The Natural Way: Watch your weight

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We are well into our biologic

winter mode. Mother Nature

has given us an automatic way

of protecting ourselves during

winter and difficult times: we put on extra weight.

We donít need it.

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 stores, 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, weight just wonít come off. Therefore

an all-natural thyroid support product can do

wonders. Medicines can cause weight gain so if

you can shift to a natural supplement then do so.

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.

Perhaps using CBD or L-5HTP help with nervousness

or mood is in order. To make it all the

more frustrating we all have ďset points,Ē which

the body comes to and then stubbornly refuses to

budge down. Thatís when doing a natural cleanse

can be good.

Most people arenít overweight, they are overfat.

A football player can be overweight even without

much fat. A guy needs at least 4 to 6 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

overweight according to height/weight/age/gender

scales. Body mass indexing is a good way to

measure progress while the bathroom scale isnít.

Weight loss is complicated. Your weight

shouldnít 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

wonít make you feel deprived. I like the South

Beach or Mediterranean food plans. Exercise

at least three times a week; aerobics is best for

weight loss. Use supplements in combination like

Garcinia cambogia and chromium picolinate and

trust the many herbals that help with insulin levels.