Why Weight Loss Drugs Are So Attractive?

March 30, 2009 by  
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Once a subscriber to my healthy weight loss newsletter asked me what weight loss drugs I can recommend. I did some research for her and found out that each weight loss drug has a long list of side effects, some of them very serious. I sent my subscriber an e-mail with all the information. Shortly after that she unsubscribed.

We always look for the easiest and quick solutions. Even though we spend more time on them (since they don’t work and we have to start over and over again) we still continue looking for the easiest and quickest way to achieve things we want – hence the popularity of weight loss drugs. They seem to be an instant answer to weight loss problems.

We got accustomed to “instantaneity” and “no effort” with remote controls, frozen foods and instant coffees and now we expect it in everything we do – weight loss is not an exception.

However weight loss drugs are not an instant solution to the weight loss problem. In order to lose weight with these drugs you still need to change your diet and exercise. So what is the point of taking these drugs if you need to lose under 50 pounds?

If your BMI index is less than 30, I wouldn’t recommend that you take weight loss pills. However if you are seriously obese, speak to your doctor about the best weight loss pill for you.

It is better to buy a prescribed weight loss pill than the OTC one since prescribed means that your doctor recommended it to you based on your particular needs and health condition while the decision to buy an OTC weight loss pill is usually based on advertising which doesn’t cover all the potential risks.

If you still decide to go with weight loss pills, make sure to do a thorough research before you start taking them. Some weight loss pills, for example drug rimonabant, can cause deep depression with suicidal thoughts.

Clearly, it is much safer to lose weight the traditional, safe way than to take this kind of drugs. Other drugs might have side effects unknown today so even if you do a good research you will not be able to uncover those.

What about just taking an action right away? Drink about 8 glasses of water today, starting NOW, go to the closest food market and get organic fruits and vegetables (park your car far so you can walk), cut them nicely and serve with a home made low-fat deep and baked fish, do 10 minutes of rope jumping at home and do not watch the TV today, instead do a simple breathing and relaxation exercise.

Continue doing this for some time – don’t be scared you don’t have to eat the same food everyday, there are lots of healthy, delicious recipes around – and you will eventually lose all your extra weight without any unwanted side effects.

Dining out: a Weight Loss Perspective

March 25, 2009 by  
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For as much as I advocate cooking food at home from scratch I realize that it can become a boring chore. It is perfectly OK to dine out if you are on a weight loss program. You just need to know which restaurants to attend and what to eat.

The general rule is to go through the menu with your weigh loss goal in mind.
Here are some points to consider while dining out:

1. Chinese restaurants. Avoid white rice and deep fried food (including dough-wrapped food). The food to eat in Chinese restaurants are soups and mixed salads.

2. Avoid going to buffets unless you can control the portion size and eat lots of vegetable and fruit salads. Do not use excessive dressings in your salads – a little bit of lemon and olive oil is enough.

3. Visit vegetarian restaurants to be on the safe side. While lean chicken is good for you most of the restaurants add a lot of fat while cooking the chicken. By visiting vegetarian restaurants you will avoid the consumption of trans-fats. Choose raw salads, legumes and avoid the excessive salad dressing.

4. Greek restaurants. Eat salads with olives and olive oil, hummus is good too, try yogurt sauces. You can also order grilled chicken once in a while. Try to avoid dessert or share it.

5. Mexican restaurant. Avoid excessive consumption of chips – few are OK; do not order rice. Instead eat guacamole, whole beans, grilled chicken, salsa. Limit the consumption of flour-containing items.

6. Japanese restaurants. Avoid rice; eat miso soup, try sashimi instead of sushi, seaweed salads, drink green tea.

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Eating For Weight Loss While Away

It is hard to be on a weight loss diet while away from home on a business trip or vacation.

Here are some tips to help you eat out during your trips without jeopardizing your weight loss diet.

1) You need to remember to make conscious decisions when ordering food at your favorite restaurant chains. This way you will not order something that you’ve always been ordering; instead you will pay attention to healthier choices on the menu and make a right choice. For example, if you go to an Italian restaurant do not order your favorite pasta dish without even looking in the menu; instead find a healthy dish that promotes weight loss; for example, a fish dish served with vegetables and a piece of lemon.

2) If you need to go to a business lunch follow the same guidelines. If you are going to eat a food ordered for the entire group, make sure you drink plenty of water before the lunch. Water will fill you up so you won’t make unhealthy eating choices.

3) If there is a grocery store close to your hotel you may consider buying vegetables, fruits as well as seeds, nuts and dried fruits (latter ones consume in moderation) so you will always have healthy snacks around.

4) Choose from the healthy menu at your favorite fast-food chains or if you can’t resist the French fries and hamburgers stay away from fast-food restaurants altogether.

5) It is easier to find healthier food at food courts because of the vast variety of restaurants that offer food for every taste. For example, you can choose one of many delicious salads at Lebanese restaurant served with chicken breast and rice and lentils or different salads with olive oil at Greek restaurant.

Don’t beat yourself up if you eat some unhealthy, fattening food while away from home. Make sure to continue with your diet as soon as you get back.

These tips are not hard to follow. They will help you make right dietary choices while away from home.

Low Fat Diet: a Problem or a Solution?

March 23, 2009 by  
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Many weight loss programs advocate cutting fat out of diet. Following the fact that each gram of fat is nine calories as opposed to four calories of one gram of carbohydrates and proteins, cutting fat seems to be a logical choice for someone who wants to lose weight. However a two-year study had shown that a number of participants actually gained weight on a low fat diet.

Why did this happen?

It will help us if we consider the difference between the low-fat products and their original versions. Let’s take the example of cookies. Low fat cookies usually contain more sugar than their original versions.

Extra sugar is added to improve the taste of the low-fat cookies so the calories of low-fat and the original product are almost the same. Moreover if 1-2 cookies of the original “fatty” version were able to satisfy our sweet tooth, the low-fat version with lots of sugar actually increases our cravings so we eat more.


In fact eating low-fat products increases the consumption of simple carbohydrates, ones with a high glycemic index, such as sugars, white flour, etc. So the low-fat diet is actually also a high–simple-carbohydrates diet that promotes the weight gain.

All carbohydrates are converted into glucose before entering the bloodstream. Glucose is partially used for energy immediately. Unused glucose is converted into glucogen and stored in the body.

Since only a limited amount can be stored as glucogen, the excess is stored as fat. Low-fat diets inevitably lead to an excessive consumption of carbohydrates and this is how they turn us fat.

The ideal diet should consist of 20-30% of fat. This doesn’t mean that we must eat all existing types of fat. If you want to be healthy and attain your ideal weight reduce the consumption of saturated fats, margarine, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and all the products that contain them. Some fats are essential to health.

These are the Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. They can also help if you crave fatty foods. The food sources of these important fatty acids are fish, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, sesame seed, other seeds and nuts. For cooking use organic cold pressed olive oil. It is also better to consume a limited amount of organic butter than margarine.

Make sure your fat consumption doesn’t exceed 30% of your daily food intake and eat right kinds of fat. This is important not only for the weight loss but for a maintenance of good health as well.

Weight Loss is a Lifestyle Change

March 18, 2009 by  
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In many of my articles I mentioned that weight loss is not about a fad diet that lasts couple of months; it is a lifestyle change. An article by Cassie Stanyon, published in “The Citizen” on March 14, 2009 confirms that.

The article is about a couple, each of them overweight that eventually succeeded to lose lots of pounds (husband lost 140 pounds and wife lost 100 pounds) when they realized that weight loss is NOT a diet, it is a lifelong commitment to healthy lifestyle.

Everybody should come to this realization on his or her own in order to implement changes successfully into life. However, reading this kind of articles will help realize it and hence accelerate the weight loss process.

For some reason people are more prone to try complicated things rather implementing simple lifestyle changes. The general mentality is “this can’t be that simple”. However, it is. While developing new habits will take some time and is not always easy due to lots of resistance, the changes by themselves are not complicated. Being persistent in the beginning is important.

Getting into habit of reading food labels, eating whole grains, drinking lots of water, eating vegetables and fruits might require some time but the end result is better health and an ability to attain and maintain the ideal weight.

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Weight Loss Drugs – Are They Miracle Weight Loss Products?

March 15, 2009 by  
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Many people are looking for “magic weight-loss products” and turn to weight loss drugs.

Some of the obesity drugs approved by FDA are:

Dexedrine and other amphetamines, Ionamin and Adipex-P (phentermine), Sanorex (mazindol), Tenuate (diethylpropion), Prelu-2 (phendimetrazine) and other amphetamine derivatives, meridia (sibutramine), xenical (orlistat).

FDA approved the weight loss drugs only for use with calorie-restricted diets, according to a report published by FDA. The drugs are “not magic pills,” warns Leo Lutwak, M.D., Ph.D., of FDA’s division of metabolism and endocrine drug products. “They don’t work unless you make dietary and exercise changes.”

Also, they should be used only for a few weeks because the drugs are addictive and have the potential for abuse. They shouldn’t be used in combination with each other or with other drugs for appetite control because such combinations have not been evaluated for safety.

And the drugs should be used only in people who are obese–not people looking to lose a few pounds, Lutwak says. “Weight-loss drugs are serious medicine for a serious disease,” he says.

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For overweight but not obese people it is better to follow a simple exercise and diet regime instead of taking weight-loss drugs. These drugs have a long list of side effects and hence, are dangerous for health.

Some side effects of popular weight-loss drugs:

Xenical – skin rash, tooth problems, vomiting, vaginal inflammation, respiratory tract infections, headache, dizziness, fatigue. Xenical also decreases the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins along with dietary fat. Alli is over-the-counter medication. It has half the strength of Xenical.

Meridia can cause insomnia, constipation and not recommended for people with a higher risk of cardiovascular heart disease.

Phentermine can cause depression, irritability, insomnia, affect the blood pressure.

As it was already mentioned in the article weight loss drugs might be appropriate for obese people but not for simply overweight ones.

The problem is that people do not believe in themselves in their ability to make things happen, to decide something and then take actions to make it a reality. That’s why they feel a need in “something” from outside, something that can help them magically lose weight. In reality there is really no magic in weight loss. Consume less calories, exercise, make sure to have adequate rest, detoxify your body and you will lose your weight and maintain it guaranteed.

An Introduction

March 15, 2009 by  
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This website is dedicated to weight loss tips, information, programs and products that contribute to healthy weight loss.

There is not one ultimate weight loss solution. Weight loss is an individual journey and it is different from person to person. Some people don’t like spending hours in a gym, sweating, they would rather be calorie-conscious; others prefer to exercise vigorously, almost every day and make very few changes to their diet and there are many others in between.

Besides personal preferences, there are also physiological and psychological differences; all of them are factors that determine how effective a particular weight loss program is for a particular individual.

There are many different weight loss programs to choose from, some of them are well-known and others are not so famous however the obesity level of the population increases.

For example, the number of weight-related surgeries in Scotland quadrupled from 2003-2007 (Source: The Scotsman, Edinburgh, March 14, 2009). There are also brain surgeries for obese people introduced recently for those who underwent a weight loss surgery but couldn’t stop eating.

Obesity is a serious problem; in fact, it is a disease that requires a medical intervention.

According to a 1995 report from the Institute of Medicine, “obesity is a heterogeneous disease in which genetic, environmental, psychological, and other factors are involved.

It occurs when energy intake exceeds the amount of energy expended over time. Only in a small minority of cases is obesity caused by such illnesses as hypothyroidism or the result of taking medications, such as steroids, that can cause weight gain.”

This website provides information and resources to overweight people. If you are obese I would recommend that you see a medical doctor to find out a program or surgery that is right for you.