A person’s body weight is influenced by many factors including genetics, learned eating patterns from childhood, unbalanced hormones, blood sugar imbalances, body shape or blood type, or may be just the end result of overeating and under-exercising.
With the lure of “get slim fast” diets and products widely available, it is not surprising that these options are very popular. However, the best long-term plan is based on a healthy and nutritionally balanced program that can also examine individual reasons behind emotional eating.
Rules before starting a new eating plan
- The best time to start a new eating regime is when you are highly committed and motivated.
- Choose a diet that gives you the most healthy, varied and easy-to-prepare menus.
- Understand that a diet that doesn’t promise a “quick fix” will be more successful in maintaining long-term weight loss.
- Commit to an exercise plan that includes your favorite form of exercise or sport, depending on your age and fitness level. This will increase your metabolism and muscle mass to burn more calories throughout the day.
Principles for successful weight loss
Rev up your metabolism to burn stored fat more effectively. Natural thermogenic supplements and nutrients include coconut oil, green tea, kelp, cayenne, guarana, ginger and cinnamon. White willow bark contains salicin, which is converted to salicylic acid in the body for smoother blood flow.
Nutrients also useful in weight loss include pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), essential fatty acids such as fish and flaxseed oils, walnuts, vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, niacin (vitamin B3) and manganese.
Add fibre to your diet in the form of lightly cooked green vegetables, ground linseed, psyllium, oats and beans and as it absorbs water, it can easily make you feel full. It can be used before a meal to reduce appetite and increase the rate that metabolic wastes are eliminated from the body.
Increase daily intake of pure water, vegetable juices, herbal teas or vegetable broth to cleanse the body of metabolic wastes from fat burning.
Appetite suppressants can also help you lose weight further by helping you control your appetite. Appetite suppressants work by influencing your nervous system which directly affects hormonal and chemical processes. These processes are directly responsible for your “hunger pangs.”
Successful and well know appetite suppressants today are as follows:
The Secret Fat Burner, Read more; The Secret Fat Burner Side Effects
HCA Appetite Control, Read more; HCA Side Effects
Garcinia Cambogia, Read more ; Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects
The connection between hormonal imbalance and weight loss
Chronic stress can lead to adrenal exhaustion which can be associated with fatigue, weight gain, imbalance in blood sugar levels, cravings and binge eating.
Suitable herbs to nourish the adrenal glands include withania, rehmannia, siberian ginseng, astragalus together with vitamin C, vitamin B complex and magnesium.
The functioning of the thyroid gland can also influence weight by playing an important role in the body’s metabolism. Low thyroid (hypothyroidism) can make your joints ache and cause weight gain. Herbs that prove useful for this condition include bladderwrack, guggul and withania.