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Obesity is Not Your Fault

Have you been struggling with extra 10 pounds, 100 pounds or even more?

If so, you should understand that obesity is not your fault. You are not supposed to manage it alone, because it is not only about food.

Obesity is a chronic and complex disease that is a worldwide health concern; it was recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA) in its annual meeting in Chicago in 2013.

Dr. Patrice Harris, an AMA board member, said, “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans.” In my opinion, obesity is not only a disease, but it may be the origin of so many other diseases that include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, sleep apnea, gall stones, fatty liver, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, some cancers (breast, colon, gallbladder, kidney and liver); depression, low self- esteem and having difficulties fitting on a small chair in a restaurant or a plane.

Many people think that weight-gain and obesity are caused by a lack of willpower. That is not entirely true, because it is more complicated. Obesity is caused by complex genetic and environmental factors, and can be difficult to control through dieting alone, or on your own. It could be treatable with the help of healthcare specialists.

Obesity is not only a result of overeating. It is a chronic disease that needs to be prevented and treated. Obesity may result from many factors including psychological, genetic, hormonal and environmental causes, and sleep deprivation.

Call Dr. Suwan at 630-420-8080 for a free consultation.

Now offering…
New Direction® Advanced
Weight Management System

How It Works for Your Patients
This complete nutritional food replacement program is designed to help patients with obesity lose weight safely, quickly, and sustainably.
There are two primary options:
• A Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) for those with a BMI >30
• A Low-Calorie Diet (LCD) for those with a BMI >25
The New Direction program includes specific medical, diabetic, and bariatric surgery protocols, and involves four phases:

  1. Screening
  2. Reducing
  3. Adapting
  4. Maintaining / Sustaining

Expected Average Weight Loss: 36lbs in 12 weeks
Patients on the New Direction Advanced VLCD typically reach ketosis 3-5 days into the program.
Why It Works: Products, Nutritionals and BenefitsNew Direction Advanced is a “state of the science” program and product line that was developed as the result of a comprehensive review of recent academic research. This product includes synergistic ingredients which promote optimal metabolism for active weight loss.
Contains a combination of dairy proteins with differing absorption rates to support a steady amino acid balance and sufficient leucine to maintain optimal protein synthesis.

Contains controlled carbohydrate levels including soluble dietary fiber and low added sugars to support mild ketosis, satiety, and support protein sparing during a VLCD.

New Direction Advanced includes a combination of long and short chain polyunsaturated fats, medium chain triglycerides (MCT), and essential fatty acids — the combination of which promote thermogenesis and optimizes the utilization of fat for energy.
Balanced source of high quality macro and micronutrients to support optimal metabolism with a key focus on preserving metabolic rate.

Average Nutritional Parameters: 200 calories – 27gm protein – 12.2gm carb – 3gm fiber