Here, I'm laying out my best wisdom on weight loss, weight management and how to make it a reality in your life. I've been through this myself, having gone from borderline obese to active and athletic. The only time I've put on weight since then is when I departed from my own advice that you'll see below. (See my top 10 questions you need to be asking yourself about weight loss.)
But like many Natural News readers, I have recently recommitted to dropping the pounds I don't need and getting to a functional, peak performance body weight that looks good and feels great. For example, I'm back into exercising a minimum of one hour each day, and when I get those late-night munchies, I'm slamming some delicious rooibos tea instead of snacking.
I've also just started taking a new weight management supplement from Ed Group of Global Healing Center. He has put together what I think is quite simply the world's most potent serious weight management supplement. It's called Slimirex and it's a liquid combination of multiple plant extracts known for their beneficial effects on body weight.
This is no cheap, "quick" weight loss pill that you might see in scammy promotions and dumbed-down internet ads. This is a serious liquid combination of carefully-selected botanicals that I characterize as "liquid alchemy." They include gymnema, damiana, hoodia gordonii, uva ursi, fennel seed, iodine, kelp, bergamot, green coffee bean and more.
An obsession with quality and potency
I've known Ed Group for many years, and I have firsthand knowledge of his meticulous, almost obessive attention to the quality and potency of the herbs he uses in his formulas. Did you know, for example, that he tests his raw materials for radiation residue? Did you know that if one herb doesn't show the high potency he demands for his formulas, he will actually halt production on the entire formula in order to avoid putting out a weaker product?
That's one reason why Global Healing Center products are often in short supply. Half the time even we can't get the supply we want from GHC because the global supply of the very high-potency botanicals used by Ed is very, very small.
Beware of weight loss scams
Furthermore, you're probably aware of all the scams in the weight loss industry. Natural News actually helped expose two of the biggest ones in the last decade: the counterfeit hoodia scam, and the fake news acai weight loss scam.
The acai scam was promoted by the LA Times website and hundreds of other mainstream media sites. The "tiny belly" ads linked users to fake news websites like this one we archived as part of our investigation:
Both the hoodia scam and the acai diet pills scam resulted in FTC regulatory action taken against the scammers. Natural News helped bring down these scammers, and we are currently involved in bringing down another fraudulent health scam product that claims to be a "detox" product but actually contains high levels of aluminum and other dangerous metals.
Personally, I won't touch scammy, spammy weight loss products or detox products, and anyone who tells you that "you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight" is pulling the wool over your eyes. Losing weight takes real commitment to increasing your daily exercise and radically altering your diet. Supplements can help you manage your weight by providing the trace minerals that your body craves, for example. Supplements can also support your body's metabolism and its response to diet and exercise. But supplements are not miracle pills. They won't do the work for you.
To those who are seeking a magical, miracle pill that will turn them into a super-fit athlete without any effort or exercise, I say you're chasing a delusion. There is no such thing. If you're serious about weight management and getting to the healthiest weight your body can achieve, you need a serious plan based on exercise and healthy eating supported with high-potency supplements.
In my view, Slimirex is the best thing I've yet found for commonsense weight management, and the new liquid format is a winner.
If you're going to get to a healthy weight, ask yourself these 10 questions first!
The photo on the right was taken in 2004. It shows the level of fitness I achieved when exercising approximately 15 hours each week, transitioning from near-obesity to peak fitness.
I no longer spend that much time exercising, and I focus more on writing than martial arts, but this serves as an example of what a typical person can do with nutrition and exercise if they put their mind to it.
To be clear, there are many reasons why people put on extra body weight, including under-active thyroid, sugar addictions, trace minerals depletion, vitamin D deficiencies and more.
If you're going to set some weight management goals, I strongly advise you to first take care of all the basics by asking yourself these ten powerful questions:
#1) Are you taking enough vitamin D yet? Without vitamin D, weight loss almost never works. (I take 5,000 - 10,000 IUs daily. You should research the right dose for you.)
#2) Have you stopped drinking liquid sugars yet? If you're still drinking corn syrup (sodas), forget about weight loss. You first need to quit the soda habit.
#3) Are you consuming enough fresh fruit and vegetables? Are you juicing yet? You'll need to do both of these things on a regular basis.
#4) Are you exercising yet? You'll need a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise every day to start dropping pounds. This can be brisk walking, swimming or cycling. Weight training is also very valuable if you do it safely.
#5) Have you addressed the emotional reasons why you overeat? Inside every person who isn't happy with their body weight is someone who still has some emotional stuff to work out. Get some support from friends, family or professionals. Find out WHY you tend to overeat. Explore your habits and behavioral patterns. Are there certain things that trigger over-eating?
#6) Do you have enough trace minerals in your system? Many people who crave "salty snacks" are actually extremely deficient in minerals. They crave salt (minerals), but they misinterpret the craving as a desire to eat empty calories. Your body needs a certain level of minerals to function, and when it lacks those minerals, it will generate internal cravings to motivate you to try to find them. People who make an effort to supplement trace minerals (and quality full-spectrum salts) often find their cravings for salty snacks literally vanish.
#7) Have a reason WHY you wish to achieve the best weight for yourself. You need an emotional "anchor" to give you the behavioral leverage to get there. Are you losing weight to feel better about yourself? To improve your longevity? To be more physically attractive? To compete with a sibling or friend? To go to a class reunion or wedding? Figure out your top reason for wanting to achieve your weight goals and use that reason as leverage to guide you in that direction.
#8) Have you committed the TIME to realistically accomplish your weight loss goals? You'll need to set aside the time for exercise as well as time for fresh food preparation. Figure a minimum if one hour per day, and it can easily be two hours total.
#9) Do you have the support of your family and friends? It's very important to discuss your goals with your immediate family and get their support. If you're trying to lose weight, they need to refrain from baking cookies and filling the house with that aroma, for example. They need to verbally support your efforts and not tease you or discourage you. Have a serious talk before you begin.
#10) Prepare yourself to be hungry and know that it's okay. If you eat every time you feel hungry, you will never achieve your weight loss goals. Dropping excess body fat will absolutely require experiencing feelings of hunger. Know that hunger does not mean you are dying. You're gonna be fine. Don't let your body trick you into thinking you desperately need to intake more calories. Become familiar with a bit of hunger and learn to live with it during your weight loss journey. It's okay to feel hungry! Cowboy up and move on.
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