Recently, Weight Loss Bach Mai Hospital’s Poison Control Center has successfully treated a case of shortness of breath, coma, convulsions, brain damage… after drinking a food called “weight loss coffee”.
1. Almost lost my life because of losing weight the wrong way
The poison control center of Bach Mai Hospital has just received an emergency case of difficulty breathing, coma, convulsions, and brain damage. After drinking a type of “weight loss coffee”. Fortunately, after nearly 2 weeks of treatment, the patient has passed the critical condition, and his health is more stable. It is known that the inspection results showed that the floating weight loss coffee used by the patient contained the poison Sibutramine, which is an active ingredient that has been banned by the Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health according to Official Letter No. 5149/QLD -CL on April 14, 2011, due to unwanted effects.
This is just one of many emergency cases at Bach Mai Hospital’s Poison Control Center due to the use of weight loss products containing the banned substance Sibutramine.
Before that, in 2021, Ms. A (43 years old, Quang Ninh) because of her desire to lose weight, trusting online advertising, bought 2 bottles of pink Baschi weight loss pills (100% from Thai natural herbs, priced at the lowest price). 500,000 VND/box) to drink. Every night she took 2 pills with warm lemon water before going to bed and after 1 month she lost 3kg. However, at 5:00 am on January 10, 2021, Ms. A was nauseated and vomited fresh and black blood, and was taken to Mong Cai Medical Center for emergency treatment by her family.
After 6 days of treatment
After 6 days of treatment at Mong Cai Medical Center, Ms. A’s condition did not improve. She was transferred to the Poison Control Center at Bach Mai Hospital on January 18, 2021. In addition to not eating or drinking anything, she was receiving complete parenteral nutrition.
Endoscopy and contrast X-ray of the stomach showed stricture of the entire esophagus and stomach. From a completely healthy person with a weight of 70kg, a height of 1m60, at that time, Ms. A was only 35 kg, and her body was severely exhausted.
The patient was assigned to dilate the esophagus at the Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Center, but due to the narrow passage being too long, the technique could not be performed. The results of gastroscopy have many scars that stretch, causing narrowing of the esophageal lumen, so the endoscope cannot pass and if performed, the risk of esophageal perforation is very high. In an effort to find the best treatment for Ms. A, the doctors consulted carefully and decided to operate. The doctor had to remove the patient’s entire stomach and thoracic esophagus, then reconstruct the upper digestive tract with the right ileum. After surgery, the patient received intensive care and comprehensive care. After 3 months of hospitalization and treatment, Ms. A recovered, gained 5kg, and gradually returned to normal life.
2. Weight loss advertising products are rampant on social networks, fake and mixed
Social networks, especially on Facebook, have a lot of fast weight loss groups, most of which are private groups, with groups from a few thousand to several hundred thousand members, for example, there is a group that introduces 5kg weight loss. 12 days with a large number of participants, you can see that many people have a legitimate need to reduce body weight to beautify. However, in front of a “matrix” of products such as weight loss tea, weight loss coffee, weight loss pineapple jelly, etc., it is worth mentioning that counterfeit products mixed with real products are a risk affecting the health of consumers. the health and life of the user.
And here are some attractive advertising words, if you use weight loss coffee products, you can easily regain your beauty, confidence, and spirit with effects such as: Effectively removing excess fat quickly; Control weight, reducing the absorption of fats; Reducing the amount of fat in the blood; Mental alertness, improved thinking; Create energy for the body.
According to doctors from Bach Mai Hospital’s Poison Control Center: weight loss is a long-term process and involves metabolism in the body. If there is a need to lose weight, people should go to the Nutrition Center for advice and adjust a suitable diet in combination with exercise, which is a safe and effective weight-loss method. Absolutely do not believe in advertisements that have no scientific basis to lead to loss of money.
3. How to have a reasonable diet without absorbing too many calories?
Many people want to lose weight but have not chosen the right method and safe support products because they believe too much in advertising on social networks. Dietitians warn against the wrong methods, such as skipping breakfast or completely avoiding starches.
Dr. Nguyen Trong Hung – National Institute of Nutrition said: Fasting breakfast does not help overweight and obese people lose weight. But on the contrary, it will make them gain weight because skipping breakfast. You will have cravings and hunger. ravenous so will eat more during lunches and dinners. It is worth noting that the activities of the day are often concentrated in the morning. And less in the afternoon and evening. So the energy consumed will be accumulated without being consumed. So you are easily overweight and obese.
According to Dr. Truong Hong Son – Director of the Vietnam Institute of Applied Medicine: In the daily diet. Starch provides 2/3 of the total energy for the body. Proteins (proteins), and fats (lipids) combined provide only 1/3 of the body’s energy. Thus, if you want to lose weight, in principle, you must reduce carbs. However, because of the desire to lose weight quickly, completely eliminate starch in your daily diet, you will encounter some health risks. Reducing the amount of starch too much will make you feel exhausted, tired, dizzy, and have headaches. The reason is that starch has sugar (glucose) that provides energy for the brain to work.
Therefore, in order to have a reasonable diet. We need to practice calculating the basic needs suitable for the body and daily activities.
A balanced meal needs to have enough 4 food groups: carbohydrates (mainly from grains). Protein groups (meat, fish, eggs, milk, legumes, beans…), and substances. Fats (animal fats, vegetable oils), vitamins and minerals (vegetables, tubers, fruits…).
4. Proper exercise helps to lose weight
Diet and physical activity together play an important role in maintaining healthy body weight, shedding excess body weight or maintaining successful weight loss. Several studies have shown that inactivity is a major factor in weight gain and obesity.
To understand the effects of exercise on weight loss. It is important to understand the relationship between exercise and energy expenditure. Your body uses energy in three ways: digesting food, exercising, and maintaining bodily functions like your heart rate and breathing rate.
While dieting, the reduced calorie intake will lower your metabolic rate, which can slow down weight loss. On the other hand, exercise has been shown to increase metabolic rate, which increases calorie expenditure.
Additionally, studies have shown that combining aerobic exercise with endurance. Training can maximize fat loss and maintain muscle mass, which is essential for weight loss. Exercise is important to support a healthy metabolism and burn more calories each day.