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Have any doctors prescribed the med Belviq (lorcaserin) for weight loss? I just saw an ad for it on TV & and the side effects sound awful. It doesn't even describe what the drug even is! What is it?

Have any doctors prescribed the med Belviq (lorcaserin) for weight loss? I just saw an ad for it on TV & and the side effects sound awful. It doesn't even describe what the drug even is! What is it?

Belviq (lorcaserin): It is a serotonin receptor drug (similar to the old flenfluramine which was taken off the market in 1997 because of heart valve issues associated with it). The new drug is at a lower dose, but still some concern for heart valve issues. 50% of users lost 12 pounds over 1 year vs 23% on placebo. Cannot be used with certain anti-depressants (SSRI or MAOI's) nor with tramadol (Ultram). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Weight loss tips?

Weight loss tips?

Another Tip: Moderate activity will maintain health. Walk 30+ minutes a day to stay active ; lift light weights! ...Read more

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Quick weight loss?

Quick weight loss?

Eat less, exercise: more. Counting calories... but mainly seeing where you are messing up. Might be helpful. wt. x 10 is number of calories burned per day. 100-500 calories per hour additional with exercise, and 4000 calories in/out is one pound. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ It is like an addiction, and we tend to eat on the basis of triggers like boredom, anger, habit... cannot say in your particular case. ...Read more

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Quick weight loss?

Quick weight loss?

Just be sensible.: The real key to weight loss is to just watch the size of your portions at meals, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. There's no radical diet or exercise plan or pill that will magically give you meaningful and sustained weight loss. The ol' fashioned way is still be best way to lose weight for the long term. Two pounds per week is a prudent rate of loss. ...Read more

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Abnormal weight loss?

Abnormal weight loss?

Try to clarify: Unfortunately your question about abnormal weight loss is a bit vague. Try to we formulate your question with some more specifics, as I'm sure, plenty of doctors here would be happy to help. ...Read more

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Any tips on weight loss?

Any tips on weight loss?

Weight Loss: Maintain a plant based diet, exercise aerobically for 40 minutes in your target zone for at least 40 minutes 4 to 6 times a week, in addition do weight resistance 3 times a week. Consider consulting with an exercise physiologist. Best. ...Read more

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Any tips for weight loss?

Any tips for weight loss?

Diet and Exercise: The goal is to burn more calories than you consume. Watch your diet; eliminate junk food and don't over-eat. Consider liquids as well; soda, alcohol, etc. Contains lots of calories. Exercise multiple times a week. If you find an activity you really enjoy you'll be more likely to engage in that activity. Avoid fad diets that could prevent you from getting adequate nutrition. Make healthy choices! ...Read more

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I need weight loss advice?

I need weight loss advice?

Losing Weight: Here is the skinny: 1. Avoid fads. It is truly about calories and the foods you ingest and the amount of energy you burn during the day. 2. Eat more protein and less sugars. 3. Eat several small snacks per day instead of three big meals. 4. Moderate exercise is more valid for losing weight than extreme exercise. This means a heart rate of 115 to 130 bpm. 5. Be accountable to someone! ...Read more

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Best way for weight loss ?

Best way for weight loss ?

Weight loss: The basics are watching your calories. For many people a low glycemic diet is helpful. The other side of the equation is increasing activity. If you looking for a good plan to get started look into Tru Health. I myseld have been able to get 20 plus pounds off with this . However, you will need to change your eating habits for long term benefit. check it out! www.mannapages.com/DrStu ...Read more

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Best foods for weight loss?

Best foods for weight loss?

Try not to get: Caught up in the idea of weight loss foods. There are no foods that will radically lead to weight loss(in fact people have lost significant weight eating junk food, just very controlled/limited amounts.) Focus more on trying to make eating changes for the long run that will help with weight control/health: this means portion control and colorful veggies, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats. ...Read more

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Quick efficient weight loss?

Quick efficient weight loss?

Just be sensible.: The real key to weight loss is to just watch the size of your portions at meals, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. There's no radical diet or exercise plan or pill that will magically give you meaningful and sustained weight loss. The ol' fashioned way is still be best way to lose weight for the long term. Two pounds per week is a prudent rate of loss. ...Read more

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How can I avoid weight loss?

See your doctor: While weight loss can be due to depression, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or medication or just not eating. If you are having unexplained weight loss, you should see your doctor. He can run tests to rule out most causes of weight loss. ...Read more

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How can you stop weight loss?

How can you stop weight loss?

Reverse the cause: A person with normal body weight should not lose weight for no apparent reason. A doctor can help find the cause, and begin an corrective treatment. When the cause is stopped, the person's weight should become normal again. Causes include diseases such as thyroid disorders, cancers, digestion and absorption problems, eating disorders, infections, excessive exercise, medicine effects, etc... ...Read more

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What are tips for weight loss ?

What are tips for weight loss ?

Just be sensible.: The real key to weight loss is to just watch the size of your portions at meals, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. There's no radical diet or exercise plan or pill that will magically give you meaningful and sustained weight loss. The ol' fashioned way is still be best way to lose weight for the long term. ...Read more

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Can garlic help in weight loss?

Can garlic help in weight loss?

Yes.: The anti-inflammatory properties in garlic help decrease the number of new fat cells. Extra weight means more inflammation and that further increases obesity. That is one of the reasons that the more overweight you are the harder it is to lose. ...Read more

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Is jogging good for weight loss?

Is jogging good for weight loss?

Great 4 weight loss.: Jogging, any form of cardiovascular exercise for that matter, is great for weight loss. You can only eat so little, so adding exercise like jogging allows you to eat good quantities of healthy low-fat foods while still losing weight by helping your body metabolize the calories more efficiently and burn calories through the extra energy expenditure. Good idea! ...Read more

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Heahtly eating for weight loss?

Heahtly eating for  weight loss?

Just be sensible.: The real key to weight loss is to just watch the size of your portions at meals, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. There's no radical diet or exercise plan or pill that will magically give you meaningful and sustained weight loss. The ol' fashioned way is still be best way to lose weight for the long term. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more