Crash diets, or those based around simple calorie models, don’t work and they upset the body’s natural metabolism, making weight loss more difficult in the future. Following a ‘sensible’ eating programme that recognises the ‘glycaemic load’ (GL) values for foods and where appropriate gaining support from natural supplements is a better way forward. Thyroid function and blood sugar controls can determine metabolism and food cravings respectively. These behaviours must be recognised as well as diet. There is evidence that intermittent fasting diets (eg 5:2 diets) or Paleo diets (which limit grain intake) can improve weight management along with other health parameters. Including sufficient protein and appropriate levels of fats (including essential fatty acids) whilst moderating sugars and starches is the basic dietary strategy.
Proven eating patterns, possibly with appropriate supplements, may help keep the extra pounds away. Count carbohydrates not calories. Complex carbohydrates from vegetables are preferred to starches, fruit sugars and refined sugars. For those whose taste buds require sweet foods try replacing sugar with the natural sweetener Xylitol, which tastes like sugar but does not interact with insulin. Other alternatives are pure Stevia and Palmyra Jaggery.
Low fat diets do not assist weight management. High fat content foods by themselves do not affect weight or general health adversely. The reported affects of high fat foods on health was grossly misreported in the 1960's and 1970's. it is clearfrom many studies that sugars, fruit sugars, starches and refined carbohydrates are the main dietary factors for obesity, diabetes and low quality metabolism (high triglycerides and low quality cholestrol).
Hunger, cravings, stress eating and binge eating can all lead to weight gain, obesity, sluggishness and poor body image. The desire to overeat is not caused by weak self-discipline, but by chemical or nutritional imbalances within the body. Several factors cause people to overeat or eat foods that are not healthy and that may cause further imbalances. A high proportion of fat cells may increase weight management problems as well as health issues. Low serotonin levels may cause people to overeat. Deficiencies of bio-chemicals, such as tryptophan, can cause binge eating. Diabetics and people with hypothyroidism may have difficulty controlling appetite and weight as well. People who have appetite and weight control issues actually metabolize fat at a slower rate than people who are slender or toned. Their bodies store fat rather than convert it to energy and additional hunger and weight gain may occur. Ketonic diets are one possible solution to reducing body fats as they seem to encourage energy consumption from fats rather than blood glucose. Use of any ‘dietary supplement’ for weight loss should always be a secondary refinement to a controlled diet. Be aware that some medications may slow metabolism or increase weight.