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Xenical increases weight loss by 7.2 lbs over diet alone; Meridia by 9.2 lbs
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Adding the fat-blocking drug Xenical (orlistat) to diet increases weight loss by an average of 7.2 pounds more than diet alone for up to two years according to a new paper which reviewed previous studies. Meridia increases weight loss by 9.2 lbs
Adding Meridia (sibutramine) to diet increases weight loss by an average of 9.2 pounds more than diet alone for up to one year.
Exercise improves weight loss
Adding exercise to diet or to diet plus behavioral therapy improved weight loss for up to three years.
Behavioral Therapy improves weight loss
Adding behavioral therapy to diet or to diet plus Meridia (sibutramine) improved weight loss for up to a-year-and-a-half.
Avenell A, Brown T, Mcgee M, Campbell M, Grant A, Broom J, Jung R, Smith W. What interventions should we add to weight reducing diets in adults with obesity? a systematic review of randomized controlled trials of adding drug therapy, exercise, behaviour therapy or combinations of these interventions. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2004 Aug, 17(4):293-316.
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Health Services Research Unit
University of Aberdeen
Foresterhill, Aberdeen, UK
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