Once again (this month) the FDA approved a new weight-loss pill. This pill “when combined with a reduced calorie diet and exercise” has been shown to “provide another treatment option for chronic weight management in Americans who are obese or are overweight and have at least one weight-related comorbid condition”
Oh yeah, and, by the way, these drugs most likely will cause birth defects, possibly cause heart palpitations (or worse)
I am a personal trainer. I have been for over 8 years. I have studied nutrition (extensively) and worked with enough obese, overweight, and “normal-sized” individuals to realize that, it isn’t JUST as simple as “Eat Less, Move more” BUT I also know, that a few changes in lifestyle and habits can yield just as much weight-loss as these pills claim, MINUS the crazy side effects (not to mention, we only have 1 year of data for “long term” effects”)
I love the idea of taking a pill to fix a problem as much as anyone, but this is not a problem that a PILL will solve. Obesity is as much psychological as it is physical and even that doesn’t address the hormonal issues that cause someone who is overweight to stay overweight and continue to gain.
The pills themselves don’t even promise much to lose, as one earlier this month suggested that combined with healthy diet and exercise one could expect to lose up to 3% (or a measly 6lbs. in a 200lb person) over a YEAR!!
Now, I’m not sure what that drug cost, maybe, $5-25 a month? So on the low end we’re looking at $60-300 to lose 6 lbs?! Not sure about you, but I don’t see much value there. You could pay a good personal trainer $300 for 5-6 sessions that would teach lessons that could be used the rest of your life that would help you lose BEYOND 6 lbs. AND keep it off!
The pharmaceutical companies are BANKING on the fact that people are lazy and they want an easy option. They are betting the house on it! Vegas doesn’t make their money off the winners, and Big Pharma isn’t making their money of the healthy people eating clean and exercising consistently. This, frankly, pisses me off. I want MY clients, MY friends, MY family to know better. I don’t want them taking our/your money and making us sicker, causing deformed babies, and giving us heart attacks, while trying to lose a few pounds. Lets wise up, folks! Read the fine print, do your homework. Learn healthy principles, make small changes consistently and don’t be a bitch.
PS I would LOVE to hear your comments on this