In addition to Alli and Belviq, you might want to consider weight loss pill from Vivus called Qsymia (formerly known as Qnexa) which is a combination of the appetite suppressant phentermine and the anti-seizure drug topiramate. The pill is to be taken daily and is meant only for obese people (BMI of 35 or higher) or those overweight individuals with heart problems or suffering from diabetes/hypertension/high cholesterol.
How does Qsymia work? Since it is a drug that may have a direct impact on your health, chances are that your prescription maybe covered by insurance. While your actual weight loss will depend on a variety of factors like the dosage and how successful you are with dieting and working out, but the company claims that in a perfect world you will lose about 8 to 10% of weight. That is where I get suspicious. In order to see any results, you will also need to go on a diet that has lower calories than you are currently eating and then also hit the gym. In addition to that, it has serious side effects like any other medication including scary stuff like tingling sensation of hands and feet, dizziness, altered taste, insomnia, constipation and dry mouth. Do not even think of this pill if you are pregnant or maybe pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. It can literally be deadly. There are also a bunch of unknowns at this point since the pill is so new and no one knows what happens if people take it for a long time.
So should you take it? I am always skeptical of weight loss pills because they claim so little weight loss with all these serious side effects. So let us say that you are 250 pounds and take this pill, diet like crazy, and hit the gym as well. At the most you will lose 25 pounds. Now imagine that you have been eating out about three times a week. A typical restaurant meal can have about 1,500 calories and that means that you are consuming about 3000 extra calories since at home you can easily put together a delicious meal for about 500 calories. If you cut back your eating out, and also hit the gym occasionally, you can lose the same amount of weight as the pill in just about six months. Wouldn’t that be great that you lost weight without all the side effects? The only thing is that you WILL need to cut back on your calories. The right way to do is to continue eating what you are eating but just less volume.