The U.S. FDA has approved another new diet pill called Qsymia after just approving Belviq in June. It’s interesting that after 10 years of no new diet pills, two of them are released almost back to back.
The question is whether or not those looking to lose weight should be happy or worried about these new drugs. Here are a few things that you should know before talking to your doctor.
7 things about Qsymia:
1. Data released by the manufacturers of Qsymia (Vivus) state that it can help obese patients lose up to 10% of their body weight and they also mention the requirement for proper diet and exercise.
2. Despite its approval by the FDA, there are some real concerns about this new diet pill when it comes to dangerous side effects that impact the heart, potential birth defects, brain fogginess, and other issues.
3. Some doctors are concerned that pills like Qsymia and Belviq only perpetuate the myth of a “quick fix” to being overweight while the real solution is much deeper than taking a pill.
4. Qsymia is actually a combination of the stimulant drug phentermine that is used to suppress the appetite and a drug called topiramate that is designed for epilepsy patients and migraines.
5. Qsymia vs Belviq…Qsymia makers claim that their product helps to eliminate 10% of body weight as mentioned earlier whereas Belviq claims a 4% reduction.
6. As part of the approval process, the FDA is requiring the company that makes Qsymia to provide doctors with detailed information on the risks and dangers of the product.
7. Patients have been shown to regain weight once they stop taking Qsymia so long term use may be required.
If you are thinking about whether or not you should buy Qsymia or any other weight loss drug, you definitely need to be diligent in doing your own research and checking out the physical side effects.
The bottom line is that these types of pills are worth billions of dollars to companies that make them and safety often arises after the fact as many know from diet pills of the past.
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Jillian Michaels was robbed recently and the scariest part is that she was at home and had no idea that there was an intruder inside.
According to recent media reports, a thief broke into the Biggest Loser trainer’s home and made off with several items including the keys to her Bentley.
Michaels explained that when she woke up she noticed that the keys to her car were missing. After going outside, she could see that her car was clearly gone.
Police were actually able to recover the vehicle after a short chase but unfortunately the thief crashed it into a pole.
As for Jillian, it looks like she is not all that concerned about the items that were stolen from her since she tweeted to her fans “stuff is just stuff after all.”
That’s a good attitude to have but probably much easier if you can afford to cruise around in a Bentley.
UPDATE: A 29 year old man by the name of Gerjuan Harmon was charged Friday with first degree burglary, grand theft auto, evading an officer, and a host of other charges in the robbery of Jillian Michaels.
The United States has approved the first major anti-obesity pill in over 10 years called Belviq. It is a long term weight loss product that is bound to cause a great deal of controversy.
It has been years since previous tries at prescription type weight loss resulted in heart attacks and other serious medical complications for the users.
It was reported that Belviq only achieved modest weight loss results during clinical trials but that seldom stops powerful lobbyists from pushing drugs through the FDA process. It is often a case of a “let’s test it on the public” mentality and that is basically what happened with proclaimed solutions like Fen-Phen and Ephedra.
It’s only after these companies make billions of dollars that the real studies are completed and unfortunately they can come too late for many.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Belviq pill will make a small fortune in record time. However, there is genuine doubt as to its effectiveness and efficacy.
If you saw the Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition show featuring Staci, then you saw them cooking up this roasted green bean recipe. Here are the details with some suggestions for alternatives as well. These recipes are for 4 servings at 60-100 calories per serving.
I recently had a doctor friend tell me he was able to lose weight by taking a capsule of cinnamon every morning. I have heard of the thermogenic benefits of cinnamon before but I never heard it from a doctor’s mouth.
This guy lost about 40 pounds but I will say, I also know he started running as well. Still I was intrigued and started to look into it a bit more.
Studies Show Cinnamon Helps Control Blood Sugar
According to the Mayo Clinic, there have been some studies that show cinnamon has beneficial effects on regulating blood sugar. When you really think about how energy (or food) in your body turns into fat, understanding how glucose and insulin operate is really important when you are trying to lose weight. Continue reading
We had the opportunity to watch the latest Extreme Weight Loss Makeover edition and thought you might like to hear about the diet for Jacqui from West Palm Beach.
Jacqui started her journey at 355 and ended it at about 148. In her first three months, she lost over 90 pounds. Her second three months she lost over 50 pounds, and in her final phase, she lost enough to reach a total of 207 pounds lost.
So how did Jacqui reach her goals? According to the show, Jacqui started on a 1500 calorie diet and exercised sometimes up to 4 hours each day. Her living room was equipped with a treadmill, free weights and a Recumbent Elliptical machine.
Fruits, vegetables, and unrefined, non-processed foods were the staples of her diet. She even had to quit her full-time job in order to focus on her weight loss.
With her husband’s support, Jacqui lost all of the weight and now she is working as a weight loss coach. You can see Jacqui’s success and where she is now in the video below. Congratulations Jacqui on a job well done!
Where is Jacqui from Extreme Weight Loss Makeover Now?
If you spend any time reading weight loss and fitness sites online, you have probably come across some discussions about Vitamix professional blenders and how important they can be in helping you to lose weight.
Unlike the old cheapo blenders of the past, Vitamix, and other models like Blendtec, are high quality machines that have become must have items in many kitchens across the world. The sheer power of a Vitamix gives it the ability to do things that ordinary food processors struggle to accomplish. Continue reading
Plus sized blogger Gabi Gregg probably never dreamed that she would be one of the hottest growing search trends when she called upon other plus-sized ladies to post pictures of themselves in their favorite bikinis as she had done. It has since become known as the “Fatkini.”
Like many things on the web Gabi’s openness has created a little bit of a firestorm after many people claimed that she was advocating unhealthy living by asking others to post their pics. This is what she said on the topic… Continue reading
As a big supporter of Jillian Michaels, we are happy to see her family growing with the addition of her daughter Lukensia, 2, and her son Phoenix, just a few weeks old. Jillian adopted Lukensia from Haiti in what was a long and sometimes stressful ordeal.
Then, in an interesting turn of events, Jillian’s partner, Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to their son Phoenix around the same time (5/3). So from no babies to 2 babies and wala, instant family.