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Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss


Long-term prescription drugs include: 

  • Qsymia combines the appetite suppressant phentermine with the seizure /migraine drug topiramate . Topiramate causes weight loss in several ways, including increasing feelings of fullness, making foods taste less appealing, and boosting calorie burning.
  • Contrave is a combination of two FDA-approved drugs, naltrexone and bupropion, in an extended-release formula. Naltrexone is approved to treat alcohol and opioid dependence.  Bupropion is approved to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and help people stop smoking. 
  • Belviq belongs to a class of drugs known as serotonin receptor agonists. It is thought to work by affecting a certain part of the brain that helps control your appetite.

10. How can I prevent regaining lost weight?

Keep the following tips in mind when losing weight:

  • Set realistic weight loss goals, such as 1 to 2 pounds per week.
  • Eat fewer calories by cutting down on portions and cutting the total amount of fat you eat to 30% or less of your total daily calories.
  • Do not skip meals.
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand, such as raw vegetables with low-calorie dips, or fruit.
  • Choose foods high in fiber, such as fruits and vegetables with moderate portions of whole-grain breads, cereals, and rice. These foods will give you more chewing satisfaction, while the higher fiber content may make you feel fuller on fewer calories.
  • To ensure you are eating healthy, keep a food journal. Write down everything you eat or drink. The food journal will help you learn about your eating habits and notice what food choices you're making.
  • Eat a variety of colorful foods to get all the nutrients you need.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on May 29, 2014
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