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A Solution to Permanent, Healthy Weight-Loss

written by Guest Blogger June 3, 2009

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by holistic nutritionist and health counselor, Natural Neda.

You can’t turn on the TV, drive down the road or go to a party without being confronted with America’s hottest obsession: weight. Diets are a billion-dollar industry; companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution-your shortcut to a thinner body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets as early as nine or 10 years of age.

Our culture touts diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience foods and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick-fix solutions have backfired. America’s populace has reached its highest weight in history. About half of Americans are overweight; one-third are obese. Diets steer us away from our common sense and dip deeply into our pocketbooks while eliciting few, if any, lasting results.

Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone? Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions. As in physics, if a pendulum swings to one extreme, it has to swing equally to the other. A diet might work for a short amount of time, but research shows that almost all diets result in a 10-pound gain once off the diet. Diets don’t work because they are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed and weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body.

Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances. In our fast-paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting.

Balance and a sustainable weight are your birthright. Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the outward energy you expend on diets, fads and gimmicks and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your heart and inner wisdom. There is no such thing as a quick fix; you already have everything you need within you. With careful thought and loving reflection, you can feed yourself wisely and purposefully and be completely nourished. Working with your body rather than against it will bring about increased energy, stabilized weight and sustainable health.

Working with a Holistic Nutritionist and Health Counselor such as myself, will teach you how to reconnect with your body and understand the signals that we have learned to shut off. By learning how to nourish your body properly you will be able to read the signals accurately.

Trained at Columbia University’s Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Natural Neda helps people achieve a healthy, balanced life using holistic nutrition and the body’s own wisdom. Her counseling is individualized and focuses on balancing all aspects of life that satisfy our hunger for living.

To learn more about Natural Neda and how she can guide you towards health and happiness, visit her site and contact her for a free consultation.


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8 comments

Dee June 5, 2009 at 3:13 am

Bravo Neda for an honest and well written article that I have found to be true in my past weight loss efforts.

Going thru menopause, I have discovered that hypothyroidism has contributed to my substantial weight gain over the past 2 years. Despite making healthier food choices and a more balanced lifestyle ~ including exercise and meditation, I cannot seem to lose this extra weight!

If you have any natural tips on certain foods, supplements or exercise that might kick start my slow metabolism, I would love to know. I make a point of eating a small protein breakfast each morning and grazing on several small meals (incl nuts, fruits & veggies) as hunger dictates thru the day. Then I stop eating at least 3 hrs before sleep ~ to no avail. It has been extremely frustrating despite my strong motivation and discipline.

Thankfully I’m not gaining any more weight (or fat) but do you think it might be necessary to take synthroid or some other thyroid replacement in order to see some results? I also have low energy slowing my workout, which doesn’t seem to burn off my daily calorie intake (1200-1500)

I recently saw an expert on Oprah who said that staying hungry will improve one’s health and longevity, while slowing the aging process. I think food combining and eating mostly raw foods were the other factors. Everyone in the experiment lost substantial amounts of weight over 21 days and felt much better. Maybe this is the answer for women like me?

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Neda June 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Dee,

I feel your pain and understand the challenges you are facing. It can be very frustrating having to take the time and effort to change your style of eating and have found no solution.

I’m sure you are familiar with the causes of hypothyroidism; for those who have never heard of it, hypothyroidism is a low functioning thyroid, which can be caused by food allergies, excess stress, environmental toxins, insufficient exercise, B vitamin deficiencies, lack of iron, lack of digestive enzymes, liver disease, hormone imbalances, and/or parasites. Antihistamines or synthetic estrogen can exacerbate the situation. Have you ever been tested for Hashimoto’s disease? Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease in which the body becomes allergic to its own thyroid gland and forms antibodies to attack it.

I think it is also important to review the symptoms of hypothyroidism, which include fatigue, weight gain, slowed heart rate, constipation, irritability, sensitivities to cold, mental depression, slowness or slurring of speech, drooping and swollen eyes, swollen face, recurrent infections, increased allergic reactions, headaches, hair loss, brittleness of hair, female problems (such as heavy menstrual flow, painful periods, and premenstrual tension), decreased immune functioning, and calcium metabolism problems. So do not worry that you have gained weight and that you might show a reduced energy level, especially during workouts. Once you get your thyroid functioning properly, you should see an increase in energy level and weight loss.

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Neda June 9, 2009 at 7:04 pm

As a holistic health counselor, I recommend to address this naturally. My suggestions are as follows:

First – I think it is very important to work with someone, like myself, to assist you in addressing your diet. There are some foods that we need to emphasize, and some that need to be avoided. My personal email address is neda@naturalneda.com if you would to contact me directly about my services and how I can help.

Second—after we have made adjustments to your diet, I would look to supplement your diet with essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes. A company I work very closely with is Isogonics. It is a company that produces a line of products made from the highest quality organic raw ingredients designed to enhance absorption.

One product that I highly recommend for this is a drink powder called “Want More Energy.” This is a drink powder that can complement your diet and add the electrolytes and nutrients that replenish essentials lost during stress and exercise. The B vitamins and ionic trace minerals safely charge your body with natural, caffeine-free energy to support peak mental and physical performance. It also has Biotin which supports the thyroid. The B vitamins and ionic trace minerals are a first step in feeding your thyroid and getting it to function properly. I also recommend the “Ionix Supreme” which is filled with adaptogens that help neutralize the effects of stress and power performance. The antioxidants in Ionix Supreme fight damaging free radicals and help preserve health. This will also provide you with Vitamin B, which many women with hypothyroidism are deficient. I also recommend the multi-vitamin, Essentials for Women, and the Multi-Enzyme Complex; these help your body absorb the nutrients as well as support natural digestion and elimination, and the Omega Supreme; which are the essential fatty acids, also known as fish oils. All of these supplements can all help restore normal thyroid function. To learn more about these products or for ordering information please visit my website at: http://WWW.Naturalneda.Isagenix.com.

Also the use of cellular phones or earphones using blue tooth are highly discouraged. If necessary to use a cell phone, please use a headset and keep the phone far away as possible from the body and throat, due to the electromagnetic field (EMF) that it emits.

I hope you found this helpful and I hope to hear from you,

Neda
Certified Nutrition and Health Counselor
Neda@naturalneda.com
http://www.Naturalneda.com
(917) 881-3181

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Peerless December 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Good to see real expertise on display. Your cotnirbuiton is most welcome.

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Head Health Nut June 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Wow, thanks for the great response, Neda. I definitely learned a lot from it and will be checking out some of those products you mentioned.

Steph
Head Health Nut

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Dee June 30, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Yes Thank you so much for your valuable feedback Neda and I will be in touch with you directly to follow up soon.

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Hema August 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Hi ,
I need to reduce 25 kg in in 3months maximum by 4months. i need your help in getting a diet chart to follow daily.

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Roy Montgomery May 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Sustaining weight loss on a permanent basis can for most of us be difficult to achieve. For many people keeping themselves in trim may can be done by a combination of diet and exercise.

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