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The most common causes of obesity are poor diet and lack of exercise.

Although glandular malfunctions, diabetes, and hypoglycemia have been linked as possible causes of obesity, each of these results from poor nutrition/poor eating habits.

Food sensitivities have been linked to obesity, but, again, obesity is caused by poor eating habits, in this case, eating something which causes a problem.

Permanent weight loss requires a change to healthy eating habits and healthier lifestyle.

Most people with weight issues are addicted to carbohydrates of some sort. The most common addictions are sugars and starches (primarily wheat products). Carbohydrate addicts begin to eat a carbohydrate food, usually a starch, and find it very difficult to stop even when they know they are not hungry. The only solution is to avoid the sensitizing substance.

Although there are many different kinds of diets for losing weight, they all have one thing in common: to lose weight, it is necessary to eat less.

I have found, in my practice, that eliminating starches and sugars completely yields the best results, particularly when the dieter is a carbohydrate addict. Elimination of these two groups of substances not only eliminates a major part of the average person’s daily calorie load, but also removes from the diet those items most commonly eaten as snacks.

Eliminating sugars and starches will almost automatically qualify any diet as low carbohydrate (providing protein intake is adequate), which I believe is important. Carbohydrates do have a place on the plate, however complex carbohydrates, such as green, yellow, and orange vegetables, are the most efficient choice for inclusion in a meal. They tend to be much lower in calories and carbohydrates, and have a lower glycemic index, meaning that more can be included in a meal with protein, allowing more variety, and more food. Variety will also contribute to better nutrition by increasing the inclusion of natural vitamins, enzymes, and minerals from different sources.

Protein is an important part of a weight reduction diet. All too often, those on weight reduction diets omit protein in order to cut calories and fat. Protein is necessary to build muscle, and to repair and maintain the various body parts. When the body does not take in enough protein, it will leach protein from the muscles, in order to have the protein needed for basic maintenance. When the body takes the protein from the muscles, this causes muscle loss. Muscle loss will lead to lethargy and weakness. Lethargy and weakness will disincline the individual to be active, to exercise, which, in turn, will lead to more muscle loss.

Adequate protein intake (@.5g per pound of body weight, spread across three meals per day) during a weight loss program will help activate the metabolism. It will also stimulate glucagon, the fat-burning hormone secreted by the pancreas, provided the carbohydrate intake is kept low.

Most importantly, inclusion of adequate protein (21-28g), in a meal of no more than 40% carbohydrates, will stave off hunger for from 5-6 hours, eliminating any need to snack.


There are any number of nutritional supplements on the market aimed at facilitating weight reduction.

Ideally, switching to a healthy natural diet, with proper vitamin, enzyme, mineral, fat, fiber, and protein intake, either through food (ideally), or through nutritional supplements, moderating food intake, eliminating sugars and starches, and increasing water consumption to 8-10 8 oz. glasses per day, while eliminating the consumption of all soft drinks (diet or regular), and eliminating coffee and tea, will bring the weight into line at a comfortable pace, and allow the goal weight to be maintained, once reached.

Supplementation of broad spectrum digestive enzymes can be of use in cases, such as with the elderly, where decreased digestive enzymes may occasion food digestion and absorption difficulties.

A daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is advisable to ensure that the dieter receives adequate nutrients to maintain health.

So much concern has been raised over lowering the fat content of the average diet that many people are actually deficient in essential fats, which the body needs to function properly.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats are fats which are required by the body to perform a number of vital functions. These fats cannot be made by the body, and must be supplied by the diet.

Inclusion of 30% EFAs in every meal (along with a minimum of 30% protein and a maximum of 40% carbohydrates) can allay appetite by delaying conversion of carbohydrates into glucose in the blood.

Omega 3 fats help to increase the metabolic rate and reset the fat thermostat to a lower level, helping to make weight loss permanent.. Thus, eating fat burns fat. The only thing which burns cellulite is essentail fats plus exercise.

Oxygen, oxygenating foods, and oxygen supplements can be of use in weight reduction. Deep breathing, eating raw fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, sprouts, superfoods, and supplemental enzymes, such as CoQ10 and S.O.D. can assist in weight reduction

The effective dose of CoQ10 is 100 mg. per day, over two to three months. CoQ10 is available in the following foods:


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