Maintaining Healthy Weight
The body requires long-term harmony and support and in order to lose weight successfully, there are a few weight loss tips and simple steps that need to be incorporated into your lifestyle:
- Balance your diet
- Regular exercise
- Lots of water daily
- A positive mental approach to food
- Understanding and acknowledging the underlying causes of unhealthy eating habits
By incorporating healthy eating habits and exercise into your life, you will improve not only your weight, but also your overall physical and mental health. Being overweight can cause numerous health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and respiratory disease to name but a few.
How Do I Know if I am Overweight?
Most commonly a ratio or measurement known as the body mass index (BMI) is used as a guide to determine your body weight in relation to your height, and will establish whether you fall into the underweight, healthy, overweight or obese category.
A normal BMI range for men and women is between 18.5 and 24.9, while overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9, and obesity is defined as a BMI equal to or more than 30.
To determine BMI, divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared and multiplying by 100. It can also be calculated by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared and multiplying by 705.
Problems Associated with Weight Loss
There is nothing more frustrating, or unhealthy, than yo-yo dieting. This dieting is losing a few pounds here and there, only to gain them again—and sometimes even more! Millions of people battle with their weight daily and resort to various fad diets, diet pills, and weight loss programs in the hope of a quick solution.
Unfortunately, a quick ‘solution’ is not the answer to keeping those pounds off in the long term. The best weight loss tips advocate healthy food and exercise and discourage fad or crash diets that produce initial water loss and short term loss of weight that very often upsets the delicate balance of your body’s metabolism.
More often than not, people resort to appetite suppressants to lose weight or harsh stimulants with added caffeine or other stimulants to boost their metabolism. While these types of weight loss supplements may suppress the urge to eat or increase the amount of fat burned, they are extremely detrimental to your health and can affect all body systems, especially the heart.
These weight loss supplements often promise dramatic weight loss and the perfect body with minimal effort. Unfortunately, unnatural weight loss supplements can have some serious side effects including fatigue, agitation, shivers, dry mouth, diarrhea, depression, insomnia, altered metabolism and even anorexia.
Losing Weight the Natural Way
Losing weight is a slow, gradual process and requires a combination of healthy eating, balanced nutrition and exercise. Try not to place unrealistic expectations on yourself and be prepared for setbacks. If you falter, do not be too hard on yourself and commit to starting afresh the next day.
There are also many natural weight loss supplements available that are effective in helping you to achieve your goal weight and support a healthy metabolism naturally. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are gentle on the body’s system, helping to create the conditions necessary for weight stabilization and balance.
These natural weight loss supplements also promote overall physical, mental and emotional health. Herbs such as Fucus vesiculosis, Gallium aperine, Taraxacum officinalis, Glycorrhiza glabra, and Erythrea centaurium can help to boost the metabolism, improve liver and digestive functioning and keep the weight off. Another helpful herb is Garcinia cambogia that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural appetite suppressant.
Below is a selection of herbal supplements, metabolism herbs and tools that help you reach your personal weight goal. As with any dietary change, we suggest you confer with your personal doctor before you start any diet.