SENSIBLE HOLISTIC WEIGHT LOSS
Most of us have heard of the dangers of rapid weight loss. If you lose weight too quickly, your body becomes imbalanced. The body was in its own peculiar equilibrium before you began to lose weight. Although it was an unhealthy equilibrium, it was still an equilibrium. When you change this by losing weight, you create an even more dramatic disequilibrium in your body.
In fact, quick weight loss can actually cause serious kidney or liver disease, diabetes, headaches, depression, heart disease, insomnia, anemia, constipation, diarrhea, calcium deficiency, and a host of other problems. There is only one way to assure a healthy weight loss: First, lose weight slowly. I recommend about one pound per week. Although this may be very slow, over time you will find that the weight will stay off and you will feel better than if you had lost it more quickly.
Second, you must take herbs, get weekly acupuncture treatments, take detoxification supplements, and use homeopathic remedies during this period of weight loss and for a significant period of time afterwards. The herbs, acupuncture, supplements, and homeopathy will be selected based on your particular imbalance. This way, as you lose the weight, you’ll also be detoxifying, and gaining physical and emotional balance, so that you don’t just add the weight back on.
Third, it is mandatory that you exercise regularly. Your regimen must be based on your particular body type (see books below).
Fourth, the weight loss will come easier if you get a complete blood work-up and analysis. The blood work up will help identify thyroid, adrenal, protein, blood cell and mineral imbalances.
I recommend the following books for everyone wanting to embark on an intelligent, sensible and effective weight loss plan. Almost anyone can lose weight on a temporary basis. But to keep the weight off permanently and to do it in such a way that it creates a higher level of overall health, both physically and emotionally, is quite the challenge. These books will help you with this goal.
1. The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet: Although not everyone is addicted to carbohydrates, almost everyone is addicted to some foods. This book will teach you some of the physiological mechanisms involved in addictions. It will give you a greater understanding of the physical side of weight, weight gain and weight loss. If you suffer from anxiety, low-grade depression, low thyroid or hyper thyroid, this book may prove to be the most important book you have ever read.
2. Dr. Abravenel’s Body Type Diet: Be forewarned that I do not recommend the diets outlined in this book. They are a bit heavy in protein and animal foods. But this book will be eye-opening in terms of understanding why you crave the foods you do. Depending on your personal body type, you will gain and lose weight on specific parts of your body. This is based on genetics. You have no control over which body type you were born with, but you can utilize this knowledge to eat according to these basic physiological principles.
3. Hypoglycemia, A Better Approach: Many people in this culture crave sweets and have major blood sugar swings. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include headaches, PMS, irritability, anger, depression, anxiety, phobias and many more. Understanding the physiological mechanisms that govern stable and unstable blood sugar will give you the key to maintaining a steady source of energy in your life. The recommended foods and diets are a healthy place for everyone to begin a well-rounded weight loss program.
4. PMS Self Help Book or Menopause Self Help Book by Dr. Susan Lark: If you are a woman, these books will help you to understand why your food cravings and symptoms change relative to your menstrual period or menopause. Diets, recipes, exercises and more are all presented. This book will also help you to diagnose your problem in terms of your hormonal imbalance, which is a completely different system than the body types discussed above.
5. Between Heaven and Earth: This book has a test you can take to determine which of the many categories you fit into according to Oriental medical diagnosis. Once you know your type, you can eat the recommended foods specific for each type.
6. Any book from the Twelve Step Program of Overeaters Anonymous: This literature will help fill the missing link between the physiological and the emotional. Overeating and weight gain is the tip of the iceberg. Being overweight is just a symptom of a deeper imbalance in your overall health, be it emotional or physical. Once you determine the best diet and nutritional program for you as an individual, you will still need to work out the emotional aspects of food and eating. The program of Overeaters Anonymous and its literature will help you explore the meaning of food in your life and help you to determine whether you have been using food to fill a void that needs to be filled in other, more meaningful, ways.
7. Women, Food and God and Food Is Love by Geneen Roth: These books help to identify the different ways in which people use food to replace emotional and spiritual needs. Gaining an understanding and knowledge of this helps with the weight loss.
Noticeably absent in this book list are any of the current “fad diet books”. This is because fad diets are not based on sound medical principles. Each person must have a unique dietary regimen based on his or her personal physiology. A diet that works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Fad diet books are generally written by people who discovered a diet that worked for them. What they fail to understand is the individuality of each person.
If you don’t have the time or patience to read and find the nutritional program best for you, then find a competent holistic health practitioner and follow his or her directions.