Choosing which weight loss product you will use can be a stressful and time-consuming task. So many are on the market that it can look like a vast sea of possibilities. Arming yourself with the names of a few products that have been proven to be effective, however, can help you narrow your choices.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has been shown not only to work as a possibly effective weight loss product, but it may also be effective for developing and building muscle mass, according to the Mayo Clinic. CLA can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC).
Orlistat was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 for the long-term treatment of obesity. The chemical compound of Orlistat works by decreasing the ability of your body to absorb dietary fat. When you take Orlistat as prescribed, it should reduce your food at absorption by one third. Orlistat is a prescribed medication, which means you will need to make a doctor appointment and discuss it with your physician before starting the program. Alli is the OTC version of Orlistat. The Mayo Clinic reports that the OTC version is not as effective as its prescription counterpart.
Sibutramine, also known as Meridia, is an FDA-approved weight loss product for the treatment of severe obesity. While most weight loss management medications are used for a few weeks or a few months, sibutramine is deemed safe by the FDA for long-term treatment of significantly obese patients, according to the At Health website. This medication is obtained by prescription through your physician.
Byetta is normally used in the treatment of diabetes, but the Mayo Clinic reports that it may also be helpful with weight loss. Byetta is obtained through prescription and must be injected on a daily basis. It works by mimicking incretin, a hormone that is instrumental in blood sugar control. As of 2010, it was still unclear how Byetta helps patients lose weight. One theory is that because it delays the movement of food from the stomach to your small intestine, you feel full faster and the feeling lasts longer than if you had not taken the medication. This feeling of fullness may contribute to reducing your caloric intake. In 2010, Byetta had not been approved strictly as a weight loss medication, but the Mayo Clinic suggests that if you are diabetic and have weight to lose, that you ask if a Byetta prescription would be right for you.