Stacy Borans is a doctor herself. She knows all about healthy eating. But she had never been able to lose weight with a diet -- or diet pills. "I got into the, "nothing's ever gonna work for me. And i'm just you know, gonna give up," says Stacy.
She enrolled in a study at the University of Pennsylvania that used a combination approach, and lost 60 pounds! "The mistake that has been made is that people expect the medications to act alone without an individual trying to change their diet and physical activity," says Dr. Wadden. The study combined a weight loss drug called Meridia which has been on the market for eight years with modest success and a behavior modification program where people attended counseling sessions to change their eating habits, such as taking smaller portions over a year, people who just took the drug lost an average of 11 pounds .
Those enrolled in behavioral modification alone lost 13 pounds. But those who got both lost 27 pounds. Borans says that the counseling sessions, along with a food journal, made it easier to lose weight. "I think it keeps you honest. And so it's harder to cheat when you're doing that," says Stacey. And she says the drug has been critical for keeping the weight off. Weight loss drugs have a troubled history. Amphetamines can be addictive. Pehn-fen caused heart problems. But experts says meridia could be the first of a new generation of weight loss medicine that could prove safe and effective especially when combined with proper dieting and exercise
|HealthWise Health Center|