Appetite Control: 4 Simple Strategies

Ever wonder why some people eat more than others? And why do we, at times, eat more than we should, even to the point of stomach discomfort? The answer lies in a simple word, “appetite”, which can be defined as follows:

Appetite: A desire (longing, craving, felt need) for a food or drink. Any motivation to consume a food or drink that contains calories.

In fact, appetite is the primary enemy of dieters. And, it shows up at just the wrong moment. We may be perfectly content until we walk by some heavenly smelling freshly baked bread or until someone offers us our favorite cookie or some other sweet treat. Or, we may be fine until a co-worker or employer makes another “comment” that adds to an already stressful day.

Avoiding “Early Death” with 3 Simple Strategies!

Avoiding "Early Death" with 3 Simple Strategies!

My first “real job” as a physician was working in a busy emergency room where patients were regularly transported when they were at or near “death”.  I saw fast deaths, slow deaths, natural deaths, violent deaths, intentional deaths, and, most disturbingly, very unnecessary and unwanted “early” deaths. Most of these early deaths were caused by what I call “The Deadly 4”.  These 4 common killers include heart disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and brain disease (stroke and Alzheimer’s).

Sugar Calories: Easy to Eat, Hard to Burn!


Ever notice how children (and adults) LOVE their sweet treats? Sweets can be a fantastic motivator! “Clean your room, and I’ll give you a piece of candy.” Or, “Stop fighting with your sister, and you can have some ice cream.” For us adults, there is a reason every gas station now dispenses as much sugar as gasoline (sodas, candy, chocolate, cookies, cakes, ice cream, and more)! Americans love their sugar!

22 Surprising “Side Effects” of Weight Loss…

Today’s post is an update to a previously published article from October 2013. Dr. Tague has updated the content to reflect the latest recommendations for optimum health and wellness.

Not only does weight loss feel great and look great, it has other amazing “side effects”, and likely ones that you have not considered. In fact, the side effects from weight loss are so life-changing and positive, once you read them, you’ll be more convinced than ever that losing excess body weight is simply the right thing to do!

Medications for things like high cholesterol and high blood pressure are often needed in those who are overweight. Consider some examples of side effects from these common medications:

  1. Women using calcium channel blockers to lower blood pressure for 10 years have a 150% increased risk of breast cancer. JAMA Internal Medicine Journal (Aug 5, 2013).
  2. Beta-blockers, such as propranolol or atenolol, used for blood pressure, slow the metabolism about 186 calories per day, causing weight gain (up to 18 lbs per year!) and fatigue, which can devastate one’s quality of life.
  3. Common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, Celebrex, and others, often used for joint pain, have an FDA warning now due to a 30% to 100% increase in the risk of heart attack and stroke. The risk can begin immediately after the first dose. Journal Watch General Medicine (Ded 29, 2011).
  4. The “water pill” hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) for blood pressure increases blood sugars and can trigger diabetes.
  5. Common statin medications for cholesterol can increase blood sugars, impair muscle function, and cause memory problems and severe body aches.

Not great news on the medication front…. With that background information, however, you can imagine how rewarding it is to help patients discontinue or avoid these problem prescriptions by simply losing weight. Medical experts now agree that excess body weight is a potentially life-threatening disease with many negative health effects. Weight gain too often causes serious health problems that result in more medications that have more side effects! The good news is that through weight loss, you can achieve an almost endless number of POSITIVE “Side Effects”!

Consider this undeniable fact about unwanted weight gain:

Obesity is a disease that no one wants, no one deserves and is a tremendous “bother” to those affected each and every day!

  • Personal self-esteem suffers
  • Activities are more difficult
  • Clothes no longer fit
  • Self-confidence when interacting with others dwindles
  • Overall quality of life is just not at its full potential

Further, as a physician supporting those struggling with their weight, I’ve seen first hand the devastating medical consequences that often occur. However, weight loss often has transformational health benefits. Here are 22 of those surprising, transformational “side effects” of weight loss:

Maintaining Normal Weight Compared To Excess Body Fat:

  1. Heart Disease: Slash the risk of heart attack and heart disease death by half!
  2. Cancer: Reduce the risk of cancer by 45%, including breast, prostate, colon, others…
  3. Stroke: 80% greater risk of stroke if obese compared to normal weight
  4. Dementia: 80% greater risk of dementia if obese, also smaller brain size if obese
  5. Diabetes Type 2: 90% of cases occur in those who are overweight, conversely, a 22 lb weight loss restores 35% of the shortened life expectancy
  6. Fatigue: Excess weight is almost always associated with less energy
  7. High Blood Pressure: 550% increased risk if obese, weight loss helps!
  8. High Cholesterol: Each 20 lbs of weight gain raises cholesterol by 10%
  9. Osteoarthritis: Joint pain increases 54% with a 23 lb weight gain
  10. Sleep Apnea: Weight loss is the best treatment and many are “healed” by losing 30-50 lbs
  11. Asthma: 100% increase in risk if obese
  12. Sexual Dysfunction: Erectile dysfunction, low T, female sexual dysfunction, low libido are more common with obesity
  13. Gallstones: Risk drops about 1% for each pound of weight loss
  14. Depression and/or Anxiety: Present in over half of those with obesity
  15. Parkinson’s Disease: 200% increased risk if obese compared to normal weight
  16. Low Self-Esteem: Opportunities for jobs, promotions, colleges, housing, relationships are limited if obese, and bullying is common towards obese children
  17. Physical Activity: Unwanted limits on pleasure activities if obese
  18. Medical Costs: $1,426 lower medical expenses per year if normal weight vs obese
  19. Fatty Liver: 10% weight gain increases fat deposits in the liver by 100%
  20. Motor Vehicle Accident Death Risk: 89% higher risk if obese (more weight causes greater trauma in collisions)
  21. Sudden Death: Obese individuals have a 40 times higher rate of unexplained sudden death
  22. Life Expectancy of Children: Obese children are twice as likely to die by age 55 compared to normal weight children

The health impact from being overweight is painful, expensive, pleasure-limiting, quality of life-limiting and, at times, deadly! When we look at the positive benefits from weight loss, it becomes quite clear that everyone should pursue and maintain a healthy (or healthier) body weight. It is simply the right thing to do.

Determining the effective tools and strategies to achieve this, one person at time, typically requires a personalized medical approach and it’s my professional passion. If you are in the danger zone of overweight by having gained 20 lbs or more as an adult and are currently struggling to get control, get the assistance necessary for success. Your health, quality of life, and length of life are worth it!

For Optimum Health,

Rick R. Tague, M.D., M.P.H. & T.M.

Choosing a Weight Loss Plan

I overheard a revealing father to son comment while eating out recently. The family of 3 was seated at the table right next to me. Sadly, both parents were overweight by 40+ pounds, as was the 20 year old son. The father, speaking wisdom, commented, “Son, be very careful to protect your health, or you will end up with problems. Look at me…”

“I’ve just got to lose 40 pounds!”

Optimum Health: Two Prerequisites

You are reading this because you are a “seeker” of Optimum Health. In fact, you and I have a common goal, and that goal is to…

“Achieve and Maintain YOUR Optimum Health!”

I use the term “Optimum Health” frequently. After all, health matters. And when it comes to something as important as your health, mediocrity and compromise have no place. Your Optimum Health is an extremely valuable goal that we share in common, but how can we know if we’re experiencing Optimum Health?

Energy Plus: 3 Reasons It’s #1

When I formulated Energy Plus in 2013, little did I know that it would quickly become our most popular nutritional supplement! Americans want and need more energy! External forces are draining us of energy like never before. In my 30 year career, I’ve never had so many patients with excessive fatigue. It’s understandable…

Dr. Tague's Energy Plus