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Weight Loss for Losers
using Aloe Vera & Affirmations!
By Karen Masterson Koch Clinical Nutritionist
Loosing weight is not as easy as the advertisers make it seem by any means. With 67% of all Americans overweight and 31% clinically obese (60 lbs or more over best weight), advertisers are out of control selling quick weight loss products. The challenge with loosing weight on a low-carb or gimmick diet or pills that reduce hunger - is that 9 out of 10 people put the pounds right back on as they resume their normal eating habits again.
To be successful with reaching your best weight goal you must focus on four important areas; 1.) What you eat Calories 2.) How much energy you burn Exercise 3.) How well your individual body functions to burn calories Metabolism+ and the last yet the most important key factor essential for success 4.) Mental Fortitude! Mental fortitude is a great expression meaning the ability to set goals and accomplish them. One day at a time you forge through the pain with inner strength, calmness, patience and loving affirmations towards your goals - no matter what! I tell patients to follow through as if your life depends upon it because it really does!
Risk Factors Related to Overweight & Obesity:
- Hypertension & High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol & Heart Disease (CVD)
- Gallbladder (digestive)
- Osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone joints)
- Sleep Apnea (and other breathing problems)
- Cancer (rates double in uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney and gallbladder)
(1) Statistics taken in the US during 1999-2000 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reviewed 15 important risk factors related to over weight. Other complications include surgery, pregnancy, menstrual irregularities, incontinence and excess body and facial hair. I found fatigue and joint pain to also be common with carrying around extra weight. Just lift a ten-pound bag of potatoes or etc and you will understand how much better you will feel dropping some weight. The facts are children and adults are getting heavier each year and to stop being a statistic and a slave to this unhealthy downward spiral you can decide today to successfully loose unwanted pounds and begin to live a more enjoyable life. Philosophers throughout history have proclaimed that people become what they think about and become products of their environments.
I agree 100% that people are social creatures that model after family members, etc. and this is why support groups can be helpful in breaking away from learned behaviors. Choose the support that meets your needs like weight watchers, workout programs, individual or group counseling. They all can give people the needed mental fortitude to make changes in their eating and health habits that are almost impossible to do on their own at first. Personally I have found you Don’t rely on other people to change before you do. Habits take 40 days to break and 40 days to establish new ones and focus on your own health and lead by example. Some people will never change yet you do not have to be that person.
The (2) National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) has followed successful Weight Losers and have found they all had 5 things in common in keeping the weight off.
- They made substantial changes in their eating and physical activity habits to lose and maintain their weight and they maintain these changes.
- They keep track of their calorie intake. (Get a resource book to easily reference calories.)
- They eat healthy low-calorie, low-fat foods that include fruits, vegetables (low starch ones), lean meats and other high-fiber foods as tolerated.
- They engage in 60-90 minutes of physical activity daily with walking being the most popular activity.
These successful losers reported a significant improvement in their self-confidence, mood and physical health. They found maintaining their weight loss got easier over time because they began to enjoy eating healthier and being active. A Texas woman had a similar weight loss experience that she says there is no turning back using affirmations and Aloe.
Affirmations & Aloe:
(2) Decide Commit Succeed is a great affirmation mantra that resonated for Darla Burkes a determined 28 year old young woman. I met Darla when she came to work in our office two years ago and she had so much interest in health that I over looked her obvious weight challenge. I was counting on the fact that health can be contagious and as you read Darla’s story you will see that is exactly what took place.
Before weight loss when asked how she felt her response was, “ Just tired!” She was always getting sick and could sleep all night and still be tired. Darla would get winded easily and battled digestive pain diagnosed as pre-ulcer. Her complexion was dull, menses irregular, hair growth was stunted and periodic depression kept her at home. The final insult was being diagnosed with high blood pressure at 27 years old and that got Darla fired up to address her health concerns including her weight. She knew pharmaceutical drugs were not the answer and began asking me about health.
I suggested she start with Aloe Vera for her digestion because digestion affects the entire health of the body and metabolism including detoxification to support weight loss.
Darla’s Daily Health Program:
1.) 1-2 oz Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate and included a fiber greens product containing (no psyllium) to stop the GI track pain and encourage better regularity. It worked and she was ready for more.
2.) Stopped skipping meals and began eating 3 meals per day making healthier choices as she had learned previously in weight watchers. She began getting the payback of more energy and that gave her the motivation to continue.
3.) Her grandmother joined her crusade because she too had put unwanted weight on over the years and was developing health problems and together they drank 8 glasses of water daily and wrote down what they ate helping their awareness.
4.) Stopped eating fast foods and switched to chicken, veggie patties, turkey, and fish. Lots of vegetables with light sauces, fruits, whole grain bread and pasta products in moderation and non fat dairy products.
5.) Reduced the amount of butter, sour cream and mayo, salt and stopped sugar, sugary desserts and sodas. Sugar free fudge-sickles saved the day and coffee at breakfast.
6.) Added a supplement regimen (see testimony - www.aloelife.com ) to give extra nutritional support and then they were ready for exercise
7.) Darla went to Beachbody.com and bought two exercise tapes that as she said could kick her bootie. She went at her own pace and explained it was hard at first yet that is where the affirmation came in so crucial for success. When she did not feel like exercising or eating right she would say to herself or write it a few times Decide Commit Succeed!
Darla shared as the weeks passed she was no longer getting sick with allergies, headaches or colds, etc like in the past and her blood pressure was normal once again. Her grandmother was feeling so much better too! The excitement kept building over the entire 6 months as the inches were coming off even faster than the weight. She averaged 5 lbs loss per month and 6 inches from her body measurements. Darla’s advise is don’t beat yourself up if you do not do it perfect. Also don’t let others sabotage your program. There was no turning back and she is enjoying her new healthier life, smaller dress sizes and always looking forward to days off and fun activities!
There are as many different reasons as people for putting on the extra pounds yet today is a great time to take it off the healthy way. Regardless if it is 10, 60 or 160 lbs you can be a successful loser Decide Commit and Enjoy you Success!
(1) 1999-2000, NHSNES, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases (NIDDK), www.niddknih.gov.
(2) National Weight Control Registry, www.nwcr.ws
(3) Affirmation from Beachbody.com who sells exercise tapes and promotes a healthier lifestyle
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera
Energy and Wellness are affected by several factors including:
- Water Intake
- Poor Nutrition
- Immune System Function
- Blood Sugar
Digestion - We are not only what we eat but what we absorb! Providing the body with proper nutrients is important but not enough. We must be able to utilize those nutrients for the body to function at its optimum level. A lack of energy is one of the first signs that the body is lacking what it needs to perform. Digestion can be improved by chewing food well approximately 10-15 chews per bite. Chewing food is very important because the body has to work harder to digest the food when it is in larger particles. Chewing also starts the digestive juices flowing. Many individuals lack the proper levels of hydrochloric acid and other digestive juices in their bodies and can encourage proper amounts by drinking concentrated whole leaf aloe vera juice before meals. The aloe vera must be in a concentrated form and be high quality non diluted to insure that it is an herbal bitter. Aloe Vera is also a carrier and supports 3-10x better absorption of nutrients when taken before meals and supplements. Signs of improper digestion besides a lack of energy are gas, bloating, constipation and burping. For more information on how to have a healthy digestive system visit the digestive and constipation pages of this website.
Recommended Aloe Life products: Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold tablets.
Water: Children and Adults must drink at least 6-8 8oz glasses of water per day. Water is essential; our bodies consist of 70% water. It is used to transport nutrients into the cells and toxins out and allows digestive juices to flow as well as all the excretions of the glands including enzymes, hormones and anti-bodies. For each serving of caffeine ingested per day drink 1 more glass of water. It is best to drink water in between meals or minimal amounts with meals because it will dilute the digestive juices disrupting the digestive process.
Poor Nutrition: A balanced diet with adequate protein, vegetables and whole grains as tolerated is necessary for energy. Half of an individuals weight in protein is the proper daily amount. Many individuals consume excessive amounts of sugar or refined carbohydrates that give a quick boost of energy but will quickly disappear and bring on fatigue.
Recommended Aloe Life Products: Healthy and Slim Daily Greens, Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold Tablets and Aloe Boost.
Anemia: A condition of low red blood cells, which are made in the bone marrow inside of the body’s larger bones. Fatigue and headaches are the most common symptoms. Drinking Aloe Vera Juice before meals seems to stimulate the bone marrow production of red blood cells and all lymphocytes including white blood cells. Other recommended nutrients include protein, vitamins E, C & A, zinc, minerals, folic acid, B- Complex, B-12 sub lingual, iron as needed (too much iron can be toxic) and liquid liver by Enzymatic Therapy.
Recommended Aloe Life Products: Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold Tablets.
Constipation: Toxins will build up in the colon if an individual does not have daily bowel movements. These toxins will add to feelings of sluggishness and fatigue. Individuals who are experiencing optimum digestive health will have a bowel movement after every meal. Aloe Vera naturally encourages the bowels to move when it contains the yellow sap. It should be taken daily to aid constipation and the digestive processes. Also be sure to include scrubbing vegetables such as carrots, celery, apples, cabbage and fresh beets. Supplements should include calcium, magnesium and essential fats (ex. Udo’s Choice by Flora).
Recommended Aloe Life Products: Fiber mate, Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold tablets, Healthy and Slim Daily Greens.
Immune System Function: A symptom of poor immune function is a lack of energy. Conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and autoimmune conditions may have a viral component, which contributes to the illness by keeping the body in a vulnerable state and added fatigue. Increasing immune function will help to fight the viral component and therefore help the condition. Quality Aloe Vera contains polysaccharides, which stimulate part of the immune system (dose dependent) called macrophage. When properly stimulated the macrophages will start phagocytosis by destroying invaders in the blood stream. Quality aloe vera juice should be taken daily to promote immune function. Supportive nutrients are ester C 1-3,000 mg, Bioflavonoids, Vitamin A fish oil 50,000 i.u., Vitamin E 400 i.u., N-A-C 500 mg 1- 4 tablets or glutathione, Single cell Algae, minerals, Essential Fatty Acids, Super Oxide Dismutase (S.O.D.),Chromium Picolinate and Wheat grass.
Recommended Aloe Life Products: Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate or Aloe Gold tablets, Aloe Boost, Fiber mate, Healthy and Slim Daily Greens and Detox Plus Formula.
Blood Sugar: The pancreas produces insulin that signals the body to utilize blood sugars for fuel in energy production. If the body cannot utilize its sugars than it will not be able to produce energy. Unutilized sugar is very dangerous to have in the body and can induce fatigue, confusion, irritability and even comas. Aloe Vera supports the pancreas to help with insulin production to utilize blood sugar! It is not uncommon for individuals with Diabetes to experience a dramatic decrease in blood sugar levels within minutes of taking Aloe Vera. Support nutrients include Vitamin E, Chromium Picolinate, Vanadium, Minerals, Protein 3-4 servings daily, free form amino acids and Water. Recommended Aloe Life Products: Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate, Aloe Boost, Healthy and Slim Daily Greens.
Exercise: Daily exercise is wonderful for the body and will help maintain emotional and physical health. Just 30 min of walking or other cardio vascular exercise such as marching in place or swimming a day will help to lower stress levels, promote healthy bowel regularity and circulation of the blood providing oxygen to all the cells for increasing energy and wellness!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose or treat disease.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera