Is there a safe medication that can be used to lose weight?

There are several nutrients that are very safe to assist in weight loss by increasing fat burning.  These include omega 3 fatty acids with balanced DHA, EPA and GLA in doses of about 5 grams per day.  In addition, green tea extract (EGCG) at doses of 500 mg twice per day and carnitine at doses of 1000 to 2000 mg per meal will help decrease body fat.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of weight loss medications, including:
  • lorcaserin (Belviq)
  • phentermine/topiramate (Qsymia)
  • naltrexone /bupropion (Contrave)
These medicines result in a pretty modest weight loss of around 5%. However, they can cause side effects, including headaches, nausea and some heart rhythm disturbances. An ingredient in Qsymia can make your heart speed up. Ask your doctor which weight loss drug is safe for you.

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Weight Loss Strategies

Weight Loss Strategies

Everyone has opinions on how to lose weight – everything from Pilates to supplements to sleeping sans pajamas has been touted as an effective weight loss strategy. It's all about discovering what works for you. For some people, th...

e community support found on social media or in support groups for weight loss is an effective tool, while others benefit from the tried and true method of working up a daily sweat. Whatever strategy you choose, the key is finding something that you can stick with that works for your lifestyle.

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