Natural Solutions for Losing Weight

October 12, 2010
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Diet and exerciseThe research behind natural approaches to weight loss is getting better and better.

Your integrative healthcare practitioner is the right person to ask for advice about losing either weight or fat or both and thereby improving health. But all who have lost weight successfully point to four critical elements, and there are lots of new developments:


  • proper hydration at the right time;
  • diet and nutrition (making healthy food choices);
  • exercise (integrating physical activity into your lifestyle); and
  • taking supplements to correct imbalances (especially important: a lot of new developments here).

Proper Hydration: The late internationally renowned researcher Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, MD, showed that drinking more water could help individuals lose weight naturally. This is best done between meals because too much water with food can dilute stomach acid and enzymes necessary for digestion.

Diet and Nutrition: The latest research has put to rest the myth that consuming fat makes a person fat. Studies show that raw nut consumption reduces weight and body fat compared to non-nut eaters, which shows that what matters most is the kind of fats we eat—relying on healthy Omega-3 fats from avocados, olives, and fatty fish like salmon, as well as the medium-chain fats from coconut oil we discussed in last week’s newsletter, together with the avoidance of harmful transfats. Good fats are proven to fight inflammation and help brain function, cell membranes, heart, nerves, lungs, eyes, digestion, internal organs, and a healthy immune system—and reduce weight and body fat. Eating nuts also reduces cholesterol.

Much research has also centered on the Glycemic Index, which ranks dietary carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Choosing low GI carbs—the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels—may reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes and is, many believe, a key to sustainable weight loss.

According to author William Linz Wolcott and others, different foods have very different effects on different people. Wolcott believes that tailoring your diet to your body’s particular quirks—metabolic typing—will improve digestion, circulation, immunity, energy, and mood. To determine your type, he has you take a 65-question test (the questions range from nose moisture to how you feel about potatoes), then place yourself in one of three categories: protein type, carbo type, or mixed type.

Closely related to metabolic typing is oxidation typing. George Watson, PhD, found that your oxidation rate was directly related to metabolism and the production of stress hormones which cause weight gain, and that diet and supplements can control and correct imbalances.

Loren Cordain, PhD, is a world authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. Dr. Cordain, whose work has been cited in recent articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many other publications, has scientific evidence that we are evolutionarily designed to eat like our Paleolithic ancestors: lean meats, nuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables; no grains, extra salt, sugar, legumes, or even dairy products. His Paleo Diet refers to the era before agriculture took hold, when a movement away from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle resulted in settled societies, and, eventually, Twinkies and couch potatoes.

Exercise: Paleo dieters also believe in hunter-gatherer kinds of activity: lots of walking, intermittent bursts of running, periodically carrying heavy things and climbing tall things. The closest modern equivalent is probably interval training: getting your pulse up for a short time, then taking things at a slower pace, then ramping up again, with resistance training sprinkled throughout for variety. Some studies suggest this is the most effective exercise approach for weight control and cardiovascular health.

Supplementation: Julius Goepp, MD, wrote an extremely well-researched article in a recent issue of Life Extension Magazine on the obesity epidemic, and shows how curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, controls blood sugar levels and enhances insulin sensitivity, and restores balance across a range of systems normally ravaged by diabetes. Cinnamon is another well-known controller of blood sugar levels. Another article in the same issue discusses the role of serotonin in compulsive overeating, and looks at saffron as a natural control for between-meal snacking.

Minerals like magnesium and chromium, amino acids like carnitine and arginine, and common plants like green tea are all being heralded as important tools in the weight-loss battle.

And new natural supplements are being discovered all the time. Garcinia cambogia is a traditional Ayurveda supplement for weight loss derived from a fruit in southeast Asia. Hoodia gordonii, a type of cactus, and Aurantium, or bitter orange, are being investigated as appetite suppressants. Irvingia gabonensis is a West and Central African tree also known as the wild mango or bush mango. In a recent ten-week double-blind placebo-controlled study, individuals taking the Irvingia averaged 28 pounds in weight loss compared to just 1.5 pounds in the placebo group, and lowered their body fat by 6.3% compared to 1.9% in the placebo group. Total and LDL cholesterol levels dropped dramatically more in the Irvingia group (27%) than the placebo group (4.8%). Needless to say, no drug has equaled these results.

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14 Responses to “Natural Solutions for Losing Weight”

  1. [...] Rice Diet, of course, runs counter to exemplary, natural dietary approaches like the Paleo Diet, which advocates staying away from or at least limiting grains (such as rice), [...]

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  2. Greg Johnson says:

    Great tips. Of the supplements that are mentioned here, green tea is probably the most beneficial. It is so much more than a weight loss aid. Thank you for this list and your continuing efforts to secure our rights to eat what we want to eat and not what the government declares we *should* eat.

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  3. Robert A Adjutant says:

    We want are health freedoms, we don’t want to be controled by some pharmaceutial communist monopoly,People please speakup!

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  4. This is such interesting article,i learn so much in this blog.

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  5. Lou says:

    Step 1 in losing excess weight MUST be IMO, do not eat the FDA approved poisons in our “food supply”; such as MSG, HFCS, sugar, GMO, aspartame, fluoride, food colors, transfats and all the other crap this country ingests by the ton each day.

    http://healthyprotocols.com/LIST_threats.htm

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  6. A major challenge we are facing when it comes to weight loss, whether it’s a natural approach or a medical approach, is that the focus is on losing weight. The primary goal should always be increasing or improving one’s health. When the focus is on getting healthy, weight loss is a natural by-product or “side-effect”.
    Another important factor that is critical to overall health and reaching and ideal body weight is cleansing and detoxing. The human body will collect and store toxins within fat cells. The more toxic you are, the more fat you will accumulate. This has become more important and necessary post industrial & chemical revolutions.
    I enjoyed this article and have written extensively on this subject. To find out more visit, http://www.LoseToxicFat.com .

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  7. Some fascinating information here. I liked it so much I have forwarded your URL to zillions of friends and colleagues. You mention salmon. Do you recommend using wild salmon or farmed? Some favor farmed salmon because it is cheaper. However, I have also read that wild salmon has higher Omega-3 content and astaxanthin in it. I live in a remote area so it’s not easy to find decent salmon so I end up ordering it online. But I never know what kind to buy? Should I buy Atlantic salmon? Or Pacific salmon? Or Alaskan salmon. Or should I order farmed salmon or wild salmon? I read at http://www.order-salmon.com that Sockeye salmon is one of the best kinds of salmon you can eat because of its higher Omega-3 content.

    Looking forward to your response.
    Thanks a million,
    Karen

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  8. Linda Berry says:

    Awesome collection of facts and scientific documentation. Great work! Thanks.

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  9. Carm says:

    Losing weight can be very simple. I gave up bread and sugar for 6 weeks a few years ago and lost around fifteen pounds and two pant sizes, all without even exercising any different than what I already was, mostly playing tennis. The first two weeks are the hardest, due to sugar and yeast cravings, (yeast in the bread probably is more addictive than sugar), in my opinion,. I went off the diet around new years night and gained all the weight and inches back. I am again trying to eliminate bread and sugar, but it is very hard, contrary to the simple part I mentioned earlier.

    A piece of pure chocolate in the morning is now helping me with weight. I have been eating one ounce of 70 to 80 percent cacao chocolate and have lost about ten pounds and at least one pant size. Chocolate seems to be a natural appetite supressor, since I lose any desire to eat, and when I do eat, my meals are smaller. Also, it seems to kill my sugar cravings.

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  10. Dorothea Degenhardt says:

    learned a lot from this interesting article.
    Dorothea

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  11. Linda Magee says:

    Nature has an antidote for everything, including weight loss. Who is pressuring you to remove what nature made, the drug companies? It’s no wonder that this country is up in arms against government.

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  12. Laura Schleifer says:

    It is our right as citizens to be able to choose what supplements we put into our bodies. You have absolutely no right to tell us what plants we can or cannot use, and no right to attempt to force us into using the toxic chemical drugs with deadly side effects peddled out to us by the major drug corporations. As a tax-paying citizen that you are paid to represent, I demand that you do not interfere with Americans making choices about their own health and their own bodies by taking natural supplements if they want to.

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  13. J A says:

    FDA and the big Pharma are at it again. We have VOICE let us keep up speaking out against taking away your and my freedom to take the supplements I want to put into my body. Just look at the claims the drug companies make,ummmmmmmm. Makes you think. Follow the money trail once again.

    Thank you to the medical profession from Anti-aging medicine to DO’s, Eastern Medicine and so much more. I am thankful for choices in these United States. Our Voices together are strong.
    Thanks to everyone who keeps up with the news on these pages and hits our elected officials with letters, emails and phone calls.

    Next month I am becoming a member. It is the right thing to do.

    God bless each one. Be well and all the very best.

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