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Weight loss for the overweight, naturally...

The battle to "loose the bulge" can be a major preoccupation for many. Nutritional problems are a major cause of being over weight, as well as in obesity. Statistics show that people who are able to keep their weight down and maintain an "average weight" for their height and frame size, have a longer lifespan, have more energy and usually feel better than those people who are overweight.

I recommend the "The Gabriel Method" by Jon Gabriel. You can buy the book for this new strategy for weight loss, which has worked for countless people. You can visit Jon's website here.

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Health risks associated with being overweight...

Overweight and obesity accelerate a person to conditions, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney trouble
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Malnutrition
  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Psychological problems

Reasons for being overweight...

These include:

  • Glandular malfunctions
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Malnutrition
  • Emotional tension
  • Boredom
  • Habit
  • A love of eating
  • Simply eating the wrong sorts of food


Malnutrition is thought to be a main factor for being overweight. When there is a lack of all the essential nutrients, fat will not be readily or efficiently burned. Fat is burned only if sufficient energy is produced. This energy production depends upon almost every known nutrient. Taking a daily multivitamin can help to supply some of these missing nutrients. Consider our own MultiVite, formulated with New Zealanders in mind. We also have these other multivitamins, such as Multi 100Multi Everyday and Multivitamin & Mineral Boost Powder, to name a few.

Glandular problems are common today and an underactive thyroid gland can slow down your metabolism and affect your weight. Other symptoms of low thyroid function include an intolerance to the cold, depression and fatigue. Our best product for hypothyroid is ThyroVital. Phone our naturopath to see if this product is right for you.

Liver damage or an under-functioning liver is common to find in people who are overweight. When the liver is injured, sufficient amounts of energy producing enzymes are unable to be synthesised. As well as this, the liver produces bile, which is stored in the gall bladder. When you eat a meal containing fats, the bile is released to break the fats down. If your liver function is impaired, bile production will be limited - hence, you will not break fats down properly. Because of this, we recommend supporting better liver function by taking a liver cleansing product such as Super Thisilyn, Livatone, Dandelion, Burdock, Red Clover with Prickly Ash or 566 General Tonic. We also have this Natures Sunshine herbal formula specifically for gall bladder problems.

Some people who experience an uncontrollable hunger may have damaged brain cells in the hypothalamus. This is the area of the brain that regulates the desire to eat. This damage can occur from certain foods, or environmental substances that the person is allergic to.

As well as this some medications, such as tranquillisers, as well as viral infections, nutritional deficiencies or brain injuries can also adversely affect these cells. The supplement 5-HTP may help here. You can read more about 5 HTP here.

On the other hand, some people get uncontrollable desires to eat a specific food. This is almost always due to an allergy to that food. If they don't eat this food, they experience typical withdrawal reactions. In both of these situations, a diet high in all essential nutrients and avoidance of the offending substance can gradually result in weight loss.

There are many factors that can affect weight loss or weight gain. Starting a regular exercise program and doing this at least 3 times a week is an essential part of any weight loss program and vital if you want to lose weight and keep it off. It helps to rid your body of fat and to maintain good muscle tone.

What about diets for the over weight?

We hear about all kinds of new, weird and wonderful weight loss plans and diets each year. Women's magazines always have a new one. I've heard of all kinds - the apple diet, brown rice diet, or even eat only steak and tomatoes and take diet pills. These are not balanced, effective long-term ways to lose weight. Usually people find that after they follow this kind of diet, then stop, they put the weight back on again. In fact, a recent study revealed that 1/3 of people studied, who went on crash diets of 500 calories a day or less, developed gallstones.

I have found that even if you do eat what is considered to be a healthy, well balanced diet - containing plenty of fruit, vegetables, grains and cereals and some protein or meats - a large proportion of people still put weight on.

What can we do to avoid being over weight?

Firstly, cut down on the amount of carbohydrate foods (grains, cereals, pasta, bread, potato, kumara etc) you are eating. Secondly, avoid cutting down on proteins (such as meats, dairy products, nuts and seeds) & eating a lot more carbohydrates.

A high carbohydrate intake produces too much insulin. Insulin is the hormone that is produced by the pancreas, when we eat sugar or foods that release sugar upon digestion, like carbohydrates. Insulin enables our cells to absorb glucose from the blood. The cells process the glucose to make the energy they need to function. If you eat too much sugar or too many carbohydrates in proportion to your protein intake, your pancreas will pump out too much insulin. This can have many harmful effects:

  • The pancreas may over time become fatigued and no longer able to produce insulin, leading to diabetes.
  • The high level of insulin causes insulin resistance. This means that there is so much insulin in the blood that the cell receptors may become exhausted or may not be produced in as great a number. The cell then becomes unreceptive or resistant to the effects of insulin.
  • The problem is that when cells become resistant to insulin, they lose energy and messages are sent out, which make the pancreas produce more insulin. This increases the levels of insulin in the blood, or hyperinsulinaemia, which of course leads to more resistance.
  • Insulin causes the body to store carbohydrates as fat and stops fat being used as a source of energy production. So these high levels of insulin will not only make you fat, but also keep you fat.
  • Insulin resistance caused by too many carbohydrates (or the wrong type of carbs) in your diet, may be a major reason that you are not able to reduce your body fat, despite exercise and lifestyle modifications.

Are you over weight? - There is hope...

The Ketogenic Fat Loss System (KFLS) helps to reduce high insulin levels by limiting the carbohydrate intake. When the high insulin levels of an overweight individual are lowered, the fat stores can be used as energy & the amount of carbohydrates that will be stored as fat will be reduced.

The KFLS is scientifically designed to safely reduce body fat. This system also preserves valuable muscle tissue. This is essential for maintaining long-term weight loss, because it is where the fat is burnt to make energy.

Low calorie weight loss programs using low protein and high carbohydrate diets can cause significant loss of muscular tissue. Muscle wastage causes a reduction in metabolic rate with decreased burning of calories. This causes the common rebound weight gain most people experience after dieting. Their reduced metabolism causes them to be worse than before the diet, making it harder to lose fat than ever before.

How to increase metabolism and thermogenesis...

Try increasing your metabolism & produce thermogenesis with Oxytherm and Activator FX.

Thermogenesis is the heating and burning of fat in the body. An extract from Bitter Orange is a common ingredient in thermogenic formulations. Others contain a combination of ingredients, which when taken together, have a more powerful fat burning effect.

The importance of carnitine for the over weight...

The amino acid L-Carnitine can help with weight loss. Body fat is stored in fat cells, but is burned for energy in the mitochondria or furnaces of muscle cells. To get from these fat cells to the muscle cells, fat is carried by carnitine. The higher the level of carnitine in the muscle, the more body fat is transported and burned. Studies show that supplements of carnitine raise muscle carnitine levels and so help you to lose body fat.

Your body usually makes carnitine, but if you are overweight but don't eat a lot, it probably doesn't make enough for optimum use of fat for fuel. To promote fat loss, it is recommended to use 1-2 grams of carnitine a day, in conjunction with exercise. Users of carnitine report performance enhancement, reduced lactic acid build-up and a general sense of increased energy.

Fat Blocker for weight loss...

Fat Blocker contains a natural fibre, sourced from crab and shrimp shells which has the ability to bind fat in the stomach and intestine before they can be absorbed through the digestive system into the bloodstream. This process is made possible, as positively charged Chitosan attracts negatively charged fat, carrying them unabsorbed through the intestinal tract for elimination. This is more for occasional use - say when you eat a fatty meal, rather than at every meal.

Super African Mango for weight loss...

Super african mango extract works on appetite control, via its effect on leptin levels. Leptin is the hormone secreted by the brain when the body has had enough to eat and is a major contributing hormone connected with obesity. Elevated leptin levels in the body reduce cravings. Leanne has taken Super african mango and has had steady, controlled fat loss while taking it. She raves about its effect on her appetite and also blood sugar levels. The one she took is Super African Mango

These are just some of the factors involved with weight loss. If you would like to know more or to purchase any of these products, contact us at Ideal Health.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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