With 32% fat, a 260 pounder has 83.2 pounds of body fat and 176.8 pounds of lean mass. It's very common to lose 4 - 5 pounds in the first week on nearly any diet and exercise program and sometimes even more on low carb diets.
Where did your weight loss come from? Did you lose body fat or lean body mass?
"Weight" is not the same as "fat." Weight includes muscle, bone, internal organs as well as lots and lots of water.
Adverse health events for these pharmaceuticals include heart or blood pressure problems and strokes, as well a range of less serious complaints. In extreme cases, both prescription-only and non-prescription pills can cause life-threatening conditions.
However, you must become aware of some serious problems that can occur if you try to force it and lose weight too quickly. The faster you lose weight, the more muscle you will lose with the fat, and that can really mess up your metabolism.
But the small print often tells a different story - either that users should follow a calorie-controlled diet, or only eat at certain times of the day, or stop eating certain high-calorie foods, or some combination of all three.
In short, relying on pills for weight control can mess up your body and your mind.
The Small Print Says It All.
Advertisements and infomercials for diet pills are dominated by headlines like: "Effortless Weight Loss" or "Lose Weight While You Sleep!" and so on.
Total annual weight reduction tends to be in the range 8-20 pounds. Which makes it difficult to ascertain the precise effect of the medication itself.
One client - a former annual weight loss winner with one of the major dieting companies - had been fed deliberately with pills in order to achieve the weight reduction that the organization required.
Just remember, its NOT all fat - It's water!
The best advice you will EVER get is to focus on losing fat, not losing weight. For home self-testing, I recommend the Accu measure as first choice.
In my 20-odd years of dealing with overweight individuals and their families, I have yet to hear of anyone who achieved and maintained any significant weight loss by using pills.