Weight Loss Health Topics

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Body mass index is an indirect measure of a person's body fat. This section of the eMedTV library provides an overview of body mass index, including information how the measurement is used to assess risk for weight-related health problems.
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This selection from the eMedTV Web site explains that obesity in children has increased by four times over the past 40 years. This article discusses statistics on childhood obesity, as well as current obesity trends.
When trying to determine your options for getting obesity help, you should start by talking to your doctor. This eMedTV page takes an in-depth look at when it may be time to lose weight and offers tips on what to look for in a weight loss program.
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5-HTP is commonly used in many herbal supplements and is reported to help with several health conditions. This eMedTV page offers an overview of 5-HTP, including information on how it works, its safety and effectiveness, and possible side effects.
Acai berries are high in antioxidants and commonly found in various supplements and health drinks. This eMedTV resource discusses the claimed benefits of this fruit, explains how it may work, and explores the safety and effectiveness of it.
Accelis is a weight loss pill that is available without a prescription. This eMedTV page offers an overview of Accelis, including information on the effectiveness of the supplement, possible side effects, and what to tell your doctor before taking it.
Adipex-P is a medicine that can be prescribed to help with weight loss. This article from the eMedTV archives explains how this medication works and provides a more in-depth look at its effects, dosing information, possible side effects, and more.
Akavar is a weight loss product that is available without a prescription. This eMedTV article describes Akavar in more detail, including information on the effectiveness and safety of it and potential side effects of the supplement.
Alli is a new non-prescription weight loss drug that decreases the amount of fat absorbed from the diet. This eMedTV article provides a detailed look at the drug, including how it works, how to achieve optimum results from it, side effects, and more.
People may use apple cider vinegar in the hopes of losing weight, lowering cholesterol, or clearing up acne. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of the product, including information on its safety, effectiveness, and more.
Belviq is a weight loss drug prescribed to people who are obese or have a weight-related medical problem. This eMedTV Web page features a detailed look at the drug, including how it works, how to achieve effective results, possible side effects, and more.
Bitter orange is a fruit that is often used in weight-loss pills and other herbal remedies. This eMedTV Web page further covers what bitter orange is used for, describes how it works, and explains what you should know before taking the supplement.
Bontril is commonly prescribed to help people lose weight. This eMedTV article provides an overview of Bontril, including information on how the medication works, its various forms, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Chromium picolinate is a special form of chromium that is claimed to have several purposes. This eMedTV article provides an overview of the supplement, including how it is thought to work, possible side effects, safety concerns, and more.
CLA is a type of trans fat that may help reduce body fat and prevent certain types of cancer. This page from the eMedTV Web site further discusses how CLA works, possible side effects, and information about the safety and effectiveness of the product.
CortiSlim is a weight loss product that is available without a prescription. This page on the eMedTV Web site provides a list of various CortiSlim products, describes how the products may work, and discusses their safety and effectiveness.
People who are trying to lose weight may decide to use Cylaris, an herbal weight loss supplement. This eMedTV article takes a look at various aspects of Cylaris, such as how it works, its safety and effectiveness, and possible side effects.
Didrex is a prescription weight-loss drug that suppresses the appetite and increases metabolism. This eMedTV resource provides a detailed look at Didrex, including how it works, how to achieve optimum results from it, side effects, and more.
Ephedra is an herbal product that was a popular weight loss pill until it was banned in the United States. This eMedTV article provides an overview of ephedra, including information on why it was banned, possible side effects, and safety concerns.
GABA is supplement that supposedly helps improve mood or promote weight loss. This eMedTV page offers an overview of this product, including possible benefits of the supplement, information on its effectiveness, and a list of possible side effects.
Glucomannan is an herbal supplement that can help treat several conditions (such as constipation). This eMedTV article describes these conditions in more detail and provides information on the effectiveness and safety of glucomannan.
Guarana is a plant from the Amazon that is often used as an energy supplement or a weight loss aid. This eMedTV Web page describes guarana in more detail and offers information on its effectiveness, safety, and potential side effects.
HCA is a substance often found in diet pills and weight loss supplements. This page from the eMedTV Web site provides a detailed overview on HCA, including information on how it works, possible side effects, dosing information, and more.
Hoodia is a weight loss supplement that is available over the counter. This article on the eMedTV Web site explains which products contain it, describes how the herbal supplement works, and discusses its safety and effectiveness.
Hydroxycut is a weight-loss supplement that is available without a prescription. This page on the eMedTV Web site explains which products contain Hydroxycut, describes how the supplement is said to work, and discusses its safety and effectiveness.
Lipo-6 is an herbal supplement that allegedly helps people with weight loss. This eMedTV segment provides a detailed overview of the diet pill, including possible side effects, what to be aware of before taking it, and more.
Lipovarin is a non-prescription product that claims to help with weight loss. This eMedTV article discusses the supplement in detail, providing information on the effectiveness, possible side effects, and dosing of the weight loss pill.
Lipovox is a non-prescription supplement that may help people lose weight and improve acne and wrinkles. This eMedTV page offers an overview of the product, including information on its safety and effectiveness, as well as some general precautions.
Lipozene is a diet pill that works like most other fiber products to help people lose weight. This eMedTV segment describes the supplement in detail, including information on its effects, possible side effects, how safe it is, and more.
Ma huang is a naturally occurring substance that was commonly used as a diet pill until it was banned. This eMedTV segment discusses ma huang in more detail, including information on why it was banned, possible side effects, and general precautions.
A healthcare provider may prescribe Meridia to help people lose weight. This eMedTV page explains in detail how the drug works by affecting certain brain chemicals, and discusses possible side effects and general precautions for taking the drug.
Orlistat is often used as an aid to weight loss in conjunction with dietary changes. This eMedTV segment offers a detailed overview of the drug, explaining how it works, when and how it should be taken, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Phentermine is a prescription drug that is licensed as a short-term weight loss treatment. This eMedTV page lists the various phentermine products available, describes how the medicine works, and explains what you should know before taking the drug.
Phentramine is an herbal supplement that is commonly used for weight loss. This eMedTV article discusses the safety and effectiveness of Phentramine, outlines possible side effects, and explains what you should know before taking the product.
Qsymia is a drug prescribed to help certain people lose weight and keep it off. This eMedTV article features a detailed look at the medication, including how it works, who it is designed for, possible side effects, and more.
Relacore products are available over-the-counter and claim to help with weight loss. This eMedTV article provides a detailed look at Relacore, including information on how it supposedly works, its safety and effectiveness, side effects, and more.
Suprenza is a prescription medicine used in combination with a proper diet and exercise. This eMedTV article presents a more detailed look at this weight loss product, including how it works, how to take it, and why it may not be safe for some people.
Tenuate is a medication that can be prescribed as a short-term weight loss aid. This article from the eMedTV Web site describes how Tenuate works and offers more details on the medicine's dosing information, effects, and possible side effects.
Although TrimSpa lacks adequate research to prove its effectiveness, the product may help with weight loss. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of TrimSpa, including information on the safety and effectiveness of the weight-loss supplement.
Whey protein is a protein from cow's milk that may have several beneficial uses, such as controlling weight. This eMedTV article provides an overview of whey protein, including how it is thought to work, possible side effects, safety concerns, and more.
Xenical can be used as both a weight loss aid and to prevent people from regaining weight they have lost. This eMedTV segment takes a detailed look at Xenical, discussing how it works, general dosing information, possible side effects, and more.
Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute that is also used to prevent cavities and treat dry mouth. This eMedTV Web page further explains what xylitol is used for, explores the product's effectiveness, and lists side effects that may occur.
Zantrex-3 is a weight loss pill that is available without a prescription. This eMedTV Web page describes Zantrex-3 in more detail, including information on its effectiveness and safety, potential side effects of the diet pill, and more.
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A body mass index calculator is a tool for determining BMI without using a formula. This portion of the eMedTV archives includes a calculator for body mass index that can be used to help you determine if you are at a healthy weight.
By walking 30 minutes a day on most days of the week, you can begin to see several health benefits. This eMedTV article discusses the benefits of walking and offers some tips on starting a walking program, as well as some safety tips to consider.
Your ideal body weight can be determined by using several factors, such as BMI and waist circumference. This eMedTV Web page describes these factors in more detail and outlines some guidelines for the ideal weight in adults and children.
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