Ditch this dangerous diet drug and watch your pounds melt away
If you've run into a wall with your weight-loss resolution, you're hardly alone. Barely two weeks into the New Year, willpower is already starting to fade fast.
By next week, many will have quit completely, which is why mid-January is a graveyard for New Year's resolutions.
Don't worry; you CAN get your diet back on track quickly and easily, and I'll share with you how to do just that in a moment.
But first, a warning -- because Big Pharma is also offering to "help" you lose weight.
And this is one offer you SHOULD refuse.
It's an injectable drug called Saxenda, approved just in time for Resolution Season. It mimics the hormone that climbs into your brain to tell it when your stomach is full.
In theory, you eat less. In reality, a full year of injections -- plus required diet and exercise -- won't do much to help you achieve your dreams of a trimmer, fitter you.
In one clinical trial, nearly 70 percent of folks failed to lose 10 percent of their body weight, and nearly 40 percent didn't even lose 5 percent.
With "success" like that, who needs failure?
But while this drug is unlikely to help you to lose much weight, it could hurt you -- because Saxenda isn't some new kid on the block with unknown risks. It's been around for years under another name: Victoza.
That's a diabetes drug so dangerous that Public Citizen has been trying for years to have it banned. Using FDA data, the organization has linked Victoza to more than 1,000 cases of pancreatitis and 332 reports of acute pancreatitis.
It's also been linked to thyroid tumors, to the point where Victoza has a black-box warning and Saxenda is expected to carry the same. And if that's not enough, expect the usual side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and more.
Yes, you have to face all of those risks and more for a drug that at best might help you lose about half a pound a week IF you're lucky.
I don't know about you, but I've got a different definition of success -- one where you lose weight faster and without facing any of those risks.
If you're just looking to lose that spare tire you've been carrying around, then forget drugs and other short cuts and just commit to a delicious and heart-friendly Mediterranean diet.
And if you need to lose a little more weight, I've found that a brief period of very low calorie dieting can help stimulate weight loss so that you shed pounds faster even after you begin to add more food back to your diet.
Don't try this alone, as you need to ensure you're getting all the nutrients you need. Work closely with a holistic medical doctor.
And for a weight-loss plan customized to meet your needs, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in the San Diego area.
Not in Southern California? I can also help by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more.