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Unveiling the Reality of Appetite Suppressants

Published by Dr Girouard M.D.

Updated March 15, 2024

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The Truth Behind Appetite Suppressants

In the complex world of weight loss, diet pills, more correctly labeled as appetite suppressants, evoke both intrigue and skepticism. Are they a magical solution to shedding pounds or just a fleeting trend? How do I know what is reliable and safe, and who is selling something that could be dangerous? Let’s break down the misconceptions and uncover the truth about the role they can play in weight management.

 Not created equal

A crucial point to understand is that not all appetite suppressants are created equal. You can easily find a spectrum, ranging from high-quality, expertly-designed pharmaceuticals to…placebos and worse. Navigating this landscape can be daunting, with a plethora of choices that blur the lines between effective solutions and ‘cowboy’ products.

This highlights the importance of consulting with experts. With over 40 years of dedicated experience, the Dr. Girouard Clinics are committed to guiding you through each step, ensuring that any appetite suppressant incorporated into your weight loss plan is safe, effective, and suited to your individual needs.

More Than Just a Quick Fix

Appetite suppressants are designed to help curb hunger and minimize food cravings. They are not standalone solutions that magically dissolve fat. Instead, their real power lies in assisting individuals in making healthier food choices and managing portion sizes effectively.

Dealing with snacking

As a client aptly noted, “These pills don’t take food out of my mouth, but take food out of your brain!” This statement captures the essence of appetite suppressants: they don’t directly limit your food intake, but they significantly alleviate the constant struggle with temptation and what is often called “food noise”.  Those recurring thoughts about food that are difficult to shake!

How do they achieve this? By diminishing cravings, these suppressants effectively remove the constant preoccupation with food from your mind. When you’re not driven by intense cravings, you’re empowered to make healthier food choices, steering clear of carb-heavy and starchy temptations. This is the true genius behind appetite suppressants — they enable individuals to make mindful, healthier dietary choices, aligning with their weight loss goals.

Dispelling Common Myths Around Appetite Suppressants

Several myths about appetite suppressants need clarification:

      1. Non-Addictive Nature: Despite common fears, appetite suppressants are not addictive. Our three decades of experience indicate that under responsible use and medical supervision, dependency risks are minimal.
      2. Non-Habit-Forming: Another misconception is that appetite suppressors  create dependency. This is false.  With proper direction and monitoring, they are non-habit forming.  Of course with abrupt discontinuation, a person’s appetite can quickly return.  Dr. Girouard’s team is trained in guiding their patients to help them reach AND maintain their weight management goals.
      3. Minimal Side Effects: Concerns about adverse effects are valid, yet our research and practical application show that when used appropriately and medically monitored, side effects are minimal for most patients.  To note, there are some contra-indications to taking appetite suppressants that prevent some patients from being able to take them.
      4. Sustainable Use: Some express concerns about the long-term usage of appetite suppressors. Different appetite suppressants can be used for different lengths of time.  Something to ponder, if a person’s blood pressure is controlled with a blood pressure medication, does it abruptly get discontinued?  Similarly, if an effective treatment has been found for a person’s appetite, hunger and cravings, should it be abruptly discontinued?  Of course not if it is being monitored and prescribed appropriately!  Often appetite suppressants are an integral part of a person’s maintenance regimen.
      5. They Aren’t Safe:  Personalised, in-person medical supervision is vital when using appetite suppressants for weight management. Dr Girouard’s clinics follow strict protocols for the safety and benefit of our patients. These medications should never be used without the correct medical support.

Customized Solutions for Your Unique Needs

If you find yourself constantly battling food cravings and struggling with appetite control, it might be time to consider the advantages of diet pills.

Dr. Girouard’s Weight Loss & Wellness Clinics are here to support you every step of the way. Since 1981, Dr Girouard and his team have helped over 230,000 patients through his medically supervised, scientifically supported, and personalized programs.

With over a million combinations of medicines and supplements, Dr Girouard takes into account your lifestyle and preferences to ensure you see the results you deserve.

Book an appointment at a clinic near you and see why so many people refer their friends and family to Dr Girouard for weight loss.


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