Diet pills get a bad rap, mainly because of the mistaken impression that you just have to take a pill once a day and the excess weight will fall off. The reality is that they just don’t work that way. To lose weight, it’s necessary to eat sensibly and add some exercise into your daily routine; taking a diet pill like Osymia or Belviq only helps things along once you’ve got yourself moving in the right direction. It shouldn’t be an either/or situation.
Let’s consider how you can lose weight using exercise and diet pills, so it can be better understood.
Understanding Diet Pills
The so-called diet pill isn’t necessarily associated with a diet per say. The reality is that the main medicines in this area focus on helping patients to lose weight by doing two things:
- They reduce your appetite somewhat to make you want to eat less than you normally would.
- They try to help you feel fuller sooner, so you consume less food at each sitting.
As you can see, they don’t directly cause anyone to lose weight, but they do try to help things along.
When you’re overweight or obese, one of the biggest problems is that the size of your stomach has expanded considerably making it difficult to stop feeling hungry after you’ve consumed what slim people would consider a sensible portion. By reducing your appetite, you’re likely to eat less, which helps reduce your total calorie intake and makes it more likely that you’ll lose weight, all other things being equal.
There are medical procedures like stomach stapling that help to cut the size of the stomach down, so the patient will eat less because they feel fuller sooner and stop eating more food. However, they are risky and costly too. A diet pill aims to make you feel fuller quicker, so you’ll not eat as much.
New Drug Approved by FDA
A third major medicine to help with weight management is called Contrave. This has been approved by the FDA and you can learn more about the good news at CapitalOTC.com. The approval follows on from two previous medicines that gained approval in 2012 and are currently available by prescription.
There are some further checks to be performed via patient studies, particularly on the effect on the heart when taking the new medicine, but assuming this goes well, another medicine will hit the market soon to help overweight people get their BMI score lower.
How to Lose Weight with or Without Diet Pills
The truth about weight management medicine (or diet pills as they’re often called) is that while they will often be successful in either reducing your appetite or helping you feel full sooner, you’re still dealing with an energy in, energy expended, problem. While you may have cut your calories consumed through diet pills, you still must exercise enough and be active enough through your day to burn more calories than you consumed.
Only when there’s a calorie deficit will fat have been burned off and result in actual weight loss. This is the reason why diet pills do not directly cause weight loss, though they certainly can be beneficial when supported by a sensible eating and exercise plan.
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