“Nature’s Way to Healthy Weight Loss”
by Dr. Lindsey Duncan ND, CN
Dr. Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN has committed his life to helping individuals become healthier and live more fulfilling lives. His clients have included many leading music, film and television celebrities and political figures. Dr. Duncan can be reached at 888-323-9355, or email Lindsey@askdrlindsey.com.
As a naturopathic doctor and certified nutritionist, I have dealt with thousands of cases of people wanting or needing to lose weight anywhere from 5 to 200 pounds. I have learned so much about weight loss it could literally fill volumes. People’s patterns, weaknesses, desires, compulsions and even neuroses can cause weight gain. weight loss
I have learned the majority of the time, we do the damage.
When working with a patient who wants to lose weight, I have also learned the road provided to us by Nature is much preferred to the road provided to us by man and medicine. Nature gives us its simple, logical and non-evasive principals to live by. When we don’t live by these principles, we become sick and one of the symptoms of illness is obesity.
Nature never killed anybody on a weight loss program. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for man and medicine. There have been far too many people’s lives damaged or lost due to harsh weight loss procedures. Fen Phen – t he once popular diet drug – caused serious health complications (including death) and was taken off the market. Read the warning labels on common O.T.C. weight loss medicines and be prepared to be shocked: “Users may experience “abdominal pain, pounding or irregular heartbeat, severe headaches, severe vomiting, severe nervousness, severe restlessness, convulsions, seizures, hallucinations, hostile behavior,” and more.
All of this begs the question: which road should we choose when going on a healthy weight loss plan: man and medicine’s approach – or Nature’s approach?
Man and medicine often uses synthesized and damaging components to force unnatural weight loss. Only recently have man and medicine begun to realize that proper diet, consistent exercise, healthy lifestyle, pure water to de-stress and other simple elements are critical for anyone desiring to lose extra pounds. Man and medicine’s approach has destroyed lives, organs, and even the spirit of its victims – even the nutritional supplement industry has come out with some pretty harsh products.
On the other hand, Nature’s approach is filled with vibrant, live foods rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and thirst quenching liquids, sunshine, plentiful rest, exercise and finally, Nature’s medicine chest which contains nutritional and herbal elements.
The closer we live to nature, the healthier we are. The further we live from nature, the more toxic we become. The more toxic we become, the more our body’s functions and reserves slow down – this contributes to weight gain.
My best results as a nutritionist with weight loss have always come from addressing weight loss from a COMPREHENSIVE, natural approach. We must attack weight loss from all appropriate angles, hold the client’s hand and give Love, support, encouragement and sometimes even a strong push in the right direction. Below is an outline of a very effective and healthy weight loss program:
- Digestion is Key:
Enhance Digestion with Digestive Enzymes
- Ensure Proper Elimination:
If you’re not having 2 – 3 bowel movements everyday, get a good all natural Internal Cleansing product and fix the problem quickly.
- Drink Pure Water:
12 – 13 glasses of purified water daily to flush the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract – critical during weight loss.
- Enjoy Exercise:
Cardio is critical for weight loss. Panting and sweating enhance mood, mind function and memory.
- Strengthen the Thyroid Gland:
Make sure the thyroid gland is not slow (hypoactive.) Iodine is the #1 nutrient for our Thyroid Gland. SUGGESTION
- Cleanse The Liver:
Responsible for metabolizing fats, most overweight people have liver overload: toxic buildup. A clogged liver can also contribute to cellulite formation.
- Systematically under-eat:
One of the best exercises you can do: “ The Push away.” That is – to simply learn to push away from the table before you’re full.
- Get all Vital and Required Nutrients:
What most people don’t know is your body can feel continually hungry because of malnutrition. Feed your body with fast foods and processed carbs and your body will be starving for nutrients. Eating a large quantity of food does not equal eating a large quantity of nutrients. Good liquid nutritional supplements will fix this quickly.
- STOP eating dead foods:
Junk, fried and fast foods, fat, sugar, caffeine, processed carbs, dairy, cheese and soda.
Remember, the more Live foods we eat, the more alive we feel. The more dead foods we eat . . .
10. Balance blood sugar:
Unbalanced blood sugar levels cause mental confusion and fatigue.
Don’ts: sodas, sugar, stimulants, candy, coffee, overeating, too many carbs (especially in the morning)
Do’s: smaller meal portions throughout the day, B Complex vitamins, Chromium, plenty of Protein and exercise.
11. Increase metabolism:
Age slows metabolism.
Take Natural nutrients:Iodine, Kelp, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, Mustard Seed, Ginger to enhance metabolism. Also, digestive enzymes are critical.
7 more important considerations:
- Use herbs to address water retention.
- Use herbs to stimulating BAT (Brown Adipose Tissue.)
- Use herbs to increase thermogenesis.
- Use herbs to increase serotonin levels to help control food cravings.
- Use herbs to increase circulation.
- Use vitamins to increase energy levels.
- Plenty of Sunshine, rest & quiet time for contemplation.
The bottom line regarding weight loss is: you have choices. Choose the destructive way – often times devastating and even life threatening results occur. Choose Nature’s way – and let the power of Nature do its work.
From my experience, there really is no choice.
At my nutritional clinic I use some very simple but effective techniques to promote healthy weight loss. I do not believe in harmful deprivation diets, water pills, harsh chemicals and other such gimmicks that offer only temporary weight loss while doing the body harm. I have had very successful, permanent weight loss results with my clients by addressing weight control through natural, easy-to-follow steps: Supplementation I believe in nutritional supplementation to assist with weight loss and use an all-natural nutritional support system at my clinic to help clients change their eating patterns, enhance their fat-burning capabilities, sup-port their energy levels, assist in fat digestion and enhance their overall nutrition.In this fast-paced day and age, it’s hard to always eat right and resist temptation. A good-for-you, natural weight loss supplement often gives you that extra “ammunition” needed to achieve weight loss goals. Do not Diet I believe that “diet” is one of those four-letter words with negative connotations.Dieting, whether you’re following one of those diet club menus that offer ready-made, prepackaged foods, or simply following a strict program of cutting out certain foods— i.e., the “grapefruit diet,” the “brown-rice diet,” the all-protein diet, etc. —is a diet program almost certain to fail because it is not reality based.Yes, you can lose weight in the short-term with some of these diet programs, but in the long haul most people regain it when they begin eating normal food again. Starvation and deprivation diets cause the body to gain more weight as it adjusts itself for “famine,” slowing down metabolic and digestive functions for “dietary fuel conservation” and becoming more efficient than ever at storing fat.
The key to long lasting weight loss is to follow a healthy diet! The idea isn’t to deprive yourself or to always feel hungry. It’s possible to eat larger portions of good-for-you foods that satiate your appetite yet allow you to lose weight!
Eat low-fat foods consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, rainbow salads, legumes, beans and whole grains. These foods fill you up without filling you out! Eat flesh protein in moderation, sticking to lean, small portions of fresh chicken, fish and meat. Try to stay away from fried foods, junk foods, excessive sweets, dairy, breads and alcohol.
The Carbohydrate Trap
Did you know that eating too many carbohydrates, even the ‘non-fat” kind such as fat-free cookies, muffins, bagels, etc., pack on unwanted pounds?
Both complex and simple carbohydrates are broken down into sugar by the human body. Sugar, when not used as fuel, converts to fat and is stored as such. This simple fact is why obesity is a bigger problem than ever in the U.S. despite the abundant supply of fat-free food products. Eat carbohydrates in extreme moderation!
Do Not Overeat
Eat small meals! This simple rule has changed more lives at my nutritional clinic than you can imagine. Even the best foods can place a burden on the digestive processes if you eat too much of them.
Do not overwhelm your digestive system. This slows down your metabolism and causes weight gain. Practice “pushing back” from the dinner table when your stomach’s almost full, not necessarily when your plate’s empty!
No Late-Night Meals
Eating late is the “kiss of death” to weight loss programs! Your body uses nighttime sleeping hours to cleanse, restore and rejuvenate the digestive and eliminatory systems. For your metabolism to function at its most efficient, it depends on this nightly restorative process to keep your body operating at optimum levels.
Have you ever eaten late at night then awaken the next morning feeling like a “freight train ran over you”? That’s because while your mind was
sleeping, your poor digestive system was working overtime, with very little sleep.
It’s impossible to lose weight with an overloaded, sluggish metabolism and eating late at night can be a main contributing factor to this problem.
Last but not least, daily exercise is an important key to weight loss. Exercise raises your body’s fat-burning capabilities, enabling your body to burn calories more efficiently and at a faster rate.
Cardiovascular exercise, where you sweat and pant, stimulates your entire body, encouraging optimum circulation, heart strength, lymphatic drainage, lung power and more. It also enhances your mood, mind and memory.
Weight-training exercise increases lean muscle mass. Muscle tissue burns calories for energy so the greater amount of muscle tissue you have, the more calories you can burn.
Find a physical activity you like to do whether it is taking long walks with your dog, joining an aerobics class, playing team sports, etc. Remember you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from exercise—just sweat and pant a little bit every day and reap the weight loss benefits ten-fold!
Healthy, long-term weight loss is within your reach. My nutritional clients have achieved what they thought were “unachievable weight loss goals” by following the simple guidelines listed above.
Carrying excess poundage is not a natural state for the human body. We must listen to it, support it with the right nutrients, nurture it, stimulate it and treat it “right”—and our natural, healthy body weight will prevail.
Clients of Dr. Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN have included many film, music, television and political figures. Dr. Lindsey can be reached at 888-323-9355, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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