Everyday in the news there is a story about the latest fad diet, weight loss medication, or herbal supplement that guarantees you will lose weight. If there was a magic pill or diet that actually worked I think we would all know about it by now. Some people are born with a slow metabolism and have tried their entire life to lose weight. Others put on extra weight after a pregnancy, surgery, illness or injury and have had trouble taking it off. Some have slowly gained weight overtime and don’t understand why. Here are some things everyone should be aware of when trying to lose the extra pounds.
First of all, find out if there is an underlying medical condition causing you to gain weight or make losing weight difficult. Some conditions include but are not limited to thyroid disease, pituitary and hypothalamus disorders, PCOS, adrenal conditions, insulin resistance, genetic polymorphisms in genes regulating appetite and metabolism, medication use, leptin deficiency and more. Menopause and the male equivalent, andropause, create hormonal imbalances that change metabolism. Tests should be run to determine if these conditions exists.
There is no magic pill. Be very careful when it comes to supplements that promise weight loss. These often are temporary fixes, meaning they are a stimulant that suppresses the appetite but can have long lasting detrimental affects to your health. These products contain herbs that either have caffeine in them or are natural stimulants. Also, they can interact with other herbs and medications.
Dr. Marchese offers a unique approach to weight loss by looking for an underlying cause or connection that has yet to be uncovered. By addressing all aspects of metabolism, hormones and health people seems to have better success. Treating the whole person individually in the goal of care. Nutrition and lifestyle changes and support are also an important part of weight management and Dr. Marchese is skilled in guidng patients through these plans.