Is losing weight part of your makeover? For many people, losing weight and getting in shape is a big part of their makeover. From the hit show, “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition” to the wildly successful sales of “Spanx,” it seems almost everyone wants to drop some weight.
It’s been 13 years since the FDA has approved a drug for weight loss. Yesterday, the FDA approved Belviq (lorcaserin) which offers another aid for weight loss. I don’t know about you, but when I was trying to lose all the baby weight I had gained after having four children…I was starving, and this new weight loss drug works by controlling appetite – yeah! Dieting without starving! Anything to help people struggling to lose weight is a big hit in my book. Obviously, since this drug was just approved yesterday, I don’t know anyone who has personally taken this medication, but it sounds fabulous! It specifically works by activating brain receptors that affect appetite. Physicians will prescribe the medication for people who are obese (with a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher) or who are overweight (with a BMI of 27 or above) and also have at least one weight-related health condition.
So does it really work? According to the clinical trials submitted to the FDA, over half of the dieters (without Type 2 diabetes) who used Beviq lost at least 5% of their starting weight – over a year. Obviously, people with a healthy diet and exercise program had the best results.
I truly hope this drug proves to assist people with their struggle. I know from my personal battle to lose weight, (a few years ago) a little help would have been really nice. Your physician will be able to tell you if this medication is right for you – and if it is – let me know how it works!
Remember….Beauty without virtue, is like a rose without a scent!