Sunday, February 19, 2012

The dangers of weight loss pills

I was shocked today to learn some of the side effects of weight-loss pills being considered by the FDA. One of them, called Qnexa, can cause birth defects and heart problems. Can it get any worse?! The drug was already rejected by the FDA before, but now they want to review it again.

It is great that pharmaceutical companies are trying to find a magic bullet for the weight epidemic, but when we hear stories such as this one, it is not hard to realize how far science is from understanding how the human body functions, especially when it comes to weight, which is controlled by so many factors.

Friday, February 17, 2012

How to lose weight naturally

There is a natural way to lose weight and it is a combination of diet and exercise. Losing weight is as simple as elementary math: calories you consume minus calories you burn. If the difference is negative, you will lose weight. If the difference is positive, you will gain weight. The more you exercise, the more calories you will burn. In fact, if you can control the number of calories you consume, you can still lose weight even without exercising. Let's take a few examples: