Patients regained weight after stopping Eli Lily’s weight loss drug: Study

One thing we can clearly tell you from a distance is that it is never a good idea to either do a surgery or even take drugs when it comes to weight loss because they are going to harm you in one way or the other. For example, if you are talking about weight loss surgeries then we know that it will greatly reduce your appetite which means that you will not be able to eat to the full extent forever once your surgery is done. In terms of taking the medication to reduce weight, it is clear that once you stop taking those drugs then you will start to increase your weight because when you were taking the drugs your appetite was less but it will become normal a few days after you stop taking them.

While we did not need a study for that, there was a study regarding this and that is exactly what was found in this research. Patients who lost weight and were taking the Eli Lily weight loss drug named Zepbound were seen to be regaining weight once they stopped taking those drugs. The data, which represents the full results from an 88-week study funded by Eli Lilly, suggests that people have to stay on the weekly injection if they want to maintain significant weight loss. The study on Eli Lilly’s treatment showed that 670 obese patients without diabetes lost around 20% of their body weight on average after taking Zepbound for 36 weeks. Half of those patients then continued the drug for another 52 weeks, while the other half switched to a placebo for the next year.

“If you look at the magnitude of the weight gain, they gain back about half the weight they had originally lost over one year”. About 17% of those who stopped Zepbound maintained at least 80% of their original weight loss, the study said. Meanwhile, 9 in 10 of the people who continued Zepbound were able to maintain at least 80% of the weight they lost. Throughout the full 88-week study, healthcare professionals encouraged all patients to cut about 500 calories per day from their diet and exercise at least 150 minutes a week. “Patients, providers, and the public do not always understand obesity is a chronic disease that often requires ongoing treatment, which can mean that treatment is stopped once weight goals are met”.


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