Before talking to you about diet pills, we need you to forget about all the “fat diets” whose sole purpose it to make you spend more and more money for completely invisible results.

To lose weight effectively (and thus sustainably) you need to make changes to your diet and practice regular physical exercise, (running is often the most popular option) over a relatively long period of time, no matter what happens.

However, as we will see in this article, it is possible to accelerate the weight-loss process to lose weight faster. Fat burners can help, but using these along is not enough to help you lose significant weight, especially in the long run.

Say goodbye “fad diets” and welcome balanced nutrition

Fad diets are featured in every magazine and certain slimming programs, which always boast of a “new” way to get thin quickly (and sometimes even suggest you can lose weight without dieting), without taking into consideration the individual’s bodily and psychological history, which are essential variables when choosing a suitable diet.

If you decide to embark on a diet, we recommend that you make an appointment with a nutritionist and / or dietitian first of all, who will ask questions to determine your body type and the most suitable diet for you to lose weight permanently without losing pleasure from eating.

What’s more, you have someone who will listen to you and give you a follow-up appointment, which are both important aspects in a diet plan. Finally, this will also help you to learn about food and inform you of the importance of nutrition and the metabolic mechanisms that make you gain or lose weight.

However, obese people will have more difficulty losing weight through a diet than if they were simply overweight. Some people might not lose weight at all through conventional dieting.

An overweight person can lose weight easily and quickly, but an obese person will have to try twice as hard, both in terms of patience and effort. This is because a metabolic transformation has taken place in which the fat cells multiply and make the new cells absorb fat. When an obese person loses weight, these extra cells shrink but do not disappear, which is why weight loss is harder or even insignificant.

This phenomenon also explains why obese people gain the weight back quickly if they do not follow their diet religiously. Some adipose tissue cells are also so remote because of their number that they also make it difficult to lose weight. Sometimes they find themselves nowhere near the bloodstream so they become dormant, and hence the body does not use them to store energy, especially considering that inflammation in the adipose tissue prevents the cells from exchanging blood and carrying out their duties.

Miracle diets will not help you to lose weight over the long term and they are even less considered drugs to lose weight because do not take into account these aspects, and in these obese people, dieting and increasing physical activity alone will not be enough to lose weight

Another problem for obese people may be a genetic susceptibility to obesity.

The obesity gene makes it almost impossible to lose weight by dieting because it makes the body assume that the individual was born with a predetermined weight.

The obesity gene and its genetically determined weight is not proven and remains an assumption, however, what is proven is the difficult or even the inability of some obese people to lose weight, even when part of a slimming diet.

However, other solutions exist for people facing an almost hopeless level of obesity, just like other obese or overweight individuals who want to lose weight faster.

Medicines for weight loss

As we have seen, a healthy, balanced and low-calorie diet should be followed regardless of your treatment. But to make this diet even more effective, it may be useful to combine it with a weight-loss treatment to help you lose weight more quickly and easily. There are some high-quality fat burners on the market that directly absorb the fat present in the intestines.

This is why we will focus on the two treatments recognised to be the most effective on the market: Xenical and Alli Orlistat.

Study results show that it is possible to achieve a weight loss of between 5% and 10%, just weeks after starting your treatment.

Another treatment, known as Orlistat, has a similar effect as it substantially reduces the body’s fat absorption by up to 30%. These treatments act as an inhibitor, i.e. their active substances prevent fat from being assimilated by the gut enzymes by binding fat.

These fats then go straight into the faeces without being synthesised by the body. It is, therefore, important to follow a low-calorie diet in order to make this treatment effective: eating a junk food-based diet will only have a negative effect as these pills are not a magic treatment. However, when you couple these weight-loss drugs with a healthy diet, the results can be very impressive.

These treatments that facilitate and accelerate weight loss require a medical opinion, and only a doctor can advise you on the right treatment for you (depending on your level of obesity, body, psychology).

Other diet pills (such as products made from Garcinia, a tropical fruit that is an integral part of the Asian culinary culture) act as appetite suppressors thanks to certain acids at the heart of their composition! This is an excellent use solution to reduce your everyday portions, provided that you do not suffer as a result (do not try to eradicate the pleasure of eating)!

Thinner quickly through surgery

Obesity surgery or bariatric surgery aim to reduce the amount of food absorbed by the intestine thanks to different techniques.

It’s best to try the methods and diet pills mentioned above before considering a surgical operation to lose weight.

By reducing the amount of nourishment, it actually reduces your caloric intake. It does this by acting at the top of the gastric system in the stomach, which makes the individual feel full quicker, after ingesting just a bit of food. People reduce their food portions by at least 40% to 50%, on the estimate.

Gastric band: this technique involves placing a ring around the upper part of the stomach, at the entrance to the oesophagus, which reduces the stomach’s capacity. This ring then acts like an hourglass that lets small amounts of food pass through slowly. This means that food stays in the stomach longer, which results in it feeling full quicker. It then sends a signal to the brain that encourages the person to stop eating.

This operation is reversible, but it has more post-operative complications than, for example, the sleeve, and is less effective than the latter. It can have complications, such as a risk of infection, bleeding and pulmonary embolism.

Gastric sleeve: is the most commonly practised surgical obesity operation today. It aims to reduce the volume of the stomach by making it the size of a tube by turning it into a sleeve, which greatly limits how much food you can eat. This is irreversible, as the stomach’s size is reduced by two-thirds, however, it is very effective because the amount of food your body can ingest is extremely small.

The three implements on the left represent (from top to bottom) the pump, the oxygenator, and the reservoir.

A bypass acts as a gastric short circuit. Its principle is twofold: first, it aims to reduce the stomach’s volume by removing two-thirds of its capacity. Furthermore, this technique aims to alter the traditional route that food takes through the system so that it is not absorbed: a large amount of ingested food goes directly into the small intestine, hence bypassing the stomach.

Therefore, the amount of food that is absorbed and ingested is reduced. Obviously, only a tiny amount of food goes into the stomach and through the small intestine. Complications include forming an abscess. However, it is very effective as it combines several effects: besides decreasing the amount of food absorbed, it also creates a dumping syndrome that forces the patient to consume sugar in very small quantities to avoid discomfort. It also significantly reduces the amount of ghrelin hormone, which stimulates an appetite.

Obesity surgeries are a last resort for obese people who have lost motivation or who no longer believe in treatments, diets or diet pills. They may be taking treatments that do not suit their body (mainly, fad diets), or are unable to lose weight despite repeated, sustained efforts.

These operations are exclusively for people who suffer from morbid obesity. They are not light operations, and they can cause numerous side effects and risks to your health.

These operations are not to be taken lightly and they do not instantly make your bulge disappear without any effort on the part of the patient. Instead, all of the work is done after the surgery is performed: you need to take on new dietary or restrictive eating habits, ban certain foods and adopt a new dietary rhythm.

There are therefore advantages and disadvantages that you need to consider depending on the patient’s motivation, as you have no choice but to radically change your lifestyle and diet after the operation. Some are reversible operations and some are not, but are riskier.

For all of these surgeries, the patient will have to pass extensive biological tests to make sure they are able to withstand such a change to their body. The doctor will carry out thyroid and stomach tests, as well as a series of psychological tests, to determine their ability to adapt to life after the operation. This is mostly to ensure the patient will not suffer from an eating disorder, which is very dangerous for people who have undergone bariatric surgery.

Moreover, it is worth noting that liposuction is not considered a treatment for obesity because it does not address the causes that lead to obesity; nor does it affect the metabolic cycle or control the body’s food intake. It only acts on the consequences, i.e. the excess fat, and only removes the superficial fat rather than the deeper fat, which is most dangerous in terms of complications.

Therefore, it is mostly a cosmetic surgery. The danger of undergoing this is that the person might continue to follow a low-quality and high-calorie diet after the operation. There is no doubt that the patient will regain their weight by doing this.

This is only useful for obese people who need to remove a dangerous and debilitating amount of fat from their body, but who do not expect to become thin after undergoing treatment, as it is dangerous to remove more than 10 litres of fat. Liposuction is only useful for people who are overweight but not obese, and who are committed and motivated to make changes in their diet.

Removing excess fat can help to facilitate weight loss, if the patient also starts to follow a more rigorous and drastic slimming regime, as well as practising sports and heavy exercise. In these cases, it is also advisable to take a weight-loss medication alongside these efforts.

Medical review on March 10, 2017 by Dr. Davis Taylor