One of the women I work with wanted to know about the new diet drug called Belviq.
The FDA is always approving a new “miracle” weight loss pill, only to recall it a few years later. To date, at least 34 diet drugs have been taken off the market.
Diet pills cause all kinds of problems — heart attack, stroke and psychiatric disorders.
And Belviq isn’t any different. Some of its side effects include suicidal thoughts, a racing heartbeat, hallucinations and more…
The European Union banned Belviq. The reason? It causes cancer in animals.
And here’s the real irony… Clinical trials found that patients who took Belviq only lost 3% of their body weight.1
To put that in perspective… Say you weigh 175 pounds and take this drug. The amount of weight you would lose is 5 pounds!
There’s definitely a better solution and it’s one that I’ve followed for years.
My sons and I ate pizza
by the plateful when we were in Italy.
And it allowed me to lose weight. Even when I was on vacation.
A couple of months ago, I took my wife and two sons to Rome. And I’ll be honest, we ate a lot…
We piled our plates full of amazing food at every meal. And even though I usually eat a Primal diet, I dug into the pasta while I was there.
And the pizza was so good, I had seconds. And then thirds. In fact, I ate so much, I couldn’t move!
But here’s the thing… Even with all that eating, I still lost 2 pounds.
To lose weight, I advise my patients to eat a protein-rich, low-carb Primal diet. And I tell them to do my PACE workout, which programs your body to stop storing fat.
But I recommend that they take a safe, all-natural supplement called fucoxanthin.
It’s what I take when I’m tempted to overeat. Like on my trip to Italy.
We ate Primal once in a while!
Fucoxanthin is a seaweed extract. Its fat-burning properties were accidentally discovered by Japanese marine biologists.
In 2006, these scientists fed the brown seaweed to their study animals. And something amazing happened. A microscopic fat-burning protein called UCP1 was suddenly switched on.
This protein “turns on” your metabolic switch and your kicks your body’s fat-burning machinery into high gear. It does this by prompting your white fat cells behave as brown fat cells.
Brown fat burns energy instead of storing it like white fat does.
In a 16-week clinical study, researchers followed 151 overweight women. Those that took the fucoxanthin supplements lost an average of more than 15 pounds. The women taking a placebo lost only 3 pounds.2
But here’s what’s really exciting. Not only does fucoxanthin help you burn fat you already have… it prevents the formation of future fat cells.3 In other words, it stops fat dead in its tracks.
Getting enough fucoxanthin in your diet
- Fucoxanthin is found naturally in a brown seaweed called wakame. This seaweed is used in many Japanese dishes and to wrap sushi. It’s also available in dried form. You can sprinkle it on your food or blend it in a smoothie.
- If eating seaweed doesn’t appeal to you, you can supplement. I recommend 300 mg every day.
- Look for a supplement that contains 85% fucoidan. Fucoidan is the bioactive compound found in brown seaweed.
- Make sure you take the supplement with at least 8 ounces of distilled water.
- Take at least 30 minutes before each mean on an empty stomach.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Fujioka K. Current and emerging medications for overweight or obesity in people with comorbidities. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2015 Nov.
2. Abidov M, et al. The effects of Xanthigen [fucoxanthin] in the weight management of obese premenopausal women with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and normal liver fat. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2010 Jan.
3. Abidov, M., et al. The effect of Xanthigen…on body weight and liver fat, serum triglycerides, C-reactive proteins, and plasma aminotransferases in obese non-diabetic female volunteers: A double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial. Int J Obesity. 2008.