Diet pills are not magic solution to weight loss. Users have to take them for long period. Orlistat and Sibutramine are widely prescribed anti-obesity agents that are approved for 2 years of continuous use in the US. They prevent fat absorption. However, based on a study, 1-year persistence rates were less than 10% and 2-year persistence rates were 2%. The study was done based on nearly 17,000 users of Orlistat and 3,500 users of Sibutramine. Source. In layman words, out of 100 customers, only 2 are still taking the pills after 2 years.
The interesting questions I have are:
- What happened to the other 98% users?
- Why did they stop, isn’t because that they have reduced the weight successfully or they just gave up because of poor results?
I don’t have the answers with scientific reasons. However, I believe that many are eating more fatty foods because they have the mindset that they can eat anything just because that they are taking the weight loss pills. Therefore, after 6 months, their body weights remain the same or getting even heavier. Guess that is one of the reasons that many are given up because of frustration of not seeing the result.
One of my friends gave up because of the cost. The other gave up because she felt that she always tired after taking the pills. I believe that the drug has blocked fat soluble vitamins and making her feel like that. So, the next time your friend is thinking of taking the weight loss pills, encourage her to make the changes to the lifestyle instead.
Healthy lifestyle with proper diet and fitness activities are always better.
Category: Weight Loss
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