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Weight Loss Drug Qnexa Wins Support

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Feb 27, 2012

A new weight loss drug for obese patients may soon come available pending FDA approval.

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The weight loss drug Qnexa was initially rejected by the FDA because of the risk for possible heart problems or birth defects, but an FDA advisory panel recently gave it a recommendation for a full decision come April -- and pushed for a post-approval trial to monitor cardiovascular side effects.

There was concern over the increased risk of an elevated heartbeat and birth defects such as an oral cleft occurring in infants born to women on the drug while pregnant. However, two ingredients in the drug phentermine (an appetite suppressant) and topiramate (which makes you feel full) are already on the market today and can be prescribed off-label.

The drug’s maker, Vivus, is seeking approval for a once-daily pill for obese men and women with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or for those with a BMI of 27 or higher who also have weight-related comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, or central adiposity.

Vivus shared that the drug can help patients lose 6 to 10% of their body weight and it can also lower their blood pressure. The company also worked on a plan with the FDA to do the following as part of a risk mitigation strategy: include labeling that states the drug should be discontinued once a female patient becomes pregnant, distribute it only through mail-order pharmacies that have pharmacists with specific training on the drug, educating providers and patients on contraception and monthly pregnancy testing, and developing a pregnancy registry to keep track of patients.

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Yes, You Do Need Carbs in Your Diet

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Feb 9, 2012

Some fad diets are low-carb or involve cutting out carbs entirely. That's not exactly healthy, though, according to doctors. In fact, most of our diet is supposed to be comprised of carbs in order to get enough nutrients daily.

Carbohydrates are necessary for your body to obtain quick energy, while healthy fats and proteins are more of a long-term fuel source. Carbs should actually be about 50 to 60 percent of your daily diet to get enough calories, nutrients and energy to your body.

Your carb intake should include healthy complex carbs, which take longer for your body to break down compared to simple carbs. Also, complex carbs give your body a nice, steady flow of energy. Simple carbs, on the other hand, cause you to experience energy peaks and crashes.

Excellent examples of healthy carb sources include: whole-wheat and whole-grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, barley, bulgur, buckwheat, quinoa, oats, brown rice, fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils and whole-grain cereals.

So, eat your carbs--healthy carbs, that is. And remember to incorporate it in your healthy meals along with healthy proteins, vegetables and fruits for a well-rounded diet. Be sure not to load up on too many carbs, though, which can cause you to gain weight. As with everything else, balance is the key here.

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Eat Peppers to Lose Weight

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Feb 3, 2012

Hot (and Cool) News in Weight Loss Dieting

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If you like spicy food, you may like this latest bit of news: eating hot peppers has recently been found to help you suppress your appetite and lose weight.

It’s the capsaicin in particular, the heat-causing chemicals in a hot pepper, that researchers discovered to have a mild effect in helping people manage their weight. The study was published in the research journal, Chemical Senses:

“Adding a palatable level of spiciness might allow an average weight, middle-aged man to lose a little over a pound over 6.5 years. That’s not a pound a year- that’s a pound total over six and a half years. If the same man ingested it in pill form (so the dose could be higher), he might be able to lose just under six pounds over 8.5 years.”

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Perhaps the spiciness causes you to want to eat less to avoid stinging your tongue or getting a heartburn, but adding hot peppers to a meal, if you can handle them, can aid your weight loss progress.

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Did you know? Bell peppers can help you lose weight, too. Both hot and sweet peppers increase the body’s heat production and oxygen consumption, which means you burn extra calories.

Bell peppers are a healthy addition to a well-balanced diet because they also have many nutritional benefits. They’re an excellent source of cartenoids, flavonoids, vitamin E and vitamin C (more so than oranges), and contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It also adds flavor and variety to any healthy, delicious meal. So, enjoy!

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