Let me present to you a science-based overview of weight loss. Many people are looking for a silver bullet to reduce weight with the least effort quickly. They try a variety of weight loss supplements and medications. I have reviewed the scientific support for some of the popular supplements. My research shows that weight-loss benefits from such supplements, at best, can be marginal.

Let us, therefore, go back to the basics and begin with the causes of obesity:

Three factors are externally responsible for obesity and obesity control. These are:

Nutrition: Certain foods, such as refined carbohydrates and unsaturated fats, contribute the most to obesity

Medicine: Certain prescription medicine, including anti-depressants, steroids, contraceptives, medications for diabetes, hypertension, migraines, seizures, bipolar disorder, allergies, insomnia, and a host of others, are associated with weight gain.

Sleep: Disrupted sleep, or sleep less than 7 hours or more than 9 hours, can lead to obesity. Difficulty in breathing can also be a reason for disturbed sleep.

A weight loss program should begin by looking at the causes of weight gain. Reversing unhealthy food and lifestyle behavior will bring about steady normalization of weight.

Don’t look for a silver bullet. These rarely cause weight loss that will sustain. Outside of medical reasons, weight gain is all about lifestyle. Correct it, and you will achieve sustained weight loss and enjoy a healthy life.

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