The mantra behind weight loss is simple: ‘Eat Clean and Burn Mean! Lately, a host of weight loss drugs have flooded the market with a claim to conquer the weight loss conundrum. Some common names you may hear in India include Orlistat, No Fat Capsules, Raspberry Ketones and Green Coffee Bean. Make sure you have a good idea on these drugs before consuming them.

WHO ARE THEY ACTUALLY FOR?

According to CDC.Gov, losing 5 to 10 percent of one’s body weight can induce positive changes to one’s blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, the real question is, are weight loss drugs the answer? According to the Endocrine Society, weight loss drugs should only be consumed by those who qualify as obese (with a BMI of 30 or more), or those who fall in the overweight bracket (with a BMI of 27 or more), or suffer from diseases that are triggered by excess weight.

BENEFITS OF WEIGHT LOSS DRUGS?

These drugs can catalyse the weight loss process, in turn, motivating patients to keep up with their healthy lifestyles. Patients who are given prescriptions for these drugs are watched closely over a period of three months. If weight loss of 5% or more is not observed within this window, the medication may be discontinued. It is essential that patients develop healthy eating and exercise habits, parallel to drug consumption.

STEPS BEFORE TAKING THE DRUGS

If you are seriously considering medical intervention for weight loss, here are some steps to consider. Firstly, revisit your medical history, on your maternal and paternal side for genetic predisposition to obesity. If you have any vitamin deficiencies, take supplements before starting on weight-loss drugs. If you are expecting a baby, breastfeeding, or planning a baby in the near future, it is important to consult a doctor about the possible effects of weight loss drugs to your body.

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