Do You Need a Weight Loss Program?

Do You Need a Weight Loss Program?

Many of us will emerge from the Covid-19 shutdown a few pounds heavier. If you were already struggling with your weight, these additional pounds will make the task a bit harder. Is there anything you can do to make this process easier?

If you are an adult woman who is overweight or obese, a prescription weight-loss program might be an good option for you. Prescription weight-loss drugs are not magic pills, as they are used in addition to healthy diet and exercise, but they can make losing weight a less strenuous and stressful experience.

Dr. White may consider a prescription weight-loss option for you if:

  • You haven’t been able to lose weight through diet and exercise.
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30.
  • Your BMI is greater than 27 but you have a serious medical problem related to obesity, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Dr. White will consider your health history, as well as possible drug side effects and potential interactions with medications you’re already taking before prescribing a medical weight-loss drug. All prescription medications approved for long-term use deliver significant weight loss compared with placebo. Also, studies show that the combination of weight-loss medication with diet and exercise changes are more effective in producing weight loss than lifestyle changes alone. Over a year, this can result in a weight loss of 3 to 7 percent of total body weight – more than loss achieved with diet and exercise alone. Sustained weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of total body weight can have substantial health benefits: lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels, and reduced triglyceride levels.

It’s important to note that prescription weight loss medications are not right for every woman: they should not be used by women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, women who are breast-feeding, or those with a seizure disorder.


Three prescription weight loss drugs have been approved by the FDA since 2012: Contrave, Saxenda (liraglutide), and Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate). All of these drugs are best used as part of a comprehensive weight-loss program that includes close monitoring by an experienced physician. Weight loss medications work differently for everyone. Some people may lose a considerable amount of weight on a particular drug, while others may lose little or none. Contrave is approved for those not obese, but are overweight and have risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Combining  two drugs already on the market, bupropion (Wellbutrin), an antidepressant, and naltrexone, an anti-addiction drug, Contrave comes with a warning to alert doctors and patients to the increased risk of suicidal thoughts in connection with antidepressants.

The most common side effects are nausea, headache, constipation, dizziness, vomiting, insomnia, dry mouth, and diarrhea.

As mentioned previously, no weight-loss prescription is a “magic bullet” that allows you to eat whatever you want and still lose weight. The benefit of a weight loss medication is it may help move weight loss along more quickly than diet and exercise alone. This can encourage those who have struggled with losing weight stay motivated to continue in healthy diet and exercise habits. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. White’s weight loss programs, please call our office at 972-294-6992.





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