Nutritional medicine


If the bikini-and-beach season is right around the corner or you just want to slim down, here are a few tips to help you through the jungle of misleading diet ads.


When the weather gets warmer or we take a vacation to a sunny destination we start to scrutinize our reflection in the mirror more closely: “Love handles for a waist line – where did they suddenly come from?” Or: “When did my clothes get so tight?” Usually the answer is clear – a few extra pounds on the scale tells us we have gained unwanted weight! The reasons are easy to find: super buffets at the hotel; good company at the dinner table with wine, beer and desserts. All those extra calories seem to land in the most unflattering places. And the older one gets, the more difficult it is to get rid of the extra pounds. What can be done?


Is dieting the answer?

A major drawback to diets is that they can start a detrimental ping-pong cycle by which we end up weighing even more than before.


Another big problem is that there are so many ads promising fast and easy weight loss without feeling hungry or even having to exercise. But beware -- if you buy into something that sounds too good to be true, you will be surprised only at how fast you slim down your wallet. Losing unwanted weight is unfortunately never as easy as simply replacing dinner with some miracle drink. And it will take a lot more time to lose the weight than it did to put it on. That is why it is important to take a critical look at weight loss ads: Do the promised results seem realistic? Or is it just one more fad diet?


Once you start looking at dieting with a critical eye, you may want to turn to your doctor, instead of the latest diet trend, for help. You might find that slimming down under professional medical supervision is easier than you think.


Other causes of weight gain

Vacations aside, there are of course certain medicines and treatments, such as cortisone or hormones, that can cause unwanted weight gain as well. In these cases, medical supervision is essential to keeping weight gain under control.