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Qsymia vs ephedra

In our continuing effort to be as honest as possible, we are speaking out about the new FDA approved weight loss pill Qsymia. This is a diet pill that caused one researcher to call it's approval "desparate measures for desparate times." Read more to find out how Qsymia works and why the risks might not be worth the benefits.

New diet pill FDA approved

Everyone knows obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. If you have paid any attention over the last 30 years you would know that the FDA and the USDA are one of the main reasons for this problem. The ridiculous food pyramid taught to both children and adults for over 20 years is now known to be a terrible dietary plan that actually causes weight gain rather than weight loss or healthy weight maintenance. It's not the government's fault you are overweight (it's yours!) but they certainly aren't helping matters. And now, the FDA has another new solution coming in the form of Qsymia, the newest FDA approved prescription weight loss drug.

What is Qsymia

Qsymia is a prescription weight loss drug that works to trigger pathways in your brain to prevent you from overeating. We don't want to get to scientific, but it's basically a combination of phentermine and topiramate, which is used to treat epilepsy. Qsymia is designed to both suppress your appetite and keep you feeling full so you don't overeat.

Why shouldn't I take Qsymia

Let's start with the obvious. It's no better than any other weight loss pill or supplement. It's not magical, you can't overeat and lose weight. Your health is the most important thing you have. That's why you are trying to lose weight, you know it's not healthy to be obese or even overweight. So why would you subject yourself to a prescription diet pill that could possibly cause potential heart problems and birth defects? Take a look at this quote about Qnexa aka Qsymia.

"This is far from a great drug," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. "The FDA panel recommended approval of Qnexa only because the ranks of useful weight loss drugs are so thin, and desperate times call for desperate measures. Approval of Qnexa would reflect that desperation."

That is a pretty serious quote that hopefully makes you think twice about the dangers that Qsymia.

Why Qsymia and not ephedra alkaloids?

It's always interesting when you see the FDA approve a new diet pill, especially after successfully banning ephedra alkaloids, one of the only diet pills that was ever effective at actually burning fat. The FDA stated that ephedra alkaloids had to be banned due to health risks, yet they approve a drug two years after disapproving it, and it comes with potential health risks.

But you can lose a ton of weight?

One participant in the Qsymia clinical study lost 48 pounds during her first year using Qsymia. That's a great accomplishment, but it's also less than a pound lost per week. That's entirely doable without taking on the potential health risks of using a prescription drug. Not to mention, this particular participant put 20 pounds on immediately after stopping using Qsymia. That sounds familiar doesn't it? Qsymia certainly isn't something you want to take for the rest of your life, and it already shows signs of being a yo-yo situation where you lose it all, then gain it right back when you are done taking it.

Do we just want you to buy ephedra?

Nope. Read "The truth about diet pills." We don't care if you never take another diet pill as long as you live. We readily admit that you don't NEED diet pills to lose weight. We want you to eat healthy and exercise so you can be healthy enough to chase your kids around the playground. We just think that certain diet pills can actually increase your ability to lose weight faster. We think the ingredients in something like Green Stinger offer all the benefits of Qsymia and probably more. Green Stinger has hoodia that acts as an appetite suppressant, along with ephedra and caffeine that boost your metabolism and energy levels.


JT Hart is a regular contributor to Ephedra Outlet. He is a confused individual that spends his time enjoying good beer and food while also competing in triathlons and obstacle races. He manages to stay in good shape by being smart about his exercise and even smarter about his eating. He also loves to travel and all things sports. Follow him on Google+