Originally published 6/4/13, this article has been updated and reposted due to its popularity and importance for Optimum Health.
Do you have a “sluggish” metabolism? If so, it impacts you daily. After all, your metabolism is the driving force for 3 crucial aspects of life:
- Energy production from food and/or body fat
- Life functions (breathing, heart beating, and digestion)
- A strong and healthy body (brain, bones, muscles, and hair)
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.
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!
The Real Answer May Surprise You!
Have you ever met anyone who wanted to gain an excessive, unhealthy amount of weight? Of course not! In fact, excessive weight gain is one of the most unwanted of medical problems.
I love seeing people take charge of their health and weight destiny… successfully! (In one of our studies, 73 patients lost an average of 47.1 lbs in just 9 months! I love that!!!) But weight loss is not “easy”. The fact is, significant weight loss and maintenance is one of the most difficult of human undertakings. You see, we have things like stress, dangerous foods, powerful cravings, and negative influences all around us.
Study after study has confirmed the power of medically designed meal replacements to deliver weight loss. By delivering generous amounts of high quality protein and plenty of variety, they can satisfy the cravings and appetite of almost any dieter. With the ability to provide great nutrition, limit calories AND satisfy cravings, they simplify and supercharge the efforts of dieters.
Unwanted weight gain is a real bother. Gaining just 15 lbs is enough to increase one’s risk of ugly things like cancer and heart disease. A few extra pounds can also impact our appearance, our self-confidence, our energy level, and even whether or not our clothes fit. Truly, no one wants to be overweight. It can be painful, frustrating, and downright depressing!
For weight loss success, one must first WANT to lose weight. Envisioning our future with the many rewards of weight loss can be all we need to give us that added motivation to get the job done.