Meet people who have lost weight and kept it off with CONTRAVE, the #1 prescribed weight-loss brand.1

“With CONTRAVE, I no longer crave my usual go-to foods. Now I’m able to eat to live, not live to eat.”

Janine's Story

Janine, a nurse, wife, and busy mom to four children, has long struggled with her weight. It began when she was in her early 20s. “I had my first child at 22 years old and then another at 25 and just couldn’t seem to keep it under control,” she says.

From that point on, Janine’s struggle continued. “I would maintain my weight loss for a while and then gain it all back,” she says.

Weight-loss diets and treatments failed her

Over the years, Janine tried a variety of diets and weight-loss programs to help her lose weight. When those diets failed to deliver the results she was hoping for, she reached out to her doctor to discuss other treatment options. She tried several weight-loss medications, but stopped because of the side effects.

Feeling sad and defeated

With little luck managing her weight, Janine’s social life and feelings of self-worth began to suffer. “I was exhausted all the time,” she says. “I never wanted to go out or meet new people because I was the fat girl. I didn’t want to go out to dinner because I didn’t want to be judged when I ate. It really decreased my self-esteem and put me down in the dumps,” she says.

Trying something new

Then one day she happened to see a photo of herself after being featured on the news. “I saw that photo and thought, ‘I’m done feeling like this,’” Janine recalls.

Janine went to her doctor again, and this time he recommended CONTRAVE, a weight-loss medication Janine had not yet considered. Taking her doctor’s advice, Janine decided to give it a try.

Getting results

Since starting CONTRAVE Janine has lost more than 10% of her body weight. “I used to get up and eat in the night, and I don’t do that anymore,” She explains, “Now, I want to make sensible decisions about what I eat and feel like I’m eating to live and not living to eat.”

Losing weight with CONTRAVE has helped Janine get back to being the confident, active person her friends and family always knew her to be. “I’ve scheduled myself to do more presentations at work because I’m not self-conscious about standing in front of my colleagues and patients anymore,” she says. “Everyone has noticed my weight loss, which has even inspired others to lose weight,” she shares. “But honestly, the most significant benefit is how I feel. I feel just fabulous!”

Individual results may vary.

“I used to huff and puff up a flight of stairs, but now that I’ve lost weight I can hike in the mountains with my son again.”

Jim's Story

As an outdoorsman, Jim enjoys traveling the world and immersing himself in nature whenever possible. But his struggle with his weight almost brought that lifestyle to an end.

One day when he was in his 40s, he went for his yearly physical before venturing out into the woods. “The nurse handed me a card that said, ‘Please stay out of the woods, we don’t want to have to save you,’” he recalls. It was the first time Jim realized he was overweight.

Finally getting motivated

Although this pivotal memory stuck with Jim, he admits it took him decades to find the motivation to lose weight. As his weight increased and he became less active, Jim recalls his family giving him grief. “You can absorb all the heckling until you finally make up your own mind.”

Finally, Jim decided he was tired of feeling lethargic and spending his time eating and watching TV. He made up his mind to dedicate himself to making healthier choices and started exercising daily and following diets aimed at cutting carbs and sugars.

Sabotaged by snacking

But even with a healthier diet and daily exercise, Jim still couldn’t control his mindless snacking. “I would tell myself I’m not going to eat and the next thing I knew I would have my head stuck in the refrigerator,” he said.

Over time, Jim noticed his habit for snacking made it difficult for him to keep the weight off, and he wasn’t achieving the weight-loss results he desired. “I was working hard to lose the weight, but I had reached a plateau and wasn’t able to break through,” he says.

A plan that finally worked

Looking for something to help him control his hunger, Jim went to his doctor, who recommended CONTRAVE. Jim says, “At this point, I really wanted to lose the weight; I was tired of being fat. So when he suggested CONTRAVE, I leaped at it,” he recalls.

Jim has lost more than 10% of his body weight since starting CONTRAVE. He says it has helped him overcome his weight-loss plateau by helping him control his impulses and cravings. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Jim says he is seeing results. “I used to huff and puff up a flight of stairs,” he reflects. “Now I go and hike mountains with my son.”

Jim encourages others struggling to lose weight to “take small steps every day in the right direction, and get smart about what you’re eating.” Overall, Jim feels happier, healthier, and more energetic. “I have a better attitude and a more positive self-image,” he says.

Individual results may vary.

“Now that I’m using Contrave, I no longer feel like snacking!”

Brooke's Story

Having competed in pageants since she was 18 years old, Brooke was always conscious of her health and diet. She continued to live a healthy lifestyle into adulthood, but two major operations in the span of five years left her struggling to lose – and keep – the weight off. “I was so disappointed in myself,” she explains, recalling her peak weight of 181 pounds at just 5’2”.

Actual patient.  Results not typical.  Weight loss in influenced by various factors, including diet and exercise.  In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive behavior modification program lost 25 pounds on average.

The Yo-Yo Effect

Brooke had previously lost 40 pounds through crash-dieting and training for a fitness competition, but like so many others who have experienced the yo-yo effect after dropping a significant amount of weight, Brooke quickly put the weight back on. “I ate through my emotions and I couldn’t stop.” In the past, difficult times would trigger emotional eating and cravings.

Finding the Right Treatment

As she continued to watch her weight fluctuate and experiment with weight-loss treatments, Brooke’s doctor expressed concern about her inability to keep the weight off. “I feel like I need help,” she finally confessed under tears.

That’s when her doctor recommended she start treatment with Contrave®.

Since beginning treatment in July 2015, Brooke has lost – and kept off – more than 10% of her body weight. “I no longer feel like snacking!”

Life with Contrave

Brooke is now focusing on eating a healthier diet and controlling her portion sizes. Her BMI is back in the normal range and she is getting closer to her weight-loss goal. “I go to buy clothes in smaller sizes, which I haven’t been able to do in years!” Brooke says with a smile. Friends and family have also taken notice, often commenting on her lasting results.

Cravings curbed, Brooke feels she is back in control and able to focus on the things she is passionate about, such as volunteering, participating in pageants and using her public platform to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. Brooke also looks forward to spending more time with her husband and son in Lake Tahoe, continuing to build her photography business, and writing for her blog.

Individual results may vary.

“I no longer feel like I need to eat that extra piece of cake.”

Katina’s Story

For the past 20 years Katina has been fighting to take control of her weight. Since her teenage years, her emotional eating had been triggered by feelings of stress or anxiety. “I kept trying to lose the weight, but just got stuck.”

Katina is an actual patient who diets and is an active runner. Her results are not typical. Individual results will vary. In one study, patients who took CONTRAVE for a full year and participated in an intensive behavior modification program lost 25 lbs on average.

A Friend’s Inspiration

After seeing a friend’s success with Contrave®, Katina decided to speak with her doctor. Together, they decided she would be an appropriate candidate for the medicine. Since starting Contrave, Katina has lost more than 20% of her body weight over the course of the past year. “I am just amazed, I no longer feel like I need to eat that extra piece of cake.”

A New Lifestyle

In addition to Contrave, Katina also diets and is an active runner. Even after a knee replacement and a doctor telling her that she would most likely never run again, Katina has participated in multiple races and is currently training for a half marathon. She joins fellow colleagues once a week to play recreational soccer and uses fitness apps and wearable devices to help her track meals, workouts, and progress towards meeting her fitness goals. “It’s not a magic pill, but it does provide support,” Katina says of Contrave. “I still diet and exercise, and think it is important to measure your success to keep yourself on track.”

Since her weight loss, her husband said she is the happiest he has ever seen her.  “(My weight loss) has definitely changed my perspective on my health,” Katina explains with a smile.

Katina recently went on vacation with her husband and two children to Colorado. As a result of her weight-loss with CONTRAVE, combined with diet and exercise, she was able to join her family as they went hiking in the park and tubing down the river. She enjoys spending moments like these with her family and friends.

Individual results may vary.

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