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Obesity and Drugs – Look before you leap

Looking marvelous is a pleasant experience. No one likes to be offended just for sake of their looks, even if they are awfully fat. Confronting the mock is even more painful. Thus finally after a course of hurting incidents, if an obese person chooses to go for a fat-reducing medication, can they be blamed? I would say no. It’s not their mistake to be obese, at least in some of the cases. Apart from being a problem of looks, obesity is a severe issue of health. But it wouldn’t be bad, if you could simply think over the following matters before you leap head long into an anti-obesity medication, right?

What is an obesity reducing drug?

A drug for obesity is a medication that can effectively put a check on weight by either controlling or reducing it. It works on the human body by making considerable changes in a person’s craving for food (appetite), increasing metabolism, or reducing body absorption of food calories. But an obesity reducing drug is not the only thing that can make you ‘less fat’. It has to be complemented by planned diet and programmed exercise.

Does the drug really work?

Obesity is not the result of simply a difference in the style of eating. It has a lot to do with behavior and attitude. If you intend to do something to your obesity, make up your mind to modify your food habits and your attitude to it. If someone told you that you could be slim and fit in a couple of weeks or months, it’s just not reasonable. The eating habits of obese people are complex. They are deeply attracted to food. Their food intake is greater than the normal and they find delight in foods rich in fat and calories. Curtailing the consumption of food will result in a craving for it even in those with normal appetite. So for an obese, it’s just out of question and would ultimately lead to over-consumption.

Well, to be honest, most of the obesity reducing drugs work; but not often in a healthy way. It is well established that such a drug would give out real benefits only if it is backed up with an appropriate chart of diet and exercise. But that’s not what is advertised by the manufacturers. They focus on what the ‘drug can do for you’ rather than what ‘you should compulsorily do’ to get the desired benefits. The drug functions on the biological aspect of the problem of obesity and neglects the behavioral concerns. So the result might be that you put on weight much more than before once you stop the medication. Body mass diminution is not the point of concern in obesity reduction. Moreover anti-obesity drugs have serious side effects ranging from headache to stroke.

So what can be done?

Do ample research about the drug focusing on its positive and negative effects. Consult you doctor for further details regarding its administration. Adhere to a balanced diet and suitable exercise. Remember that a drug will act differently on different individuals. So if it turns out that the drug is not suited for you, stop taking it at once.

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  1. just do these things and you won’t need any drugs or have any body problems:

    eat ONLY when you are absolutely hungry. Don’t eat for any other reason (convention, expectation, images etc.).

    Be aware when you eat because of emotional reasons. deal with those reasons rather than turning to food for comfort. it will NOT solve your problems and they only get bigger if you go the route of emotional eating.

    When you do eat, eat only natural foods, not food-like substances. avoid all processed and ready-made foods. they are poison and will make you fat! if you cannot make this food in a cave without ultra-powerful machinery a d lab-created chemicals then you are not ready to consume such a substance.

    avoid sugar in any form. it creates a drastic spike in insulin (sugar high) which leads to obesity. especially avoid all the sweetened cold drinks and the pastries. they are 95% sugar. sugar is the worst poison (much worse then many illegal drugs) – avoid it.

    buy (or grow) fresh food and make your own food. don’t eat pre-made, ready-made food-like substances that contain chemicals that don’t belong inside you.

    99% of the foods in shops these days is not suitable for human consumption. make food from simple and fresh ingredients. keep it simple and tasty with natural spices.

    avoid non-organic (chemical and depleted) food if at all possible