How long you will need to take weight-loss medication depends on whether the drug helps you lose and maintain weight and whether you have any side effects. If you have lost enough weight to improve your health and are not having serious side effects, your doctor may advise that you stay on the medication indefinitely. If you do not lose at least 5 percent of your starting weight after 12 weeks on the full dose of your medication, your doctor will probably advise you to stop taking it. He or she may change your treatment plan or consider using a different weight-loss medication. Your doctor also may have you try different lifestyle, physical activity, or eating programs; change your other medications that cause weight gain; or refer you to a bariatric surgeon to see if weight-loss surgery might be an option for you.
My Diet Coach also turns mundane acts of self control into challenges that reward points. Want to take the easy route? Avoid sugary drinks for a day for 20 points. If you want a real challenge, avoid refined grained foods for 70 points. I even like the weight tracker, which does away with simple data entry in favor of an adjustable measuring tape. Adjusting the tape to ever-smaller numbers is one of the most rewarding moments of my mornings.
When you step on the scale, the number is a reflection of not just your true weight, but also your hormonal fluctuations and poop habits. “Happy Scale takes the fluctuations out of weight measurements and makes for a smooth curve, so guys are better able to gauge their true progress,” says board-certified family and bariatric physician Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. The app will even predict what you’ll weigh in the future if you keep up your current habits.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder, and it affects women of reproductive age. Symptoms include obesity, hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. A pilot study took 11 women through 24 weeks of a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet (20 grams or less per day). Among the five who completed the study, they lost 12 percent of their weight on average and reduced fasting insulin by 54 percent. Additionally, two women who previously experienced infertility problems became pregnant. (6)
In vertical sleeve gastrectomy, at least 85 percent of the stomach is removed during surgery. The remaining narrow portion of the stomach is attached to the intestines. The volume of the stomach is reduced, but rerouting around the intestine does not occur, thus preserving nutrient absorption. Surgery typically lasts 60 minutes and general anesthesia will be used. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure is not reversible. Sleeve gastrectomies may be appropriate as an alternative to gastric banding in certain patients.
The drug is only FDA-approved for people considered obese by the CDC (e.g., with a body-mass index of 30 or higher) or who are overweight (BMI of 27+) but with additional health reasons for needing it (pre-diabetes, for example). In other words, it's for people facing a true health crisis, not just a bachelorette party in Miami. “There’s too much potential risk to ever use phentermine for aesthetic purposes," says Dr. Ryan. "Only when you’re treating for a health benefit can we tolerate a little risk.”
You probably already know that chamomile tea can help induce sleep (there’s even a brand called Sleepy Time). But science is showing that teas actually work on a hormonal level to lower our agita and bring peace and slumber. Studies have found that herbal teas like valerian and hops contain compounds that can actually reduce levels of stress hormones in our bodies, bringing on sleep — and reducing the body’s ability to store fat!
Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy: 4 new weight loss drugs were approved recently, and more are sure to come. So, the question is, should you try one? The truth is weight loss drugs CAN help. You may want to try one if you’re obese, or if you’re overweight with a condition like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. So, how much weight can they help you lose? About 10% of your excess weight. Now that may not seem like a lot, but it’s a realistic goal to start with. And, once you tackle that first 10% you can set a new goal. Just remember, these drugs won’t lose the weight for you. But they will give an added boost to your diet and exercise plan. If you think this is something you want to try, talk to your doctor. For WebMD I’m Dr. Arefa Cassoobhoy.