Looking for the best way to lose weight? Just as an intro, we could stuff a smorgasbord of food idioms into this blog, but we’ll be meager; piece of cake, bad egg, smart cookie, big cheese, food for thought, in a nutshell, cream of the crop, bigger fish to fry, bring home the bacon, your goose is cooked…you get the idea. As obsessed as some foodies are with food, people trying not to be obsessed with food are on a scale that is shocking. Weight loss is a $66 billion-dollar industry, and one of the most advertised, according to U.S. Weight Loss & Diet Control Market. An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Fat (or the lack of it) has become the boogieman of our time. Kids are counting calories before they even have any idea what a calorie really is. As they get older, it just gets worse. Ta-da! Enter Fad Diets. Not the best way to lose weight.

But Thrive is! Everyone at Thrive Health Solutions Gets It.


The Boston Medical Center reported that of the estimated 45 million American who are looking for the best way to lose weight, 50% of them use fad diets. So what, exactly, is a fad diet? Let’s put it this way…take thousands of people desperate to lose weight, toss some food choices and insane ideas (ones you’d normally laugh yourself sick at) into a hat, give it a catchy name, get a celebrity to endorse it if you can, pay people to post rave reviews on Amazon, hire the best people to find a way to advertise and market it, throw in some phrases like “you won’t believe” or “the only thing that’s ever worked” and you have the ultimate fad diet. Thing is, you lose a few pounds quick, people tell you, you look thinner, then you put it back on.

At Thrive Health Solutions, They’ve Seen it All.


A few bricks shy of a load, a few cards short of a deck-you get it—crazy, loony, absurd, whacked…so many yummy adjectives. (Sorry, can’t stop with the food language.) Here are what are considered some of the worst fad diets. And by far not the best way to lose weight.

  • Blood Type Diet– Your blood type cannot impact your diet any more than your astrological sign can
  • The Baby Food Diet– If a baby can grow up eating the mushy stuff, eating some definitely won’t hurt you, but guess what: you aren’t a baby
  • The Cabbage Soup Diet-The grandmother of all fad diets-GAS ANYONE?
  • The Cotton Ball Diet-cotton balls soaked in orange juice-that ought to leave a good taste in your mouth
  • Lunar Or Werewolf Diet– Fasting according to the lunar phases-hairy at the least
  • Sleeping Beauty Diet- If you’re asleep, you’re not eating. Unless you sleepwalk, of course
  • Tapeworm Diet- Ingest tapeworm eggs, let the tapeworm eat the food you consume once it gets to your intestines, and then, when you lose enough weight, get a doctor to prescribe you an anti-worm medication. Are you sick yet?
  • The Clip-Your-Nose-While-You-Eat Diet-Try eating and not breathing at the same time…
  • The Prayer Diet-Pray every night that you’ll lose weight. Sorry. No miracles here.

Thrive Health Solutions Doesn’t Believe in Miracles.


The fact is, there are no foods or pills that magically burn fat. No super foods will alter your genetic code. No products will miraculously melt fat while you watch TV or sleep. Some ingredients in supplements and herbal products can be dangerous and even deadly for some people. Fad or crash diets put stress on every part of your body from your kidneys to your heart to your brain. They can cause electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, muscle loss, hypoglycemia, nausea, diarrhea, lethargy, headaches, dizziness, hair loss, bad breath and a whole plate of other things bad for your body. Including the weight coming right back on so you start the whole vicious cycle again.


So here’s the thing; if you are looking for the best way to lose weight safely and keep it off, there is a smart and easy option; Thrive Health Solutions. Thrive specializes in medical weight loss solutions. (So far from fad, it’s not even funny.) Not just one, but one created uniquely for you. One that considers your health history and goals. One that is medically supervised and medically sound. Thrive’s weight loss options include pharmaceutical HCG, custom-compounded fat-burning lipotropic injections, B12 injections and FDA approved appetite suppressants. When combined with Paleo, Keto, intermittent fasting or Thrive’s proprietary 1200-calorie weight loss diet, you can lose from ½ to 1 lb. daily. Weight that won’t creep back up without even realizing it. Not just because it’s healthy, but because it’s one you can stick to. More a way of life. Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now. And forgo fad diets forever.

Weight Gain: You Lost It. You Regained It. How Did This Happen?

You’ve had weight loss. You’ve had weight gain. Doesn’t matter how much, you’re pretty happy with yourself. The scale isn’t your enemy anymore. Then suddenly, it seems (actually, it isn’t so sudden) the number on your scale inches up as the inches on your body expand. You shouldn’t really be that surprised. Once you’ve hit your goal weight and decide you’re “off” of your diet, the weight is going to come right back. You loosen up on healthy behaviors and dig into foods that previously had been on the no-fly list. Rice cakes give way to creamy risotto, steamed veggies give way to fried anything. The common thinking is that once you’ve lost the weight, the hard work is over. If you begin to beat yourself up and feel like a real failure, you’re in good company. Estimates suggest that anywhere from 80 – 95 percent of people who lose weight gain it back.


Even worse than losing weight is when you have weight gain. When your weight has more ups and downs than a hotel elevator. This is what is called yo-yo dieting, also known as weight cycling. Apropos, as it’s a cycle of discontent. You find your closets have a range of sizes hanging woefully on the rods, your “skinny” jeans rotating with your “fat” jeans. If you need a good example of yo-yo dieting, just look at Oprah Winfrey, queen of the dieting roller coaster. Her 40-year weight loss struggle has played out on tv and covers of magazines for the world to see. She’s accomplished amazing things but keeping her weight off isn’t one of them. While being overweight often comes with some health issues, yo-yo dieting can lead to muscle loss, a higher body fat percentage and even an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and higher blood pressure.


Without question, the show “The Biggest Losers” was an astounding winner. People watched with awe, both mesmerized and inspired. But get this; researchers from the National Institute of Health followed 14 contestants who had participated in the “Biggest Loser” reality show. During the 30 weeks of the show, the contestants lost an average of over 125 pounds per person. But in the six years after the show, all but one had weight gain. They gained back most of their lost weight (some even more), despite continuing to diet and exercise.


Sometimes regaining weight you’ve lost isn’t all your fault. As soon as you start losing weight, your body suddenly wants it all back. It can’t tell the difference between intentional weight loss and being struck by famine. It immediately goes into protective mode, lowering your metabolism and stimulating your appetite to preserve fat stores. Then there are hormones that can wreak havoc on your efforts to avoid weight gain. Your fat cells make a hormone called leptin. It tells your brain when you have enough fat stored up. As you lose weight, less fat means less leptin. That makes you hungry. And that can make your cravings skyrocket.

STAY A SUCCESS STORY If you want to lose weight, and more importantly avoid weight gain, fad diets or nothing but egg whites and lettuce leaves simply aren’t going to work. So, what are you supposed to do? A good place to start is at Thrive Health Solutions in Denver, CO. Thrive offers a doctor-supervised, integrated medical weight loss program uniquely designed to help you lose weight without feeling deprived. Thrive’s weight loss options include pharmaceutical HCG, custom-compounded fat-burning lipotropic injections, B12 injections and FDA approved appetite suppressants. When combined with a variety of diet systems like Paleo, Keto, intermittent fasting or Thrive’s proprietary weight loss diet, you can lose from ½ to 1 lb daily. Want to see what results like this look like? Just check out our “before and after’s” page. Make an appointment at Thrive to find out all your weight loss options. Find your own happy “after”. And stay there.