Weight control must include global health initiatives.  There are many dietary supplements that promise weight loss, but weight management includes many interventions including: modification of eating behavior with positive lifestyle change, calorie control diets that are limited in simple sugar, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids, while being rich in dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil.  In addition, weight control requires aerobic exercise matched to an individual’s level of fitness.  One must understand the multi-pronged approach to weight control with the correct health initiatives because obesity is rapidly becoming the number one preventable cause of premature death and disability in several industrialized societies.

Managing excessive bodyweight, without taking care of obesity related problems are an unhealthy approach.  Many adults with obesity have syndrome X, which is the variable combination of being overweight, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, linked by insulin resistance.  Modern medical research shows changes in body chemistry in overweight people can leads to a variety of diseases.  Clearly, insulin resistance and syndrome X are a huge issues affecting approximately 70 million Americans, but other factors are present, such as the recognition that obesity is an inflammatory state for the body (obesitis)

Obesity is a pre-diabetic condition in many people and blood sugar control seems to be an important factor. The progression of syndrome X and type II diabetes often involves oxidative stress to body tissues and antioxidants are very important to consider in the overweight individual.  Fish oil has anti-inflammatory effects. Many people wish to take the edge off their appetite as part of the initiative of calorie control in their diet.

Many people seek thermogenics (fat burning dietary supplements), which have the advantage of boosting energy levels on a temporary basis.  Individuals with high blood pressure should avoid these products, but energy-supporting ingredients with effects on glucose regulation are quite valuable substances such as green tea, HCA, green coffee bean, chromium, and other energizing botanicals.

In brief, you can see that the management of excess bodyweight is more than “popping a pill” or engaging a specific diet.  The best management objective is sustained weight loss and this can only occur with a holistic management program for weight loss.

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