The FDA has recently approved a new weight loss drug called Belviq, which tricks people into eating less. Judging from the impressive results of Belviq’s clinical trials, it could be the “wonder drug” that both average Joes and bodybuilders alike are searching for.
A large portion of the fitness industry is predicated on the belief that simple pills and powders can transform people from mere flabby mortals into ripped studs. Of course, anybody who’s spent countless hours working their butt off in the gym – only to reward themselves with a dry salad and fish afterward – knows that supplements and dieting drugs are merely an aid to achieving a great build.
So does all of this mean I’m totally immune to the excitement that follows hearing about a new and effective weight loss pill? Absolutely not because being able to melt fat without sweat and tears is a dream! This being said, it’s particularly interesting that the FDA has approved a new pill called Belviq (a.k.a. lorcaserin hydrochloride), which can provide major help to those with weight problems. If you’re intrigued by Belviq, keep reading to find out more about this incredible new drug.
As described by the FDA, the way Belviq works is by activating a brain receptor that controls one’s appetite. When this receptor is activated, a person’s brain is tricked into thinking more food has eaten than what’s actually been consumed. Long story short, this drug makes people eat less and feel fuller.
The Results are in
Drugs don’t gain FDA approval without some extensive testing, and Belviq certainly passed trials with flying colors. 47% of people without type 2 diabetes lost at least 5% of their body weight on this drug compared to 23% of those who took the placebo. 38% of those with type 2 diabetes shed at least 5% of their weight while only 16% of people on the placebo lost 5% of their body weight.
Dr. Melina Jampolis, who is CNN’s diet and fitness expert, spoke about the Belviq trials by saying, “The results overall are quite modest. But most experts agree that even a 5% weight loss has significant implications in terms of reducing the risk of obesity associated diseases including heart disease and diabetes.”
Obviously this dieting pill isn’t going to take you from a 400-pound lardo down to a svelte 185 pounds. However, many people would agree that dropping 5% of their body weight thanks to a pill is pretty sweet.
After reading up to this point, you may want to run out and try Belviq for yourself! But unfortunately, there are a few things that you need to be aware of first. For one, this drug is only approved for people with one or more weight-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Assuming you don’t meet any of these qualifications, it’s going to be harder for you to find Belviq.
And right now, you can’t find the product period because Belviq’s manufacturer, Arena Pharmaceuticals, must conduct six post-marketing studies to assess the risk of potential heart attacks and strokes.
Moving beyond the negatives, Belviq definitely looks like a pretty promising drug, which is why I’m excited to see it hit the market eventually. Sure no pill can produce significant weight loss without throwing dieting and exercise into the equation. However, Belviq could certainly provide me with a little extra edge in regard to meeting my bodybuilding goals.
Yours in sport,