"The weight-loss pill is approved as an addition to exercise and cutting calories for people who are obese (a BMI of 30 or more) or overweight (a BMI of 27 or more) with at least one weight-related disorder, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol."
Here's another so called short cut to loosing weight. I think every diet pill that comes out says it has to be taken with proper diet and excersie. But when its advertised, I'm pretty sure that will be in the fine print. Which is why most people ignore that important but small detail. I am happy that they are not offering to everyone though. It is specially important for people with these conditions to get down to a healthier weight.
"Belviq is considered safer because it’s more selective—specifically targeting serotonin receptors linked to hunger, using a different brain pathway than fen-phen did."
At one point wasnt it assumed that Fen-Phen was safe??? No one will know the exact outcome of this pill untill years from now. How many commercials do we see talking about if you experienced medical emergencies including death by taking a certain medicine years after it comes out. At least they are trying to create safer things for people to take. I know they are not trying to diliberatly hurt anyone.
"In three randomized clinical trials involving nearly 8,000 overweight and obese adults, those who took Belviq for up to one year, in combination with cutting calories and exercise, dropped an average of 3 to 3.7 percent of their body weight. For a 200-pound person, that would be a loss of 6 to 7.4 pounds."
Taking a pill for a whole year with proper diet and excersice with these results is hardley a success to me. Many people can loose that much in a week. I dont see how they only lost that much. If that is the case they need to go back to the drawing board to create something more effective.
"The FDA advises people who haven’t lost at least 5 percent of their body weight after taking Belviq for 12 weeks to stop the drug, since further treatment is unlikely to help them slim down."
Most people taking it will ignore this. This is something that will also be in fine print when put out. They do need to include that when people take pills for weight lose they usually gain it back when they stop taking it.
This is the thing, everyone is looking for the merical pill that will make us lose weight and do it quick. There is nothing that can be made to cure obesity. As indivinduals we have to make the better choices in our own lifes to become healthier. Simple diet and excersize can change your life but many are to lazy to do it. I understand it is very hard to lose weight. It is a life style change. I can speak from experince in this situation. Ive never opted for surgey or diet pills but i understand why some people do. I was able to lose 60 pounds from strictly diet and excerisize and it was not easy. I gained it all back with my last twin pregnancy, so im started all over again. This is the hardest its ever been but it has not made me consider anything other than a proper diet with excersize. Im hoping everyone who reads will understand there is nothing than can make you lose weight and keep it off besides your own determination and drive.
All quotes courtesy of Yahoo at www.yahoo.com