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Contrave and Saxenda, two latest Weight Loss medications receive FDA credentials

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Sep 12, 2014

New Weight Loss Medication Contrave® approved for treatment of Obesity and Overweight conditions

“Several safe and effective prescription medicines can be used to overcome the hurdle of weight loss, the latest of these to receive FDA approval is a combination of two other medications, naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets. Additionally, liraglutide has received favorable recognition from the FDA.” –, WeightLossNYC®

“Contrave is a combination of two FDA-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in an extended-release formulation. Naltrexone is approved to treat alcohol and opioid dependence. Bupropion is approved to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder and as an aid to smoking cessation treatment.

“The effectiveness of Contrave was evaluated in multiple clinical trials that included approximately 4,500 obese and overweight patients with and without significant weight-related conditions treated for one year. All patients received lifestyle modification that consisted of a reduced- calorie diet and regular physical activity.” – FDA statement, Sept.2014
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Like similar treatments, medical supervision is highly advised, as part of a . The unique combination of this new medication also underscores compatibility with the current state of health and fitness for any individual. Similarly, an FDA panel greenlighted Saxena® (liraglutide) as another effective candidate for medical weight loss treatment. Whereas most weight loss medications address hunger mechanisms, each approach offers a different biological or neurological pathway, providing alternative options for practitioners and patients to optimize for individual results. Ask Dr. Aron which is the best treatment option for you.


FDA Approved Weight Loss Pills

[ Table of FDA Approved Medical Weight Loss Medications ]

  • Orlistat (Xenical)
  • Diethylpropion (Tenuate, Tenuate dospan)
  • Phendimetrazine (Bontril)
  • Phentermine (Apidex-P, Fastin, Ionamin)
  • Phentermine and Topiramate (Qsymia)
  • Naltrexone HCl/Bupropion HCl (Contrave)
  • Source: WeightLossNYC.com

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What is raspberry ketone?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Apr 10, 2013

Raspberry Ketones and Weight Loss

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Pop culture Dr. Oz and others cheer on support for raspberry ketone as a natural weight loss supplement. Dr Jennifer Seger from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians offers this response:

“Raspberry ketone [4-(4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one] or rheosmin, is a compound extracted from raspberries, blackberries, peaches, apples, rhubarb, grapes and the bark of some trees. It is similar in molecular structure to capsaicin (found in chili peppers) and synephrine (found in bitter orange trees)- two compounds that are thought to exert anti-obesity actions and alter lipid metabolism. It is hypothesized that the method in which raspberry ketone helps with weight loss is related to an increase in norepinephrine-induced lipolysis. The data supporting this claim is extremely sparse. After searching various online medical and scientific databases, I found less than a handful of studies specifically related to raspberry ketone and weight loss, two of which are rodent studies. One study suggests that when rats were fed a high-fat diet with raspberry ketone, there was prevention of fat storage and increased lipolysis in the liver compared to the control group on a high-fat diet 1. An in vitro study had a similar finding in that when adipocytes were incubated with raspberry ketone, there was an increase in lipolysis and fat oxidation, suggesting that this compound may aid in limiting fat accumulation2. It is important to note, however, that no studies have been conducted in humans to elucidate the effect of raspberry ketone on in vivo lipolysis and fat oxidation. Raspberry ketone has been used in cosmetics and as a food additive for decades, and in its "natural" state, it is quite expensive. Nowadays, raspberry ketone is primarily synthesized in a lab and is a very inexpensive additive for the aforementioned purposes. The safety data, though quite limited, do not reveal any significant concerns but there are no large studies regarding this. With a combination of extremely limited efficacy and safety data, substantial health benefit claims, a population desperate for results and large profit margins, it is no wonder that raspberry ketone is one of the top-selling nutrition supplements on the market right now. At this point, though, the use of raspberry ketone can be based on only anecdotal experience and insufficient scientific data. Hence, I currently cannot recommend the use of this supplement.”

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The Important Difference Between Phentermine and Phentramine

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 16, 2011
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What's in a name?

The diet pill Phentermine may sound familiar to you, but then again, so may Phentramine. Are they the same thing? The surprising answer is something every dieter should be aware of.

These are the differences:

Phentermine is a safe weight loss pill that works by decreasing your appetite. It must, however, be prescribed by a licensed physician and be taken under the supervision of a doctor.

Phentramine is a common and purposeful misspelling of Phentermine. It is actually the name given to a product posing as an herbal version of Phentermine that does not help you lose weight effectively, is sold online without a prescription and fools people into thinking they're buying the real thing.

Don't fall into the herbal supplement trap. Try a real weight loss plan that actually works with a licensed physician and weight loss expert. Make your first appointment today!

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If You're Trying to Lose Weight, Don't Do These!

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 14, 2011
It's easy to get obsessive when you're in weight-loss mode. As tempting as it is, don't! Here are a few things to definitely avoid, so you can relax and take your weight loss regime at a reasonable--and healthy--pace.

Starving yourself (or skipping meals)
You may think this is a faster way to weight loss, but it actually has the opposite effect in the long run. Not eating, skipping meals and diets far too low in calories wind up decreasing your metabolism and increasing your percentage of body fat.

Scammy weight loss pills
These products found over the counter at drug stores and online promising rapid weight loss are not only unsafe and unregulated by the FDA, they don't even work. They can also cause problems. Diet pills are often loaded with caffeine and diuretics, which can dehydrate you and throw your electrolytes off balance.


Extreme exercise
Going to the extreme when exercising to lose weight can do you more harm than good. It can also lead to injuries, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and turning physical exercise into a punishment for your eating habits. Instead, get a moderate amount of exercise for weight loss--at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. In time, moderate exercise coupled with a healthy diet will get you on track to lose weight--and keep it off--as long as you keep it up.

You don't need to go to extreme measures to lose weight. Work one-on-one with Dr. Aron to change your lifestyle for the better, and lose weight safely. Call today!

Source: WebMD

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Science Doesn't Support HCG's Weight Loss Claims

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Dec 8, 2011
Obesity specialists from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) are also calling out makers of the HCG weight loss drug and support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to remove these weight loss products from the market. The FDA states that there are no FDA-approved weight loss HCG products on the market, so there is no need to waste your money on them.

"Obesity is a chronic disease which is best treated by a physician who specializes in weight loss and practices medicine based on sound scientific principles," said ASBP Trustee Craig Primack, MD, in a press release by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. "Unfortunately, HCG does not live up to those standards."

There is no scientific evidence that shows that HCG can help you lose weight in the long term, or that it is more effective than a restricted-calorie diet.

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How Not to Gain Weight at Thanksgiving

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Nov 16, 2011
Most people haven't a clue how to eat healthy portions for everyday meals let alone at Thanksgiving. Your stomach is only the size of two fists, so it's easy to overdo it with all typical Thanksgiving offerings, even when eating small amounts of everything.

Here's how to fill your plate and not gain weight:

Turkey--no larger than a deck of cards
Two starches (i.e. sweet potatoes, dinner roll)--1/2 cup serving each or the size of a computer mouse
Vegetables--the rest of your plate

Other tips:

  • Choose a smaller plate so you don't fill up on too much.
  • If you're going to be a guest at someone's house and expect a smorgasbord of unhealthy offerings, try filling up on fresh greens at home beforehand so you don't overeat.
  • Select sides you only get to eat once a year.
  • Start eating the veggies first, then the turkey and sides.
  • Go for a walk after the meal. Don't just sit around!
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HCG for Weight Loss: FDA says fraud

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Oct 25, 2011

Weight Loss Health

As we've reported often on our weight loss blog, FDA warnings on over-the-counter weight loss gimmicks should be taken very seriously. Most if not all of these items have never been clinically proven or tested as safe OR effective! Furthermore, the FDA clearly warns on their website:

“FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss.

If not harmful if nothing else they're just not helpful: "economic fraud" says FDA's health fraud leader, as reported in USA Today.

FDA Warnings on OTC Weight Loss Pills


Overall, however, an extensive list of FDA warnings on fake over-the-counter weight loss pills read like a rap sheet of all the fad pills you've ever read about; Just a few of the dozens of warnings and recall notices on FDA.gov:
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Phentermine safer than Sibutramine

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Oct 9, 2010

Weight Loss Medical News

In previous articles, we've expressed concerns for misleading and dangerous over-the-counter products attempting to market themselves as weight loss remedies.phentermine

Heart Health Risk

The diet medication Meridia is being withdrawn from the market because it can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. We are proud to say that we have never used Meridia in our weight loss program because the risks of heart attack and stroke; with very modest weight loss benefit relative to this high risk. Meridia, also known as sibutramine, has been controversial since its approval in 1997 because it raises blood pressure and heart rate.

Slimming Supplements

The FDA also warned consumers to avoid using Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules, a nutritional supplement sold over the Internet. The agency said the capsules contained excessive amounts of sibutramine, the main ingredient in Meridia. »

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Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Apr 6, 2010
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Fewer Carbs Lower Blood Pressure

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Feb 15, 2010
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A low-carb diet can fight fat. Eating fewer carbohydratess can also lower your blood pressure — and it can be even more effective than weight loss drugs.

This new research from Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center demonstrates that it's very possible to get the same results without weight loss drugs, and without risk of potential side effects or extra cost.

The news also comes as a major benefit to those with hypertension that are trying to shed pounds. 146 overweight individuals involved in the study were broken into two groups: one that followed a low-carb diet and another that took orlistat while on a low-fat diet. 47% in the low-carb group had their blood pressure medication decreased or discontinued, while 21% of the low-fat, orlistat group had to reduce their medication.
—ScienceDaily

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Birth Control and Weight Loss

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Aug 9, 2009
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For many years "the pill" has been blamed for weight gain in women, causing many to forego taking that particular method of birth control, but recent research has shown it is not the culprit.

The birth control pill is an effective hormonal method of contraception, and has often been seen as the cause of weight gain. However, clinical trials have found there is no causal link between birth control and weight gain, especially considering that women gain weight as they age -- whether they take birth control or not. In fact, choosing not to take the pill doesn't necessarily help women control their weight either.

There are no quick fixes to shedding pounds, but leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a well-balanced diet is still the number one way to lose weight the healthy way.

Source ScienceDaily

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Confused About Weight Loss?

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 6, 2009

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With all the noise and hype of fad diets, crazy workout routines, and questionable drugs out there, how can you know what's really a safe and effective way to lose weight?

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FDA warns against non prescription weight loss pills

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC Jun 1, 2009
The FDA is warning people against taking 28 types of weight loss pills. The tainted products contain potentially dangerous undeclared ingredients, the Food and Drug Administration found, including prescription drugs in levels much higher than the maximum recommended dosage:

The brands are Fatloss Slimming, 2 Day Diet, 3x Slimming Power, Japan Lingzhi 24 Hours Diet, 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming, 3 Day Diet, 7 Day Herbal Slim, 8 Factor Diet, 7 Diet Day/Night Formula, 999 Fitness Essence, Extrim Plus, GMP, Imelda Perfect Slim, Lida DaiDaihua, Miaozi Slim Capsules, Perfect Slim, Perfect Slim 5x, Phyto Shape, ProSlim Plus, Royal Slimming Formula, Slim 3 in 1, Slim Express 360, Slimtech, Somotrim, Superslim, TripleSlim, Zhen de Shou and Venom Hyperdrive 3.0.

Many of the products are marketed as "dietary supplements" and claim to be "natural" or contain only "herbal" ingredients. But the FDA said some of the pills include sibutramine, a controlled substance; rimonabant, a drug not approved for marketing in the U.S.; phenytoin, an anti-seizure medication; and phenolphthalein, a suspected carcinogen.

Many of these products contain medication or chemicals that may raise your blood pressure in the very list and may kill you at the most. Even more a lot of these products (maybe all) have no scientific bases that they actually work.
All the medications that we dispense at our Medical weight loss center are FDA [government] approved and fully endorsed by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the American Board of Bariatric Medicine.

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The Best and the Worst Choices in Food

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC
Nutrition Action named their best selections for what they consider the healthiest and worst options in food choices. They named some bad choices like “Starbucks on Steroids,” “Artery Crust” and “Angioplasta.” It never ceases to amaze me how food manufacturers can make such ordinary food so bad for you. The calories, fats, carbs and sodium are real killers to any diet plan.

View some of our suggested recipes for success, and find healthy calorie food items on our New York Weight Loss Center website.
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FDA Tells Consumers to Stop Hydroxycut Use

Author: Oksana Aron, MD Source: Weight Loss NYC May 11, 2009

The Dangers of Gimmicks

The FDA is now warning consumers to stop using several Hydroxycut products because of their connection to serious liver problems. Iovate Health Sciences, the company that distributes the products, has agreed to remove them from the market.
Health problems reportedly due to Hydroxycut product use include jaundice, elevated liver enzymes, liver damage requiring a liver transplant, seizures, cardiovascular disorders and muscle damage, and they have also been linked to one person's death as a result of liver failure.

Don’t Gamble with your Life

The 14 Hydroxcut products being recalled by the FDA include:
  • Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
  • Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
  • Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
  • Hydroxycut 24
  • Hydroxycut Carb Control
  • Hydroxycut Natural
Ano Lobb, a public health researcher has studied the effects of Hydroxycut and other dietary supplements and believes that the ingredient hydroxycitric acid may be to blame, which has previously been linked to liver problems in at least one other medical journal study. Lobb also warns that there are probably many other dietary supplements still on the market that contain that same potentially dangerous ingredient.
Hydroxycut products are marketed as dietary supplements that assist weight loss, fat burning, energy and water loss. Anyone experiencing side effects from Hydroxycut products is asked to report them to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.
Source: FDA.gov; May 1, 2009

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