Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Unless your doc runs a weight loss program, don't let them give you weight loss drugs

Just a quick post. A study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirmed something anyone involved in medical weight loss already knows - the drugs aren't so great all by themselves.

If your family doc prescribes you Meridia, Xenical or Phentermine but does not offer you guidance or support in lifestyle change, you're probably wasting a great deal of money. On the other hand, using these drugs in conjunction with a behavioural weight loss program can be quite beneficial.

If it were as simple as, "Here take this pill", over 65% of North America wouldn't be overweight. If it sounds too good to be true, of course it probably is.