More than two-thirds of United States adults are overweight or obese.  Every year countless studies are used to investigate various weight loss tactics.  A successful weight-loss program is a mind/body mission.  It includes a program to become healthy again and also dealing with psychological and habit changes.

It’s important to get mentally prepared before you start thinking of weight loss.  You have to be mentally ready for the changes that are going to take place.  Do not set goals of cutting calories but instead start eating food that promotes fat burning. By eating living and raw plant food especially raw plant fats like avocados, seeds, nuts, olives and coconuts you start telling the body to burn fat instead of sugar. The more you do this the more weight you lose.  Including regular exercise in your daily routine is important for weight maintenance even if it’s just adding a few more walking steps per day.

Eating breakfast is important to start the day and to help jump start the body and make sure you do not eat late at night.  Increase water intake and eat more vegetables.  It is important to know how to substitute foods such as salsa or hummus as a dip.  Eating a raw plant based diet which would include raw vegetables, leafy greens, raw nuts, seeds, and sprouts.

Herbal products are recommended to aid in the removal of toxins that occur with weight loss as they increase urination and/or bowel movements, they stimulate the central nervous system, increase serotonin levels (which is a chemical in the brain that creates a “feeling of fullness”.     Some of the products recommended would be capsaicin because it is a natural substance that comes from chili peppers and aids in speeding up the metabolism, reduces fat tissues and aids in overeating as it curbs the appetite.  Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweed like wakame and hijiki.  Probiotics are important to correct bacterial imbalances that contribute to weight gain.  Psyllium which is a plant that produces seeds which are rich in fiber and Spirullina, a blue-green algae is recommended for weight loss because of their high nutrient content, ability to make one feel full and their ability to balance blood sugar.  Having low levels of vitamin D may increase your risk of obesity, so including vitamin D may help promote weight loss and weight maintenance.   B-vitamins, lipoic acid, iron, magnesium, manganese, chromium, L-carnitine and Co-enzyme Q10 are important and essential for the proper metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

The most important key to remember with trying to lose weight is not to try to lose weight but to become healthier instead. We have had people at Total Health Institute lose 100 pound without dieting but instead living Seven Basic Steps to Total Health lifestyle and eating food that brought balance into their mind and body. You never count calories when you are getting healthy just count the 7 Basic Steps that you are to do each day and watch the pounds fall off.