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When you read or go online to find information about losing weight and decreasing body fat, you find all kinds of information about the importance of your nutritional food choices, calorie intake, exercise, and daily energy expenditure. Which all play a major role in weight management and weight loss success.
When metabolism is being addressed in conventional medicine the attention goes primarily to thyroid function, hormone levels, and cardiovascular health. Which again play a role in weight management and weight loss success. But the one organ in the body that plays the biggest role in managing your metabolism and fat burning abilities rarely gets any attention. Your Liver. I still remember many, many years back at MSU in anatomy class when my professor stated that the Liver was the most important organ in your body. That little tidbit of info stuck with me all these years as I have helped thousands of individuals lose weight and improve their health through diet and exercise. I like to refer to the Liver as the Rodney Dangerfield of organs, because it gets “No Respect”.

The Liver plays a role in nearly every metabolic process in the human body.
 Digestion, processing, and utilization of fat (most fat burning all takes place in the Liver!)
 Metabolism and Production of Amino Acids
 Regulate glucose / storing of glucose as liver glycogen
 Carbohydrate metabolism / Insulin and blood sugar stabilization
 Cholesterol production and removal
 Storage and metabolism of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K)
 Hormone regulation
 Thyroid function: Site of T4 to T3 conversion
 Drug and Toxin metabolism (Main role)

How to support Liver Health

At Age Management of West Michigan we start out all our weight loss patients on a one week cleanse to detoxify and reduce toxic burden to optimize Liver function and overall body metabolism. Utilizing supplements that support Liver health are also recommended to most of our patients as they go through their weight loss journey to improved health and well-being. So Liver health and function is a top priority for patients at AMWM, and should be a top priority for any individual who is trying to lose weight.

AMWM uses a product called Dual-Tox to support cleanses and healthy liver function. This product contains a variety of recommended vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and herbs that support the Liver.

Individual supplements like Milk Thistle, NAC, and TUDCA are some of the more recommended individual Liver support supplements.
IV drip and injection glutathione are more advanced options available to support Liver function.

Processed foods that contain artificial ingredients, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup put an extremely high load of stress on the liver to process and should be eliminated. Alcohol is another drug that puts a high demand of stress on the Liver, and should be avoided during any weight loss program. Getting a complete Liver panel blood work test from your physician is the best way to initially determine Liver health and function. Give your Liver the respect and attention that it deserves for all that it does for you on a daily basis, especially if your goal is to achieve weight loss success.


For many soda drinkers looking to drop some weight, the logical choice would be to switch out the high sugar-high calorie drink with a no calorie no sugar option. Enter diet soda. Diet soda was first introduced in 1958, but didn’t take off until the 80s with the surge of Diet Coke. What’s not to love, free of carbs, sugar, and calories; seems practically like a health food. Diet soda also contains preservatives (sodium benzoate), artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, stevia), artificial colors (caramel) and addition of acid (malic acid, phosphoric and citric).  While the science around diet soda, artificial sweeteners and weight are inconclusive, there are some indirect associations.

Many studies have revealed that diet soda can lead to a bigger waistline — in fact, diet soda drinkers have been shown to have a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference compared to non-diet soda drinkers. And people who drank at least two diet sodas per day were found to have a five times greater increase in waist circumference.

Other studies have shown that sweet tastes, whether from pure sugar or artificial sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, saccharin), increase the human appetite. The difference is that when a person eats real sugar, which has calories, the brain receives a signal that helps it feel full — but this signal may not be triggered with artificial sweeteners. If the brain doesn’t sense satisfaction it continues to seek food to fuel the body, leading to cravings. Diet soda drinkers tend to have less healthier eating habits, as a way to balance the higher-fat, higher calorie foods, which may also contribute to weight gain.

As if weight gain weren’t bad enough, studies have also reported the other negative impacts of artificial sweeteners. Diabetes-prone mice that were fed a diet that included aspartame for three months had higher blood glucose levels than mice not given the sweetener. People who drank artificially-sweetened beverages every day had a higher risk for strokes and heart attacks. Artificial sweeteners have also been shown to disrupt the gut microbiome and alter blood sugar.

While drinking diet soda isn’t an end-all-be-all sentence to weight gain, there’s no real reason to have it. Aim to replace your daily diet soda with healthier drinks such as fruit-infused water, coconut water, sparkling water, teas including green tea or even kombucha. All of these are going have more nutritional value and benefits than diet soda.



The short answer is YES! Water is essential for overall health. Our body is made up of 70% water and is required for many metabolic functions. The more hydrated you are the more efficiently your body can perform daily tasks from thinking and burning fat. 

While there are many contributors and predispositions that can affect your body weight, if your goal is long-term, moderate weight loss, making sure you’re hydrated is key. Science suggests that water can help with weight loss in a variety of ways. It may suppress your appetite, boost your metabolism, and make exercise easier and more efficient, all of which could contribute to results on the scale. 

  • Water may naturally suppress your appetite. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger within the brain. Always grab a glass of water first before reaching for the snacks, especially if it’s only been a few hours since you’ve eaten. Drinking water can promote satiation because it passes through the system quickly and stretches the stomach, signaling to the brain fullness. 
  • Water may stimulate your metabolism. Drinking water appears to stimulate thermogenesis, or heat production, in the body, particularly when it’s chilled. The body has to expend energy to warm the fluid to body temperature, and the more energy expended by your body, the faster your metabolism runs. A small study back in 2003 published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that drinking cold water increased metabolism 30%. 
  • Drinking water could help reduce your overall liquid calorie intake. Water contains no calories. Choosing water instead of higher calorie alternatives such as juice, soda, or sweetened tea, even coffee and alcohol, can reduce your overall liquid calorie intake by 250 calories. Also to note: Although diet soda contributes no calories, replacing these with water may be a factor that contributes to weight loss in certain groups of people.
  • Water helps with removal of toxins from the body. Water is needed for urine production. The more hydrated you are, the easier it is for your system to move things along and the less likely you are to suffer from constipation and bloating. Also, adequate hydration promotes kidney function, flushes harmful bacteria from the urinary tract, and prevents kidney stones, which can occur with more concentrated urine. 
  • The body needs water to burn fat. The process by which the body burns fat for energy is called lipolysis, and the first step requires water. Mild dehydration can slow lipolysis and therefore metabolism. 
  • Water may improve motivation and reduce stress. Dehydration increases the production of cortisol, our stress hormone. Under times of stress we often don’t make the healthiest decisions. 
  • Water can boost brain function. Water composes 73% of the brain. Even a slight level of dehydration can impair your performance in tasks that require attention, cognitive functions, physical movement, and immediate memory skills. 
  • Water keeps joints lubricated. Water is a component of our synovial fluid. This is what lubricates and cushions the joints and cartilage surrounding them, keeping bones from rubbing together.

It only takes about a 3% reduction in fluid to negatively affect all these areas. Staying hydrated is important to our overall health, not just weight loss. Unless otherwise directed, we have a goal of 96-128oz’s of water daily. Start early, strive to consume 30-40oz before the afternoon. Infusing water with fruits and herbs is an easy way to add flavor without the added sugar.

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