Many people, trying to shed those extra pounds, very often use for these purposes drugs designed to solve completely different problems. The reviews that used metformin for weight loss are, in most cases, positive, but the intake of this drug has a lot of features.
What is glyukofazh?
Metformin hydrochloride has another name – glucofaz. This drug from the biguanide class is intended for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. It is produced in the form of coated tablets.
The main effect of this drug is the elimination / inhibition of gluconeogenesis in the liver of a sick person, a decrease in the absorbability of glucose in housing and utilities and a decrease in cholesterol concentration. But in the absence of insulin in human blood, the medicine has no effect.
Why is this medicine chosen as a fat burner? The fact is that metformin does not allow our body to convert stored energy into fat. Therefore, glucofage is a favorite means of athletes for quick weight loss. The mechanism of action of this drug for weight loss is very simple:
- It accelerates the oxidation of fatty acids;
- Reduces the rate of assimilation of carbohydrates in utilities;
- It helps to improve the consumption of glucose by muscle tissue;
- Reduces insulin production, resulting in a lack of hunger;
- Reduces or normalizes body weight.
Before starting this drug, you should be familiar with side effects and contraindications.
Contraindications and side effects
The drug “Metformin” is not officially allowed by doctors to receive healthy people as a means for losing weight. Although the drug is considered to be absolutely harmless, it has contraindications:
- Type 1 diabetes;
- Lack of insulin in type 2 diabetics;
- Renal failure;
- Acute period of myocardial infarction;
- Acute complications of diabetes;
- Heart failure;
- Pulmonary insufficiency and other severe lung diseases;
- Disruption of the liver;
- Serious infectious diseases, the postoperative period, severe injuries;
- Chronic alcoholism;
- Low calorie diets;
- Abnormalities in the kidneys.
As you can see there are a lot of contraindications, so before starting a course of weight loss, you should consult with your doctor and be examined.
In the first days of taking it is advisable to listen more closely to your body, so as not to miss the alarming symptoms, if any. What you should pay attention to:
- Nausea, vomiting;
- The appearance in the mouth of metallic taste;
- Loss of appetite;
- Stomach ache;
- Skin eruption;
- Lactic acidosis
Usually, all symptoms disappear after several days of regular use of the drug and are not considered dangerous. If in doubt, it is necessary to reduce the dosage or stop taking, but it is best to immediately seek medical help. The most dangerous side effect is lactacidosis – an increase in the level of lactic acid in the body and its incorrect exchange. The main symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, weakness, rapid breathing and even loss of consciousness. When these symptoms occur, a doctor is urgently needed.
Now consider how this drug is taken to get the desired effect.
Dosage and administration of metformin
Before using metformin, for starters, you should clarify one simple truth: “Glucophage does not burn fat, but helps, with proper nutrition, expend fat deposits, instead of muscle tissue!”. Therefore, while taking this drug, you will have to give up some products:
- Candy, dried fruit, bananas, cough drops – everything where sugar is present (fast carbohydrates);
- Instant cereals, pasta, potatoes, white rice;
- Without sports, the daily ration should not exceed 1200 Kcal.
During this period, it is recommended to eat buckwheat, lentils and rice, vegetables (except carrots and beets) and meat. Unlike the “drying” diet, there is no ban on the use of salt and the exact amount of food eaten.
Typically, tablets are prescribed 500 mg 2 times daily before meals (lunch, dinner), if this is not enough, add another 500 mg in the morning. The duration of taking this drug should not exceed 18-22 days. The next course can be started no earlier than in a month. It is recommended in the process of losing weight to go in for sports systematically, it will speed up the effect of the medicine, and those extra pounds will be processed faster.
Lose weight or not?
The person should make this decision independently, but it should be remembered that this drug is not suitable for those who have diseases that are listed in contraindications. The drug itself does not burn anything, but only increases the effectiveness of the diet. If willpower is enough, why use some kind of medicine?
Probably the most unpleasant side effect of these pills is bloating and diarrhea. Of course, you can reduce the consumption of carbohydrates and reduce daily portions of porridge, but a low-carbohydrate diet, on the contrary, can cause constipation. As a result, a person while taking glucofaz will not think about diet and sports exercises, but about problems with the intestines.
Among doctors, there is still no single opinion about the dangers or benefits of this tool in the process of losing weight. Many consider that it is useful and specially prescribe it to healthy people with excess weight for its normalization. Others believe that the pills more harm than good. Studies are being carried out now, but they only prove that the problem of taking metformin for weight loss must be solved in each case individually, with the attending physician.
Feedback and results
- Elena 45 years:
I was advised by the doctor to use glucofage for weight loss. At the moment, passed 2 courses, weight loss is 15 kg. I am satisfied with the result, now I am holding myself “in my hands”.
Personally, this method did not suit me, there were problems with the intestines, and nausea did not disappear even after dose reduction, I had to interrupt the course. No more trying.
In principle, the same effect as from the diet, just with metformin, the process goes a little faster. She didn’t play sports, but she walked 3 km every day, also sport, the result is minus 7 kg for one course.