Weight Loss For A Healthy Family

Happy New Year!  This week I’m here to talk a bit about weight loss, one of my absolute favorite topics.  Before you roll your eyes, hear me out!  This isn’t just another New Year’s Resolution email that will be forgotten in a month.

I talk about weight loss a lot.  The majority of my patients need to lose weight.  They may have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease.  They may have sleep apnea and arthritis.

Many of my patients also have another really good reason to lose weight and get healthy.

© Lisa James | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Lisa James | Dreamstime Stock Photos

They have kids.

Think about it.  If you are overweight or obese, what are you missing out with your kids?  How much easier could things be with your kids?  When was the last time you climbed a jungle gym with your kids?  Went for a walk or run in the park with them?  Chased them in a game of tag?  Swam in a pool without being self-conscious about your body?

Another critical reason to consider weight loss if you have children is the fact that if a child has obese or overweight parents, he or she is more likely to be overweight themselves.  This makes intuitive sense:  children learn their dietary and other health habits from their parents.

One of my biggest goals in my medical practice and with this blog is to help parents create a healthy family.  The number-one biggest health risk in the USA is overweight and obesity.  We are seeing more and more overweight and obese kids, more children with type-2 diabetes and high cholesterol.  Mood issues, self-esteem and body-image problems, and bullying are much more likely in kids who struggle with their weight.

If you’re a parent and you’re overweight or obese, you have a great opportunity to show your kids that it’s never too late to choose different habits.

I’ve explored many weight loss programs.  In the past I’ve used very-low-calorie diets, protein-sparing modified fasts, referred to community programs, and occasionally will prescribe amphetamine appetite-suppressants for those who meet the criteria. (Ohio’s regulations are pretty strict but if you’d like to discuss medications you’re welcome to call 440-743-4740 and make an appointment.)

The best weight loss program I’ve found is called Shaklee 180.  It is a simple meal replacement program, but unlike many other meal-replacement programs it contains only natural ingredients and provides lots of support.  It also has been scientifically proven effective (unlike most other weight loss programs).

If you need to lose weight, please check out Shaklee 180.  It will fit into your busy lifestyle.  The products taste good.  The products are good for you, without artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or other ingredients harmful to your body.

The products are even good for your kids! The meal bars, snack bars and smoothees are great for busy families on the go.  No more drive-through or questionable snacks.  We used them on our 10-hour drive from Myrtle Beach to Columbus over Christmas, for example (see last week’s blog post).

As a bonus, Shaklee has decided to set the record for most weight lost by a company or group.  We have set our goal for 40,000 lbs lost in the first 3 months of 2015.  Want to help?

If you need to lose weight and are interested in learning more about Shaklee 180, please email me at drjen@jenniferwurstmd.com and let me know.  I will make sure you get the information you need to decide if the program is right for you.

PS – If you are currently losing weight with Shaklee 180, please contact me with your current weight.  I will add you to my Shaklee Family list!  When we reach the end of March I will need your weight at that time so I can let Shaklee know how much we lost as a group.  Keep up the good work!

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