The shift to working from home a few years ago messed with my health and fitness routine. I struggled with maintaining a consistent workout schedule, and I could tell my weight was bouncing around more than usual (although I don’t weigh myself frequently). When I did find myself on a scale about a year and a half later, the number was higher than I was comfortable with—especially given that metabolic issues (especially blood sugar problems) run in my family. Now I’ve always had a larger frame (I’m 5’7” and never been a size 2 or 4 for reference), and my goal has never been to change that. Rather, I needed to—wanted to—re-establish healthy habits to get my metabolism back on track and feel good in my own skin again. Like most people on a weight loss journey, I started by honing in on my diet and exercise. But I ran into a few challenges. The first challenge was the hours at the gym. While conveniently located (right around the corner from my apartment), the gym I joined closed early. I usually work well into the evening, so a place that closes at 8 p.m. was not a good fit for me. Secondly, making dietary changes also posed a challenge because I couldn’t shake my late-night sweet tooth. Even if I ate healthily during the day, nighttime snacks seemed to unravel those effortsI’ve always been a fan of supplementation and decided to try a general inositol supplement that I thought—according to my very limited research—would help with my blood sugar (and, by default, my metabolism), but I didn’t notice a difference. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon mindbodygreen’s metabolism+ supplement that I really started to move the needle on my health.I was hopeful about metabolism+’s benefits even before I started taking it. I was impressed with the claims of boost metabolic rate, regulate appetite, curb cravings, and reduce body fat and weight and was intrigued to see if it would live up to the hype.* My dietitian friend also gave it a thumbs up, instilling even more confidence.After about a week with metabolism+, I noticed my appetite was generally reduced. I wasn’t hungry all the time, and my cravings were much less frequent.* And when they did arise, I was able to acknowledge them and satisfy them with smaller amounts of food, like eating a few bites of cake and then putting leftovers in the fridge to enjoy the next day.I also started to notice that my pants were a bit loose. And when I stepped on the scale again after five or six weeks of taking metabolism+ consistently, I was shocked.