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    Dr. Nicole Florence - What is waist training?
    Waist training, also called corset training, is a method where women wear a tight corset with the hopes of slimming their waist and suppressing their appetite. Watch bariatrician Nicole Florence, MD, explain this controversial weight loss concept.
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    If you are taking bupropion, you should not take Contrave.

    If you are taking an opioid, you should not take Contrave.

    If you are taking amantadine, carbamazepine, efavirenz, levodopa, phenobarbital, phenytoin, or a protease inhibitor, Contrave may not be a good option for you.

    You should not take Contrave while taking an MAO inhibitor or until at least 2 weeks after stopping MAO inhibitors.

    If you have stopped drinking alcohol, taking a barbiturate, a benzodiazepine, an anticonvulsant, or an opioid in the past few weeks, you should not take Contrave. 

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    Saxenda is a newer type of weight loss drug. It is in a class of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists. Some GLP-1 drugs are also used to treat diabetes. However, Saxenda is not approved for this use or for people who are taking insulin.

    Saxenda may be right for you if you are obese or overweight with type 2 diabetes or other weight-related diseases. Medications for weight management should always be used along with diet and exercise and under the supervision of a qualified doctor.

    You may not be able to take Saxenda if you have problems with stomach emptying (gastroparesis), because the drug could make this problem worse.

    You should not take Saxenda if you have:
    • severe kidney or liver disease
    • a family history of thyroid cancer or multiple endocrine neoplasia
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    Prescription drugs may be considered for weight loss when a person is obese and has attempted a comprehensive lifestyle program that includes a healthy diet and exercise, but who has not lost 5 percent or more of body weight after three to six months. However, the effectiveness of weight loss medications is debatable, and they can have significant side effects, so not all doctors feel cofortable prescribing these medications.
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    Some green tea varieties are better for weight loss than others. If you’re all about that green and on a weight-loss mission, you might want to choose matcha green tea -- the richest green tea source of nutrients and antioxidants.

    The whole leaf is ground and consumed as part of the beverage, as opposed to most types of green tea, where the leaves are steeped and then the tea is consumed.

    Green tea has many health benefits in addition to potential weight loss. It is rich with nutrients, including antioxidants as well as anticancer and brain-healthy compounds. 
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    Waist-training is controversial for many reasons, one of which being the associated risks of frequently wearing a corset, or wearing one too tightly. These include risks of acid reflux, vomiting after eating, bruising internal organs, and more. 

    Another question I would like to pose to those considering waist-training is, what are the benefits? There are no proven results in regards to weight loss, and there is no reason why anyone should believe that your shape will change through wearing a corset. Waist-training accomplishes nothing in terms of building up muscle tissue, nor in burning fat.

    There are no shortcuts to effective, permanent weight loss. The three pillars of diet, exercise, and sleep must be in place to achieve a healthy figure and lifestyle.
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    Why Is it So Hard for People to Lose Weight?
    Genetics plays a role in the ability to lose weight and keep it off. In this video I will explain how even a mother's weight during pregnancy will affect a child's likelihood of becoming overweight.
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    Side effects may include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, coughing, nausea, constipation, and back pain. Other side effects include heart disease, low blood sugar, slowed heart rate, blood disorders, and psychiatric symptoms. Lorcaserin can make it dangerous to drive or to operate machinery. 

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    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss.  People have to personalize their programs. Some people have a hard time losing weight and need specialized programs. The genetics of people are different. Certain people are not going to reach their goal no matter how hard they try. It's a matter of genetics, and these people may need bariatric surgery. 

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    Naltrexone was developed to treat alcohol and drug dependence. Bupropion is used to treat depression. Contrave is a combination of these two drugs, approved for weight loss in people with a BMI of 30 or more. It is also approved for people with a BMI of 27 to 30 who have certain conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. It should be used along with diet and exercise. 

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