Proper food, nutrition, good basic diet and helpful herbs for weight loss.

How to lose weight with proper food, nutrition, good diet and helpful herbs.

Overview
People frequently gain weight as they age. However, that added weight can lead to serious physical disorders, including cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, and even cancer.
    There are several factors which cause aging people to add body fat and prevent them from losing it. When fat is added to the body, not only is there an increase of fat cells, but there is also an increase in the size of those cells.
    It is not safe to be obese. It is the second leading cause of preventable deaths (tobacco being first). Overweight and obesity are special risk factors for diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, hypertension, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, and some forms of cancer (breast, kidney, gallbladder, uterine, colorectal, and prostate).
   In addition, obesity produces other physical problems which do not lead to death: stress, incontinence, menstrual irregularities, pregnancy complications, excess facial hair in women, depression, and increased surgical risk.

Common causes
   Poor diet, fatty foods, and a lack of exercise are common causes of overweight. Other factors include diabetes, hypoglycemia, and endocrine glands which do not function properly. Boredom, tension, and love of food are other causes. Another factor is inadequate intake or absorption of key nutrients, which causes fat to be stored instead of used.
   Obesity can be involved with hormonal imbalances in the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, adrenals, or pancreas.
   Obese people tend to store fat, not only in regular fat cells, but also in muscle tissue. Then, when they try to lose weight (via a weight loss diet), they lose both fat from the fat cells and protein from the muscles-before they lose fat from the muscle. The best solution is to keep fit, so you do not store fat in your muscle tissue.

Proper food and nutrition to take
   To maintain a program of weight loss (that is, an ongoing program of gradually losing a little weight), calculate how many calories you need each day, in this way: Multiply your weight by 10. Then add 30% (about a third) to the total. This total is the amount of calories you can consume daily, without gaining the weight back which you have already lost. Assuming that you are moderately active, eating anything less than that total amount should cause you to lose weight. (Example: 150 lb x10 = 1,500 + 30% (450) = 1,950 calories.)

1.Crash diets are useless. Quick weight loss tends to come back quickly, resulting in elevated cholesterol.

2.Consistently eat a lighter, but more nourishing, diet. Do not eat food for fun; eat for health.

3.Avoid junk food, fatty food, fried food, processed food, caffeine, nicotine, and soft drinks. Do not drink alcohol in any form. It has calories without giving nourishment. It inhabits the burning of fat deposits.

4.Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day.

5.Do not skip breakfast and lunch. Make breakfast the largest, lunch a moderate meal, and supper the lightest. Or skip the evening meal entirely. Do not eat before bedtime or at night. Best: eat nothing after 3 p.m.

6.Include Nova Scotia dulse or Norwegian kelp in your diet, to supply trace minerals.

7.Include a good vitamin- mineral supplement. Be sure to obtain enough fiber in your diet. It fills you up, without adding body weight. Phenylalanine, an amino acid, helps in reducing weight because of its effect on the thyroid. It increases endorphin in the brain.

8.Powdered barley malt sweetener is quite sweet, yet contains fewer calories than other sweets. Use it to sweeten your food. Do not end a meal with sweets.

9.Here is an all-in-one food drink which, because it is so nourishing, can help you lose weight- if you will let it be you only nourishment at a meal. It is filled with nutrition! Mix the following ingredients in a blender and drink: 1 cup rice milk, 1 cup soy milk, 1 cup fruit juice (apple, orange, or other), 1 banana, 4 fresh strawberries (if available), 1 tsp. black-strap molasses, 1 Tbsp. black cherry concentrate, 1 Tbsp. powdered nutritional yeast, and 1 Tbsp . Flax-seed oil. Drink it slowly, leave the table, and eat nothing more till the next meal.

Good basic diet to undergo
Go on a good basic diet and stay on it. Here is an example of one:

1.Eat moderate amounts of raw citrus and sub-acid fruits, but no sweet fruits (such as grapes or dried fruits). No fruit juices, except diluted grape juice taken a half hour before the meal, to reduce appetite. No bananas.

2.Eat as much raw vegetables as you want. The only cooked ones should be fresh and conservatively cooked vegetables. Do not use frozen, fried, or canned vegetables.

3.Primarily eat vegetarian protein foods with some moderation: beans, sprouted beans, seeds, nuts, etc.

4.All refined carbohydrates are forbidden. This includes sugar, alcohol, white-flour products, quick oats, most packaged cereals, and processed starch.

5.Eat only well-cooled, unrefined brown rice, barley, rye, millet, buckwheat, wheat berries, Bulgar, corn, and other whole grains. Do not grind them, but cook and eat them in their natural state.

6.Use cold-pressed unsaturated oils, plus lemon juice, and possibly some herbs for favoring. Flax-seed oil (2 tsp. daily) will help you burn excess calories. Use no other oil. Put the raw oil on your food at the table.

7.Eat spirulina 30 minutes before meals. It is very nourishing, adds energy, and will reduce your appetite.
                    
Helpful and useful herbs
1.Take 3 grams of plantain leaves (or 3 grams of psyllium, the seed of that plant) in water 30 minutes before meals. In an Italian research study, women who were 60% over their proper weight did this; and they lost more weight than another group of women who ate less. What to do? Simply mix 1 tsp. psyllium seed with juice or water and eat it before each meal. (But some are allergic to psyllium; if so, stop using it.)

2.Astragalus improves nutrient absorption, thus adding energy. Green tea helps you reduce weight.

3.Adding fresh chickweed (a common weed) to your salad each day will help you lose weight. Eating one whole, fresh pineapple daily also helps do it.

4.Ginger and butcher’s broom improves fat metabolism. Fenugreek helps dissolve fat in the liver.

5.A study of 25,000 Seventh-day Adventist found that those who ate the most nuts were the slimmest. Nuts are rich in serotonin, which helps make us feel full. Adventists are vegetarians. But meat eaters would have a harder time losing weight, since their diet is heavy in grease and saturated fat.

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