Showing posts with label weight loss supplements. Show all posts
Showing posts with label weight loss supplements. Show all posts

Nov 11, 2015

Weight Loss Pills: What Works?

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What weight loss supplements are safe?

You want to lose weight—and fast. You’re willing to try almost any weight loss product promising a miracle, but will it work? And more importantly, is it safe?

FTC cracks down on false weight loss claims

Looks like the Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on companies hawking weight loss products with bogus claims and here’s what’s happening right now.

Products that the FTC says are making false claims include Sensa and a “slimming” body cream by L’Occitane. The FTC is also working to get consumers their money back for purchasing such products and is going to urge the companies to stop the false advertising.

Some common false claims:

  • Eat whatever you want and still lose weight
  • No diet or exercise required
  • Just take this pill and you’ll lose weight

Where’s the miracle?

“The chances of being successful at substantial weight loss just by sprinkling something on your food, rubbing creams on your body or just using a supplement, well, they’re slim to none” — Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

There are no miracle weight loss pills, no matter what those companies try to get you to believe. Buying these supplements from unscrupulous sources online without a doctor’s supervision is dangerous. Not only do they not work—they could cause you serious harm or even death.

The only legal (and legitimate) weight loss medications are those approved by the FDA, and are only available by prescription. These include Phentermine, Phendimetrizine, Qsymia, Belviq … See complete list: FDA Approved Medical Weight Loss Pills

Your best option is to work with a medical weight loss doctor who can advise you safely on what your body needs in order to lose weight.

Are you Overweight? Do you want to lose weight?

Find out how to lose weight fast and in a safe manner by speaking with licensed bariatric physician Dr. Aron. To schedule your first appointment, give us a call at 718-491-5525 or visit WeightLossNYC.com

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Jun 9, 2015

Weight loss supplements: Are they safe?


5 dangers of unregulated fat-burning weight loss supplements.

Over-the-Counter Weight loss supplements: Are they safe?

Have you tried everything?

All the fad diets.

All those weight loss drugs advertised on TV.

All those popular fitness crazes.

And they still didn't work for you?

People resort to desperate measures in their quest to lose weight, but what really works? That little fat-burning wonder cure you bought online, although it says it’s “natural,” may not be the miracle drug you’re hoping for. It may actually pose a serious health risk or even cause death.

5 dangers of unregulated diet supplements

A lot of those over-the-counter diet supplements are not helping people lose weight. Not only are they unregulated by the FDA, they’re also causing liver damage. Here are just a few startling facts recently published about bogus dietary supplements.

  1. They cause 20% of reported liver injuries
  2. They result in death or necessitate a liver transplant twice as often as liver injuries caused from FDA-regulated medicines
  3. They show little or no evidence for safety or efficacy
  4. The high amount of catechins typically found in unregulated diet supplements aren’t always labeled and can cause liver toxicity.
  5. Many of these products are mislabeled, have been adulterated or contain dangerous dosages.

The FDA is prevented from approving most of these weight loss drugs before they’re sold. Often, they can’t do anything until people have died from them. So it’s best to steer clear of any you find outside of your doctor’s office. If you've been taking these supplements in vain, toss them in the trash and start fresh. You can slim down and lose weight the right way without putting your life at risk.

Medical Weight Loss is clinically proven safe and effective

If you’re tired of trying to figure it out on your own, give us a call at 718-491-5525. Get expert advice on what medical weight loss supplements work for you and how you can lose weight fast and safely with physician supervision.

New danger found in fat-burning weight loss supplements, Sources: New York Times, Conscienhealth

Sep 12, 2014

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

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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Safe and Effective Weight Regimen

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)
  • Lorcaserin (Belviq)
  • Naltrexone HCl/Bupropion HCl (Contrave)
  • Source: http://WeightLossNYC.com

See also Questions about Weight Loss Medications?


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Oksana Aron M.D. is an internist and bariatric physician in New York City. Her medical weight loss center, WeightLossNYC®, helps you develop and maintain healthy habits and proper structures to build a sustainable, lifelong reduction of weight and weight-related health conditions. Her philosophy is the sum of your actions is the yield of your results. Call for an appointment today at 718-491-5525 or visit her WeightLossNYC practice website at http://WeightLossNYC.com




Sources: ASBP.org, FDA.gov, Takeda/Orexigen, Novo Nordisk, WeightLossNYC.com

May 2, 2013

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Apr 10, 2013

What is raspberry ketone?

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.”

Read more about Raspberries and weight loss

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Nov 26, 2012

HCG for Treating Obesity: The Facts | Weight Loss NYC

Is HCG a miracle cure?

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Safety and efficacy of HCG for weight loss vs other medical weight loss treatments available with prescription or bariatric physician supervision.
You’ve heard of doctors treating obese patients with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) for weight loss because it's been touted as a rapid weight loss medication, but does it work the way it's supposed to? If you're looking for a quick fix in losing weight with HCG injections, you’ll want to read on for more information.

Does HCG cause weight loss?

First used in a 1954 study of patients who were injected with HCG in conjunction with a 500-calorie-a-day diet, it was believed to produce rapid weight and fat loss, reduce hunger, and result in no weakness. Once popular in the 1970s, later challenges to the study, however, found that HCG was ineffectual in weight loss and that the weight loss during the study was likely due to the restricted-calorie diet alone.

Is HCG Safe and Effective for Weight Loss?

Today, HCG is available in tablet form or by injection, and is surging in popularity again, but scientific evidence doesn't support the claim that HCG can alter fat distribution or reduce hunger. Not only that, but HCG and the lower intake of protein in the diet that accompanies HCG for weight loss are not considered safe and are not recommended, according to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

What is the Best Medical Weight Loss Program?

Get the facts on the best weight loss supplements as part of an effective weight loss plan that works for you. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Aron in our Brooklyn office today. Simply call WeightLossNYC® at 718-491-5525.
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Jun 29, 2012

New Diet Drug BELVIQ Approved by FDA

New Weight Loss Medication

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BELVIQ for weight loss

Those who are overweight or obese can look to a new weight loss drug to help them lose weight. The drug, which is to be used in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and an exercise regimen, was just approved by the FDA, although its safety and other risks have not been investigated.

From an Arena Pharmaceuticals press release:

“The FDA approval of BELVIQ is an important development for patients who struggle with obesity or are overweight with comorbidities and need help with chronic weight management beyond diet and exercise,” said Jack Lief, Arena's President and Chief Executive Officer.


As with any other weight loss drug, BELVIQ is meant to be part of a weight loss plan, which also includes a healthy diet and exercise, and is not a panacea. In clinical trials, some patients experienced such side effects as headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation. Some diabetic patients in the trial experienced hypoglycemia, headache, back pain, cough and fatigue.

Doctors will soon be able to prescribe the drug, while studies on the drug’s safety, efficacy and long-term effects are in the works.

To learn more about weight loss aids, supplements and diet plans, schedule an appointment with WeightLossNYC by calling us at 718-491-5525.



Source: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Feb 27, 2012

Weight Loss Drug Qnexa Wins Support

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.

Choose a safe, non-surgical weight loss program under the guidance of a bariatric doctor and medical weight loss doctor.

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Source: MedPageToday.com

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Feb 9, 2012

Yes, You Do Need Carbs in Your Diet



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.

Still confused on what a healthy carb is, or how many carbs are healthy or unhealthy? Make an appointment with Dr. Aron today to discuss a healthy, weight loss plan by calling 718-491-5525.

Source: EverydayHealth.com

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Dec 16, 2011

The Important Difference Between Phentermine and Phentramine

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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!

Dec 14, 2011

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

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

Oct 25, 2011

HCG for Weight Loss: FDA says fraud

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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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Safe Weight Loss Program

The only legitimate weight loss programs are those approved by the FDA for both safety and efficacy. Losing weight safely is the important goal in medical weight loss diet plans. Call WeightLossNYC™ for a free medical weight loss consultation with Dr Aron.

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