Winning the Weight War
by Extraordinary Health Writers
management is an ongoing battle for many people, but your diet and
lifestyle can either fight for you or against you when it comes to
taming your weight. Truth be told, a typical Western diet and lifestyle
can wreak havoc on your weight, but there are ways to help win the
But just what is a typical Western diet and lifestyle, and how can
they work against a healthy weight? Glad you asked! Western diets are
characterized by processed foods, including unhealthy carbs, fats and
proteins which can also have toxins called obesogens in them that can
lead to obesity. Likewise, the Western lifestyle is a stressed-filled
one that is short on regular, adequate exercise and sufficient sleep.
Combined, these can lead to a sluggish metabolism, imbalanced blood
sugar levels, resulting in food cravings and weight gain as well as
stress hormones (such as cortisol) which can also lead to overeating and
It’s no wonder, then, that many people struggle with achieving and
maintaining a healthy weight. However, one way to win the weight war is
to consume an organic diet—without prohibited toxins, including those
nasty obesogens—and to be sure to include clean proteins to stoke your
body’s fat-burning ability and to retain muscle.† Implementing a
whole-body, pure detoxification program to prepare your body (including
the liver) to work at optimal capacity for overall health and a healthy
weight can be beneficial as well.† Likewise, it’s important to balance
blood sugar levels to combat out-of-control cravings and weight gain.†
Of course, stress management, getting adequate sleep and getting enough
exercise are helpful, too.
When it comes to detoxification, some crucial areas to detoxify
include the liver, colon, kidneys, lymphatic system as well as muscle
tissue and the bloodstream. For example, detoxifying the liver is
critical, since the liver is the “chief detoxifier” of the body.
However, it’s also important for weight management, since a healthily
functioning liver enables a healthy functioning metabolism that properly
metabolizes foods eaten.† In fact, the liver is highly involved in
carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, in storing vitamins and
minerals and in many bodily processes such as blood sugar regulation and
in hormone levels—all of which impact weight.†
Getting rid of toxins, which can contribute to obesity, is
essential—and having an optimally functioning liver helps the body
detoxify properly. Unfortunately, the liver and other detoxification
organs are often bogged down due to diet and lifestyle patterns. The
bottom line is that eliminating those toxins and boosting your body’s
natural detoxification system is a necessary part of long-term weight
management as well as a healthy metabolism.†
Metabolism and blood sugar levels also play roles in weight
management. Many things can slow your metabolism down. For instance,
aging—after age 30—decreases muscle and increases fat content for your
overall weight and slows down calorie burning. Likewise, stress can
chemically and hormonally alter metabolism through stress hormones such
as cortisol, opening the door to craving—and eating—junk foods. That’s a
double-edged sword, too, since a processed food or junk food diet can
put the brakes on your metabolism. Hormonal shifts such as menopause can
also slow down metabolism. A clean diet and regular exercise can also go
a long way to help rev your metabolism.
And speaking of hormones . . . one hormone, insulin, is key to weight
management, since it regulates blood sugar levels in the body. In turn,
blood sugar levels affect how hungry and energetic we feel and determine
whether we burn fat or store fat—all of which factor into weight.†
Avoiding insulin spikes from processed, sugary or unheatlhy carb-filled
foods is wise as is eating several healthy small meals a day to keep
your insulin levels balanced.
So, if you want to win the weight war this year, then you may want to
give these a try!
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Weight Loss? Boost Your Metabolism!
all exercises are the same, and certain exercises are more likely to
boost your metabolism than others, including strength training, aerobic
workouts and circuit training. Take a look:
Training: Strength training exercises, otherwise known as
muscle-building exercises, help to build lean muscles. In turn, lean
muscles burn more calories than fatty tissue—even when you’re not
exercising—and the more lean muscles you build, the more efficiently
your metabolism will function. Some strength training exercises to try
include using your own body weight via lunges, pull ups and squats;
using free weights and resistance bands.
Exercise: Aerobic exercise, also known as cardiovascular exercise,
is required in order to burn calories, since it is vigorous exercise
which elevates the heart rate for at least 12 minutes at a time. Some
aerobic exercises to try include: running, hiking, biking, brisk walking
and jumping on a trampoline. They can help make you leaner and stronger,
leading to increased metabolism. Try to fit in 30 or 40 minutes of
aerobic exercise daily—all at once or in two or three shorter sessions.
Circuit Training: When you combine strength training with aerobic
workouts, then you get huge benefits. But to get those benefits in half
the time, try circuit training. For example, pick an aerobic exercise
such as the elliptical machine for 12 minutes, and then switch to
resistance bands. Use them to perform five minutes of upper- or
lower-body exercises. Then return to an aerobic exercise for 12 minutes,
followed by five minutes of a different form of strength training or
different resistance band exercises. In just 34 minutes, you’ve created
your own circuit training, covering your bases with both strength
training and aerobic exercise. Of course, there are other circuit
training options out there, but the possibilities are plenty.
Give that metabolism a boost with one or all of these exercises!
Note: The content provided in this article is intended for informational
and educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of
professional medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your
medical health care provider regarding any health concern or
health-related condition you may have.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food
and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any