Can Eating Certain Foods Help You to Lose Weight?

Written by David Snape

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In his book, “Foods that Cause You to Lose Weight,” Dr. Neal Barnard explainsrepparttar effects these foods have onrepparttar 131486 body. A quote from Dr. Barnard’s book reveals some startling facts, “They found that those who ate foods that were very low in fat and high in carbohydrates, lost weight steadily, without limiting how much they ate. But those on high-fat diets could not effectively lose weight even if they ate skimpy portions.” Dr. Barnard is referring torepparttar 131487 published results of an experiment conducted at Cornell University and published inrepparttar 131488 May 1991 edition ofrepparttar 131489 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

A book reviewer posted on a website how he lost 30 lbs. utilizingrepparttar 131490 information from Dr Barnard’s book. It is important to exercise caution when dieting because there are certain things that your body needs to remain healthy including proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are necessary forrepparttar 131491 body to function at its optimum level. You cannot remain optimally healthy by eatingrepparttar 131492 negative calorie foods alone.

This article is for information purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prevent any health condition. Please consult a doctor before dieting.

Dave Snape is a health, fitness and wellness enthusiast who maintains the website. Email list: Dave also practices Falun Gong:

The Maharishi Ayurveda Approach to Weight Loss

Written by Nancy Lonsdorf M.D.

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4. Avoid leftovers

Maharishi Ayurveda holds that putting food back inrepparttar refrigerator after it has been cooked seriously deterioratesrepparttar 131485 quality ofrepparttar 131486 foods and their digestibility. Even if you heat it up after you take it out ofrepparttar 131487 refrigerator, it has lost its life giving freshness.

We get more than molecules from food. We also get freshness, life force (prana) and nature’s intelligence from our foods. Physics tells us there is a classical world of molecules but also a quantum mechanical world of vibration. The vibration ofrepparttar 131488 deeper fields which comprise nature’s life-force and intelligence get destroyed by cooling cooked food. As a result leftovers easily lead to improperly digested waste products called “ama” that accumulate inrepparttar 131489 body causing toxins, blockages, excessive weight gain and lead to many diseases.

The converse principle sums uprepparttar 131490 essence of Ayurvedic food guidelines. “Eat fresh food, freshly prepared”

Because ofrepparttar 131491 activity of our lives, and logistics of shopping and cooking, this simple statement can be difficult to achieve but every step in this direction will help us with weight management and overall good health.

A convenient way to get a home-cooked, nearly fresh meal of pure, wholesome ingredients for lunch each day, is to cook barley and lentils (a good fat-busting combination) overnight in a crock pot. Inrepparttar 131492 morning, add chopped vegetables and some spices sautéed in olive oil (try cumin, black pepper, fresh ginger root, coriander and turmeric.) Put in a wide-mouth thermos and bring for lunch. Add some rye crackers (another fat busting grain according to Ayurveda,) and fresh fruit for a well-balanced, pure and nutritious lunch.

5. Get Moving!

I saw a headline in a health paper some time ago that made a good point “Stop Dieting and Start Moving”

Exercise is an antidote for almost everything that ails us. It improves digestion, metabolism, elimination, complexion, body tone and strength, bone density, and helps us normalize weight. It is also emotionally positive as it can be enjoyable, increase self-worth and bring us greater energy, freshness and success throughoutrepparttar 131493 day.

At least take time every day to get out and walk. Evaluate your schedule and take walks whenever you can squeeze them in. Be vigilant to take opportunities to walk. It is especially good to walk after meals and especially healthy to take a walk afterrepparttar 131494 evening meal.

Additional tips:

a) Go to bed by 10:00 PM. Metabolism of waste products takes place after 10 PM and is reduced by being awake and active, or eatingrepparttar 131495 proverbial “midnight snack,” at this time b) Add digestive enhancing, fat-busting spices to your meals like fresh ginger, cumin, black pepper, turmeric and fenugreek. c) Keep GOOD snacks around to prevent you eating bad snacks. Examples of good snacks are fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, fresh squeezed vegetable juices and whole grain crackers. d) Practice meditation and yoga daily to keep mind and body balanced reducerepparttar 131496 mental cravings for food. (Based on hundreds of scientific studies documenting its health benefits, I recommendrepparttar 131497 TM technique for my patients) e) Take a walk inrepparttar 131498 morning. Exercise of some type outdoors inrepparttar 131499 morning sun has a powerful positive influence on mind, emotions and energy throughoutrepparttar 131500 day. f) Take Panchakarma treatments twice a year. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends panchakarma (the massage, heat treatments and internal cleansing therapies of Ayurveda) be done twice a year to prevent impurities from accumulating and eliminating their buildup in bodily tissues. (A recent study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine documentedrepparttar 131501 reduction by 50% ofrepparttar 131502 cancer causing chemical PCB inrepparttar 131503 blood after five days of Maharishi Rejuvenation Treatment, a specific program of panchakarma.) g) Ingest mainly organic extra virgin olive oil. Organic ghee is also acceptable in small quantities (1-2 tsp. per day)or not at all if you are overweight and/or have high cholesterol. Avoid any non-organic vegetable oils especially corn and soy oil. Oils are perhapsrepparttar 131504 most important food group to get right, as impure oils can contribute to so many diseases if not used properly

Summary Health is won or lost in how we live day-to-day life. I encourage everyone with weight management issues to take initiative and get on an upward spiral of healthy activity. Your quick reward will be greater freshness, happiness and a lighter, healthier body.

Nancy Lonsdorf M.D. received her M.D. from Johns Hopkins and did her postgraduate training at Stanford. She has studied Ayurveda with some of the world's most renowned Ayurvedic physicians in India, Europe and the U.S. and is the author of two books on Ayurveda and women's health. Doctor Lonsdorf's contact information is: Nancy Lonsdorf M.D. 1734 Jasmine Avenue Vedic City, IA 52556 641-472-8246 web site url:

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