To lose weight fast, the practice of regular physical activity, and a healthy diet based on natural and non-industrialized foods is essential, but despite this, in some cases, the doctor may feel the need to use medicines that increase the metabolism and the burning of fats, which reduce the absorption of fat in the intestine, which reduce appetite or which combat fluid retention, usually when excess weight jeopardizes the patient’s life and well-being.
Among the best solutions to lose weight are green tea, chitosan, goji berry and the drugs Saxenda and Orlistat. See below for the complete list and what each one is for.
Some of the drugs that can be used to lose weight, which are sold in pharmacies and must be prescribed by the doctor and used according to his recommendation are:
Sibutramine works by decreasing hunger and making the feeling of fullness reach the brain faster, helping to control the amount of food ingested. Therefore, this remedy can be used as a first treatment for people with obesity.
This remedy should not be used by pregnant women, breastfeeding women and in cases of heart disease, anorexia, bulimia, use of nasal decongestants and antidepressants. See Sibutramine side effects.
It is ideal for: people who are on a diet, but have a hard time controlling their hunger and desire to eat more fatty or sugary foods.
How to take: in general, the recommendation is to take 1 capsule in the morning on an empty stomach, but if weight loss does not occur after 4 weeks of use, the doctor should be consulted to readjust the dose and re-evaluate the prescription.
Also known as Xenical, it works by preventing the absorption of fat in the intestine, which reduces the amount of calories consumed, helping with weight loss and controlling high cholesterol and obesity.
Orlistat is contraindicated in pregnant women, breastfeeding women and people with intestinal malabsorption or a tendency to have diarrhea. See the summary of Orlistat’s complete package insert.
It is ideal to: be used on days when high-fat meals are eaten, for example, to reduce the amount of fat absorbed and help maintain diet results. Ideally, it should not be used as a solution to eating more fatty foods in your daily life.
How to take it: it is recommended to take 1 tablet before a meal, in order to reduce the amount of fat absorbed in food.
Saxenda is a medicine in the form of an injection that can only be used by prescription. It acts in the center of hunger and satiety making the person have less appetite. In addition, one of the effects of the medicine is the change in taste that makes the food taste less pleasant.
However, it should not be used by people who are not considered obese, during pregnancy or in teenagers, because the effects of the drug have not been clarified in this age group. See Saxenda’s complete package insert.
It is ideal for: people undergoing medical and nutritional monitoring to treat obesity with a BMI greater than 30 kg/m² or with a BMI greater than 27 kg/m2 and associated diseases such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes.
How to take it: usually 1 injection of Saxenda per day is enough to achieve a 10% weight reduction in 1 month. The dose may be increased gradually if your doctor recommends it.
- Lorcaserin hydrochloride – Belviq
Belviq is an anti-obesity drug that acts on the brain’s serotonin levels, decreasing appetite and increasing satiety, with few side effects. With a reduction in appetite, it is possible to eat less food, losing weight. See the package insert for this remedy at: Belviq.
It is ideal for: dieters who need to reduce their appetite to avoid consuming high-calorie foods and lose weight fast. However, it can only be used with a prescription.
How to take: take 2 tablets a day, one with lunch and one with dinner.
The best natural remedies to lose weight are based on herbs and natural products that improve the functioning of the body, such as:
- Green tea
It has the properties of accelerating metabolism and favoring fat burning, and can be consumed in capsules or in the form of tea.
You should consume 3 to 4 cups of tea a day or take 2 capsules in the morning and in the afternoon, but it is contraindicated for people with caffeine sensitivity or heart problems.
Supplement made from green tea and açaí, it has the power to increase metabolism and decrease appetite. One capsule must be taken before lunch and dinner, but it is important to remember that the sale of this medication was prohibited by Anvisa.
Chitosan is made from fiber present in the skeleton of seafood, it increases satiety and decreases fat absorption in the intestine. You should take 2 capsules before lunch and dinner, but it is contraindicated for people allergic to seafood.
- Goji berry in capsules
This remedy is made from fresh fruit, and acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in the body, and 1 capsule should be taken before lunch and dinner.
It is important to remember that, despite being natural, these drugs are contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women, children and people with high blood pressure or heart problems, and that, ideally, they are prescribed by a doctor or nutritionist.
Home remedies for weight loss
Remedies to lose weight: pharmacy and natural
Home remedies for weight loss are easier and safer options to be used to help with diet, especially for those suffering from obesity. Among the main ones are:
- Eggplant Water
To prepare, cut 1 eggplant into cubes and soak in 1 liter of water overnight. In the morning, mix everything in a blender to consume throughout the day, without adding sugar.
- Ginger Water
You should add 4 to 5 slices or 2 tablespoons of ginger chips in 1 liter of ice water, drinking the mixture throughout the day. For best results, ginger should be changed daily.
- Herbal diuretic tea
To prepare this tea, add 10 g of artichoke, horsetail, elderberry, bay leaf and aniseed to 1 liter of boiling water. Turn off the heat and smother the pan, leaving it to rest for 5 minutes. Drink the tea throughout the day and follow the treatment for 2 weeks.
In addition to knowing the remedies, it is important to remember that all these medications bring more results when combined with a healthy diet and regular physical activity.