The right diet and exercise regime: that’s what a typical doctor will tell you to do if you need to lose weight. And chances are, you need to lose weight. The number of people who are considered overweight or obese is rising at an alarming rate, and doctors have already called obesity a worldwide epidemic. Obesity eventually leads to a lot of serious medical conditions, and some of these are fatal.
And for most people, the social repercussions of being overweight can be just as serious as its medical consequences.
The problem is that doctors have been prescribing the “right diet and exercise” for decades, and it’s obvious that they have not worked. Staying on a restrictive and tasteless diet requires a lot of discipline that most people don’t have. And most people these days have neither the time nor the energy to spare for regular exercise.
Nowadays, some people are wondering if there’s a pill that can work. Taking a few pills every day is much easier to do than having to stay on a strict diet and do aerobic and strength exercises on an almost daily basis. Ever since Viagra came on the market, people have been awaiting its weight loss pill counterpart. Some people prefer to take FDA approved weight loss drugs, because after all the FDA said they’re good. But that’s not always the case.
Examples of Recalled or Banned FDA-Approved Drugs
Recent history is full of examples of various weight loss drugs approved by the FDA but were later found to be dangerous.
- In the 1950s, amphetamines were the active ingredients found in some prescription or even over the counter FDA approved weight loss pills.
- In the 1990s, a combination of two appetite suppressants, fenfluramine and phentermine, were found to cause weight loss amounting to 16% of the body weight. Popularly known as fen-phen, it gained quick popularity all over the country. A similar drug called Redux was launched and it gained FDA approval in 1996.
By 1998, evidence was uncovered that both fen-phen and Redux were dangerous. Studies involving animals showed that they could cause brain damage. Furthermore, these drugs were linked to various heart valve defects and pulmonary hypertension. Sometimes a person can develop a fatal lung condition and others suddenly just died.
- In 1997, Sibutramine (Meridia) was introduced to the public with FDA approval. Supposedly, it blocked the appetite by tricking your brain into thinking that you were full. During the clinical trials, it was found that it increased increase heart rate and blood pressure. But weight loss was supposed to reduce those side effects.
It didn’t turn out quite the way the FDA expected. By 2010 Sibutramine (Meridia) was recalled. It was found that 16% more people were getting major cardiac conditions while taking Meridia. What’s more, it was also discovered that Meridia did not cause weight loss.
- Orlistat (Xenical as prescription drug and Alli as OTC version) was also sold, but its side effects were truly embarrassing. One of its side effects is that you would pass gas but you would instead expel a malodorous gas that really soils your undies. According to the manufacturer itself: “Diet-related side effects are bowel movement changes that are most commonly caused by eating meals with too much fat while using Alli capsules. Such effects may include oily spotting, loose stools and more frequent stools that may be hard to control.”
- A more recent example is Qsymia, which is a new FDA approved diet pill. This drug’s long term effects are unknown so it is still being tested even though it already has FDA approval. This is in stark contrast to natural weight loss supplements, which have long centuries of recorded use.
But Qsymia’s effectiveness is also not exactly stellar. In studies, it was shown that only half showed weight loss with this drug. Furthermore, you lose 10% of your weight—but it will take an entire year.
So if even the best FDA approved diet pills aren’t exactly your best bets to supplement your weight loss efforts, what should you take instead? The solution is to take natural weight loss supplements instead. These supplements are also overseen by the FDA, but some natural extracts are extremely safe—and very effective.
- Take green coffee, for instance. This is unroasted coffee beans, and the extract from these beans is among the most renowned among all the natural weight loss supplements available. Its effectiveness is due to the chlorogenic acid it contains. You can lose pounds safely, because the weight loss is only a pound a week which is what many doctors recommend.
Green coffee works by suppressing your appetite so that you don’t get food cravings at inappropriate times. Food cravings, as you well know, are one of the major road blocks to weight loss. Green coffee even boosts your metabolism, so that you burn off calories more effectively. This prevents you from storing fat and instead helps you burn off fat you already have.
You also receive a lot of additional benefits from green coffee. It has lots of antioxidants. Your liver is detoxified, your energy levels are boosted, and you even concentrate better.
- Another effective weight loss supplement is Garcinia Cambogia. This is a fruit from Asia, and the Garcinia Cambogia extract contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA). It’s this that eventually disrupts the way your body takes in sugar and carbs and turns them into fat.
Garcinia Cambogia also helps you feel a lot fuller, and that helps you suppress your appetite so you don’t let food cravings sabotage your weight loss efforts.
- Forskolin is also another weight loss supplement that can work for you. This is an extract from a plant in the mint family, and it has been found to offer weight loss benefits. Basically, what it does is to help you lose weight even though your diet may not be the healthiest. Others studies show that weight loss is possible even without enough exercise.
So all in all, if you need to lose weight you may want to choose a natural supplement first. It’s your healthier option, and that’s the point of losing weight, isn’t it?