Weight loss drugs have always been a reason of controversy for many people. Most of us do not know which of them are more efficient.
Furthermore, some people are not satisfied with their weight. Unfortunately, they don’t know which diet is better and what medication can help them during this process.
Worse, they have a wrong perspective when it comes to this initiative. There are five drugs approved in the United States for managing obesity nowadays. A new study has been made to establish the effects and side-effects of these drugs on our organism and what happens if we take all of them.
According to Dr. Siddharth Singh, lead researcher and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, there is little information about the effects of the combined drugs. Plus, some of them are less efficient than others. Over 29,000 people participated in the study which proved that all five drugs work.
Nevertheless, some of them turned out to be more successful than the others. Saxenda, known as liraglutide, and Osymia, also called phentermine-topiramate, led to a 5 percent of weight loss in patients, whereas Xenical, known as orlistat, was the most ineffective of all.
In addition to this, Singh added that no drug directly tackles obesity. Their use is mainly to influence and support the process of losing weight.
Moreover, the findings were based just on results coming from people from the study groups. In other words, every person might have a different reaction to every drug. Further research is needed in order to develop a more efficient obesity treatment.
According to Nikhil Dhurandhar, past president of the Obesity Society and professor of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, there is a wide variation on how people respond to every obesity treatment because some might take the drugs and have no weight loss, whereas others might even gain a few pounds because of them.
The main effect that these drugs have on human organism is that they reduce the appetite, so you feel less the need to eat. Our best bet against obesity is to rely more on physical exercise and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Our diet is highly relevant. In other words, if we want to have a significant weight loss, we need to change our perspective first.