The Natural Way

Thursday, January 30, 2003

"Weight loss made easy," screams the catch line of the advertising. Who doesn't want something for nothing? Trouble is, our bodies have saved up energy (calories) and stored it as fat. Mother Nature has given us an automatic way of protecting ourselves during winter and scarce times. This wisdom goes against our desire for quick change.

Weight loss (and gain) is based upon many ingrained characteristics. We all have a base metabolic rate which is different from anyone else. Some folks have an engine that constantly revs high while others barely putter along. Our age has to do with fat storage, as does whether we are male or female. The effect of the hormones produced by the thyroid gland can make the difference between being skinny as a rail or, no matter how hard you try, keeping weight just won't come off.

Medicines can cause weight gain. If you reach for a can of Betty Crocker frosting when you get emotionally upset (comfort food), that can make you a two-ton Tessie/Tom, too. To make it all the more frustrating, we all have "set points" which the body comes to and then stubbornly refuses to budge down.

And another thing, most people aren't overweight. Rather, they are over-fat. A football player can be overweight even without too much fat. A guy needs at least four to six percent body fat to stay healthy while a woman needs at least 10 to 14 percent. So now we talk about muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fat so someone who is well muscled, like the football player, could be over weight according to height/weight/age/gender scales. Body mass indexing is a good way to measure progress while the bathroom scale isn't.

Weight loss is complicated. Your weight shouldn't be based upon pictures in magazines or societal pressure but upon your acceptance of yourself and how you want to be. Bottom line is you have to burn more than you take in. Find a food plan you can get into and stick with, one that won't make you feel deprived. Exercise at least three times a week. Aerobics is best for weight loss. Use supplements in combination such as Chitosan and chromium picolinate and trust the many herbals that help with insulin levels. There are just too many to mention. If comfort food is a problem Relora is the supplement for you. You can do good for yourself.

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