Pill plus persistence

Phentramin-D, one of the fastest rising weight loss pills is gaining over Phentermine, the most prescribed diet pill since the 70s. Both are very effective in reducing weight — one can lose 8-15 pounds in a month.

Phentermine, a prescription drug and also considered a controlled substance, is losing popularity, partly because it cannot be legally sold over the Internet and partly because of its addictive nature and its many side effects shared by other amphetamines — irregular heartbeat, increased or irregular blood pressure, psoriasis, and mental disorder among others.

Phentramin-D, which is non-prescription, has only two best known side effects: sleeplessness and dry mouth. Although its weight reducing effect is similar to Phentermine, it costs one third less.

However, the use of either pills have to be combined with proper diet, right exercise and enough sleep in order for obesity not to make a rebound.

The reason for this pill + behavior combination is that the pill only addresses the symptoms — extra pounds. The pill is only good for a couple of weeks (in case of Phentermine) or at most 3 months (for Phentramin-D). Discipline in diet, sleep and exercise are aimed to address the root causes of obesity. They are a long-term solution to keeping one’s weight down.

Obviously there’s not much we can do about heredity. Obesity runs in families, but the behavior that favors the tendency to be overweight can be changed.

Take for example those predisposed to gaining weight. Studies (mainly in women) have found that those who tend to be fat have brains that experience less pleasure from normal amounts of food and consequently they need to eat more and more in order to be sated. Some have likened the observation to drug addiction — one’s brain craves the high but needs more and more of the substance to produce the high; small amounts just wouldn’t do.

Researchers are excited at this discovery. The opportunities to address the apparently differently-wired brains of those predisposed to gaining weight, either through change in behavior or drugs, are immense.

Currently, Phentermine and Phentramin-D only suppress the desire to eat. They do not address the lack of satisfaction with small amounts of food characteristic of fat-prone people.

Right now, no disciplined diet, exercise and sleep patterns will cause their brains to stop craving for more. But they have to keep at it to keep their extra weight from coming back.

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