Weight loss patches may be the ideal way for many people to finally be able to lose weight. As with other forms of medicated patches, weight loss patches contain medication that is released over time.
Weight loss in individuals who are overweight or obese can reduce health risks, increase fitness, and may delay the onset of diabetes. It could reduce pain and increase movement in people with osteoarthritis of the knee.Weight loss can lead to a reduction in hypertension (high blood pressure), however whether this reduces hypertension-related harm is not clear.
Weight loss occurs when an individual is in a state of negative thermodynamic flux: when the body is expending more energy (i.e. in work and metabolism) than it is consuming (i.e. from food or other nutritional supplements), it will use stored reserves from fat or muscle, gradually leading to weight loss.
It is not uncommon for some people who are at their ideal body weight to seek additional weight loss in order to improve athletic performance or meet required weight classification for participation in a sport. Others may be driven to lose weight to achieve a more attractive appearance. Being underweight is associated with health risks such as difficulty fighting off infection, osteoporosis, decreased muscle strength, trouble regulating body temperature and even increased risk of death.
Intentional weight loss is, in most cases, achieved with the help of diets, although weight loss is generally associated with some degree of change in lifestyle habits, or taking exercise. Many dietary strategies have been designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking to lose excess weight. Calorie-restriction strategies are one of the most common dietary plans. Daily calorie requirements vary depending on a number of factors including, age, sex, and weight-loss goals. For instance, nutritionists suggest that at least 1,200 calories should be consumed daily by women to maintain health; men need 1,500. These recommendations apply primarily to healthy people who seek weight loss for a better body tonus. However, those whose obesity places them at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or other conditions, may require a more restricted diet. In some cases, obese individuals may need temporarily to restrict their daily calorie intake to 800 or even 500. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), healthy individuals seeking to maintain their weight should consume 2,000 calories per day.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans those who achieve and manage a healthy weight do so most successfully by being careful to consume just enough calories to meet their needs, and being physically active.
Low-calorie regimen diets are also referred to as balanced percentage diets. Due to their minimal detrimental effects, these types of diets are most commonly recommended by nutritionists. In addition to restricting calorie intake, a balanced diet also regulates macronutrient consumption. From the total number of allotted daily calories, it is recommended that 55% should come from carbohydrates, 15% from protein, and 30% from fats with no more than 10% of total fat coming from saturated forms. For instance, a recommended 1,200 calorie diet would supply about 660 calories from carbohydrates, 180 from protein, and 360 from fat. Some studies suggest that increased consumption of protein can help ease hunger pangs associated with reduced caloric intake by increasing the feeling of satiety. Calorie restriction in this way has many long-term benefits. After reaching the desired body weight, the calories consumed per day may be increased gradually, without exceeding 2,000 net (i.e. derived by subtracting calories burned by physical activity from calories consumed). Combined with increased physical activity, long-term low-calorie diets are thought to be most effective long term, unlike crash diets which can achieve short term results, at best. Physical activity could greatly enhance the efficiency of a diet. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of a balanced diet and moderate physical activity.
Weight gain has been associated with excessive consumption of fats, sugars, carbohydrates in general, and alcohol. Depression, stress or boredom may also contribute to weight increase, and in these cases, individuals are advised to seek medical help. A 2010 study found that dieters who got a full night’s sleep lost more than twice as much fat as sleep-deprived dieters.
The majority of dieters regain weight over the long term.
In the case of patches for helping anyone lose weight the medication is a usually a combination of herbal medicines that are able to help the overweight patch wearer curb their appetite. Curbing the appetite makes weight loss much easier.
Losing weight can dramatically improve your emotional and physical health, but it can be a slow process. So it’s no wonder that 15% of American adults use diet supplements to boost weight loss, opting for a range of products that claim to decrease appetite, block fat absorption, or increase metabolism.
Currently, most weight loss experts do not recommend many products marketed as weight loss supplements because of a lack of evidence. Also certain diet supplements, including ephedra, may cause heart attack and stroke. (Ephedra, also known as ma huang, was banned by the FDA in 2004 for sale in the U.S.)
However, there are some proven weight loss supplements available. Which weight loss supplements may be safe and helpful during a diet? Here’s a rundown on six products you can buy at most health food or drugstores that have some weight loss evidence behind them:
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
- Green tea extract
- Meal replacements
- Orlistat, an over-the-counter weight loss drug
Remember, of course, that you should always check with your doctor before taking any type of supplement. Even supplements can have side effects and may interfere with medications you take. And, when it comes to weight loss, there are no quick fixes. A healthy eating plan and regular physical exercise should be the foundation of any weight loss program.
For many people taking pills on time is not that easy. A timed release medicated patch for weight loss takes away the need to plan the delivery of medication in pill form. This type of medication delivery systems are called trans-dermal, which means the medication is administered through the skin. For most trans-dermal medication uses approval is required from the FDA. Because weight loss patches use all natural herbal ingredients, and no narcotic drugs, this type of approval is not required at this time.
Speed Up Your Weight Loss With ‘Fast Metabolism Diet’ Recipes
Celebrity nutritionist and wellness consultant Haylie Pomroy is known as “the metabolism whisperer” for helping her clients lose up to 20 pounds in four weeks, she says, through the fat-burning power of food.
Now Pomroy, who is out with a new book, “The Fast Metabolism Diet,” says she can “get your metabolism to pay attention,” and you too can lose weight.
“It’s a therapeutic way to eat– incredibly nutritious foods to actually enhance your metabolism. So, it’s using food as the vehicle for weight loss,” said Pomroy.
What’s the secret? Keeping your metabolism guessing, which gets it to work faster, she says. Pomroy’s eating plan consists of three phases: Phase I (Monday-Tuesday) is lots of carbs and fruits; Phase II (Wednesday-Thursday) is proteins and veggies; and Phase III (Friday-Sunday) mixes all of the above, plus healthy fats and oils. Three full meals and at least two snacks a day are the norm.
“You become healthier, you become active. I get along much better with my husband now. With me doing the plan he’s lost 35 pounds because of the foods I’m preparing. So we went through this journey together and we sort of rekindled our relationship,” said mom Leanie Roh, who lost 20 pounds in 4 weeks.
Many food experts say this is nothing new.
“None of these fad diets really offer anything unique but what they all offer is discipline,” said Dr. David Katz, Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at Yale University.
“The Fast Metabolism Diet” was featured on “Good Morning America” today. Check out a sampling of some of the recipes featured in the book, reprinted with permission of the publisher.
OATMEAL FRUIT SMOOTHIE
½ cup steel- cut oats
½ cup frozen fruit, such as pineapple or strawberries
½ cup ice cubes
1 packet Stevia or Xylitol
Ground cinnamon, to taste
Put the oats in a blender and pulse until they reach a powdery consistency. Turn off the blender and add 1 cup water. Incorporate the remaining ingredients into the mix and blend until smooth. Serve.
BAKED CINNAMON GRAPEFRUIT
1 pink grapefruit
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch of cardamom (optional)
Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
Peel and section grapefruit. Sprinkle with cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees or until cinnamon has caramelized.
STEAK AND SPINACH SALAD
4 to 5 ounces New York strip steak
½ teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
½ cup chopped cucumber
¼ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup chopped red or green chile pepper
¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
½ lime, squeezed
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 to 4 tablespoons Phase 2 Salad Dressing (below)
Preheat the broiler, and put the broiler pan in to get hot. Trim excess fat off the steak. Rub both sides of the steak with the garlic, salt, and pepper. Place the meat in the hot broiler pan and broil to desired doneness, 7 to 15 minutes (you can butterfly or slice the steak in half if you want it well done without charring the outside). While the steak broils, toss the spinach, cucumber, onion, chile, and bell pepper together in a large salad bowl. Top the mixture with the lime juice and cilantro. Set aside. Slice the steak into 1½- inch strips and serve on top of the salad and veggie mix. Drizzle with dressing before serving.
Makes about ¾ cup
½ cup-chopped peeled cucumber
1 garlic clove
3 teaspoons balsamic or apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons cilantro or parsley
1 teaspoon dill
½ teaspoon Stevia or Xylitol
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
CHICKEN AND QUINOA RISOTTO
Serves 6 to 8
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons hummus
1 cup cooked quinoa
20 leaves fresh basil, cut in chiffonade
Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken and sauté for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the onion and bell peppers. Sauté for 1 or 2 more minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until the peppers become slightly limp but are still brightly colored, about 1 or 2 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the hummus. Add the quinoa and basil, and toss until the basil is wilted. Serve hot.
At this time appetite suppression is the way that most weight loss patches are able to help a person lose weight. There are some people who claim the patches help with weight loss by eating fat is some miraculous way. The miracle is that the weight is lost when many other diets have failed. A person, who continues to overeat, while using weight loss patch therapy, will still have trouble controlling their weight.
So the answer to the question, “do weight loss patches work” is yes. Hopefully an increasing number of overweight people will give this method of helping control weigh a chance. Keep in mind the patches work because a person wearing a patch will have less hunger and not because of some magical medicine that eats away fat. The combination of a will to lose weight and the help from the patch is what makes the system work.
In recent years, the FDA tested the contents of many supplements touted as “all natural.” The agency found that nearly 70 of those supplements contained ingredients such as:
- controlled substances
- seizure medications
- prescription drugs
- drugs not approved in the U.S.
Because of the uncertainty of the ingredients in weight loss supplements, the FDA strongly recommends that you talk to your health care provider before trying them.
You should also check with your health care provider to make sure the supplement you’re considering will not interact with other medications you are taking.
Few over-the-counter weight loss supplements have been extensively studied. Research suggests that a few of them may be modestly effective. Evidence shows that the most effective way to lose weight and maintain weight loss involves lifestyle changes such as:
- adopting a nutritious, balanced, and calorie-restricted diet
- regular physical activity
At best, weight loss products should be considered an add-on to lifestyle changes.