Weight loss pills vs diet & exercise – what works best?

With many diet drugs in circulation within the country, some of which are actually unapproved by the medical bodies in Kenya, the debate is on whether diet pills as opposed to exercise and a healthy diet, is the answer to the so-called “obesity epidemic”. The latest statistics show that in Kenya, the prevalence of obesity is 60.3% among urban residents and 19.5% among rural residents. There is a higher risk of obesity among women in urban areas of Kenya which is associated with increased consumption of high-calorie, high-fat diets, it’s no wonder that the demand for diet drugs is on the rise.

And while popping a pill seems easier than sweating it out at the gym, remember that exercise offers plenty of health benefits regardless of whether you lose weight. And for those who believe diet pills are a shortcut to weight loss, the expected weight loss of 3-10% of body weight falls far short of most self-selected goal weights.

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Keep in mind too, that maintaining that presumed ideal weight most likely means popping a pill daily for the rest of your life. Considering that all the other diet pills approved for use have been pulled off the market due to dangerous side effects that only showed themselves after extended use, you have to weigh risk vs benefit.

Compare that to exercise which confers little risk but lots of benefits and you know which side of the debate I sit on. Frequently checking your body’s vital signs will also help you know to what extent the exercise is helping. You can now buy such medical tests and wellness packages online or even book for nutritionists and other specialists.

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