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New Weight Loss Pill in the Works to Rival HCG Weight Loss Plan

Whitney | August 2nd, 2012

Researchers are touting the benefits of a new weight loss pill that has shown great promise in initial clinical studies. The medication, known to date as JD5037, promises to help suppress appetite to make it easier for dieters to lose weight. While this pill may resemble a theory of the HCG weight loss plan, there are distinct differences between the two as well.

 

Research Continues on New Weight Loss Pill

The latest medication for obesity, JD5037, is currently undergoing studies by researcher George Kunos, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The weight loss pill suppresses appetite by increasing the body’s sensitivity to the hormone leptin. Leptin is a natural appetite suppressant naturally found in the body, but obese individuals develop desensitization to the hormone, which cannot be effectively treated through leptin supplementation. Instead, the body must be able to normally respond to leptin once again, which is where JD5037 comes into play.

Currently, the weight loss pill has only been tested in mice, with positive results. The mice on the drug lost 28 percent of their body weight in a one-month period, without any obvious side effects. However, the medication has yet to be tested on humans to see if it produces similar weight loss success stories. Researchers are waiting for the green light from the National Institutes of Health before clinical studies on humans can begin.

About the HCG Weight Loss Plan

With the HGC weight loss plan, HCG supplements are used to suppress the appetite, so participants can manage of a very low calorie diet that consist of just 500 calories daily. HCG supplements may be administered by shots, drops or pills – shots require a prescription, while drops and pills can be purchased over the counter. Many medical associations have warned of potential HCG diet dangers, including gallstone formation, irregular heartbeat and weight loss that is only temporary in nature. The FDA has also cautioned consumers that over-the-counter HCG products are not legally sold in the United States.

While there is no doubt additional tools can prove helpful in the fight against obesity, there is no fast fix to a weight problem. Dr. Michael Kaplan, director of the Center for Medical Weight Loss warns patients, “Don’t look to an HCG weight loss program to lose weight. Not only are they expensive and unproven – they are dangerous.” Dr. Kaplan advises patients to avoid HCG diet dangers by turning to a safer, healthier approach to weight loss.

Dr. Kaplan also looks to a weight loss pill as another tool patients can use to lose weight, but medication alone is rarely the answer. A more effective approach is a physician-guided weight loss plan that incorporates diet, exercise and personalized counseling – as well as a weight loss pill, when appropriate – for effective weight loss that stays off over the long term.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss currently offers around 450 centers nationwide to help patients reach their weight loss goals. To find a center near you, enter your zip code in the box at the right or use the form to request a consultation. Introductory offers are available at some locations to first time callers.