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Everyone wants to lose weight, they dream about it, obsess over it, and talk about it constantly.  This isn’t healthy living.  Any obsession takes away from your spirituality.

If you find yourself looking in the mirror and hating your appearance, then I would suggest that you find a way to stop. Do what it takes to not be obsessive about weight, or anything else for that matter. 

The scale is not an accurate measure of your fat percentage. Muscle weighs more than fat, and if you’re athletic and muscular, then you know that the scale is not a good indicator that should be relied on solely. The BMI is just a general indicator of your Body Fat Percentage.

Being fit, toned, and feeling healthy is what people should strive for, not the unrealistic hopes of being a size 0-2. Skinny doesn’t necessarily equate to being healthy. 

Dieting is defined as eating and drinking according to a regulated system. Most diets today are FADS! You will certainly lose weight, but once you stop, the weight creeps back on, sometimes twice as much. 

Not eating enough for your height or starving yourself is a bad idea as well. This slows down your metabolism.

Your metabolism is your body’s internal regulator and your furnace. You have to feed the furnace to get a strong fire. If you need to burn fat, feed your furnace with foods that are healthier for your body, about 5-6 times throughout the day. 

Try to eat lean meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes(beans and peas), foods that are low sodium, and foods that are low in sugar. A high fiber diet is best. It keeps our bowels functioning regularly and prevents intestinal diseases as well. It helps us to manage our weight and keep cholesterol levels low. 

Diabetics are suggested eat high fiber foods because it controls blood sugar levels. There are 2 types of fiber: insoluble fibers (known as roughage); and there is soluble fiber inclusive of foods such as bran, whole grain bread, rice, popcorn, apples, berries, broccoli, etc. Both fibers are good for you, so add them to your meals. An adult body needs 20-30 grams per day. A child needs 7+ their age=?.    

Be aware that adding too much fiber to your diet suddenly can cause constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and excessive intestinal gas. Such gas-forming foods include prunes, broccoli, apples, eggplants, soy beans, wheat, soluble fibers, potatoes, cabbage, corn, peas, and lentils.  These side effects will subside eventually.

Gradually incorporate high fiberous foods into your diet.  Drink water to help ease the flow.

Moving your body is a good way to keep your metabolism running smoothly. Rigorous exercise will NOT aid in helping to lose weight. Why? Because research has shown that the more you expend food and calories, the more hungry and lethargic you will be afterwards. The gym is not a place to lose weight. It is however a good place to get toned, build mass, and be social.

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 A suggestion to those who yo-yo diet: if you don't plan on cutting out the foods you love for the rest of your life, then try not to restrict your dietary intake in an extreme way.  Eat when hungry, or if your body can’t distinguish when you’re “truly” hungry, then eat every 2-3 hours in small quantities. 

Sometimes thirst is misinterpreted as hunger, so try to drink water often. However, do not drink large quantities because you will lower your sodium levels, and that can send your body into a state of shock. (6-8) 8 ounce cups is what an average person should strive for.

Everything should be done in moderation. 

Take a multivitamin and get some form of exercise. It all sounds cliché, but it works. No one ever gained weight doing these practices.  Taking control of your weight is the first step of taking control of your life!

Everyone has specific needs and what may work for your buddy may not work for you. Keep that in mind the next time you sign up for any program or weight loss method.

For IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Sufferers: The above holds true for you as well with the exception that you will have to incorporate more soluble fiber to balance the insoluble fiber since insoluble fiber tends to aggravate the spastic colon especially if its eaten alone or frequently. 

Limit or eliminate dairy, chocolate, alcohol from your diet since these are considered stimulants which cause the irritating symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome to occur. read more about IBS

-Authored by Tessa  LaRose, Founder of Enercure Health Solutions