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Diet Pills and Supplements Not a Replacement for Healthy Diet and Exercise

Primary Care Physician Educates Women on Proper Nutrition, Cornerstone of Wellness

DAYTON, Ohio (July 2, 2012) – Failure of women to understand the importance of proper nutrition is one of the biggest issues he sees in his practice today, shares  Dr. Dale Block of  Premier Family Care of Mason, part of Premier HealthNet.

“Nutrition is the cornerstone of wellness for women,” said Dr. Block. “I try to remind women that it comes down to the basics. Eat healthy foods and balance that with a good exercise plan. Make sure your diet has lots of whole grains. Decrease the saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Avoid sugary drinks.”

Dr. Block says he often sees women make the mistake of calorie restriction, especially when they are looking to lose weight in a short period of time.  “Calorie restriction is not necessary. Your calories in need to be less than your calories out,” he shares.

Confusion about how women can properly use vitamins and dietary supplements is an issue that Dr. Block also sees from time to time. “The myth that one can replace their diet with vitamins has been out there for years and it still to this day baffles me.  People think they don’t need to eat when they take vitamins and minerals, but when you eat is the only time they actually work.”

Another challenge that Dr. Block deals with when talking to women about how to lose weight is the use of diet pills. “People don’t realize it, but many of the over-the-counter diet pills can cause just as much damage, if not more damage than the original problem itself.” He goes on to say, “I push people to educate themselves and talk to a physician before embarking on a weight loss program. Talk to someone who can answer your questions.”

Diet pills, whether over-the-counter or prescription-based can cause major medical issues including severe heart and lung problems, damage to the kidneys or liver.  According to Dr. Block, many of the immediate side-effects of these pills are also negative and include diarrhea, gas and oily anal discharge.

Rather than resorting to diet pills or calorie restriction, Dr. Block encourages women to make a lifestyle change, with the important reminder that there is no quick fix.  “I really try to steer my patients away from anything that fools your body into thinking that it’s losing weight. Instead, decrease your calories, put your fork down between bites and swallow before putting more food in your mouth. Another habit to break includes not watching television while eating.  Having a colorful plate is another important key to healthy eating. We don’t stress these enough.”

Women who want to lose weight should talk to their primary care physician beforehand.  “I try to educate people and advise them to talk to a doctor before embarking on any kind of weight loss program—primary care physicians should be the first point of contact for patients,” said Dr. Block. “In our practice, we are very patient-centered and put a lot of focus on prevention by giving our patients the knowledge and tools they need to stay well.”

To find a Premier HealthNet primary care physician near you, visit www.premierhealthnet.com/doctor.

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