The Florida Weight Loss Program
Tea & Herb Weight Loss Program - A Holisitic & Natural Diet Plan
by August Wald, Ph D.
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Losing weight and keeping it off can be a desperate and illusive struggle. Expensive products or systems in America today are offered by many companies that make enormous profits based on that premise and false promises. Keeping weight off is a puzzling dilemma for the misinformed. Before one ventures into a healthy weight loss program, education is of paramount importance. The easiest and fastest way to obtain information in today's world is to utilize the Internet. One must, of course, determine which sources are most reliable. The obvious ones are professional sources such as the National Institute of Health, Mayo Clinic, colleges, and research accomplished on the various aspects effecting dieting (calories, carbohydrates, exercise, metabolism, etc).
Before making a decision to start a weight loss program, one must consider overall well being and long term effects that produce positive or negative results. This can only be accomplished by taking individual responsibility and learning, at the very least, the basic methods that are required to acquire the results desired.
So many people are misled by narrow or limited weight loss programs that are frustrating and methods such as a pill or a quick fix philosophy. An isolated approach to weight loss is destine to fail! The truth is that one must formulate a weight loss program that encompasses all the simple basics of what the human factors are in order to create permanent success.
Before starting any weight loss program, one should seek professional medical, psychological or spiritual advice in order to identify what other factors may be affecting your well being.
A permanent change in food selection habits is required to sustain a lower body weight. Most diets do not address long-term maintenance and are therefore eventually futile. Success in long-term weight reduction is strategic and not a matter of willpower.
Their are four major factors when considering a weight loss program:
1. Healthy food
2. Tolerance for hunger
3. Physical exercise
4. Psychological and Spiritual wellness
One should begin by understanding that low calorie dieting slows your metabolism, making it progressively more difficult to lose weight and keep it off. Muscle tissue is reduced by famine. This method causes the elimination of nitrogen by releasing water from tissue cells, causing an immediate reduction in water weight and a noticeable drop on the scale. However, water and muscle loss is nothing to celebrate. The water weight will be quickly regained as soon as you have something to drink, and the missing muscle can wreak havoc on your metabolism for a good long time. The main concern should be permanent fat loss. A better and safer way to approach calorie reduction is to reduce dietary fat, along with reducing dietary carbohydrates. This should be accomplished in conjunction with a sensible exercise program beginning moderately, if one is not very active. Physical activity should be an integral part of weight loss therapy and weight maintenance. It takes about 500 calories per day to lose one pound weekly. One should plan on no more than a reduction of 2 pounds weekly to maintain a healthy body and achieve a more permanent effect. Try to divide your daily calorie and exercise up into halves. Keep in mind that it takes about a 1 mile walk to burn off 100 calories.
Consumption of 130 grams of carbohydrates per day are necessary to prevent loss of lean tissue (muscles and organs). A diet containing an optimum level of carbohydrates will help prevent body fat accumulation and dietary fiber, which is a carbohydrate, helps keep the bowel functioning correctly. Dietary fiber can be soluble or insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in the gut, to form a viscous gel that slows down the release of some nutrients, particularly the sugar glucose, into the bloodstream; it is therefore good for diabetics. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease, by reducing blood cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is present in fruit, vegetables, pulses (e.g. kidney beans, baked beans, lentils) and foods containing oats, barley or rye. Insoluble fiber has a sponge-like effect in the gut, soaking up water and swelling in size. This effect produces a feeling of fullness and adds bulk to the gut contents, making waste matter heavier and speeding it through the large intestine, and thus reducing the risk of constipation, and possibly even cancers of the digestive system. Cereal and grain products (e.g. bread, flour, breakfast cereals, rice, pasta), especially wholemeal varieties, and fibrous vegetables (e.g. carrots and celery) are primary sources of insoluble fiber. fiber is thought to be far more beneficial if it is consumed as an integral part of food, rather than as bran supplements or fiber-containing drinks.
People eating a diet high in carbohydrates are less likely to accumulate body fat compared with those who follow a low carbohydrate/high-fat diet. The reasons for this observation are threefold:
1. It could be due to the lower energy density of high carbohydrate diets, as carbohydrates have less calories weight for weight than fat. fiber-rich foods also tend to be bulky and physically filling.
2. Studies have found that carbohydrates both in the form of starch and
sugars work quickly to aid satiety and that those consuming high carbohydrate diets are therefore less likely to overeat. The inclusion of plenty of carbohydrate rich foods appears to help regulate the appetite. Many foods with a lower glycaemic index may be particularly satisfying as they are slowly digested.
3. It has also been confirmed that very little dietary carbohydrate is
converted to body fat mainly because it is a very inefficient process for the body. Instead carbohydrate tends to be preferentially burnt for fuel.
||Most people need to eat more foods that come from plants - vegetables and fruits for the vitamins, minerals, and fiber they supply. At the base of the Food Guide Pyramid are breads, cereals, rice, and pasta - all foods from grains. You need the servings of these foods each day. Foods that come mostly from animals: milk, yogurt, cheese; and meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts. These foods are for protein, calcium, iron, and zinc. Foods such as salad dressings, oils, cream, butter, margarine, sugars, soft drinks, candies, and sweet desserts provide calories and little else nutritionally. Most people should use them sparingly.
Saturated fats are found in largest amounts in fats from meat and dairy product and in some vegetables fats such as coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils.
Eating too much saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels in many people, increasing their risk for heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting saturated fat to less than 10 percent of calories, or about on-third of total fat intake.
All fats in foods are mixtures of three types of fatty acids - saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.
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Monounsaturated fats are found mainly in olive, peanut, and canola oils.
Polyunsaturated fats are found mainly in safflower, sunflower, corn, soybean, and cottonseed oils and some fish.
Choosing a diet low in fat is a concern for everyone; choosing one low in sugars is also important for people who have low calorie needs. Sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup, honey, and molasses; these supply calories and little else nutritionally. To avoid getting too many calories from sugars, try to limit your added sugars to 6 teaspoons a day if you eat about 1,600 calories.
Most people eat more salt than they need. Some health authorities say that sodium intake should not be more than 2,400 mg. Nutrition labels also list a Daily Value (upper limit) of 2,400 mg per day of sodium. Much of the sodium in people's diets comes from salt they add while cooking and at the table. (One teaspoon of salt provides about 2, 000 mg of sodium).
Go easy on salt and foods that are high in sodium, including cured meats, luncheon meats, and many cheeses, most canned soups and vegetables, and soy sauce. Look for lower salt and no-salt-added versions of these products at your supermarket. When beginning the diet, start slowly and make gradual changes. Consider adopting a diet plan that allows 2,400 milligrams of salt per day (about 1 teaspoon) and then once your body has adjusted to the diet further lower your salt intake to 1,500 mg per day (about 2/3 teaspoon).
The National Institute of Health and the Department of Health & Human Services Weight-control Information Network provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues:
National Institute of Health free Adobe PDF downloadable and printable eating plan:
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A good natural source multivitamin should be taken daily to make sure you are
receiving the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of the essential vitamins and necessary minerals. Avoid taking large doses of vitamins. You need them to activate enzyme systems, fight disease, repair injured tissue and provide energy. Enzymes are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body. No mineral, vitamin or hormone can do any work without enzymes. They are the manual workers that build our bodies from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. There are three classes of enzymes: metabolic enzymes, which run our bodies; digestive enzymes, which digest our food; and food enzymes from raw foods, which start food digestion. Our bodies- all organs and tissues-are run by metabolic enzymes. These enzyme workers take proteins, fats, carbohydrates, starches and sugars, etc. and structure them into healthy bodies, keeping everything working well. Eating too much food eats up our enzyme reserve in the digestive and metabolic process. Most people spend their enzyme bank account and seldom make a deposit. It would be wiser to conserve enzymes and get enzymes reinforcements from the outside, since various experiments have taught us that enzymes are precious commodities.
Did you know that drinking tea can help you lose weight? It's true. Some teas can even help burn fat and calories. A recent scientific study supports green tea's ability to burn fat and increase metabolism.
Tea has long been used as a diet aid. Teas that contain properties that help burn
fat through thermogenesis. Thermogenesis boosts calorie burn and fat loss. Tea contains virtually no calories and provided you don't add sugar it is fine as part of a calorie controlled diet. My book discusses the many delicious varieties.
According to recent research, tea is good for the cardiovascular system. It helps to
prevent blood clots and open the arteries in people with serious heart disease. It is also rich in antioxidants which are proven to help reduce heart disease and some cancers.
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The human brain is composed of 95% water; blood is 82% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. How common a problem is this? Estimates are that seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration.
Drinking sufficient quantities of water daily can also have significant health benefits. For example, it is well documented that drinking sufficient amounts of water will help reduce constipation, but most people do not know that drinking eight glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking enough water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer (by 50%) and it can potentially even reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Most people need 6 to 8 glasses of water per day and tea is not only an enjoyable way to achieve this requirement, but it has added health benefits. I highly recommend pure water, especially when one is prone to kidney stones. Distilled water will help eliminate them. Physical status and age come into play, especially in the old person who is less active and may have a heart condition -- in this situation excess water intake may lead, in part, to heart failure. It is important for such a patient to discuss fluid intake with his doctor.
Cooking with herbs ads flavor and can help reduce excessive salt and sugars.
Drinking herbal teas ads specific or targeted health benefits and can offer one a vast variety of delightful flavors too.
For a list of herbs that may assist you in your weight loss program
For Dr. Wald's Super Herbal Weight Loss Green Tea
There are many excellent natural weight loss supplements and die programs available. I have put together the diet aides that I judge as best
The best overall approach to dieting and longevity of health is a holistic one. A well balanced mind, body and spirit offers one the greatest mental control, joy and fulfillment. The very nature of this approach breeds success in all endeavors.
Permanent behavior and life style modification therapy is an integral part of successful dieting too. To expound briefly, I would like to reflect an interview with Steven Gurgevich, PhD on Doctor Andrew Weil's web site: "It is no secret that our mind and body are exquisitely linked to interact together. It was perhaps even better known in ancient times that our emotions affected our body, and vice versa. In ancient Greece, three doctors would see the patient together. They were the "knife" doctor, the "herb" doctor, and the "word" doctor. The modern day counterparts (surgeon, internist and psychiatrist) rarely see a patient together, let alone even speak together. Modern research on stress has shown that anything which influences our minds also influences our bodies. Expose someone to enough stress and sooner or later you will see their body showing signs of strain as a result of that stress. The strain of stress does not have to be as dramatic as a heart attack. The body can express strain by more subtle or chronic symptoms, such as irritable bowel, headache, rash, hypertension, or simply making other conditions worsen. One of the principles behind mind-body healing is that the same mechanism that can make you sick can also be used to make you well. That is, your thoughts, emotions, responses to the environment, lifestyle, and inner conflicts can be experienced as stressful, or they may be used in a positive manner to create healing responses."
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"The mind has great influence over the body,
and maladies often have their origin there."
History is rich with persistence and acceptance for mind-body treatment methods. And there is now an abundance of empirical research that testifies to the fact that mind and body interact together in ways that can make us ill or ways that can be healing. We now think of the "mind-body connection" as a mechanism which can be affected to achieve a healing response. The manner in which we communicate with or through the mind-body connection can be words, thoughts, ideas, and images or pictures in mind (imagination). When working with children we do not trouble them with learning the language of words like hypnosis or trance. In pediatrics we simply call it imaginative medicine. Besides, the actual words we use to describe mind-body medicine are not as important as the forces that make these methods effective; which are motivation, belief, expectations, and intention.
Mind-body medicine approaches vary greatly and allow each person to find which method(s) may be best suited for them. Some involve working with a therapist and others may be self-learned and self-directed. These include medical or clinical hypnosis, autogenic training, biofeedback, meditation, guided imagery, visualization, and neurolinguistic programming. So which one is right for you? Let's start with a description and examples of use.
Biofeedback training is a system of providing the patient with information about how their body changes in association to thoughts, ideas, and images in mind. That is, objective measurements of physiological changes are fed back to the patient so they can learn to control and train their body's responses in directions for greater health and comfort. And with repetition, they teach or condition their body to repeat these changes quickly and automatically. The types of biological information that is fed back to the patient might include muscle tension, heart rate, blood pressure, brain waves, skin conductance, blood vessel changes, and so on. As the therapist offers a variety of relaxation instructions with calming thoughts, soothing images, and encouraging words, the patient can watch the computer monitor showing any increases or decreases in muscle tension across the head, and the rise or fall of temperature in the fingers. The beauty of biofeedback training is that the individual can actually watch objective and measurable changes in their own physiology that are a result of their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
Guided Imagery and visualization are two separate but similar methods of hypnosis. Guided imagery involves the therapist facilitating a progressive relaxation of body and mind, and suggestions for the patient to allow their own images or imagination to guide them toward the method of relieving symptoms. This can also include discovering images that have a message about the symptoms or condition, which gives the patient insight, understanding and control of those symptoms. Visualization exercises include graphic or vivid images that are held in mind with the intentions for healing and comfort. And as in biofeedback training, the repetition of these exercises causes learning or a conditioning effect so that these physical changes are available wherever and whenever the patient chooses to use them.
Hypnosis is a modality of mind-body medicine. It requires no equipment, can be taught in one or two sessions, and can be used just about anywhere when needed. I tell my patients that hypnosis is a system of methods that allow mind and body to share information more effectively. One of those methods is called "trance" in the jargon of clinical or medical hypnosis; or "daydream" in common language. I see a hypnotic trance and a daydream as being very similar if not identical. For in each, the individual is conscious and aware of where they are and what they are doing, while at the same time they are wonderfully absorbed in their own thoughts and ideas. The trance or daydream-like state is only the first part of medical hypnosis and is referred to as the "induction," or getting into that pleasant state of mind. But the powerful features of hypnosis are the "utilization" of that altered state to access and communicate with the mind-body connection. Utilization involves using words, ideas, images, metaphors, and imagination to provide the mind-body with information that will cause it to produce a therapeutic or healing response. These responses can be pain relief, clearing the skin, calming the gut, lowering blood pressure, suppressing or enhancing the immune system, removing anxiety, accelerating recovery after surgery, changing behaviors, enhancing performance, and unlearning negative patterns by re-learning positive and comfortable patterns of activity within the body. Just about everyone is hypnotizable to either a greater or lesser degree. And even those with less ability can still learn to use it, but it may require more practice or working with a therapist."
Meditation is one of the best methods to take control of your own self. During meditation you will learn how to make your mind stronger. A weight lifter typically exercises certain muscles, making them stronger and stronger. Similarly someone who meditates is exercising their "mental" muscle by directing the mind away from the noise of the world outside toward the calm within. Following the meditation instructions takes a bit of effort, but that effort will be rewarded.
If anyone meditates on a daily basis, they will not only become more able to concentrate during the meditation session but also more able to put her good intentions into practice and make positive changes in their life.
It is not a question of mind over matter, or having to do anything that you don't want to do. Meditation is an activity that changes you from the inside out. Instead of forcing yourself not to eat the doughnut in between meals, the very desire to eat it will vanish. Instead of fighting with yourself to go out for a walk, exercise will become something that you enjoy doing. If you get into the practice of meditation, no one will have to twist your arm to make you live a healthy lifestyle, it will become your natural choice.
So, while you will not sweat off any pounds during your periods of meditation, the daily practice of meditation could be one of the most important parts of your effort to lose weight and live a long, healthy and happy life.
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