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98 Percent Weight Loss Pills Users Gave Up After 2 Years

November 9th, 2007 · 12 Comments ·


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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  • trey // Nov 9, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    the title should read “ONLY 2% PILL USERS STAYED AFTER 2 YEARS”

    or 98% gave up after 2 years.

  • Mun // Nov 9, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Hi trey – Thanks for pointing it out. What an embarrass mistake.

  • Angie Tan // Nov 9, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    It goes to show… Proper education of how to eat better and healthier, with proper exercise is more effective for a long term solution.

  • Elvina // Nov 9, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    I used to take Xenical few years back. It lasted only 1 year. I stopped taking it cos of the cost. The price for a pill is about the price of a mix rice. Secondly, taking this pill only keeps me thinking tat i can afford to eat more oily food. I’ve decided to stop it altogether and depends on workout and eating healthily. Now, i remain with my current weight for almost 2 years … I still eat fast food, candies and chocolates.. but everything in moderation. This way i still get to give in to my cravings sometimes.. I am healthier and happier now =)

  • One Big Health Nut // Nov 9, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Of course the result would show that. Most of unprescribed diet pills takers are not persistent in the first place. On top of that, diet pills often bring a lot of nasty side effects from nausea to gas, and it doesn’t come cheap either. It’s yet to see whether the scientists can make diet pills which are cheap and have no side effects. Many who had success with diet pill also did a lot of exercises and selective eating too so there you go.

  • sylvesteR // Nov 10, 2007 at 12:02 AM

    Perhaps they stop because they knew the risk of taking these pills?? You know, there were many cases where people were having side effects after taking those slimming and weight loss pills. Somehow, there’s a high price to pay for taking shortcuts. Better go for the conventional way.

  • trey // Nov 10, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    i know most people have a hard time trying to shed off those poundages. But I in the other hand, couldnt gain any weight even after trying oh sooooo hard.

    if there’s any other people with the same problem with me, i’m wondering what are you guys doing/did to gain a pound or two.

    can check out my rants and musings of not gaining weight on my blog, LOL.
    just click on my name here i think, that’d bring you to my blog.


  • Vertigo7 // Nov 14, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Dear trey, I believe that you have a very high metabolism ratio. So you should eat on a normal portion on regular basis to put on some weight. Do exercise everyday and regularly as well, so then you can use up your high metabolism rate while exercising, and during the night you can rest, at the same time your metabolism rate will decrease along. It’s a long progress, may take years to achieve such goal. There are a lot of my friends who can’t control their metabolism rate, but when they try out my method, it seems to work a lil. Some of them did put on more than 10lbs.

  • Vertigo7 // Nov 14, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Don’t believe in weight loss, believe in fat loss. Get ‘Thermogenic’ fat burners and fat blockers. I’m currently taking Ephedrine, it’s illegal and banned in the U.S. because of certain disagreement with the government. Some people died because of overtrain and overdosage of Ephedrine. In actual fact, if anyone overdose on any drugs, it’s fatal and that’s no doubt about it. So while our country doesn’t ban Ephedra yet, get prescriptions from your doctor or pharmacists and take the dosage accordingly as to only 1 pill for each workout. You’ll see the differences. But remember one thing, there is no shorcut and when it comes to achieving goals, only true dedications and hardwork that pays off the real result.

  • Vertigo7 // Nov 14, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Correction – So while our country ‘hasn’t’ ban Ephedra yet, get prescriptions from your doctor or pharmacists and take the dosage accordingly as to only 1 pill for each workout.

  • trey // Nov 16, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    thanks for the words, but eating a “normal” portion will not get any weight/bulk for me. As for lean muscle, its all good.

    its just that i’m a very active person (add that to having extremely high metabolism), AND top it all with having a small stomach (i cant munch too much at one sitting, so i try my best spreading the meals needed into smaller portions into more sittings)..

    as for Fat Burners (either thermogenic or not), i believe i do not have a need for it. At 5’7 and 142lbs and around 9-10% bodyfat… i dont think i need to cut it down more, i’m just not bothered about it.

    i’m open to suggestions on how to increase BULK and/or WEIGHT. I know what i’m doing, so pardon me if i dont want to hear about “dont worry about weight, all you need is lean muscle..blablablabla”.

    i really do want to hear suggestions or alternative methods that any of you have tried (or heard) before.

    cheers :)

  • Vertigo7 // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    No offense, but I hope you do appreciate my sharing of accurate informations, not only for you Trey, but it is also for everyone here.

    So if you want to bulk up, then you should start investing on whey proteins, if that’s for bulking up your muscles. I’ve heard that there are ways to handle high metabolism rate too, by eating meals according to cycles, i.e. eat a small portion every two hours or so… That’s all I know so far. I hope these infos can help you out.

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