I have 20-30 lbs. to lose. Do you think my OB/GYN will prescribe me an appetite suppressor?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:40:29 AM
I am just having trouble getting motivated to lose this weight. My appointment is this afternoon and I'm trying to figure out how to go about asking.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:43:59 AM
My GP/GYN wanted me to take a dedicated 120 days to try and make some changes on my own, before she would take any other steps. I started trackinng food through an online tracker and walking and went back 6 months later to see what the next step was.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:45:31 AM
The other thing to think about is...what happens after the appetite suppressent is gone and the 20-30 pounds are gone? How will you habe changed your lifestyle/habits so that you don't gain it back right away?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:50:20 AM

The other thing to think about is...what happens after the appetite suppressent is gone and the 20-30 pounds are gone? How will you habe changed your lifestyle/habits so that you don't gain it back right away?

I know, I know. DH asks me the same thing. This is just the first time in my life I am having trouble finding the motivation to lose the weight. I did so with no problems after having my kids . . . . but . . . this time is challenging.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:51:02 AM
I doubt it - but I guess it depends on the doctor.
When you go, they usually ask if there has been any problems, things you want to discuss...use that time to tell her (him) that you want to lose about 25 lbs and would it be possible to her (him) to prescribe an appetite suppressor.

Good luck on your weight loss efforts

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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:57:25 AM
Thank you for the suggestion and well wishes disneypal.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:42:37 PM
A coworker is taking them. They have a pretty short span of effectiveness, and they're meant just to kickstart you into losing weight so that you will be motivated to keep it up long term.

I would just ask. "Hey, I'm trying to lose a little weight and I can't seem to get traction on it - do you think this would help? I'd like to try it." The worst your doctor can say is no.

I do hear that the ones they are using right now can make you jittery and sleepless for a few days - my coworker was high as a kite for about a week.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:44:11 PM
I highly recommend the my fitness pal app. It has really made me reconsider eating a donut or cupcake, and if I want more food I see that I need to exercise so that the calories balance. If you stick to it and log everything you eat (not cheat) you will lose weight!

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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:46:43 PM
I wouldn't do that. It will only work while you take it, then you'll be back to square one.

Try Weight Watchers. I have been on it since January and have lost 20 lbs and still going. If you do it the right way, it's easy to stay motivated. If you do it how I did the first 2 times, it won't last either.

PM me if you have any questions about how I am doing it this time.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 12:51:15 PM
An appetite suppressant will not give you motivation. It will help you keep your motivation. Actually, after reading about the side effects, they scare me just a little bit, and I'd rather not take them.

I recommend a Fitbit - it really motivated me to get in 12,000 steps a day (you set your own limit) - unfortunately I lost mine before Christmas - I should have re-ordered another one, but was waiting for the new bracelet type to come out. I'm tired of waiting so I ordered the cheapest one ~ $50.00 and it should be delivered today! Using the Fitbit with My Fitness Pal gave me accountability with exercise and food and helped me lose 30 lbs. I've got another 30 to go, and I'm ready for it to happen NOW!!!!

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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:05:54 PM
As you said - your problem is motivation.... not that you're hungry.... to me that would be like taking blood pressure medication for diabetes.

If part of the problem is you don't make healthy food choices because you're hungry, it might help... but before going a medication route - with it's obvious drawbacks... I'd look at why you aren't motivated?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 1:07:02 PM
I keep thinking about this. I'm sorry if my posts came across harsh and negative. Totally not my intention. Having my own issues with weigh/losing weight, I'd never wantt o shut someone down in their own journey. I'm all for losing weight, just in a healthy way and using good tools. I've read more and more about how the yo-yo dieting really does damage to your metabolism and ultimtely does more damage than good. If there is anything I can do to help support you, please let me know.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 2:17:26 PM
There are some really good appetite suppressors that are over-the-counter. No need to go prescription. Try any vitamin/supplement store and they can point you in the right direction on which ones work for most people.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 2:43:53 PM
The only problem with the pills is that you are required by law (at least in kansas) to go back for checkin's every month with your doctor. They have side effects that have to do with your heart or something. My GP over prescribes them. Yep, over prescribes them. I couldn't afford to go see her every month.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 2:57:10 PM
This is an Ob/gyn issue?

Do you have any diabetes issues?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 3:06:14 PM

I highly recommend the my fitness pal app.

Me too! I am also attending gym 3-4 times a week with my DD ( great fun!) and we are doing body pump and using the cross trainer etc. it makes a huge difference to go with someone. Also, when I have sweated hard and seen how many calories I have worked off, it really helps to stop me picking at rubbish! My weight is coming off slowly as I am not cutting back hugely, just not eating between meals and not eating after 8 at night ( that used to be a real danger zone for me, the time when I ate real rubbish,)

I haven't lost a huge amount so far but I can see a change in my shape in just 4 weeks, so I am excited. I want to lose another 15 lb.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 3:42:32 PM
I have to ask -

Why are you asking your OB/GYN for something that should be discussed with your PCP? Do you normally ask a doctor that you only see once a year for help with problems that should be monitored?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 3:48:57 PM
Do you eat because you are actually hungry, though? Many people do not.

If you eat because something looks or tastes good, you may eat whether you feel full or not, KWIM?

Same if you eat for emotional or social reasons.

Just a thought.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 4:25:15 PM
I know that I used to eat out of boredom not actual hunger. I also ate portions that were too big. One thing that helped me was to drink a glass of water if I was feeling like I wanted to snack just for the sake of snacking. At nightime I would make myself a big cup of tea to keep from eating. It would take a while to drink it and it would give me a full feeling. I eat cereal for a snack, sometimes with milk other times just dry. I eat it out of a coffee cup to keep the portion size down.

I would not take an appetite suppressant. You just need to to learn new habits. You can do it.


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Posted: 4/2/2013 4:48:49 PM
sports places sell that DB goddess stuff- same principle basically

try that if you really want something


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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:30:22 PM
Honestly, I don't know why people think an OB would be the person to let prescribe weight loss meds.
Would that bd something you speak to your PCP about?

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Posted: 4/2/2013 8:48:05 PM
I've managed to lose 40 lbs on my own, over the last 2 years. I was never considered obese, but I was definitely overweight IMO. What worked for me was making a lifestyle change, keeping track of my calories, making healthier food choices and moderate exercise (that is all I can handle due to back problems). I've managed to keep all the weight off by taking this approach. Good luck to you!

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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:08:02 PM
Many people use their OB as their PCP.

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Posted: 4/3/2013 8:19:37 PM
I worked for an Ob/Gyn for many years, and she did write rx's for diet pills...not so uncommon for them to do...
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