A recent financial post made the suggestion that one of the most important, long lasting and beneficial investments is to invest in one’s health. As Suze Orman pointed out, individuals often overlook the important connections between their emotional and physical health and their financial health. Taking better care of yourself today gives you a healthier tomorrow and in the years ahead fewer chronic diseases with less medical expenses. However the real issue is to acknowledge that the individual has the freedom of choice to make those decisions concerning the lifestyle behaviors that determine their present and future health. Lifestyle choices concerning eating, drinking, smoking, drugs, risk taking activities, stress management and sleep time all impact your health and quality of life. But unfortunately, these are not seen as important, and often viewed as boring dictates to interfere with your enjoyment of life, but only up until your health changes, and then everything changes. Health is not important until you don’t have it, then it’s usually too late and/or too expensive to correct. Avoiding the carrying of extra weight is one example of a healthy investment behavior. Eating in a healthy manner and avoiding highly saturated fatty foods and refined sugary snack foods and drinks will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. But a healthy weight doesn’t mean a perfect, ideal or even a socially acceptable number on the scale, it means a weight that doesn’t contribute to hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and any of the other 20 plus chronic diseases, and the knowledge that a healthy weight promotes a healthy life. Losing weight is difficult and keeping it off is often more frustrating, and this is why Attenuate was developed: to help overweight individuals reduce their appetite, decrease their hunger sensations, and curb their cravings for carbohydrates. Attenuate is mixed into a large bottle of water and sipped throughout the day to provide an appetite reducing effect along with an increased amount of hydration to help maximize fat burning and removal. Using the medically developed and clinically validated dietary supplement Attenuate, developed by a board certified obesity medicine specialist, to ’sip not snack’ throughout the day will be a big help for you to better manage your weight and enjoy an enhanced quality of life. For more information on Attenuate please go to: attenuatepro.com. Peter Vash, MD, MPH.