Copyright 2006 Mary DesaulniersIn this world of extreme makeovers and desperate diets, there are two definitive actions that bring about effective long-term weight loss(1) a high nutrition and high protein, low calorie meal plan and (2) consistent, regular exercise routine. Forget about magic pills that melt the fat away or sauna wraps that steam away inches. There are, however, herbs for weight loss that can supplementnot replace healthy eating and exercise. These herbs can help increase the bodys digestive and metabolic efficiency and make easier the process of long-term health and weight management.The principle behind weight loss is that energy intake must not exceed energy expenditure. What you eat must have fewer calories than what you put out in day to day activities. A body composed of lean muscle (built from protein and exercise) will use more calories than an unexercised body. There is every reason to maintain a solid exercise regimen and high protein consumption because you need both to turn your body into a fat-burning machine.Some herbs that can help weight loss and make this process more efficient are Green Tea, Flaxseeds, Psyllium and Chromium.Green Tea is not only a powerful anti-oxidant but a fat-burner as well. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January 2005), consuming green tea rich in catechins leads to a lowering of both body fat and cholesterol. These compounds enhance nervous system activity at the level of the fat cell, causing it to release more fat. In another recent study, one group of subjects was given green tea extract (with 150 mg of caffeine) and 375 mg of catechins three times a day.A second group was given just 150 mg of caffeine alone and a third group was given a placebo. These subjects spent three 24 hour periods in an energy chamber during which they received their green tea, caffeine or placebo 3 times a day. Results show definitely that the green tea group burned the most energyby almost 5 percent more when compared with those who received the placebo alone and 3.2 percent more than those who received the caffeine alone. In addition, fat burning was increased in the green tea group.Researchers speculate that a special antioxidant compound in green tea called EEG may trigger fat oxidation and thermogenesis (fat burning). What is also interesting is that the maximum fat-dissolving capacity of green tea comes from the tea in concentrate form, which provides the benefits of 5-6 cups of tea in a single dose of tea powder. Green tea is an herb that has demonstrated effectiveness in encouraging weight loss.Flaxseeds provide essential fatty acids which are building blocks the body uses to make fats. The body must get various kinds of fats ( fish oil, flaxseeds oil) not only to ensure proper health but to stabilize blood sugar level. Stabilized blood sugar means stabilized appetite. Unusual hunger and food cravings develop in people who do not consume sufficient essential fats. These people often turn to a high consumption of carbphydrates ( bagels, donuts, chips) because their bodies are on a frantic search for the missing nutrientessential fats. Moreover, the body has an intelligence of its own; when it is deprived of fats, the body will lower its metabolic rate, store fat as well as make fat. A body deprived of essential fats will turn into a fat-producing machine. Flaxseeds are therefore another form of herbal tools for weight loss.Psyllium is a soluble fiber that comes from the small reddish black seeds of the Plantago Psyllium plant. Psyllium seeds not only help ease constipation, they are effective in lowering cholesterol and promoting weight loss when used in conjunction with exercise and healthy eating. Psyllium helps stabilize sugar in the blood which also controls food cravings. The bulk in psyllium adds to the sensation of fullness and satiety when it is taken in its recommended dose:1-3 tsp of powdered psyllium dissolved in water taken 3 times a day before meals. In a British study, women who took psyllium with water 3 hours before a meal consumed less fat and fewer calories during the meal.Chromium is a trace mineral found in whole grains, potatoes, prunes, nuts and brewers yeast. It seems to help the body use insulin more effeciently so that normal blood sugar levels are maintained. Chromium also helps the body break down protein and fat. In a recent study, people consuming 400mcg of chromium picolinate a day lost 6 pounds over 3 months while another group receiving a placebo lost only 3 pounds. The most significant aspect of the study was that the weight lost by those taking the herbal supplement chromium was in the form of body fat, not muscle.While all four herbs have demonstrated that they can help promote weight loss, they are by no means magic pills and should be taken in conjunction with a solid nutrition and exercise program.
Hannah was distressed that, with all the inner work she had done on herself, she still found herself binge eating.There are times when I just cant stop eating. I feel awful after, but at the time I just want another cookie and another until they are all gone. Or Ill intend to take a few bites of ice cream out of the carton and find myself unable to stop until the whole carton is gone. I just dont get why Im still doing this! And it seems worse since I married Roger, even though I really love him. I just cant figure this out!I asked Hannah to tune into the addicted part of her and allow that part to speak about why she needs to fill up with food.Well, sometimes I just feel so empty and alone inside. I just cant stand it. The food makes me feel so much better. I dont feel so lonely when Im eating and filled up. But I dont get why I feel this way. Im not alone. I have Roger and he loves me.It sounds like you want to eat when you feel alone inside, when your Inner Child - which is your feeling self - feels alone and abandoned inside.Yes, answered Hannah. Thats exactly what I feel, but I have no idea how to fill that emptiness and aloneness without food. And why do I feel alone inside when Im not alone outside?The problem is that most people think that the empty alone feeling is caused by something outside themselves - such as not having a partner, feeling rejected by someone, being unhappy at a job or not having enough money. Yet that is never what causes inner emptiness and inner aloneness. It is caused by one thing - not taking loving care of yourself, of your feelings, of the child within. And we cannot take loving care of ourselves without having a spiritual source to turn to for love, wisdom, guidance and strength.A spiritual source can be God, a Higher Power, a guardian angel, an inner mentor or teacher, a beloved relative who has died, or your own Higher Self. We all need a source of guidance to turn to other than other people or our own mind. Our mind is limited to our storehouse of beliefs, many of which are false or no longer supportive of who are now are. Our mind cannot guide us in what is truly loving to ourselves. It cannot advise us in what actions support our highest good. So unless we have a source of wisdom to turn to, we may not know what to do to take loving care of ourselves.We will not even open to this Source until our deep desire is to take loving care of ourselves. As long as we believe it is someone elses job to fill us up, or that we will get filled up from work, money, food and so on, we will not take the loving action we need to take in our own behalf to take care of our Inner Child and fill ourselves with love.The first thing I did with Hannah was to help her create, in her imagination, a spiritual source for her to turn to. When I asked her to do this, she immediately imagined her grandfather whom she had dearly loved as a child and who had died when she was five. She said she had often felt her grandfather around her, but had never thought to turn to him for help. Now, as she imagined him holding her and loving her, she began to cry with the joy of feeling his love for her.Hannah, while he is holding you, imagine the child part of you that wants to overeat. Imagine that you are holding her while your grandfather is holding you. Ask her how you are treating her that causes her to feel so empty and alone.Little Hannah: The thing you ALWAYS do that I just hate is you just go along with everything that Roger wants. What he wants and needs and feels is always more important to you than I am. You dont speak up for me. Every since we got married, its like Roger is supposed to make me happy instead of you making me happy. I need you to make me happy by taking care of me instead of taking care of Roger so that Roger will love us. I need you to love me. (This did not come out all at once - this is a summary of what the Inner Child eventually said to adult Hannah).As Hannah learned to turn to her grandfather for love and guidance and started to take care of herself instead of giving herself up to Roger, her binge eating gradually diminished.
Are you ready to stop binging & purging and experience bulimia recovery? About half of us give up on our goals during the first week; so if you set a goal to beat bulimia, leave binging and purging in the past and experience " "bulimia recovery" " just read on to learn how to stay motivated.Let's say, "stop binge eating" is your desired goal. However, if this is how you describe your goal, then you will find it hard to achieve because it does not focus on the positive or anything tangible. Focusing on the positive is the way to bulimia recovery.Reframe your goal by answering these questions:- What would you like to accomplish today?- Who can assist you in dealing with this difficulty?- If a miracle happened tonight, and tomorrow you didn't have this problem, how would you know?- What would let you know?Now develop your goal using the steps below. This will help you stay on the path to bulimia recovery.MAKE YOUR GOAL SMART!Step 1 - "S" is for Specific.Notice what you are thinking and feeling just before a binging episode.Are you always hungry just before a binge takes place? If so decide to embrace a goal like "eat 3 healthy meals a day at 3 to 4 hour intervals."What does this really mean? It means to insure you obtain the recommended daily amount of nutrients, which are essential for a healthy functioning body: eat three meals per day - leaving 3 to 4 hours between each main meal. This is the way to frame a Specific goal that will lead you to stop binging and start your bulimia recovery.Step 2 - "M" is for MeasurableKeep track of your progress. To do this; make your goal Measurable. Your goal "eat 3 healthy meals at 3 hour intervals" can be measured very easily.Step 3 - "A" is for Achievable.When you break your goal down into small tasks your goal becomes more Achievable!The way to do this is to create sub-goals - you know... bite-size pieces. For example, take one day at a time. Today plan what you are going to eat tomorrow. The sub-goal could be: go shopping for the ingredients. You are on your way to bulimia recovery!Step 4 - "R" is for RelevantMake your goal Relevant to you. Don't do it for others, if you do, you are unlikely to stay with it... do it for YOU. You can beat bulimia and enjoy the fruits of being in bulimia recovery. Binging will be a thing of the past.Step 5 - "T" is for Timely.Allow yourself enough Time to achieve your goal. Set a realistic time frame - changing your eating patterns will take 21 days or longer.For example,Week 1 - eat three balanced meals a day. If a small healthy snack is necessary between meals... then have one!Week 2 - focus on successWeek 3 - if you are feeling confident choose to experiment with foods you consider risky or conducive to binging.Everyone learned to walk before they ran. Make time every day to review your goal to see how you have progressed. It reinforces your motivation.Start a bulimia recovery treatment program to guide you along the path to success.Most importantly, recognize your achievements along the way and reward yourself! You deserve the reward of bulimia recovery for your efforts.
Who doesnt want to look fit and stay healthy? Who doesnt want to stay slim and look adorable? But sometimes what happens due, to our own mistakes we allow our body bulge like a balloon and one day it may burst. Accumulation of fats is a common phenomenon in human body and one does need a bit of fat in body. But too much of fat may lead to hazard. Your body may become prone to various ailments like heart trouble; diabetes, exhaustion and this in return hamper you physically and mentally as well. So when you feel that you are gaining unnecessary fat it is always better to take the necessary precautions. Apart from dieting and heavy exercises, medications can be a very handy procedure to get rid of your unnecessary fats. Oflate a drug call Phentermine is mesmerizing its customers with its unique fat burn qualities. Just within a span of 10 to 12 weeks you can find a new you in front of the mirror. You will find lots of people being benefited from Propecia. Phentermine first got its approval FDA way back in 1959 as an appetite suppressant.Let us learn how Phentermine works. Phentermine stimulates our hypothalamus gland in our brain affecting certain neurotransmitters which in turn lowers our appetite and manages body metabolisms. Its an absolute diet medicine and if it is included in your daily nutritious diet routine along with a bit of exercise, the drug can be very productive.Clinical trails have found some side effects like dry mouth, dizziness, upset stomach or constipation, but have been proved that these are temporary sings and will fade away as the body get adjust to it. However it is always advisable to consult a doctor before using it, for it is only your doctor who can tell you about its usage and effects.Nowadays, Phentermine can be easily available and can be ordered online. It is a fact that many like you are benefited from this drug significantly. So you can buy it now online.
Here is a sure-fire list of diet dos and don'ts to help your family triumph over obesity:1. Be a healthy role model. The number one thing that parents can do is to be a good role model for their children, Parents so often unknowingly set their kids up for failure. If there are chips, cookies and Twinkies and no fruit or vegetables when your kids look for snacks, how can they succeed? Line your refrigerator and cabinets with fresh fruits, nuts, low-fat cheese, easy things for kids to snack on besides junk food. In a 2000 survey conducted by the CDC, close to 80% of adults reported eating fewer than the recommended five or more servings of fruit and vegetables daily -- not good role-model behavior.2. Be positive. Dont tell your child to lose weight say, 'Let's be healthy and start taking care of our bodies. Focus on the foods you can eat, not the ones that you should limit eating. Say, 'Let's go pick out fruits and make a fruit salad,' not 'Don't eat this or that.' Instead of saying, 'We have to exercise,' say, 'Lets go to the park.' Use positive words and phrases when talking with your kid.3. Make healthy eating a family affair. Create family meals together and for the entire family. Do not single out an overweight family member with special diet food. Your entire family can benefit form healthy eating regardless of weight. A family that eats together, eats better, according to a recent study in the journal Archives of Family Medicine. The study showed children who report frequent family dinners have healthier diets than their peers who don't.4. Avoid portion distortion. When serving food you must use portion control, buffet-type or family-style situations tends to promote overeating. Fill up on salads and cooked vegetables at meals and always wait 10-15 minutes before having a second helping. Second helpings should only be taken if truly hungry.5. Start the day off right with a good breakfast. A bowl of low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt with a granola or breakfast bar, or an English muffin with peanut butter, rather than a doughnut or muffin. A healthy breakfast will put your family on the healthy track for the rest of the day.6. Make time for physical activity. Make physical activity a family activity. Every night after dinner in the summer, go for a half-hour walk and make it an activity that kids look forward to. If you can afford it, enroll your kids in dancing or a sporting activity that they enjoy because they need to enjoy it to keep doing it. Or just turn on some dance music and have a dance party around the house. 7. Try again. Weight loss and healthy eating is not easy. There will be times when you and your family will struggle with this new lifestyle. It is important to keep trying. Failure is certain if you are not trying.