Tonawanda News


June 16, 2013

NATURAL HEALTH: Tips to optimize weight loss

Tonawanda News — When it comes to losing weight, frustration often arises with individuals who think they are doing everything right. Below are some tips that are sure to have you dropping pounds in no time.

• We are all different. It is incorrect to tell an entire population to eat the same way. Based on our ethnic origins, we tolerate things very differently. What works for some, will not likely work for all. The perfect example of this is blood types. Red meats act as an anti-inflammatory for O blood types, but is the worst possible choice for A blood types. Take the inflammatory foods out of your life and de-poof that body.

• Wheat is good for no one. We have been duped when it comes to wheat. Stop looking for “whole wheat” products, as they are troublesome in most of us. 

Issues such as digestive discomfort, bloating, hair loss, skin abnormalities, depression, agitated behavior, anemia, B-12 deficiency and even infertility are highly correlated to those eating wheat who shouldn’t. If you suffer from any of the above, give wheat (actually all gluten) up for two to three weeks and you will have your answer. Many of my patients say they almost are completely gluten free and have not seen a difference. 

 What you need to know is that your body cannot differentiate a crumb from a bagel. So all or nothing, OK?

• Vegetable to fruit ratio is commonly flawed. I often hear people say, “All I eat are fruits and vegetables.” This is great unless they eat four pieces of fruit to one veggie serving, or enjoy smoothies loaded with fruit. 

 Fruit, although healthy, is high in sugar. Sugar makes you fat. To avoid the sugar trap, you should eat eat vegetable servings for every fruit serving.

• No artificial sweeteners. Take a look around you. If you watch people that drink diet soda, iced tea and use artificial sweeteners in their coffee, you will notice that the majority are often 20 to 40 pounds heavier than those who don’t. I don’t care if you have diabetes, artificial sweeteners create a monster sweet tooth. They make you crave sugar more than you ever wanted it in the first place. Lose the sweet tooth and you will lose weight and suffer less inflammation. 

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