If you click on the "what really works for weight loss" link at the bottom of the article, They say they surveyed 21,632 people who lost weight and classified people who lost 10% as "successful losers" (read: responders). They claim that this group only represented 15% of the pool surveyed. But interestingly they go on to say that the GOOD NEWS is that 50% of these successful losers did it without a commercial diet program, medical treatment, a book, or diet pills.
So, this means that the "efficacy" of a pure diet and exercise approach according to their survey equates to only 7.5% of the population losing more than 10% of their body weight. Here's a rhetorical question: isn't Belviq's "unimpressive" efficacy around 22% for people losing more than 10% of their body weight according to the BLOOM study which they cited??
They also go on to say this:
Isn't that EXACTLY what Belviq is supposed to help you with? I think it's hilarious that they compile these results from hand picked professors to address all of the "buzz" against their recommendation, then go on to contradict themselves with these wonderful tips on how to lose weight. Idiots!
Let's face it, Consumer Reports is irrelevant when it comes health care decisions made by physicians, and time will make them irrelevant to everyone else regarding how to achieve and maintain a health body weight.
What they don't understand or acknowledge is the known fact that dieting usually results in temporary weight loss as most of us that have ever done it know. The ugly culprit is always changing one's eating habits and that is exactly what Belviq is designed to do. Our bodies appear to have built in weight thresholds that one way or another we always crrep back up to. Try fasting for 2 days (nothing to eat at all only water.) Interestingly I drop 8 lbs each time I do such, however the day I resume eating (and not heavily) those 8 lbs. just come right back. Surely having food in our bodies going through the digestive process adds to the regained weight but it shows how easily lbs. are shed simply from not eating. The real problem of course is when we eat overly large portions and do so on a regular basis therein establishing our 'eating habits' trend. Belviq from all reports thus far indicated works fabulously at suppressing appetite and curbing those cravings therein effectivly altering those established eating habits which is the hardest part of any diet/weight loss regime. When I first began attempts to drop my weight about 10 years ago because of high colesterol level mostly, I refused to take statins because my body reacts very adversely to them. I told my then elderly physician at the VA Hospital that I would lose weight on my own without medication by changing my eating habits. He smiled then simply stated 'you won't.' I laughed and asked him why he said that and he replied that changing one's eating habits is very hard to do and most folks simply never successfully accomplish it. I did great for a while dropping 20 lbs over the course of a year and got my colesterol way down because as the doc pointed out when one loses weight they are obviously eating less fat. Unfortunately along came the 2nd series of the holiday season and the turkey feast, pumpking pie, then Christmas festivities took over and there I was that 20 lbs right back. Belviq will win here
Exactly the reason I never read trashy reports from articles like those in CR's. It is so easy for the amateur science buff to misinterpret results and mislead others that can do harm. CR's must stay out of medical science for no other reason than the harm they can do.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Gee I wonder if those professors received $50K "consulting" fees? Funny how they forgot to mention Belviq's ability to lower a1c as well as just about any diabetes drug on the market....guess that wasn't important.
Doesn't matter anyway...real world efficacy and Dr's prescriptions will tell the tale on Belviq...not the crooks at CR.
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They also go on to say this:
"Watch portions. Of all the eating behaviors we asked about, carefully controlling portion size at each meal correlated most strongly with having a lower BMI."