What Are “Diet Foods” Anyway?

By Dr. Rick Tague

The marketplace is full of seemingly “healthy” food options for those trying to watch their weight and health.  But what do these products really offer us, if anything?

Don’t be deceived by terms such as reduced calorie, reduced fat, low fat, light, lite, diet, fat-free, or low-calorie.  These terms may or may not have significance in terms of your actual health.

I took my teenage children to the grand opening of a new frozen yogurt business in Topeka this summer.  I was pleased that they had the option of having just berries, walnuts, almonds, etc.  My 16 year old, who is likewise health conscious, was pleased to see that they had “fat-free” options on their yogurt.  Jamie was feeling good that she could choose a “healthier” option as well.

Vitamins & Supplements: Are They Good For Us?

By Dr. Rick Tague

You may have seen the above recent headline in the news.  The correct answer is a definite “Yes or No!”  Most vitamin formulas are 10-20 years out of date and unfortunately put well-meaning vitamin takers at unnecessary risk!  Further, many supplement consumers are not well informed on what their specific needs are for nutrient supplementation, resulting in bad decisions on what to take.  It is no wonder that research shows that some consumers put themselves at increased risk, even though their motive is to lower risk of disease!

Burning Fat vs. Muscle Loss

By Dr. Rick Tague

Any number of fad diets promise quick and easy weight loss. A pound of body fat has 3,500 calories. On average, women tend to burn about 1,800 calories per day, men about 2,800. If you’re dieting on your own, it’s recommended you lose no more than a pound or two a week; someone who is significantly overweight and on a medically supervised program might lose three to four pounds a week, depending on gender. If you’re losing more weight a week than that, odds are good you’re losing not just fat but muscle. YOU DON’T WANT YOUR WEIGHT LOSS TO BE FROM MUSCLE! Muscle is one of the most metabolically active tissues in your body! Studies show diets with higher protein and reduced carbohydrates enhance weight loss due to a higher loss of body fat and reduced loss of muscle. Dr. Tague’s Nutrition Solutions program addresses this key to weight loss by using high quality meal replacements that control protein content and content of other vital nutrients that affect the metabolism and energy level of dieters.

Body, Soul and Spirit

By Dr. Rick Tague

Are you seeking complete health?  How do you vision success?  What is your health philosophy?  What are your health motivators?

Whatever your current motivation, improved physical health will generally not occur easily or be maintained unless it is accompanied by good psychological and emotional health (the soul). As a physician with an analytical nature, Dr. Tague is convinced that there is a very important non-physical aspect to man and woman that makes us who we are and must be recognized and discussed if we are to seek after complete health for our whole being.