Diet + Exercise + Medication = Weight loss

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

A year-long study proved there is no silver bullet pill when it comes to battling obesity, but medication along with a reduced calorie diet proved a winning combination.
New research found people who took the drug Meridia lost an average of 11 pounds while people who modified behavior lost about 13 pounds. Subjects who combined the two lost 27 pounds.

Sacred Heart dietitian Susan Miller says the study proves pills aren't a cure all.

"Yeah, they do work," says Miller. "But they're not the only answer and eventually you have to go off the drugs so if you haven't changed what you're eating if you've not changed your activity habits, you're going to put the weight back on."

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and backed by the National Institutes of Health.


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