Ashley knew that planning ahead was the only way she could lose the weight—but it needed to be easy and not require hours of food prep on Sunday. "When I started out, weight-loss felt overwhelming," she says. So she got a kick-start from Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating, which provides calorie-counted, pre-portioned meals—21 of them per week, to be exact. "They did all the work for me, and the easier a diet is to follow, the more successful I'll be." Once that felt manageable, she eased into prepping healthy food herself, and now does it two nights each week. "I was hypertensive, obese, and at risk for diabetes in my mid-thirties," she says. All of that? Gone.
Yes, but probably not as much as you might hope. A review of studies on five major FDA-approved prescription medications for obesity, including orlistat, shows that any of them work better than a placebo for helping people lose at least 5% of their body weight over the course of a year. Phentermine-topiramate and liraglutide had the highest odds of making that happen.
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