Is Contrave really a miracle weight loss medication?
Well, it is a newer weight loss medication but it's far from perfect.
This particular medication helps people lose weight by influencing certain factors in the body ranging from hormonal control to appetite modulation.
Because of this certain people stand to benefit more from using this medication than others.
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Saxenda might be one of the best weight loss medications that exists on the market right now.
But just because it might work doesn't mean it's necessarily right for your body.
Saxenda works because it alters many hormone systems in your body that tend to interfere with your appetite, metabolism and even other hormones.
In this post I will walk you through how Saxenda helps with weight loss and who should consider using this new medication.
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Increased weight loss, improved bone density, increase balance and blood flow...
These are just some of the benefits of using a whole body vibration machine.
But maybe you are wondering:
Are these benefits too good to be true?
How can I get these results?
Will it work for me?
If so, which whole body vibration machine is the best?
These are exactly the questions we are going to answer today.
This article will give you the scientific overview including how and why I use vibration therapy in certain patients for an added boost to weight loss and other treatments.
But I need to be honest with you and say this right away:
The whole body vibration machine is NOT a miracle weight loss or quick weight loss gimmick. By itself it will most likely NOT lead to significant weight loss or improve all of your symptoms.
If you are looking for a quick fix, miracle weight loss cure this is not it.
But if you are looking to augment your weight loss results, if you are ready to make changes to your health and want to understand how the whole body vibration machine can make your work outs far more efficient and effective then this is the information you are looking for...
If you want to skip the science and the talk you can find my recommendation here (but read below to see how I recommend you use it). Continue reading
Are you thinking about doing the HCG diet for weight loss?
If so you are probably wondering...
Is the HCG Diet safe?
Will it harm my metabolism?
Will it cause thyroid damage or make my thyroid function worse?
And you are right to ask these questions before you undergo the treatment!
The truth is that the HCG diet CAN cause damage to both your metabolism and your thyroid function and I will explain it in this post.
As a physician I've had the advantage of treating patients before, during and after undergoing the HCG diet.
I know that so many of you out there are desperate to lose weight and you'll basically do anything to get there, but let me tell you this:
There is a better way to lose weight and it has nothing to do with the HCG diet and I will explain more about this in the post as well.
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[Unlock stubborn fat cells by hacking your cellular biochemistry]
This post highlights some of my recommended weight loss supplements found in my weight loss guide which you can get for free by signing up to get email updates..
These supplements are intended to be used with diet, exercise and stress reduction techniques for optimal results...
Whether you’ve taken vitamins or supplements in the past there are some things you should know on how they really help you break the barrier of weight loss to get the results you deserve.
Nowadays it’s actually really difficult to get the required amount of nutrients from food. This is from a variety of reasons...
1. The depletion of nutrients in the soil.
2. The time required for storage and transportation of our food from the farm to the grocery store.
3. The changes in genetics in plants over time and the increased stress from the world we live in.
All of these things in combination make it nearly impossible to get the vitamins and minerals we need from diet alone. (1)
The science is very clear on the matter, in fact a quote from this study (2) suggests ”Inadequate intake of several vitamins has been linked to chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis”.
The truth is that most physicians you see regularly (your family practice doctor or internist) just weren’t trained on how to properly prescribe nutrients for medical problems. But, the fact that they aren’t educated on the matter does not mean that they aren’t useful and can, in many cases, help prevent and reverse disease!
This view on supplements has been changing over the last decade or so. It’s not uncommon to see cardiologists who recommend fish oil and coenzyme Q10. Gastroenterologists are recommending probiotics and fecal microbiota transplant therapy and obstetricians have always recommended prenatal vitamins, which have been shown to reduce neural tube defects in the developing fetus. (3)
The Standard American Diet has caused a confusing paradox in that most overweight people are actually severely malnourished.
The diet of highly processed, high sugar, high calorie foods actually contain very little nutrients. Couple this with the inflammation they cause and you can see how it would be difficult for the body to cope with increased levels of inflammation and decreased antioxidants.
This causes a vicious cycle putting obese people at increased risk for chronic disease while simultaneously increasing their demand for nutrients...
You can think of obesity using this analogy - imagine a scenario where a tank truck hauling gas runs out of fuel on the highway. In this scenario the tank truck has a virtually endless supply of gas that it’s hauling, but it’s unable to access the fuel.
This scenario is exactly what is happening in your body when you are obese. Your fat cells (your huge tank of fuel) isn't available for energy burning due to the changes that happen at the cellular level from increased consumption of carbohydrates and sugars.
By using the right supplements it's like hooking up the huge gas tank to the little gas tank for an endless supply of energy.
Supplements help to reduce insulin resistance and obesity by working via two primary mechanisms:
By manipulating these mechanics its possible to significantly change your biochemistry and correct metabolic imbalances, improve insulin function, balance blood sugar and reduce overall inflammation.
Before you buy ANY supplements, whether it be for weight loss or joint pain you need to know a couple of facts that will help you get the best bang for your buck.
The supplement industry is not as well regulated as the pharmaceutical industry.
When you pick up a medication from your pharmacist you exactly what you are getting, and you should feel very confident about this because the FDA heavily regulates it. The same isn’t true for the supplement industry which can make it difficult for the average consumer.
Cheap supplements that are purchased from local drug stores may have any or all of the following problems:
High quality supplements, especially when purchased from a Physician’s office, can be a critical part of the healing process. I frequently recommend high quality nutritional supplements to my patients and obtain fantastic results. I feel confident recommending certain brands because they have gone through great lengths to ensure a consistent, high quality nutrient in every product.
Whether you decide to use the brands I recommend or not, be sure to check your suppliers source for quality and stay away from anything that sounds too good to be true. High quality nutrients have been shown to be effective in treating insulin resistance and obesity. (4)
I’ve compiled a list of nutritional supplements that have been proven by scientific studies to either reduce hemoglobin A1C or promote weight loss. The Hemoglobin A1C (Hgb A1c for short) is a 3 month measure of the average amount of blood sugar in your body. It serves as a good tool for measuring effectiveness of weight loss supplements because elevated blood sugar causes increase in insulin (recall from this post that elevated insulin is what causes you to get fat).
Here is my recommended list of supplements that will help you lose weight and bust belly fat:
You are welcome to find these supplements from any vendor you choose but please know by doing this you may be saving money but sacrificing results. When it comes to supplements you tend to get what you pay for...
I have personally used these brands on my patients and have achieved great results. These brands consistently create high quality supplements:
1. Purelean pack - This pack contains 7 different supplements in a package. It contains chromium, alpha-lipoic acid, cinnamon, magnesium, green tea, and vitamin D3. I consider this the basic "multivitamin" for weight loss. I typically recommend this entire package for 1-2 months depending on the individual.
2. Probiotic defense - This is a very cheap yet effective probiotic filled with soil based organisms. Soil based organisms are heat resistant and sturdier than other probiotics making them more likely to survive the acidic environment of your stomach and make it down to the colon. If you choose a non soil based probiotic aim for > 30 billion CFU's of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
3. Wellbetx PGX plus mulberry - Take 2-6 capsules prior to a meal with a large glass of filtered water. The glucomannan in this supplement will expand and help you feel full before you eat. It will also provide the beneficial bacteria in your colon some much needed food, acting as a prebiotic in addition to an appetite suppressant.
4. Berberine - This supplement is one of my personal favorites. It helps with cholesterol, blood sugar control and weight loss. It activates an enzyme called AMP kinase which helps burn fat for energy, build mitochondria, and sensitize the body to insulin.
5. Vitamin D3/K2 combo - I always recommend vitamin K2 with D3 because of their synergistic effects.Vitamin K2 helps shuttle calcium from the arteries and blood vessels to your bones where you want it to be.
6. Optimetabolix - I recommend using one scoop instead of the recommended 2 scoops in a high protein, high fat smoothie for breakfast.
Several other issues can cause you to gain weight but may not be targeted with the supplements I listed above.
If you have a problem with stress then you will need my basic supplements plus daily stress reduction techniques like meditation, yoga or stretching to help reduce your cortisol levels.
If you have an issue with your thyroid you may need thyroid support supplements and ultimately you may need bioidentical hormone therapy to kick your metabolism back on.
Adrenal fatigue can also cause you to gain weight and feel like crap.
This personalized approach helps explain why it seems you have friends that try very strange dieting fads or cleanses that really help them lose weight but do nothing for you! You have to dial in to your specific issues to get results.
If you are having trouble finding your specific issue, or you need hormone replacement then you would benefit from seeing a functional medicine practitioner in person.
By repleting the critical nutrients, vitamins and minerals required in multiple cellular pathways in your body you will help burn fat and regulate your metabolism. Even better you will find that many other chronic conditions may simply vanish (abdominal issues, fatigue, decreased energy, brain fog, etc.)
Now it's your turn - What supplements have you been using? Which do you find work the best for you and why? Which supplements DIDN'T work for you?
References and citations:
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(2) Fairfield, Kathleen M, and Robert H Fletcher. "Vitamins for chronic disease prevention in adults: scientific review." Jama 287.23 (2002): 3116-3126.
(3) Wolff, Tracy et al. "Folic acid supplementation for the prevention of neural tube defects: an update of the evidence for the US Preventive Services Task Force." Annals of Internal Medicine 150.9 (2009): 632-639.
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When treating any medical condition it is absolutely essential to understand the basic physiology or reasons why it occurs. That means you have to be asking the right questions in order to get the right answers.
When it comes to obesity conventional medicine hasn’t been asking any questions in over 40 years. If you are overweight and go to your doctor you will get the same advice: eat less and exercise more, the so-called ‘calories in, calories out’ model. The problem is this: patients have been following their advice and as a result they are more sick than they have ever been: