These stories are of actual patients and are presented for illustrative purposes only. Individual results will vary.


Weight loss has been a life-long struggle for me. It's always been one of those things that was there and never went away. Working two jobs, one at night as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, hasn’t helped the situation. With my coworkers constantly bringing food into work, I was surrounded by temptation and tended to feel hungry, even if I had just eaten.

Initially, I wanted to lose weight to be like everyone else. However, as I started getting older, that stopped being the focus. I started noticing other family members getting older and the health challenges they began facing because of their weight. While those health problems hadn’t necessarily affected me yet, I became very worried that I would soon be one of those people.

Despite being active and trying all kinds of diets, I couldn’t reach my weight loss goal. When I reached 320 pounds, I decided to talk to my doctor. Having been an active person throughout my life, I imagined all the things I could accomplish once I had lost the weight. I wanted to be able to keep up with other active people and not be held back by my weight anymore. I decided to have weight loss surgery and saw immediate results, however last year the excess weight started creeping back. Feeling frustrated and defeated, I took control and spoke with my surgeon who referred me to a nurse practitioner.

After consulting with my nurse practitioner, we decided that it was time to try a weight loss medication that, in combination with healthy habits such as diet and exercise, would help me lose the weight while fitting in my busy lifestyle. Ultimately, we decided to try BELVIQ®, an FDA-approved weight loss medication that helps patients lose weight and keep it off when combined with diet and exercise.

Since starting BELVIQ®, I have gradually lost some weight over the course of a few months. I've definitely seen improvements in my eating habits, especially in difficult situations at work. Now that I have BELVIQ®, I notice that I won't eat if I'm not hungry; I'm much more conscious of those decisions day to day.

Although there is not just one answer for people like myself who are trying to lose weight, BELVIQ has given me the ability to keep making the progress that I want to make on my weight loss journey. I am much more confident and committed to a healthier lifestyle. I strongly encourage people struggling to lose weight to talk to their doctor to see if BELVIQ may be right for you.

"I have always tried to find a way to lose weight so that it would not be the central focus in my life."