Hey guys, Emmi here. I wanted to tell you about my experience on prescription weight loss pills. It was during a time I had given up on trying to lose weight, I was so discouraged because nothing had worked to help me lose weight after I was diagnosed as having hypothyroidism. I was sitting in the exam room getting the results of my blood work after my yearly exam, listening to the doctor tell me that my sugar level and my BMI is high (BMI stands for body mass index and it's just a way to tell if your body fat is high). He explained to me how unhealthy I was and that being so overweight can cause me to have more health problems than just prediabetes. He suggested I try some weight loss pills (phentermine) along with a low-fat diet, but he warned me about the side effects of these weight loss pills. Now I’m sitting there scared of all the health problems I could potentially get if I don’t lose weight trying to decide if I wanted to take these pills that might help me lose weight but have their own health risks like a rapid or irregular heartbeat, delirium, panic, psychosis, and heart failure. All I kept thinking was, how am I supposed to make this decision. I decided to bite the bullet and try the pills because deep down I really did still want to lose weight and I would only be given the pills for a 2 month period so I convinced myself the risk would only last for a few months versus not taking them which could lead to my health getting worse because I couldn’t lose the weight on my own. I left the doctor’s office frightened but determined to take the pills and eat his recommended diet because I really wanted it to work and I only had two months on the pills.
Fast forward two months and I’m back in the doctor's office so he can see how I’ve done after taking the pills and changing my diet. He has me step on the scale to take my weight and to my utter disappointment, I only lost 4 pounds. I couldn’t believe it, I mean I did what he told me to why hadn’t I lost more weight. The doctor tells me I can’t take the pills any longer because the longer your on the pills the higher the risk of getting some of the side effects. He suggested I start following the same diet a diabetic would eat in the hopes it would help lower my sugar level since it’s what he would tell a diabetic to eat and it should help me lose weight in the process.
He leaves the room to get the nutritionist to come speak to me about how to follow the recommended diet. I’m left sitting in the room thinking there must be something wrong with me, I mean even pills that are designed to make you lose weight didn’t help. The nutritionist comes into the room and introduced herself and starts explaining what I should be eating. I didn’t hear anything she said I was just too shocked to be listening. She hands me papers that basically said the same thing she did and I leave the office. All the way home I just kept thinking about the fact that I only lost 4 pounds.
By the time I reach my house I park in the driveway and sit in the car depressed trying to decide what I should do and would it even matter in the end. It took me almost 2 years before I finally found a solution to my weight loss problem.