Medically supervised weight loss is the way to go for patients, but if the supervisors are unaware of the best options for these patients, the supervision naturally suffers. If you’re assigning your patients ready-to-eat options within their programs, there are a few things that you should know.
Many unnatural weight loss products are marketed as a holistic solution. At best, unnatural supplements are just that — supplements. They do not replace the benefits of a healthy diet or exercise. Without diet and exercise, these supplements will not perform to the standard that most people need.
Take note of the label on your supplements — most of them say that you need to maintain a healthy diet and keep up exercise in order to see positive results. If anything, weight loss supplements should energize your patients to perform with more vigor during the day and reduce their appetite for unhealthy foods. In this way, your supplements are driving them toward a more healthy natural lifestyle of exercise and diet.
Most weight loss supplements are not tested or approved in the U.S. You should be very careful when dealing with supplements, as the industry as a whole is not regulated by any government agency — including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many supplements contain ingredients that are not listed on the label. If a supplement is not guaranteed natural or organic, you never really know what you’re going to get.
The FDA is actually playing catch up when it comes to keeping unhealthy supplements away from consumers. Recently, the agency released a list of 69 supplements that included unlisted ingredients. These ingredients, all harmful to the body, included diuretics, laxatives and prescription level weight loss drugs in over the counter products.
All of the active weight loss ingredients in supplements come from foods. For instance, supplements with an overload of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, have been well-hyped as a tool for weight loss. However, you can get the same thing from eggs, milk and some meats — and your body will absorb more of it as well.
Unnatural supplements are unnatural because of the additional ingredients that create the texture or the taste of the overall product. The body has trouble absorbing these additional ingredients. The more difficult something is to digest, the more quickly it will add to weight problems.
Negative side effects are quite prevalent because of the additional ingredients included in many unnatural weight loss supplements. This is especially true for patients who aren’t including diet and exercise in their program.
The closer that patients are to natural products, the less side effects they will experience. Think of it this way: Eating a balanced diet of healthy foods in the right portions leaves you with a good feeling, doesn't it? Why should a supplement leave you feeling badly if it’s supposed to be helping you?
In contrast with the many burdens that accompany traditional ready-to-eat options, there is an alternative. You can give your patients convenient food options that are also completely natural, such as Rational Foods’ Achieve pouches. These protein-rich recovery pouches also curb the appetite and have a two-year shelf life.
Real, organic alternatives do exist as an option for your medically supervised weight loss programs. Take some time to check them out and prime your patients for weight loss success.