For years, the weight loss mantra has been, "eat less, exercise more." Yet, the research shows that 90% of the people
who lose weight in this manner simply gain it back. Why
is this so?
Well, for starters, appetite, metabolism and mood are all
controlled by messenger chemicals in the body. When you
restrict calories, the cells of the body assume that there is a "famine" going on. In response, cells send chemical messengers that reduce metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories). This conserves the body's energy during the "famine."
Because your metabolism is lower, your energy is reduced, so you become less physically active. Your mood also
changes because you feel deprived, so your body is attracted
to foods that enhance mood, particularly carbohydrates.
When food is available, other chemical messengers are released to stimulate the appetite and program the body to
store energy (fat) in preparation for the next famine. Thus,
a vicious cycle of "feast" and "famine" ensues.
In addition, fat itself acts like a gland, secreting its own
chemical messengers. One Of these is a hormone called
leptin. Leptin is supposed to increase your metabolism and
reduce your appetite. However, inflammation blocks the action of leptin. Weight can also cause leptin resistance, much
like insulin resistance causes type II diabetes.
Inflammation is very common in most Americans because of the large quantity of chemicals in our food, water
and air. Inflammation causes fluid retention, and since it is
very common for Americans to have intestinal inflammation, it's very common to have excess fluid and fat in the abdominal area. Since a gallon of water weighs eight pounds, it is very easy to have 5-15 pounds of excess water stored in
the tissues of the body.
One can see that unless one changes the type of chemical
messages being sent by the cells, one is fighting a losing (or "gaining") battle. Conversely, by getting our cells sending
the right chemical messages, we can increase energy, reduce
appetite, enhance mood and have a better functioning immune system.
Four Winds Nutrition recommends a simple yet efficient program!
The first thing to do is to check your thyroid here (if an issue with you).
It is quite easy to achieve your weight goal if you are willing to follow our suggestions. It has worked with ALL who have done so!
1. Select the protein mix of your choice (below)
2. Add Ultimate Green Zone.
Now that you have made your choice of products...
* Have 1 solid meal a day such as lunch.
* Try to avoid bread, pasta, pizzas, sugary "things" and carbonated drinks ... colas and the likes.
Mix your choice of protein with Ultimate Green Zone and "good" water in the Power Shaker and shake. For quantities, simply follow the directions on the labels.
This will be your breakfast and another mix will be your dinner.
In a few days you will notice two things:
You will have more energy
You will start losing weight!
"This thing is lightning in a bottle; it's a miracle flower to fight your fat" – Dr. Oz
Video Credit: Dr. Oz has not endorsed any specific product, only the ingredient Safflower.
US National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health). "In a double-blind crossover trial, daily supplementation with CLA oil (6.4 g CLA isomers—approximately equal amounts of c9t11-CLA and t10c12-CLA) for 16 weeks significantly reduced BMI and total adipose mass compared with safflower oil in 35 obese postmenopausal women (BMI >30) with type 2 diabetes .
According to Dr. Oz, Safflower works in more than one way. The first way is that it goes in and
causes the body to burn fat from within “like a furnace,” literally melting the fat away. The
second feature, and the most important one, is that after Safflower has burnt the fat, you’re
left with the sleek, lean muscle that was buried underneath. The third feature is its ability to
strengthen not only the muscles, but the bones as well.
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There are basic keys to achieving this
1. Start with an Attitude Adjustment
There is a simple, but powerful principle—whatever we
focus our mental energy on, we tend to create. If one is
constantly thinking negative things about oneself, or one's
body, these thoughts will both create and perpetuate health
problems, including excess weight. Most people hate certain things about themselves and their bodies. For instance,
they may not like their stomach, or their thighs, or their
complexion. Even actresses and models who are considered
the epitome of beauty have these kinds of issues, and often
abuse their bodies trying to achieve some unrealistic image
Mentally and emotionally, we associate being "wrong"
with the need to be "punished." So negative attitudes about
the body cause us to want to punish the body for being
"wrong." This is why many people are driven to unhealthy
diet or exercise regimes in trying to achieve the ideal image of weight and beauty. Real beauty comes from health and
inner happiness. It radiates from within as a glowing complexion, sparkling clear eyes and a happy countenance.
If you stop and think about it, the biggest reason people
"pig out" on junk food (or acquire any other bad habit, for
that matter) is because they are unhappy. Being unhappy
sends the wrong chemical messages to your cells. so, "beating yourself up" mentally and emotionally for being overweight is only going to perpetuate the problem.
Conversely, it has been scientifically documented that
pleasurable experiences (such as loving relationships, laughter, enjoyable activities, time spent in nature, etc.) cause the
body to send out chemical messages that reduce inflammation, enhance immunity, promote healing, improve metabolism and otherwise enhance health and well-being. In fact,
the biggest single factor in having a long and healthy life
isn't your weight, your diet or your exercise level—it's your attitude. People who experience pleasure in life live longer,
So, instead of being hard on yourself, be gentle with yourself and find ways to experience pleasure in your life. Do
things that help you find joy and fulfillment.
Furthermore, enjoy your food! Make a decision to enjoy
whatever you decide to eat (even if it is not the healthiest
food). This means taking time to notice the color, aroma,
texture and taste of each bite. It also means eating your food
slowly and chewing it thoroughly. A good way to train yourself to do this is to put your fork or spoon down after each
bite and take some nice deep breaths while chewing. If you
just do this, you'll automatically eat less and feel more satisfied.
Remember that all healing, including losing weight, is inherently about love and nurturing, not fear and deprivation.
So, as hard as it may be, start changing your self talk. Keep
a journal and write down your feelings about yourself and
your body. Then, start affirming that you love yourself, and
that you are loving and caring for your body.
2. Instead of focusing on calories,
focus on selecting healthy food
The single biggest reason why so many Americans are
overweight and sick is because we are eating refined and
processed foods. These foods are lacking in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other phytonutrients the body is looking
to obtain from food. When we eat these foods, we may be
getting enough calories, but we still feel hungry because the
body is still looking for the nutrition it needs.
Refined sugars (sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, etc.), white flour, polished rice, processed vegetable
oils, margarine, shortening and just about all processed and
packaged foods fall into this category. If you want to lose
weight and be healthy, you must start eliminating these
foods from your diet and replacing them with whole, natural, nutrient-rich, unprocessed foods. When you do so, your
body will get the nutrition it needs and stop telling you it
Of course, if you focus on the negative (what you shouldn't
be eating) you'll never succeed. The way to succeed is to start
incorporating more whole, natural foods into your diet. Eat
plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits (with a greater emphasis
on vegetables that are not starchy). Choose good sources of
protein for your blood type and eat high quality protein and
vegetables as your primary food source. Go easy on grains
(bread, pasta, etc.) and only use whole grains when you do
eat grains. Eat high quality fats, too. Eat the foods that are
good for you first and your body will start craving the good
foods while your desire for the "junk" foods will diminish.
3. Eat small, but balanced meals
on a regular basis
Here is a guaranteed recipe for gaining weight, even on good
food. Skip breakfast and eat a big meal right before going
to bed. This puts your blood sugar on a roller-coaster and
results in a daily famine-feast cycle. You aren't hungry in the
morning, so you don't eat. Your body, thinking it is starving
sends messengers to lower your metabolism and energy level
throughout the day. By night, your body is starving, and you eat too much. However, since you are inactive (going
to sleep), the body stores the excess calories for tomorrow's"famine."
To change this cycle, always "break your fast" by eating
something for breakfast. Always start the day with some
quality fat and protein. For example: avocado, meat,
whole milk yogurt with fruit, nuts or oatmeal with butter or
cream (not sugar). This sets your metabolism to start burning fat instead of storing it. When you eat carbohydrates
for breakfast, you raise insulin levels, which prompts the
body to store fat. Starting off with a meal that contains fat
and protein, not just carbs, kicks a hormone called glucagon
into action which mobilizes stored sugars.
Then, whenever you feel a little bit hungry during the day,
eat a healthy snack such as nuts, fruit, organic cheese, fresh
vegetables, tuna, a salad, etc. By eating small, regular meals
your body realizes there's no more famine and will start adjusting your appetite accordingly. You won't be so hungry at
night and won't overeat at bedtime. You will feel better and
these meals will help you lose weight.
4. Get Physically Active
Forty-eight million Americans are considered sedentary, which contributes directly to obesity. Being sedentary
means one does not get enough exercise to maintain health.
Almost every system of the body is affected by exercise.
Exercise tones the heart, which is a muscle and needs exercise just as much as all other muscles do. It also increases
the body's ability to use oxygen, raises the amount of blood
pumping through the body, decreases blood pressure, lubricates the joints and makes the body function better in the
use and storing of calories. This means better health and less
excess body fat.
Don't worry. This doesn't mean you have to go to the
gym. Chose physical activities that you enjoy such as swimming, riding a bike, playing a sport, gardening or hiking.
Just getting out and taking a walk every day is helpful. You
can also consider yoga or tai chi, as these exercises also help
reduce stress. Resistance exercise (such as weight lifting)
helps increase weight loss because muscle tissue burns more
calories than fat. So consider doing at least a little bit of
5. Correct Underlying Health Problems
Part of the secret to weight loss is to identify some of the
specific health issues that may be inhibiting your ability to
lose weight. These can then be corrected with appropriate supplements or lifestyle changes. Consult a local natural health professional to help you create a program that
is custom-tailored for you, but here are a few of the most
important problems to consider.
The body burns fat in order to stay warm and the gland
that sends the chemical messages to burn that fat is the thyroid. Low thyroid is extremely common, especially among
women, and can result in weight gain, fatigue, depression,
cold hands and feet and dry skin. If you have any of these
symptoms, consider supporting your thyroid.
If lab tests show you have normal levels of thyroid hormones, but you still exhibit symptoms of low thyroid,
you may have a problem with conversion of T4 (the inactive form of the thyroid hormone) to T3, the active form. 7-Keto, a metabolite of DHEA can be very helpful in this
case, as it increases the conversion of T4 to T3, which increases metabolic rate and increases fat metabolism.
Toxicity and Inflammation
Toxins contribute to weight gain in two ways. First, toxins
cause inflammation and inflammation causes fluid retention
in the tissues. The rapid weight loss most people experience
at the beginning of any diet program or cleanse is typically
due to a reduction of inflammation and fluid retention.
The second reason toxins contribute to weight gain has
to do with the fact that many toxins we're exposed to are
fat-soluble. So, if the body can't break them down, it stores
them in fat. It may also increase cholesterol levels to transport them. The body will not release the fat if it cannot deal with
This is why learning to eat natural foods is critical to
weight loss. Not only are natural foods free of the chemical
additives found in processed foods, they also contain more
vitamins and minerals to break down toxins. It also explains
why a cleanse can help a person lose weight.
Dieter's Cleanse is a convenient prepackaged, cleansing program that can be helpful for anyone trying to lose
weight. It not only contains herbs that promote detoxification and reduce fluid retention in the tissues, it also contains herbs that help balance hormones and metabolism. Be
aware that most of the weight lost on a cleanse is not fat, it is
simply water retained in the tissues from inflammation. It is
not uncommon for people to lose 5-10 pounds on a cleanse,
but the loss of fat proceeds more slowly (about one to two
pounds per week).
Adding fiber to the diet is another way to increase weight
loss. Fiber binds toxins for removal and results in a feeling of
fullness that reduces appetite. Psyllium Hulls CombinationorFat Grabbers are good choices for helping with weight
loss. Be sure to take fiber supplements with plenty of water.
Stress and unresolved emotional issues can also contribute
to weight gain. Many people eat to feed emotional needs.
Stress also releases hormones from the adrenals like cortisol,
which causes a breakdown of muscle tissue and can contribute to creating fat deposits. Stress can also cause a release of
other chemicals which create food cravings and otherwise
upset the body's biochemistry.
Keeping an emotional journal where you can write down
your feelings when you are having the desire to eat junk
food or otherwise fail to take care of your body, can help
you identify and fulfill your real emotional needs. Cravings
for sugar and sweets often signals a lack of joy or "sweetness"
in one's life. Finding ways to bring more joy into your life
can help fulfill those emotional needs in more constructive
Supplements that help you deal with stress more effectively can also be beneficial. These include Nature's Cortisol,
which helps reduce stress levels and inhibits excess cortisol
production. This can be particularly helpful where there is
abdominal fat due to stress.
Along with Nature's Cortisol, other options are
Nutri-Calm and Adrenal Support. These also help reduce
stress levels. Nutri-Calm helps a person who is always running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, while
Adrenal Support can rebuild the adrenals of those who are "burned-out" and addicted to stimulants like caffeine.
Depression may also be involved in weight problems and
food cravings. 5-HTP can help increase serotonin levels,
which can reduce appetite and improve mood.
Remember that cortisol is also released in response to
chronic inflammation, so a supplement like Thai-Go that
has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can also
help to reduce cortisol output. Reducing inflammation also
increases metabolism and helps leptin, the fat burning hormone, work more efficiently.
Sometimes, it seems that food cravings are our worst enemy when trying to change our diet. Therefore, supplements
that reduce appetite or specific food cravings may also be
helpful as part of a weight loss program. Garcinia Combination boosts metabolism. Stixated helps with sugar cravings
Cravings for sugar are signs of blood sugar problems and
usually indicate that the diet is lacking fat and protein.
Licorice Root and Super Algae are two supplements that
can control blood sugar levels and reduce the cravings for
Addiction to sugar and other simple carbohydrates is a big
problem for some people, so it is also helpful to substitute
a healthier form of sweets,. For instance, xylitol-sweetened
chocolate bars, gum or mints can satisfy the occasional cravings for sweets without causing the blood sugar spikes that
lead to weight gain. Bulk xylitol may be substituted in equal
amounts for refined sugar, but not in yeast breads.
Here is a complete list of therapies and remedies that may
be helpful in a weight-loss program.
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