I Do Not Recommend Diet Pills for Weight loss

Prescription Diet Pills

In today’s blog I will cover prescription diet pills and next time I will cover over the counter (OTC) diet pills. Some commonly prescribed weight loss pills are Adipex-P, Loniman Pro-Fast (all contain the appetite suppressant phentermine, a component of Fen-Phen withdrawn by the FDA in 1997), Xenical (orlistat that blocks fat absorption) now sold OTC as Alli and Meridia (no longer available in the U.S. due to heart attacks and other heart problems).

Phentermine is chemically related to amphetamines or stimulants that decrease appetite and can be habit forming. It is generally prescribed for 3-6 weeks along with a restricted diet. OTC Alli is ½ the strength of prescription Xenical. Because it is a fat blocker it may block the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D and K. Users are supposed to avoid foods and meals containing more than 30% fat or they may experience leakage of oily stool, increased number of bowel movements, abdominal cramping, gas, and the inability to control bowel movements. It has not been studied for long term usage i.e. longer than two years.

As you can see these diet pills are intended to help get weight off quickly but not to keep it off for a lifetime. We know from studies of 10,000 people (80% women) in the National Weight Control Registry started in 1994 whose members have lost an average of 66 pounds and kept if off for five and a half years, that long term weight control is possible without diet pills. Their secrets are simple and inexpensive such as:

  • 78% eat breakfast every day.
  • 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.
  • 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
  • 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.

Our office based program covered by most insurance, not only helps people reduce weight but provides a long term plan for weight control and decrease risk for heart disease, diabetes and many other conditions. See our success story video.

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