Earlier this year the FDA approved a diet pill said to be effective for weight loss, the first approved in a over a decade. Qsymia (pronounced cue-sim-ee-uh) is a drug said to have an appetite suppressing effect and also helps in preventing cravings. A study of over 4000 participants in a clinical trial showed a lot of people experiencing weight loss of five to ten percent from their starting weight in one year’s time. For a 220 pound person that would mean a loss of 11-22 pounds in a year.
Qsymia does not act on its own. A diet along with physical activity is necessary to achieve the weight loss results.
There are also warnings of possible side effects of the diet pill. One risk is the possibility of birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Other side effects may include heart rate increases, suicidal thoughts, and severe eye problems.
While the drug is approved in the United States, at this point an approval in Europe looks grim. Qsymia contains phentermine, an ingredient in the controversial and now banned “fen-phen” that made waves in the diet pill craze a few years ago. Concerns on phentermine may result in the new diet drug remaining unavailable in Europe
Qsymia is available by prescription only.
With this new diet pill making headlines along with Belviq, another drug recently approved, other companies have looked to capitalize on people looking for quick and easy weight loss solutions. Manufacturers of HCG products have recently compared their hormone therapies and diets to the new prescription drugs on the block. Some HCG companies have made headlines lately as well boasting better results than Qsymia.
I wrote an article a little while back about Magic Pill solutions in a very sarcastic manner intended to be humorous. I am not a fan such things. The only real solution for weight loss is creating a healthy lifestyle. Learning habits that involve being physically active and eating healthy. Making changes.
I don’t see HCG, Qsymia, or Belviq being long term solutions for people struggling with obesity. I see these products in the same light as Fen-Phen – the “next big thing”, the “magic pill”, the “lottery ticket of weight loss.” I do not believe in the next decade we will look back and say “Wow! Look at the millions of people that have been helped by these products!”
What is the answer?
Short answer: Exercise and nutrition. No side effects. No false promises. Just being involved in physical activity and eating nutritious food.
I offer several fitness and nutrition options from Beachbody® such as P90X® , Insanity® , Les Mills Pump® , and 10 Minute Trainer® to name a few. Each program comes with a comprehensive nutrition guide that can be tailored to an individual’s goals whether it is weight loss, gaining muscle, or just getting in shape. Notice that each of the Magic Pill solutions don’t work unless accompanied with exercise and diet. One can get all the benefits of diet and nutrition, including weight loss, without all the side effects. Side effects of our programs include problems like occasional sore muscles and having to buy new clothes after the dramatic results. Minor in comparison to the suicidal thoughts and heart problems that may accompany the diet pills – in my opinion, anyway.
Of course Beachbody is not the only solution for weight loss and health goals. It is the best solution, in my opinion, with options to suit everyone’s needs. But yes, there are other options. Personal trainers, fitness classes, and food-based diet programs are all effective for reaching goals. I am a fan of people doing what works for them – as long as it is based around living a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise and nutrition have stood the test of time when it comes to losing weight and being healthy. Doctor recommended, no harmful side effects, safe, and effective. No pills, potions, or needed approval from the FDA. Just good old healthy living. When looking for a weight loss plan watch out for diet pill solutions. Find something interesting to you that offers real exercise and no-gimmick nutrition.