Is there a lot of hot air talked about how to lose weight naturally?
Search on the Internet for “weight loss” and you come up with any number of “remedies” – often in a single capsule or tablet – which promises success.
This belies the fact that being overweight is often – in fact, most likely to be – a very complex situation.
Physical and emotional causes
It is complex because there are usually a combination of factors involved – physical and mental/emotional.
The emotional factors mean that when you find it difficult to lose weight naturally, you may start punishing or hating yourself.
If you do this, you are really piling on the emotional pressure. You can just end up making yourself feel more and more guilty. That is just no good at all.
The answer to this is to go easy on yourself. Keep reminding yourself that you are doing the best you can in the circumstances in which you find yourself.
Criticise yourself and you’ll just make it harder to get to the point where you can lose weight naturally. To help yourself when you notice you are criticising yourself for not being successful… …Don’t judge yourself one way or the other. In other words, don’t decide you are right or wrong. Try to stop because that does not help you lose weight naturally. And it simply holds you back from being successful.
Simply step back mentally – this gets you away from your emotions – and say to yourself; “Ah yes – I’m criticising myself”. Just being aware of what you are doing is the most useful thing you can do.
Observe your thoughts
Over time, this simple practice of being aware of your thoughts will be very helpful to you.
Accept that your “bad” habits are perfectly OK. Acceptance is crucial – because you are not perfect: just like us all.
At the same time, you may choose to head towards changing some of those bad habits – one by one. That’s OK too.
This is a healthier attitude than thinking: “what a terrible person I am for not being able instantly to change that bad habit.”
Try to put aside self-criticism and thoughts of failure. You’ll still have some of those thoughts, but just step back and observe them from a distance – as if they were someone else’s thoughts. If you practice – it’ll soon become habit. If you find it difficult, act “as if” you were not negative towards yourself. Do this every day for, say, 2 or 3 ten minute periods and it will start to become ingrained.
There can always be something you want to change about yourself. If you keep criticising yourself for not being perfect – then you will never be happy for all your life! That just cannot be right.
Learn to accept yourself as an imperfect being, trying their best. And if something doesn’t work… keep trying something else.
Weight loss 3-step plan
Here’s a 3-step plan which will help you to lose weight naturally.
1. Address any current health issues
Firstly, if you have underlying health issues – you need to see a Practitioner in alternative healthcare to start getting that sorted out.
Naturally, see a doctor too, certainly; but remember you don’t have to do what they say. Listen to their advice, certainly; but don’t be pushed into any weight loss methods you don’t want.
It is your life and your health – take what the doctor says, see an alternative practitioner, and then *you* decide what you are going to do for your health.
2. Decide to get healthy
Commit yourself to being healthy and happy. And part of that just happens to involve… – being a better weight than you are right now!
Focus on what you want for your health in general, rather than on losing weight. Trust that you will naturally lose weight as you sort out your general health.
To improve general health my first recommendation is:
- Colon cleansing
This often seems to help so many people that it is a good cleanse to start with. If you have sluggish bowels then certainly start with this method. I don’t mean “purge” yourself with strong laxatives. I recommend a 3 month colon cleansing programme which will help to give you regular, easy bowel motions.
Secondly, I recommend:
- Liver cleansing
Again, many people appear to benefit from this cleansing. It does help to ensure that the Liver works well, and that benefits the whole body. To be comprehensive, follow a good herbal liver programme – I recommend you do it for three months. Second best is to use a 3 month course of the wonderful (and safe) liver herb, Milk Thistle.
These two cleanses – a colon cleanse and a liver cleanse – will be a great start for anyone wanting to lose weight naturally.
3. Your diet – what you eat
For most overweight people, diet is key. There are many different dietary approaches. You have to find one which suits you.
Reducing calories is one approach which works for some. The “Weight Watchers” method uses this approach, for example, combined with psychological and emotional support from other overweight people.
Others find this approach does not suit them. And it is true that the body may adjust its metabolism after a while so that the amount of weight lost reduces.
There are other dietary approaches which often produce weight loss as a beneficial side-effect of changing your lifestyle. Here are some examples of these approaches to improving health. Try out one which appeals to you.
A general way to lose weight is to cut down on the “starchy” food you eat. All starchy food – and I am thinking here of bread, rice, potatoes and pasta – consists mainly of sugar. When it is digested it turns into sugar. And it is sugar which make you fat. Plain and simple.
Yes, you need a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein and vegetables and salad and a moderate amount of fruit. But the killer for most overweight people is the starchy food that they eat.
Get into the habit of eating plenty of lean protein with vegetables and salad. Avoid the starchy foods or reduce them to a minimum. This is a challenge for most people: but it is definitely the way to lose weight naturally.
Improve your lifestyle – and lose weight
Here is some general information on naturopathic diet.
And here are some useful books containing a system of the dietary approaches mentioned above, which often help people to lose weight naturally – and, more importantly, keep it off.
Not all these books tell you to minimize starchy foods as I have done above. That is my own view derived from observation and research and I am sure it is true. But sticking to a plan is important too: and if you find one of the following books appeals to you, stick to that plan if it gets you to lose weight naturally.
The rotation diet by Martin Katahn
This is a diet which starts from the principle that if you reduce your calories, you initially lose weight, then the body lowers its metabolic rate to compensate for the lower amount of food being eaten, and the weight loss stops.
The Rotation Diet fools your body by first putting you on a low calorie diet for long enough to lose weight. Then, before the body can adjust its metabolic rate, you change to moderate-calorie diet for a short time, then to a normal diet. The ‘cycle’ takes – from memory – either 3 or 6 weeks.
This is clever! And if you can stick to it it will work for most people. The reviews on Amazon are very complimentary.
“Food combining” diets
By changing your diet, weight is often lost. One reason is that the diet can make you think more about what you are eating. You may then tend to make healthier decisions about your food.
Food Combining is a way of eating where you make it easier for your digestion by avoiding eating starches and protein at the same meal. So – no egg on toast; no bangers and mash. Basically, you have all fruit or all salad or vegetables at a meal; or you have either starch (eg baked potato) *or* protein (chicken, or cheese) with salad, vegetables, or both.
These are the top books I recommend on Food Combining.
Get Well With the Hay Diet by Jackie Habgood
The Complete Book of Food Combining by Karthryn Marsden
The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss by Natalia Rose
Food Combining for Health Cookbook: Better health and weight loss with the Hay Diet by Jean Joice and Jackie Le Tissier
Other ideas to help you to lose weight
For most people, losing weight is simply a matter of eating less of the food which puts weight on.
(I know there are a few exceptional people who eat little, but still manage to put weight on – but this is a very small proportion.)
How you manage to eat less depends on what works for you. Some ideas are:
- Keep fruit near to you at all times – and eat it, of course. Berries are lowest in sugar, so I recommend those.
- Reduce your black tea and coffee intake. Replace it with green tea and drink at least 1 litre (2 pints) of water a day. Avoid fruit juice which is as high in sugar as soda.
- Change some other habits as well as your eating habits. Walk more; or get a dog! Give up snacking, or prepare healthy snack – such as humus and vegetable sticks.
- Do a vegetarian or “healthy eating” cookery course; or invest in some gourmet vegetarian cookery books – and focus on the recipes without tons of cheese.
- If your weight goes up and down from month to month, weigh yourself every week. Then, the instant you go over a weight you have decided upon, immediately do whatever is necessary to get back down to the weight you want. Then… relax again, and keep weighing yourself weekly!
An interesting overview of overweight and obesity can be found at: