BLOGS Ask the Pharmacist Ask the Pharmacist: January 2017

Q: What supplement can I use to enhance my weight loss goal?

Weight-gain inducing chemical exposure from pesticides, flame retardants, and the substances in food packaging is a modern burden. It might be altering our hormonal processes and tweaking the way our bodies put on and maintain weight. Prescription drugs, like antidepressants are linked to weight gain as well. It truly is more difficult to take off pounds today, and the magic may happen with thoughtfully chosen supplement support.

Sifting through the haystack of weight loss supplements is confusing, expensive and probably not a long term solution to an optimal health goal. Instead, a supplement can be an addition to a short term need to bridge the gap between the initial steps of your program and maintaining your ideal goal.

Before beginning a supplement always heed the advice to check with your health care provider before starting on any product or weight loss program if you have a medical condition that requires monitoring such as heart disease or diabetes.

Hacking your hunger:

While reading articles and research papers about weight loss, I find the questions of why some can maintain a steady weight despite living in the same world as the obese, have many potential answers. Being successful in creating the body that is able to move without pain, feel comfortable in clothes, and carry you to longevity is about discovering what works best for you. Is it starvation, pills, powders, extreme exercise, giving up your favorite foods forever or joining weigh loss program? Mostly, it appears to be finding your solution that is right for you by surrounding yourself with a community of like minded people.

The best and worst about blogs, articles and news on the internet is that people can comment and suddenly you have a thousand contradicting opinions about what is written about weight loss. Trolls aside, it is all about what worked best for them and a trial of what will work for you. When did your weight gain begin? What were your toxic exposures? Where was your mindfulness? How did you react to the weight gain? Why do you want to lose weight? How can you maintain once you have reached your goal.

It is a major frustration to merely hear the problems associated with weight loss reported at length. What are the solutions? Lab test when it is affordable and useful, make a commitment to change what you are presently doing that is not working, and join a group or get a coach for support.

Supplements that support a healthy diet during planned weight loss can help to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation. Many companies include green tea extract, carnitine, nicotinamide riboside and chromium in products that can be useful for improving “fat burning”, increasing energy production and sirtuin enzyme activity. Use them in addition to a moderate healthy fat, moderate safe-sourced protein, low carbohydrate from plants meal plan that eliminates processed food.

Thorne Research has Green Tea Phytosome and Niacel, Designs for Health has EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), Endotrim, and Thermo-EFx, Ortho Molecular Products has L-Carnitine and Diaxinol and all are excellent products. Digestive enzymes can improve your digestion and probiotics can convert and enhance the absorption of nutrients from that digested food. Insulin sensitivity is crucial for regulating the body’s production of energy and is component missed in some that assume it’s only about calorie restriction and exercise.

Supporting your thyroid and adrenals with adequate iodine, selenium, zinc, B vitamins and botanicals can lower cortisol and eliminate that as a source of fat conservation. Nutrients and balancing your hormones can help to get past those nasty plateaus that derail your progress. Detox programs can support phase II liver detoxification and the enhance removal of toxins that are being released from stored fat during weight loss.

The new paradigm of changing the way you think about choosing food is summed up by Chris Kresser. “ Higher fat diets have a high satiety value, similar to high protein diets, and have an improved rat of fat oxidation.” He goes on to say that promoting energy utilization along with lowering serum insulin with lower carbohydrates benefits both short term and long term weight management.

Concentrate on the process for weight loss goals instead of the outcome. I love it when my groups hide the scale and focus on building strength and resilience with healthy foods and embrace each other for support. Yes, getting rid of excess fat, improving muscle tone and bone strength, and setting intensions for loving yourself for doing the best you can every day, will serve you well on your road to optimal health and wellness.

Deidre (Dee) Kohley, Rph, works at Watkins Pharmacy, is a graduate of Ferris University and has lived all her life in Muskegon. She continues to find ways to reach women who genuinely want to get well or live an optimal life. Dee loves digging into research to find new ways to help people. She is married and has seven children and nine grandchildren who keep her busy. She loves the beach and spending time outside enjoying the seasons. You can contact her by going to her website or

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