By Dr. Rick Tague
Did you know that being overweight is a disorder? In some ways, it is caused by our fat cells. If you’ve lost weight only to regain it, you know first hand the difficult struggle against “hungry” fat cells.
Our bodies have millions of these small cells scattered throughout our bodies. If they receive the wrong message from our genetics, chemicals in the environment, certain medications, stress hormones, etc, they take on a life of their own and demand more food calories.
If we don’t eat enough to keep them quiet, they let our brains know by signaling with reduced leptin output to our brain, a chemical that tells our brain we are full—stop eating!
This “chemical warfare” is nearly impossible to manage with “self-control”. By adjusting your biochemistry with vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, and sometimes medications, we can control the signals and limit overeating to take the struggle out of dieting.