Weight loss can be very difficult. There are so many products and diets being promoted nowadays. These vary from near starvation diets to the 'eat what you want and lose 60lbs per month' scams. However, there are certain drugs that definitely do help with weight loss, and there are natural therapies that can help make your weight loss become a lot easier. Having said that, there is no magic bullet that can make you look like a 20 year old if you are 100lb overweight.
The aim of this article is to present the reader with a choice. This may take the drug (pharmaceutical) route, the diet route, or the natural therapy route. After reading this article the reader should possess more knowledge regarding their weight loss and therefore be able to make more objective decisions regarding their regimen.
Drugs For Weight Loss
Anti-depressants: include fluoxetine, sertraline. Function is to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain. This helps reduce depression and the over-eating caused by this condition. Side-effects can include anxiety, insomnia, tremor, sweating, fever, confusion, and rashes.
Orlistat: Function reduces the amount of fat absorbed from the diet in the digestive tract. Side-effects can include abdominal pain, possible reduced absorption of vitamins, fatty stools.
Non-prescription Appetite Suppressants
Phenylpropanolamine: Function is to decrease the appetite. Side-effects can include headache, irritability, sweating.
Natural Therapies For Weight Loss
Acai Berry: has been growing in popularity in the past few years. Thousands of people all over the world say that Acai berry products help them live a healthier life that is full of energy and vitality. The berry has been harvested by Brazilians for hundreds of years as a food staple and for their rejuvenating and detoxifying properties, Acai berries (fruit of Amazonian Acai Palms ) have been all over the media, from articles in fitness magazines to features on popular television programs.
Garcinia: can be used to enhance weight loss and increase the amount of lean muscle. Garcinia is a source of hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is said to block an enzyme that converts carbohydrates into body fat.
Psyllium: can help you consume less calories but still feel full. It has other benefits other than weight loss in that it can help with constipation and help lower cholesterol.
Diet: is usually the cause of being overweight. It is fairly simple, if you eat more calories than you burn off, they will convert to body fat. A pound of body fat contains 3,500 calories, so if you want to lose 1lb of fat a week you need to eat 500 calories a day less than you do now or burn off 500 calories more per day. (3,500/7 = 500 calories per day). Brisk walking will burn around 500 calories per hour, so an extra hours walk everyday would help you reach your goal of 1lb per week fat loss.
The overweight person who wants to lose weight should also realize that in around 99% cases of overweight it is the excessive consumption of calories that is the cause. Very few people become overweight because of a metabolic or thyroid problem.
The therapies above should be used in conjunction with reduced calorie intake and an exercise program. Anyone who has not exercised for a while should go and get the go-ahead from their Doctor.
The reader should now possess more knowledge regarding being overweight. This will enable them to make more objective decisions regarding their weight loss program.