New Weight Loss Drug Belviq – Weight Loss Shortcut!

Pillow-scream!  Yet another weight loss shortcut!  With today’s announcement of Arena Pharmaceutical’s new anti-obesity pill “Belviq”, I can just see the phones ringing off the hook at doctors offices across the country from people wanting to make appointments to get themselves a prescription for this “miracle weight loss pill”. Aaargh! Will people ever learn? There ARE no shortcuts to losing weight and there ARE no shortcuts to getting washboard abs. Here is the hard, cold truth.

If you want to lose weight and KEEP IT OFF then you have to change your lifestyle! Period.

Stomach stapling, diet pills, liposuction, plastic surgery, infomercial devices, and rapid weight loss diets might work short term but long term they all fail. Why? Because to look healthier you have to BE healthier. That means exercising more and eating less. You dont have to kill yourself with exercise running marathons in sauna suits every day, just a 20-30 minute brisk walk daily will do quite nicely. You dont have to starve yourself either, just use the smart substitution method where you substitute two unhealthy items daily with two healthier choices. Is this really so difficult? Please, skip the pill and just make some small changes to your lifestyle and you will get even better results AND feel much better to boot!

41 thoughts on “New Weight Loss Drug Belviq – Weight Loss Shortcut!”

  1. i love this site and i read a lot of what is said, but some pills do work my gf has been on them twice as she needed operations, i told her time and time again i can help her with diet and training, but it never happened, so she had the pills and lost a stone, with that boost she if off the pills and is eating clean and works out and swims 5 days a week, its not the pills in this thread but they was from a doctor. its not a short cut but there is aids…sorry :(

  2. Why are people so willing to consume potentially pernicious, mostly inefficacious pharmaceuticals and not wholesome vegetables? Whereas one may produce the desired result (i.e., weight loss) with an untold amount of side effects, the other guarantees it without any risks whatsoever! I’ve given up trying to figure out why people do the things they do. Instead, I’ve concluded that, in our relatively safe environments, natural selection has become a very insignificant force in the world.

  3. As always in this period of the year, sedentary people realize that their phisique isn’t as they would, but their laziness doesn’t let them to train theirself seroiusly as we do…it’s easy to criticize people that go to the gym and keep controlled their diet every day, but…surprise!!.. it’s not so easy to obtain their results in just a few day!

    1. Yeah, those fat people are always criticizing us fit people. That happens all the time. They can be such bullies, but they’re really just worthless losers.  After all, losing weight is easy, and keeping it off is as easy as avoiding soda, just like Scooby says.  We should laugh at all the fat people and kick sand in their faces at the beach, because they’re all just a bunch of lazy slobs.

    1. I’ve been experimenting with this for two months.  I fast every other day (alternate day fasting), and eat a low-carb diet  of about 2400 kcal/day on the days I do eat.  So far I have found it to be easier to maintain weight (middle-aged white male 5’10” 160 lbs) on this regime than anything else I’ve tried.  To maintain weight with 2 to 2.5 hours of exercise per day, I can only eat between 1200-1500 calories per day, which is pretty much sheer torture.  By fasting every other day, I can eat like a normal human 3 times a week and not gain weight.  

      I doubt it is possible to gain much lean mass on a regime like this, but I’ve had horrendous results trying to gain lean mass anyway.  I can be 160 lbs, and 10% body fat, or I can be fat.  But I’m 47 and I’ve been 60 lbs overweight 3 times in my life. The younger you are, the better your chances, and the less time you’ve been overweight, the better your chances.  

      If you’re young and packing extra pounds, get them off now — do whatever it takes.  The longer you keep them, the harder it will be to get them off, and the harder it will be to keep them off.  Adipose tissue, once created, has a life of its own.

      1. The first 3 or 4 fasts will be pretty tough.  You’ll go to bed hungry and have a hard time sleeping, but your body will adapt within a week or so, and it won’t be so bad.  I’ve gotten to where I actually enjoy the fast days — they’re kind of liberating.

  4. hello Scooby ,you never speak about proteins and uric acid ,one day could you speak about it and tell people not to take too much proteins just the necessary daily amount.I have too much uric acid and i try to eat potatoes vegetables bananas apples to fight it and lower the level.thanks!

      1. Yes but this is the difficulty. protein is acid rice is acid, pasta is acid ,kidney beans are acid potatoes are alkaline ,bananas are alkaline,green beans are alkaline …….as scooby says you need proteins every 3 hours i would like him to speak about how to be more alkaline than acid as too acid is bad for health you can loose your hair (look at scooby) you can get cancer, digestion problems ect……….

    1. You have the concept down, you just need to polish your marketing!  You got a catchy product name, now you just need an army of salesman taking doctors out to lunch to get the word out. 

      1. Scooby,

        LOVE your site. Just thought I’d share some humor on this product…we do have it in the US! I remember seeing this in the fitness magazines a few years back when it first came out:

         Heres the product info: Want ripped abs? Then look no further… AB-FX advanced transdermal formula is specifically designed to get rid of hard to lose abdominal fat – fast.

        Dare to Compare! The Most Complete Pharmaceutical Transdermal Fat Loss Formula – Bar None!

        Our exclusive European formula combines the most advanced fat mobilizers available today, with Beta & Alpha Hydroxy Acids that make your skin smoother while it works. This precisely balanced formulation penetrates deep into the outer layers of the skin enhancing mobilization of fat cells while you train. The results, elimination of that spongy layer of excess surface body fat that keeps you from looking rock hard.

        * Xephoniphonyl- an exclusive combination of proven ingredients unique to AB-fxª, is guaranteed to reduce fat deposits via external applications to problem fatty areas.

        * Chaihu (3%) – Works through process of lipolysis to reduce cellulite, firm tissue and hydrate skin.

        * Elderberry/Glycerin – Combination provides an osmotic diuretic effect.

        * L-Carnitine/Caffeine/CoA (5%, 1%, 150ppm) – Acts like a one way fat pump, moving fat deposits across the mitochondria.

        And heres the suggested usage: Suggested Use
        Apply AB FX ten minutes prior to workout to desired muscle areas. Rub directly into your skin until cream disappears. NOTE: You’ll feel and see a slight warmth and redness where applied. This is the result of the fat mobilization and will gradually fade after use. Wash hands immediately after application. Re-apply as desired.

        Warning:Keep out of reach of children. For use by adults 18 years or older.

        All I could think of when it states “you’ll feel/see a slight warmth and redness” is how if I were to rub my hand on  my skin right now, it would generate warmth and redness from the increased blood flowing to the area due to the friction! LOL. Hope you get a laugh out of this like I did…

  5. Once again we see Government, and pharmaceutical companies failing to grasp the big picture when it comes to dealing with the apparent epidemic of obesity. Even in the clinical trials, the drug Belviq, known generically as Lorcaserin, had modest weight loss. 

    On average patients lost just 3 to 3.7 per cent of their starting body weight over a year.  That equates to a person weighing 240 pounds losing between 7.2 to 8.8 pounds over ONE YEAR.

    Even by FDA standards this was seen as a modest weight loss, however, they approved the drug, after earlier rejecting it due to risk of serious potential side effects including tumors. After submitting further data it has been approved,so all patients now have to worry about is the risk of depression, migraine and memory lapses.  And all for a weight loss of 2.7 ounces a week. Even I had to double-check my figures after seeing how small was the average weight loss.

    It wouldn’t even need a radical lifestyle change to lose that much weight.  If people are serious enough to go to their doctor and to pay the cost of the drug, then surely the doctor can prescribe some small exercise and lifestyle change before prescribing this drug.

    One can only hope that the doctors who will prescribe this weight loss pill will first have carefully examined, counseled, and encouraged their patients rather than just becoming the pharmaceutical company’s local drug distributor.

    1. Cancervive, although we dont always see eye to eye, we agree completely this time.  Everything in life is a risk benefit analysis and in this case is ALL risk and virtually NO benefit.  I didnt even see those pathetic numbers of 2.2-8.8 pounds a year.  As you mention, it takes only a very, very, very minor and insignificant lifestyle change to lose that amount of weight in a year.  Giving up one can of regular coke a day would lose you DOUBLE what this drug Belviq did – 15lbs in a year!  The earlier studies that showed tumors alarmed me as well.  So people considering taking this drug, question for you.  1/2 – 1/10 of a can of sodapop  is how much more Belviq allows you to drink a day.  Ask yourself if that is worth risking your health for.

  6. Scooby, For the most part I agree on a lot of topics especially when i comes this diet pill nonsense but when it comes to diets,foods and health we part ways.
    For me (and many others) a low carbohydrate life style works. Not only does it keep the weight off, it’s improved my lipid profiles to levels I thought were not possible for me without meds. Low triglycerides and high HDL both good things to have. Actually, stable weight without muscle loss are really just fringe benefits. 
    I’d be willing to bet dollars to donuts that this new super duper diet pill  won’t work . I just wonder how many side effects including death it will have.
    Pillow-scream!  in stereo… 

    1. Thank you for joining me in my pillow-scream!  I hope you come back and see my response here because I am very curious about your experience with the low carb diet because as you know I have not recommended it in the past.  I’m always open to new ideas, could you let me know how you personally have dealt with these issues:
      Q1) Are you ever hungry, how do you curb appetite while minimizing calories?  Q2) Approx how many grams protein per pound bodyweight do you get.  Are you worried about kidney issues if you are way above 1g/lb?Q3) How long have you been doing it and how do you cope with carb cravings?Q4) How do you get enough fiber on a low carb diet?  How do you avoid constipation?Q5) How do you implement low carb to make it an effective long term weight loss strategy?

      1. Sccoby,

        If I may, I’d like to share my experiences following a low carb diet also. First let me say, I love your site and check it constantly. I refer it to EVERYONE. I think it is the single best site on the web to find all matters of info relating to fitness.
           I have recently switched to a Paleo (aka Primal, aka low carb, and very similar to the Slow Carb diet) a few months ago. So, I haven’t been doing it very long term, however I have friends that have, so I will use my experiences plus information gleaned from the experiences of my friends and my own research and reading to try and answer your questions.
        Q1: Curbing appetite can be very problematic if a low carb diet is approached the wrong way. Many people fail, as you state on your website, by NOT eating enough. With the Paleo way of eating, you can (and SHOULD) eat as much of the approved foods as you want. No grains are allowed, no dairy {though there is some argument about this and some people do allow for dairy}, almost every kind of meat is allowed, any and all vegetables are allowed, nuts are allowed, and fruit is allowed but is to be kept in moderation. If eating properly, hunger is not an issue because each meal is a serving of meat, and a HUGE serving of salad or other vegetables, and a small serving of nuts or other healthy-fat food. Calories are kept down due to vegetables being low in calories.
        Q2: I get approximately 1g/lb bodyweight of protein. This comes mainly from eggs and meat, but I do have a whey protein shake after working out, or in a pinch as a meal replacement. This does make me, in some Paleo followers opinion, not 100% compliant to a Paleo “diet.” However, the convenience of a protein shake, for me, is worth it. I would be worried about my kidneys if my intake was too high, however at 1g/lb I have not had any issues, nor have I heard or read anything about others having issues.
        Q3: I have been doing it for 3 months. Coping with carb cravings can be very difficult at times, especially in various social situations (and there are a lot of them) where high carb food makes up the majority of whats being served. Eventually, carb cravings (or I should say, cravings for grain based carbs) pretty much subside, including most sugar cravings. I have one cheat meal per week. I must admit, I often binge during that meal. However, the first couple weeks I binged on pure junk food for my cheat meal. Then, my junk food cravings started to subside and I would crave more fruit or other sweet foods that are approved. So I would “binge” by eating a whole bag of grapes, some bananas, or drinking milk, etc. If I have cravings I cant resist during the rest of the week, a small serving of a sugary fruit like dates satisfies it.
        Q4: I seem to get plenty of fiber from the large amount of vegetables I eat throughout the day. Constipation has never been an issue for me. I go to the bathroom regularly.
        Q5: Low carb dieting can be effective long term if the some of the same basic rules are followed as with other healthy ways of eating. As you talk about on your site, many people approach low carb eating the same way they approach other fitness/nutrition plans: Too aggresivley. Going low carb, eliminating grains and dairy; these are major changes to most Americans diets. They are too drastic to attempt all at once, and too drastic to attempt even one of them 100% right off the bat (for most people). Slowing implementing the various facets of low carb eating is the key to success. Also, I have found that following an “80/20” rule works well for a lot of people, as long as it is adhered to. That is where you follow the low carb/paleo eating 80% of the time, and 20% of the time you can “cheat.” Its important to monitor your eating, however, or it becomes easy to over do that 20%.
        I hope that this can help in answering your questions. I apologize for the length of this post, but it is a difficult topic to summarize. The best books I have read on the subject are: the 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferris, The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, and any of Loren Cordain’s books on Paleo eating. Hope this helps, and hope to hear back from you! This is my first time posting but I have followed your site since I found it in 2007 :) Keep up the great work! 

      2. Hi Scooby,

        Thanks so much for your reply.

        Q1) As far as hunger goes, I get hungry when it’s time to
        eat but not ravenous before that time. Calories, are not really and issue with
        me either I’m more concerned with keeping my carbs to between 30 to 40 per day
        and no more than that (Below 50 grams is consider ketogenic . The theory is to
        keep the blood glucose level as close to 85mg/dl as possible. That thereby
        reduces the insulin response. In a nut shell insulin is a fat building hormone.
        The more insulin the body produces the more weight a person tends to gain with other health problems like diabetes t-2.

        Also, wild swings in blood glucose create hunger response (and
        difficult to control).

        Q2) Protein intake is also not a real issue either. I not
        afraid to eat 2 some times 3 eggs a day with the yokes , meat, heavy cream,
        light cream, steak not need to trim the fat excessively and fish of course,
        full fat yogurt, cheese to name a few . I’ve been eating like this for almost 2
        1/2 years and I feel damn good. I don’t eat breads, ( like “healthy whole
        grains”) pastry, potatoes, rice starchy vegetables etc and I hardly eat fruit
        like apples cantaloupe, bananas (high sugar fruits). My fruits are tomatoes, avocado,
        and berries etc (sparingly). My triglycerides are usual below 100 and my hdl
        has increased to 57 without meds.

        Indecently, total cholesterol and LDL are grossly inaccurate
        for determining lipid and cardiac health unfortunately many doctors only look
        at those numbers. (See Tim Russet NBC’s Meet the Press)

        Now, where was I?

        Fiber and constipation is not an issue either. To be honest,
        when I first began eating low carb it was an issue until I found the magic
        “bullets”. I eat salads and coleslaw regularly (home made). Not with those
        low calorie dressings either, I like Caesar dressing. Also, about every other day
        in the morning with my eggs I have “my cereal” about 2 tbsp ground sunflower
        seeds, about 12 almonds or pecans or walnuts, and about 1-2 tbsp of flaxseed
        meal with about 5 tbsp of heavy cream and almond milk, a few berries, stevia for
        sweetener. Warm it up and enjoy. I’m as regular as the weather girl on TV. My
        desserts range from jell-o to cheese cake and chocolate cake that I make. So, I
        really don’t think I go without very much. At least I don’t think so.

        Q5) How do you implement low carb to make it an effective
        long term weight loss strategy? To make this “diet” work it needs to be a
        lifestyle. It needs to have variety in the foods you eat. Honestly, the failure
        rate is very high with all diets; I’ve heard 98 % failure or 2 % success.  I think the deciding factor for me is my life
        and I want to be fit and healthy and that’s where it makes a difference and
        being in that 2%. Many people are too lazy to cook their own foods and end up
        eating at those fast food dumps. Sure, I’ll eat out every now and then but I’m
        well aware of what I should eat. 

        The other strategy is, to see (you’ll like this one since you’re
        an engineer) how foods affect you blood glucose after eating them. With a
        simple glucose meter you can buy at W-Mart you log you foods and you know instantly
        what’s good for you and what’s bad for your body.

        So, this all rather automatic after you’ve been doing it a
        while and it’s pretty simple, I don’t count calories, protein (but you could if
        you really want to). I really hope you’ll give it a try for a month or two and
        see what happens.

        If you need more info there are plenty of books I can tell
        about for the information you’re interested in.

        something you might be interested in 588: South African Running Legend Tim
        Noakes Embraces High-Fat, Low-Carb Living







      3. Low carb has been shown in numerous studies to be the most effective method for previously obese people to maintain weight loss over the long term.  The most recent study is coincidentally in this month’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

        Not that anyone will bother to actually read it, but the title is “Effects of Dietary Composition on Energy Expenditure During Weight-Loss Maintenance”.  

        It was a well-designed controlled study that showed that  resting energy expenditure (REE – similar to BMR) was increased by 325 calories per day on a restricted carb diet vs. a restricted fat diet.  In other words, holding all other things equal, study participants burned 325 calories per day more on a low-carb diet than on a low fat diet.  

        What this means is that the low-carb diet was more effective at preventing participants’ metabolisms from slowing down, which happens almost universally to previously obese adults.  This metabolic downshift makes maintaining weight loss very challenging, as BMR in previously obese adults can decline by as much as 25%.

  7. I found this picture in a local Magazine that I read quite often. Sometimes it features comics, how they came to be, what was the idea behind it and all that and the artists who do drawings for the magazine usually do an illustration of their own that depicts the main character of the comic. This time it was ”The Phantom” and I think it looks remarkably like Scooby so I decided to Share it with everyone :).

    Concerning the article, I agree no shortcuts.

      1. Although I just did a half ironman triathlon, I’m too weak to take on the likes of this industry – I barely have the energy for battling and the supplement industry and these pharmaceutical folks have 1000X the money and lobbyists that the supplement kids do.  Choose your battles carefully.  No, this was just a little pin prick in the big toe of this giant industry.

    1. Wow, does anyone know who this artist is???  You are right, that does like me!  I wonder if the artist intentionally did that or if it was just co-incidence.  I would love to find out!

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