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In September 2014, the US FDA approved a new weight loss medication called Contrave, a sustained release combination of the popular mood stabilizer, Bupropion(Wellbutrin) and a narcotic de-additiction medication called Naltrexone.

FDA has previously approved two new weight loss medications in 2012, Lorcaserin(Belviq) and Qsymia(Phentermine and Topiramate) after a gap of 10 years when it kept denying all the weight loss medications for one reason or the other.

The urgency in which the FDA cleared these three new weight loss medications reflects the growing concern about the epidemic of obesity that is threatening the health of the nation. According to the available obesity statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, obesity and overweight status already affect up to two thirds of the entire adult population of the the United States.

Alarming obesity statistics

  • More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

This article is a comprehensive review of the various weight loss medications(diet pills), their side effects, how they work, expected weight loss, cost of these diet pills, availability etc.

Causes of Obesity 

Before going in to the details of the various diet pills, let me remind you that obesity is not a short term disease like the flu but a long term  medicatal conditon. Therefore, the treatment strategies for the long term management of this chronic condition should also be on a longer term basis.

Is this the cause of your weight gain?

 

I am also compelled to make a statement about how we got here to begin with when it comes to the problem of obesity. Despite the efforts from the various government agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture that has been making recommendations on healthy foods through the failed food pyramid, now changed to food patterns, the waist lines of the average American has been expanding.

Is it possible that we are fighting the wrong war? What if obesity is just a proxy to a bigger and more sinister metabolic problem called insulin resistance which eventually leads to metabolic syndrome (a third of the US population has metabolic syndrome), prediabetes and diabetes.

The traditional thinking that obesity is a result of eating too much falls flat on its face as the whole population is gaining weight, not just a few individuals who might be intentionally overeating as the population acts as its own control and the population is not on a mission to gain weight. It is this metabolic process called insulin resistance that drives the metabolic starvation, overeating, weight gain and eventual risk of over 50 different medical problems.

Although there are a wide variety of other causes for weight gain, the process of insulin resistance that affects up to 71 percent of the population is one of the major contributors. This insulin resitance is a direct result of the failed 

food pyramid that assumed fat and cholesterol are the problem and grains(read starch) is the solution, as starch needs insulin and over time of getting overeposed to insulin, the body becomes resistant to insulin. Learn more on insulin resistance here and watch these must watch youtube videos and Tedtalk.

Treatment options for treatment of obesity 

Here are the 5 proven measures to treat obesity.

  1. Very low calorie diets with or without meal replacements.
  2. Appetite suppressants or diet pills
  3. Physical activity or exercise
  4. Correction of known causes of weight gain
  5. Bariatric weight loss surgery

The purpose of this article is to review the weight loss medications. So, let us focus on this topic.

How will these weight loss medications work?

The actual mechanism of action depends on the type of weight loss medication. Some of their stimulants that increase the body’s resting metabolic rate (RMR), also called basal metabolic rate or BMR. Other drugs suppress the appetite by making you less hungry. Yet others, make you not crave certain foods while others reduce food intake.

Who should consider diet pills or weight loss medications?

BMI estimates overweight and obesity based on your height in relation to your weight. Your doctor may prescribe you a medication to treat your obesity if you are anadult with

∎ a BMI of 30 or greater OR

∎ a BMI of 27 or greater and you have obesity- related medical problems, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol.

What are the benefits of taking diet pills or weight loss medications?

What does LCD diet consist of and can it contain meal replacements?
An LCD usually consists of regular foods, but could also include meal replacements.

How can the W8MD’s weight loss meal replacements help me lose weight?
W8MD’s unique, delicious and affordable VLCD meal replacements can be a great tool in helping you lose weight fast and safe! As W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers weight loss supplements come in many different flavors and varieties including protein powder, protein shakes, ready made protein shakes, protein cereal for breakfast, protein snacks, protein lunch and dinner items, hot teas, protein dessert items, and all kinds of weight loss protein supplements, you will have a wide choice to choose from.

Can I take the W8MD meal replacements along with appetite suppressant medications?
Yes, it is safe to use the VLCD and LCD diet together with any appetite suppressant medications.

How much does the W8MD meal replacement supplements cost?
Although most weight loss programs charge over $5.00 per meal replaced, at most W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers, the cost of each meal replaced is as low as $2.15 per meal replaced. Compared to grocery food ingredient cost of about $3.00 per meal, our weight loss supplements are not only affordable but can also be a potential cost saving compared to grocery food costs!

How many meals should I replace?
You can replace 2-4 meals in partial meal replacement plans as you are supposed to eat 4-6 small meals overall.

Should I do complete meal replacements or partial meal replacements?
It is up to you to do partial or complete meal replacements although you get more consistent results and less chances for going over caloric intake in complete meal replacements. However, most people find partial meal replacement of 3-4 meals replaced with one self prepared meals to be a bit more practical for them.

What is the evidence for using meal replacement supplements for weight loss?
1. Science of why protein meal replacements are better than standard diets for weight loss – Cheskin LJ, Mitchell AM, Jhaveri AD, Mitola AH, Davis LM, Lewis RA, Yep MA, Lycan TW.

In this study evaluating Efficacy of meal replacements versus a standard food-based diet for weight loss in type 2 diabetes, weight loss at 34 weeks and weight maintenance at 86 weeks was significantly better on Portion Controlled Diet versus Standard Diet. Approximately 40% of the Portion Controlled Diet participants lost > or =5% of their initial weight compared with 12% of those on the Standard Diet.

2.Review article – MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKES AND NUTRITION BARS: DO THEY HELP INDIVIDUALS WITH DIABETES LOSE WEIGHT?.

3. Meta-analysis of 6 studies looking at the evidence for partial meal replacements for better weight losscompared to regular diets – Heymsfield SB, van Mierlo CA, van der Knaap HC, Heo M, Frier HI.

This first systematic evaluation of randomized controlled trials utilizing PMR plans for weight management suggests that these types of interventions can safely and effectively produce significant sustainable weight loss and improve weight-related risk factors of disease.

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