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Weight-loss medications

Although prescription and over-the-counter weight-loss medications are available, they don't work for everyone. And even when they do, weight loss is fairly modest at best, roughly 5% to 10% of a person's body weight. If you choose to take a weight-loss drug and you don't lose at least a pound a week in the first month of taking it, you aren't likely to benefit from continuing to take it. …

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