Does “IT” Work?

We will often ascribe the concept of “success” or “failure” to something we implement in our lives. That something could refer to an investment, the use of a product or even a personal relationship.

Focusing on the weight control arena, many dietary supplements, diets, exercise equipment and a myriad of other services/products are purchased by people to help them with their weight control efforts. These purchasers, cumulatively, amount to billions of dollars a year of expenditures. With the obesity crisis only worsening in the United States, we can only come to the conclusion that what we are doing, in the aggregate, is not “working”.

So, let’s focus for a bit on the concept of something “not working”. Occasionally, I will be speaking with a new patient telling them about our program, and when I mention the medication, phentermine, I will be told “It didn’t work for me”. When I probe more about the concept of the medication not working, the usual follow on is : “I didn’t lose any weight on it.” There are many instances that patients will tell me that certain supplements and diets they have been on “didn’t work” for them.

I will turn this topic around to ask the question: How much “work” are you putting into your weight control efforts? Are you taking the time to plan your meals? Writing out a shopping list before you head to the supermarket? Journaling your food intake to ensure the proper amounts of protein/carbs/fruits are being consumed? Are you getting a decent amount of exercise in weekly?

My point: “IT” doesn’t work unless you do. That “IT” could be supplemental weight control supplements, a certain diet, and yes, even our Serotonin-Plus Program. Long-term weight control requires work on your part, and lots of it. I wish there exists some passive, “no work” pill, program or dietary approach, but alas, even weight loss surgery, which require little “work” on the patients’ parts, has very high recidivism rates.

I know this is not a fun message but it is reality: “IT” won’t work unless YOU do.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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