Weight Loss Drugs Offer Pros And Cons, While Chewing Your Food Can Help You Lose Weight

For many, weight loss is a struggle that never ends. Finding effective ways to lose weight and keep it off requires patience and the right information. Some weight loss strategies are easier to implement than others and for some, weight loss drugs may be the answer.

Washington Top News reported that more than a third of Americans are obese, and for them, weight loss drugs may be the answer. Before getting on the bandwagon, though, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of weight loss before making a decision.

The weight loss drugs available today are very different than the drugs available 10 years ago, and many studies have been done on the brain to understand how to curb appetite and control cravings.

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Endocrinologist Dr. Domenica Rubino of the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research in Arlington, Virginia, said that the new drugs are far more effective because they target the pathways in the brain instead of suppressing appetite with amphetamines.

Rubino went on to say that the drugs aren’t a magic bullet, because it’s still necessary to make the right lifestyle changes.

“You are not prescribed medicine and you take it and you never have to think about it again. You still have to make all the lifestyle changes, the nutrition changes, etcetera.”

For someone who really wants to lose weight, the medications can actually make it easier to make the right lifestyle changes. These medications are also a possibility for not only losing weight but maintaining the weight loss.

As previously reported in the Inquisitr, drugs aren’t the only option dieters have for losing weight and keeping it off for good. There are some simple things dieters can do that will make it easier for them lose weight. These include drinking water about 30 minutes before meals to make it easier to feel fuller, adding fitness to the mix, and developing a personalized weight loss and fitness strategy.

Sleep is also helpful for helping dieters lose weight. It has a restorative effect, and it helps those who sleep the right amount lose weight and then keep it off. Eating soup also helped dieters to cut their calories by 20 percent, and all they had to do was add soup to their lunch.

Pop Sugar reported Americans currently spend about $20 billion a year on losing weight and trying to keep it off. One of the most effective weight loss techniques is not only simple and effective, it’s also free.

A small study done by the School of Public Health at Harbin Medical University in China and then published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said that taking the time to chew your food could help dieters reap huge benefits. In the study, which included 30 people, 14 who were obese and 16 who were lean, were given their food after fasting for 12 hours. The obese people ate their food faster than those who were lean.

They were then given the same meal twice. The first time they were told to chew their food 15 times. The second time, they were told to chew their food 40 times. After the second round it was determined that by simply chewing their food 40 times, the study participants were able to eat 11.9 percent less food.

To get the most from your weight loss efforts, it’s important to take the time to slow down when eating. Put your fork down or take sips of water to help you. Chewing more will also make it easier to eat less and enjoy your food more.

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