With a lot of diets, supplements, teas and questionable tonics being constantly passed on to people hoping to lose weight, you would be forgiven for reading the news about a new pill that can help people lose weight with a healthy dose of skepticism. .
However, the new diet pill, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a few weeks ago, has now been presented to the European Congress on Obesity as a legitimate way to help people lose weight and keep it off.
The pill, which was first launched in 2010 under the name of Attiva but has now been renamed "Plenity," works by swelling in the stomach and partially fills it, causing the pill taker to be satisfied before ending a meal entire. .
The pill is designed to be taken with water 20 minutes before a meal. Made in the USA, it contains cellulose hydrogel found in fruits, vegetables and citric acid.
After being tested initially at just over 400 people, the pill had a success rate of almost 60%, resulting in loss of up to 10% of the body weight of study participants.
"What happens is that these small particles are released into your stomach and turn into a gel. This gel takes up about 250ml of your stomach – about a quarter of its volume, "explained Dr. Harry Leider, medical director of Gelesis.
"This gel – it's like a chewed vegetable – is mixed with food. This makes you feel fuller when you eat, not to eat as much. This is the main mechanism. "
"It is recommended that it be a help in weight control in conjunction with diet and exercise. We encourage patients to contribute to diet prudently and to focus on exercise because we know this will help people succeed. Nothing is the silver bullet. This is a new tool in our arsenal. "
There is no news at this stage about when and where the Plenary can be made available readily.
Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.