It’s been revealed that obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer (after smoking), and yet 63% of UK adults are overweight, making us the most obese nation in Western Europe. Whether it’s due to a rise in processed food, a culture that does little to promote being active or a lack of education, it seems the UK as a whole need to try and live a healthier life.
If you want to lose weight but diet and exercise alone haven’t worked, then we offer effective treatments to assist you in achieving and maintaining a healthy body.
- Aids weight loss
- More effective than dieting alone
- Stops the intestines from absorbing fat
- Reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs
- Helps you to lose weight
- Lowers overall body fat
- Blocks the fat you eat and stops it being absorbed
- Aids with weight loss
- Reduces the risk of regaining weight that's been lost
Weight Loss Pills
What are weight loss tablets in the UK? On this page we feature those which are available by prescription in the UK. These powerful weight loss pills include Orlistat, Alli and Xenical.
There are pills available that allows people to, on average, lose more weight than with dieting alone. Some of these pills block fat from being absorbed by your body. You can take these pills along with your exercise and diet routine to greatly enhance your weight loss.
Orlistat is a medication used to help people lose weight. Orlistat is a prescription-only medicine in the UK. Studies have shown that Orlistat can help people lose more weight than dieting alone. The weight loss drug is intended for overweight adults ages 18 and older who also follow a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. It comes in 120mg capsules and you can buy Orlistat from UK Meds.
Xenical is a branded version of Orlistat. Like Orlistat, Xenical is also prescription only and prescribed in 120mg pills. Also like Orlistat, Xenical is a medicine used to help people lose weight. Studies have shown that Xenical can help people lose more weight than dieting alone. The weight loss drug is intended for overweight adults ages 18 and older who also follow a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. You can buy Xenical tablets at UK Meds.
Alli is the same medicine as both Orlistat and Xenical, except it is prescribed at half the dosage (60mg instead of 120mg). Because Alli is a smaller does, it can be purchased over-the-counter in the UK. Another convenient way to purchase Alli is from UK Meds, where we can ship it to your door. UK Meds has overnight shipping most days of the week. Alli is a medicine used to help people lose weight. Studies have shown that Alli can help people lose more weight than dieting alone. The weight loss drug is intended for overweight adults ages 18 and older who also follow a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. You can buy Alli from UK Meds.
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What is obesity?
The classification of obesity is based on a measurement known as your body mass index (BMI), which is calculated from your height and weight. The standard scale (used for both men and women) suggests that a healthy weight would be a BMI score between 18.5 and 24.9; anything below this is considered underweight and anything above is considered overweight. If your score is 30 or above then you would be considered obese. However, this scale offers a fairly one-dimensional approach and it’s important to consider other factors such as where any excess weight is carried.
In general, you should be able to tell by looking in the mirror if you are overweight or obese, as well as how easy or difficult you find exercise, walking up stairs and everyday tasks that require little exertion. However, people who are considered ‘healthy’ or ‘underweight’ can also be unfit, so it’s about getting as fuller picture as possible.
Although it’s not entirely black or white when working out whether you are overweight or obese, it’s important to maintain a healthy body and to lose weight if your doctor doesn’t feel that you are currently doing so. Being overweight can cause a number of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breathlessness, chest pain and increased sweating. On a more serious, long-term level, it can also cause cancer, heart disease and stroke. And it’s not just the physical detriments either; being obese can affect your self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as leading to depression and anxiety.
What causes weight gain?
Sometimes, weight gain can be very gradual to the point where it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what caused it. As a general sweeping statement, obesity or being overweight is caused by eating too much and moving too little, but there are countless sub-reasons that might lead a person to put on weight.
Binge-eating is a very common cause of obesity, where individuals eat a high amount of sugary, fatty foods then do so again when the sugar high runs out. It’s also about the frequency at which people eat, where a lot of people eat because they’re bored or because food is available, rather than because they are actually hungry. Portion size is important too; some people find that they are consistently putting on weight, even if they are eating healthy, balanced meals, which is probably because they are simply eating too much.
Exercise and being active also plays a big part in being overweight. Although at least one hour of physical exercise each day is recommended, small factors like taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking instead of driving short distances can contribute too. Because so many of us have jobs that require long hours of sitting down, it’s even more important to get the exercise in where you can.
Although it’s the act of eating too much and not exercising enough that leads to weight gain, the reason behind why can be more complicated. Many people link food with feelings, so they binge-eat when they are sad, stressed, or worried. This becomes a sort of addiction, which can be hard to break. Obesity can also be caused by certain medications and hormones. Antidepressants and the contraceptive pill can both cause weight gain, as can an underactive thyroid.
A lot of people may claim that obesity runs in their family and they could be right to a certain extent. Children of obese parents tend to become overweight themselves, although it’s not clear whether or not this is due to genetics, or because the family is likely to be eating the same foods and teaching the same bad habits.
How can I lose weight?
The most important thing when trying to lose weight is getting your diet under control. While exercising is important, it’s the food you put in your body that has the most influence. Aim to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables every day, eat protein-rich foods and opt for fibre-rich carbohydrates. Don’t deny yourself all treats but do snack a little wiser; reach for foods that you can have a lot of, without a lot of calories (like popcorn or rice cakes).
Try to create a plan that’s achievable and avoid having sugary, fatty foods in your house so that it’s easier to resist temptation. Also, remember that sometimes when your stomach is signalling it wants something, you may be thirsty, not hungry. Choose water above all else, or sugar-free fruit juice if you fancy something different.
Of course, losing weight is also about exercise so start by introducing this into your routine too. Even just 20 minutes a day can make a big difference so start small to avoid feeling overwhelmed and falling off the wagon.
If your BMI is over 30 and you’re considered obese, then you can aid your weight loss mission with help from UK Meds. Offering effective results, we stock weight loss medication that proves more beneficial than diet and exercise alone. For those who are dangerously obese, gastric band surgery is also an option but it comes with risks, scarring and a hefty price tag so it should be considered a last resort, rather than a quick fix.
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy BMI can ease your breathing, improve your confidence and reduce your risk of diabetes, cancer and heart problems. It can also lead to sagging skin and gallstones though so losing weight at a safe rate is better than aiming for immediate results. There has also been a link between weight loss and depression, which could be due to overweight people using binge-eating to mask other issues, or tying weight loss to the key to happiness (and therefore feeling unfulfilled when they achieve it). Commit to working through any emotional or psychological issues at the same time as trying to lose the weight.
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