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Published on February 1st, 2017 | by Michael Schwartz

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Supporting Healthy Weight Loss

Weight loss is a major topic unto itself with many ways to approach it. There are psychological concerns as well as physiological, glandular effects at work in most everyone with weight issues.

Symbolically, we can look at weight from different perspectives. From one point of view, people may put on weight in order to feel less attractive or appear unavailable or untouchable. In this case, there could be issues with abuse early on in the family, or a fear of commitment, relationships or intimacy.

Being obese helps many people not have to deal with those physical and intimate aspects of life. The weight is also a matter of protection; the individual gains weight to buffer them from the constant onslaught of negativity from those around them, whether it is family, friends, coworkers or any other source. The weight provides a cushioning buffer zone.

Another perspective is the need to demonstrate authority. You know people who love to “throw their weight around” in given situations. In their mind their weight symbolizes power and authority.

Levels of stress affect weight as well. Stress depletes calcium, which disrupts the relationship between potassium and sodium, and five to 15 pounds can be gained immediately through water retention.

Successful weight loss requires true desire and commitment to the goal. This leads to discipline, which leads to success. The most difficult aspect of weight loss is changing the diet, due primarily to the myriad of emotional attachments and associations we all have with foods. Some things are hard to give up—even when we know they are detrimental to our health.

There are three traditional basic approaches to incorporating natural supplements into weight loss regimens:

  1. diuretic-type herbs to reduce water content
  2. lipo-tropic vitamins, better known as “fat burners,’’ to reduce fat and cholesterol levels in the blood as well as fat/cholesterol “deposits” against the walls of the arteries
  3. natural appetite suppressants to curb the craving for food

These approaches are great complements to a healthy diet and exercise program. All work together to help you get control of your weight and to maintain control.

The following support your body in burning fat, increasing basal metabolism, and flushing excess fluids from the body.

  • Choline, inositol and lecithin: These factors are used to reduce the fatty deposits within.
  • Iodine: Helps influence and regulate metabolism
  • Potassium: Acts as a diuretic
  • Vitamin B6: Acts as a diuretic
  • L-Methionine: Aids the body in producing choline
  • Kelp: Contains iodine, which nourishes the thyroid gland

If you have tried to lose weight and have been unsuccessful in your effort to return to a particular weight, think back to what you were doing at the point in time when you were at your target weight. Once you’re aware of your mindset at that time in your life, you can then decide whether you are willing to give up any of your current power in order to return to that previous place and level of power.

For more information, visit michaelshealth.com or email michael383@me.com.

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