They Say Contrave; I say Contrive

{What I am about to write does not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.}

A Food and Drug Administration panel has just recommended for approval a new diet drug that, according to a report, didn’t quite meet all the criteria the agency had set for obesity drugs.  Hmm!  So, the first diet drug in a decade recommended for approval, doesn’t even meet the FDA’s criteria.  Am I the only one scratching my head?

Not only does it not meet all the criteria, the news articles further report that there is also the potential for heart-related side effects.  So, we are going to try and reduce obesity to help stave off heart disease by … taking a drug that may have heart related side effects.  Okay, am I missing something?

Additionally,  it is reported that part of the drug’s formula, bupropion, is already known to increase blood pressure. Now, let me get this straight. Obesity is a controllable cause of hypertension,  so to counteract the effect of obesity, we are going to now take a drug that may actually increase an already elevated blood pressure.   I have to ask; are people out of their  minds!?!?!

How many diet pills have been pulled off the market in the past?  The antidepressant in this chemical concoction has been pulled off the shelves at one time.  Do people need bricks to fall on them to realize that all drugs have potential side effects and are not the answer to the obesity problem?

Those  who battle obesity need to stop looking to drugs for the solution. The answer is within each of you.  Perhaps, you need some help bringing it up from the depths of your being, but trust me, the inner strength is there.

There is no reason to  become the victim of a later learned drug side effect, because by the time the dangerous side effect is learned, it may be too late.

In addition to the drugs, I implore those who are obese to stop turning to surgeons whose scalpels cut and constrict to cure.  How much sense does it make to risk side effects of anesthesia, post-op infection, malabsorption syndrome, et al when it is not necessary?  Of the people I am acquainted with,  or have learned about, who have had the various surgeries, I only know of one person who doesn’t have any type of long-lasting negative effect from the procedure.

There is no reason to take any of these risks to lose weight and regain health.  The answers are within each of you.  Via mental energy, exercise and eating you can not only overcome obesity, you can remodel you body and, most importantly, recapture your health

Mental energy is the belief that you can control yourself.  And let me tell you something; you can control yourself.  You can control what you eat and how much exercise you put out.  When you keep saying I can’t, you won’t.  You can.  I know you can.

Exercise is a must.  We need to keep out bodies moving each and every day. Exercise is the oft sought fountain of youth, don’t neglect it.

Eating is the easiest of the three.  Cut out the carbohydrates, adopt a low carbohydrate eating plan.   Eat healthy fats, lean proteins and vegetables.  Not only do these foods taste delicious, they make you feel and function better.

By taking control of oneself, we are able to conquer obesity, but more important, we are able to restore a sense of self-confidence.  By beating back obesity without the use of gimmicks, unnecessary and potentially harmful drugs and surgery, we show ourselves what we can accomplish when we set our minds to something.

You have it within yourself.  Don’t just believe it, know it!

The belief in drugs and surgery over oneself and proper diet and exercise is contrived bulls__t!

Find the strength and send the unhealthy, unfit version of yourself packing.   Once you do, you will live life better.

Chiropractor Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of Fat Then Fit Now; A life beyond weight loss.