. If you’re drastically eating less than what your body is used to, it’s going to take a while for your body to adjust. With that adjustment comes cravings and hunger signals from your body to get the number of calories it normally intakes. Many diets and weight loss plans go off the rails as people give in to these cravings.
Making matters worse in this regard is the transition many people are making to working remotely. With easy access to food just a few steps away, it’s very easy to give in to these signals and grab an unhealthy snack. Add in factors like daily stress, boredom, and changes in mood, and appetite control becomes a lot harder than “just don’t eat”.
Luckily, Forum Health Medical Weight Loss offers several pharmaceutical-grade weight loss supplements for appetite control. These include both appetite control supplements and prescription appetite suppressants, such as:
- Appetite Ender
- Binge Buster
- Green Lightning
- Benzphetamine (Didrex)*
- Phentermine (Adipex)*
- Phendimetrazine (Bontril)*
*Only available after a consultation with a Physician Assistant.
Additionally, we offer many different fiber and protein supplements that aid in appetite control. Fiber and protein are two of your biggest helpers when it comes to keeping cravings away.
There are also certain meals and methods that you can use as part of your eating plan to ensure your appetite stays in check. In addition to protein and fiber, habits like consuming healthy fats, eating fruits and vegetables, drinking water before meals, and eating whole grains will help immensely.
Your body needs a certain amount of water to properly function. However, a number of factors can cause your body to hold too much of it.
Two of the biggest culprits when it comes to water retention in your diet are sodium and sugar. Foods that are high in sodium or sugar, such as fried foods, potato chips, candy, and other processed foods, will cause your body to hold more water. Simple carbohydrates like bread, pasta, and white rice also won’t help your cause.
There are also certain lifestyle factors that can cause your body to hold extra water. Certain medical conditions, sitting or standing for too long, and even the weather can all play a role. And, though it may seem counterintuitive, going on a calorie-restricted diet can cause water retention. This goes back to your body not getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients. Instead, it stores water as a perceived need for survival.
Where Forum Health Medical Weight Loss can help is through our aforementioned weight loss supplements and diet plans. Specifically, our clinic offers non-prescription water retention pills that help reduce the amount of water in your body.
Much like with appetite control, fiber and protein are key in reducing water retention. Increased magnesium intake has also shown to help with this issue. Based on your specific needs, we can provide fiber, protein, and magnesium supplements to help your body expel its excess water.
An important note on fiber intake, you will likely experience increased bloating as you initially increase your fiber intake. However, this will subside after a period of time and result in long-term decreases in water retention.
In terms of your diet, the food and drinks you consume to reduce appetite are similar to those that help reduce water retention. As part of your lifestyle plan at Forum Health Medical Weight Loss, you’ll be consuming foods that help you with this aspect of weight loss. This includes foods such as fruist and vegetables, foods that are higher in potassium and Vitamin B6, and lean meats in place of red meat.
Also, though it may seem counterintuitive, drinking more water throughout the day can actually decrease water retention. The recommended amount is to drink roughly half of your body weight, in ounces , depending on the individual. Drinking water and herbal tea in place of alcohol and coffee will be highly beneficial in terms of natural diuretics.
Physician-Developed Weight Loss Supplements Improve Your Results
Weight loss is challenging. Sustaining that weight loss can be even harder. Physician-developed weight loss plans and supplements make the process easier and safer than the latest diet fad. At Forum Health Medical Weight Loss, we’ve helped over 10,000 patients across Michigan and beyond improve their health and quality of life.
The reason our weight loss plans work is because they’re tailored to the individual. We consult one-on-one with each of our patients in order to understand their personal needs, challenges, and goals. And in addition to personalized plans, coaching, and injections, each weight loss supplement is specifically recommended based on your unique needs.
Whether you need help controlling your appetite, reducing water retention, or getting the proper nutrients, we have you covered. All our plans will ensure that your weight loss is healthy and natural.
Schedule Your Consultation with Forum Health Medical Weight Loss—the best weight loss specialist in Michigan!
At Forum Health Medical Weight Loss, you’ll benefit from professional weight-loss support. In addition to a plan that’s personalized to your needs, we can provide you with pharmaceutical weight loss supplements in Michigan. As part of our plan, we take each aspect of your diet, lifestyle, activity level, travel plans, and more into account. With the information you provide, our team will create a specifically tailored plan that’s designed to help you reach your goals.
Schedule a consultation today and see the difference that an experienced, professional weight loss specialist can provide!