Nearly 2,500 bariatric surgery patients in a recent study were examined for various psychological and biological variables. The results found at least 4 different subtypes of obesity among the study’s participants. Why is this important? Because the standard obesity prescription of “eat less, exercise more” may not be the best solution for everyone. Each subtype could benefit more from different, specialized treatment plans based on their subtype. Follow this link for a brief discussion of the research.
For a high cost—and sometimes a biological sample—some entrepreneurs promise to build our very own, individualized nutrition plan, according to our unique body chemistry. Wow. Sounds great! Right? Well … not so fast. According to this linked article from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, much of the success of these personal services may be the result of following the zero cost advice of standard dietary guidelines: reduce added sugar and refined grains … and eat more fruits and vegetables.
As with most facets of health and wellness, too much of a good thing can easily lead to bad consequences. Somehow, we latch onto the idea that if this amount is good for us, more must be better. It simply is not true. If your doctor or dietician prescribes any supplement, take only the recommended dosage. And always keep your doctor informed regarding over-the-counter supplements you self-prescribe. Check out this link to learn more about the potential side effects of too much fish oil.