Natural Weight Loss
Hello readers my name is Marilyn Prosper and I am a qualified Naturopath.
Today’s article is about Natural Weight Loss, but first let me ask, how long have you been on the dieting yo-yo? I’m guessing that you’ve tried it all, every new diet that comes on the market. Let me see if I can name some of them that you will have tried.
- Low fat
- Low Carbs
- Lemon Detox
- Jenny Craig or Weightwatchers
- Shake replacement
- Lite and Easy
- Diet pills
Now that’s just to name a few. There are so many more and there is not enough room to list them all. And sure most of them work for some time, because anytime you take away a food group or make a change in your eating habits, your body will respond and initially you will lose some weight. The problem with most diets is that you cannot sustain them long term, as they become boring and you start to crave for all your old favourite comfort foods. So as soon as you go off whatever plan you are on, the weight creeps back on plus some more. You are left feeling miserable and bigger than before you started out. That is why natural weight loss is the best way to take off the kilos.
Don’t become a statistic
It will come as no surprise to you that America as a nation continues to get fatter. Of all countries, the United States has the highest rate of obesity. From 13% obesity in 1962, estimates have steadily increased, reaching 19.4% in 1997, 24.5% in 2004 26.6% in 2007] and 33.8% (adults) and 17% (children) in 2008. In 2010, the CDC reported higher numbers once more, counting 35.7% of American adults as obese, and 17% of American children.
Now the frightening trend is many other countries are following suit and going down America’s path to obesity. We now have more than 1.6 billion people worldwide who are either obese or overweight.
Other countries with serious overweight statistics include
- Cook Islands
- New Zealand
The percentage ranges from 65% to 95% overweight or obese for these countries.
The cost of being fat
Obesity has been cited as a contributing factor to approximately 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year and has increased health care use and expenditures, costing society an estimated $117 billion in direct (preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to weight) and indirect (absenteeism, loss of future earnings due to premature death) costs. This exceeds health-care costs associated with smoking or problem drinking and accounts for 6% to 12% of national health care expenditures in the United States.
For the first time ever in history we are seeing teenagers developing Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is usually seen in adults over 40 who have lived a poor lifestyle over many years.
So what is the answer?
The most important thing about natural weight loss
Keeping it simple is the most important thing to remember. When you’re trying to lose weight, most people will tell you to get rid of the junk food, comfort food and familiar recipes, and fill your kitchen pantry with diet foods like super greens and cottage cheese. The problem is that the only diet that will work for you is the one you’ll eat. If your fridge is loaded up with foods you don’t like or don’t know how to cook, you’ll end up ditching the diet almost as soon as you start it.
The key to long term fat loss isn’t dieting; it’s learning how to choose the most nutritious foods and then learning how to really enjoy them. Long term fat loss comes from a healthy lifestyle, not a super restrictive, terrible tasting diet. There are a couple of rules to follow if you want to lose fat and lose it for good: don’t try to eat what you don’t like and learn how to make what you love.
No matter how healthy Brussels sprouts, or Tuna and rice are, they won’t help you lose fat if you don’t like eating them. There are hundreds and hundreds of healthy foods out there; foods that are great for long term natural weight loss. You just need to stick to the ones you actually enjoy eating.
The important thing is to identify the healthiest foods in each category of the food groups (such as nuts, leafy greens, healthy fats, healthy dairy, etc. and then choose the ones you do like. Trying to force yourself to eat certain foods you hate, while giving up foods you love, is a recipe for failure.
Try new foods when you can. Pick up one or two unfamiliar fruits or vegetables each week. If you don’t like these new foods, don’t force yourself to eat them. Along the way you’ll discover new foods that you do like and that’ll help you get all your nutrients without being bored. I call this natural weight loss.
Very few people have the discipline or the desire to give up all of their favourite foods forever. Fortunately, that really isn’t necessary. There’s a time and place for enjoying some of your favourite not-so-good-for-you foods. How often you indulge and how much you eat depends on your program, your goals and your metabolism. Saying you’ll never get to eat a burger again is self-defeating and counterproductive.
Healthy food options for natural weight loss
Another thing you can do is learn to make healthier versions of your favourite foods. There are all kinds of great recipes for healthier pizza, macaroni and cheese, apple pie and any other food you can think of. Try a few out, choose the ones that taste best and enjoy your favourite stuff without blowing your whole program.
Finally there are some excellent programs like fat loss factor that combine healthy nutrition, from all the food groups, combined with light exercise. There are now also some excellent fat burning herbs such as Garcina Cambogia that you can use to give you a helping hand that won’t cause side effects and can actually help with natural weight loss.
Remember, long-term fat loss is all about your lifestyle, and part of life is enjoying a good nutritious meal, and finding an exercise program that you like, and therefore will stick to in the long term.