Appetite: A desire (longing, craving) for food or drink. Having motivation to consume a food or drink that contains calories.
Americans, as a rule, are in bondage to their persistent appetites for “problem foods”. In fact, the typical American appetite is more foe than friend. Just look around to see the evidence. Americans love to eat! And the food industry capitalizes on this human weakness by offering us sweet and savory delights that are literally devastating to our health.
Why are Americans overweight?
For the first time in history, our world has more overweight people than underweight! Diseases of calorie excess, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many cancers are skyrocketing. As a result, many of us will not live as long as our parents. Simply put, our food is killing us! And once the above diseases strike, regaining health may be impossible.
Unfortunately, typical diets are not the answer. Fewer than 5% of self-dieters maintain even 1 pound of weight loss for 3 years. Research is “screaming” at us that powerful tools are urgently needed to lose weight and keep it off.
One of those “powerful tools” is professional quality meal replacements. In fact, I am so convinced of their effectiveness that I recommend them routinely. Let me state it clearly:
If you are overweight, use professional quality meal replacements to experience their 6 powerful benefits during weight loss and maintenance.
The National Institute of Health states that professional meal replacements used with physician-supervised diets are “not the same as the meal replacements you can find at grocery stores or pharmacies, which are meant to replace one or two meals a day.” Quality matters, especially when your health is at stake!
One of the most common nutrition questions I am asked is, “Dr. Tague, what do you think about sodas?” As a recovering diet cola addict myself, I sympathize with “users”. But the facts are accumulating. Be very afraid of sodas, including the diet versions. Let me explain…
One of the curiosities in America is WHY so many people are overweight. We all know that excess weight is damaging to health, self-esteem, relationships, and the pocketbook. So why don’t more people simply decide to lose weight and be done with it? After all, we’re the nation that first put a man on the moon. We are perhaps the most productive, knowledgeable, and capable group of people that has ever existed on planet earth. Yet rates of obesity have skyrocketed. On the surface, it doesn’t make sense.
Did you know that 100% of Americans, eating common American foods, are NOT getting recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals? Did you know that those same Americans who obtain the lowest amounts of vitamins and minerals gain the most weight? Both of these facts have been proven through research, and they are not going to change any time soon.
Stress… We feel it frequently, and, if we are honest, we often accidentally “invite it” into our lives. Yet one thing is certain…. no one likes stress!
I suspect you have felt unwanted stress in your life this week. Think about it… Maybe it has been every day this week? Or, perhaps you are the rare individual who has managed life so well that unwanted stress stays at a distance and peace and joy are your “norm”.
Regardless of stress in your past, know that if unmanaged stress prevails in your future it will almost assuredly take its toll on your health. In fact, I’ve seen this happen with such regularity in my patients, I’ve nicknamed stress as the health and weight loss “Terminator”. You see, stress (without a preventive plan) “terminates” optimum health and weight control through 4 relentless hormonal assaults that must be managed!
Ever experience a “consuming desire” or “yearning” for a particular food or snack? Maybe even when you absolutely “know” you are not hungry? But still, you just can’t get the thought of your favorite treat out of your mind until you indulge… If so, you have experienced what researchers call a “food craving”. Cravings for “wrong foods” (chocolate, salty snacks, crunchy treats, sweets, sodas, high fat items, pasta, etc.) are one of the most challenging and disturbing symptoms of my patients seeking weight loss. And until food cravings are controlled, meaningful long-term weight loss remains only an illusion.