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Have you overlooked the obvious?

Can't seem to lose those stubborn pounds? You are not alone. If you are frustrated over the results of endless weight loss diets, take heart: you may have overlooked the obvious. Losing weight may not be as difficult as you think. Weight loss can be fairly easy in the healthy individual - all it takes is a few diet modifications and life-style changes along with willpower. Successful weight loss involves four easy, but important steps:

  • Reduce calories and fat intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Use principal nutrients to reduce appetite, burn excess fat, and eliminate extra water

Follow directions for the Herbal Weight Loss program of your choice. The formula for weight loss is this simple: when your body consumes more calories than it takes in, it uses calories stored in the tissues.

Losing weight means losing excess fat. A pound of fat equals about 3,500 calories. To lose 1 pound a week, you would need to cut 500 calories a day or increase fat-burning activity by 500 calories a day.

Excess weight may also be due to severe water retention, which can be caused by a number of culprits, such as birth control pills, and consuming too much salt.

The suggested weight loss program includes a diet high in complex carbohydrates and low in fat with adequate protein and other nutrients. On this type of program, your body breaks down fat instead of muscle. Carbohydrates also take up more space in the stomach than fats and proteins - which may make you feel fuller.

A diet of at least 1,200 calories for women and 1,400 calories for men is advised, since calorie intake that is any lower may eliminate essential nutrients and increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies.

"Crash" or "Yo-Yo" dieting is ineffective and harmful. Rapid weight loss on super low-calorie and low-carbohydrate diets is due largely to lean tissue loss. Not only do these diets encourage nutritional deficiencies, but they encourage only temporary weight loss - many times the dieters gain back all of the weight they lost and then some!

The following suggestions for weight loss are designed to promote gradual, healthy, permanent weight loss of 1-2 lbs. a week - the recommended weight loss. As with any weight loss program, please consult your physician before starting, especially if you suspect a medical condition.

What Should You Eat?

For optimal weight loss, no more than 30% of your calories should come from fat. Six small meals a day instead of the typical three will stabilize blood sugar and reduce the likelihood of "starving and binging," which could result in food cravings and consumption of too many calories. You should consume the majority of your calories during the day; your metabolism slows down in the early evening.

Eat a limited amount of broiled, baked, roasted, or broasted meat: poultry, seafood, and lean red meat.

Choose food which is labeled low-fat, low-calorie, or no-fat, such as low-fat yogurt and no-fat salad dressing.

Consume moderate amounts of fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, breakfast cereal, beans, whole-grain breads and whole-grain rice. These are also high in nutrients. Fiber fills the stomach and slows the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestines, thereby controlling appetite.

Use salt-free seasonings.

Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day to ensure the removal of toxins and to help with water retention.

Sweet Substitutions

Fruit juice concentrates (no sugar added)

Raw, unfiltered honey

Pure maple syrup

Unsulfured molasses

Malted grain syrup

Exercise Those Pounds Off!

Aerobic, fat-burning exercises include brisk walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, dancing, and working out to aerobic tapes.

Exercise 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes. Also, increase your overall activity, such as climbing stairs instead of using the elevator and parking your car at the opposite end of the parking lot.

The Benefits of Exercise Include:

Burning off fat and building muscle Increasing metabolism Controlling appetite by releasing chemicals into the blood that shut off hunger signals Sugar Cravings and Nutritional Deficiencies

Uncontrollable sugar cravings could be due to nutritional deficiencies or other imbalances in your body. Many times when a problem is corrected, the cravings are minimal.

A deficient thyroid, which regulates our basic metabolism, might be due to a deficiency of nutrients needed for the thyroid, such as Vitamins A, C, B-2, E and the mineral iodine. Many hypoglycemics crave sugar. Some cases of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) are due, in part, to a Vitamin B-Complex deficiency, especially B-1, B-2, and B-3. The B-Complex vitamins and high quality protein will help balance blood sugar and control hypoglycemia.

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