Battle Against The Bulges

My inspiration for this article: The birds and the bees, blue skies, golden beaches, dancing the night away and a sentence from the novelty song released in 1960 by Brian Hyland “She wore an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini…’’ Jip, stick around, I’ll tell you more…

Obesity is becoming one of the most prevalent health concerns among all age groups and population worldwide. This results into a significant increase in morbidity and mortality related to cancers, coronary heart diseases, strokes, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

The complex pathogenesis of obesity indicates the need of different intervention strategies by professionals with the help of herbal supplements, diet-based therapies, pharmacotherapy and lifestyle modification.

The simplest definition of obesity is an excessive amount of body fat. Overweight refers to an excess of body weight relative to height. Simply seen: A muscular athlete may be overweight, yet have a very low body-fat percentage.

Many factors can attribute to being overweight and include, to name but a few, low-calorie dieting, decreased thyroid function, food allergies, yeast Candida, blood sugar disorders, hormonal imbalances and deficiency of essential fatty acids. Overweight is the symptom of fundamental imbalances and include spheres of emotional, nutritional, physical and mental status. When we are in balance, we naturally and easily make food choices that support our overall state of health.

Obesity is divided into several categories based on the number and size of fat cells and on how the fat is distributed in the body (e.g. in the abdomen vs the hips). Hyperplastic obesity refers to an increased number of fat cells throughout the body and depends primarily on the diet of the mother while the baby was still in the womb as well as the early infant nutrition. It is harder to develop new fat cells in adulthood. Hyperplastic obesity tends to be associated with fewer serious health effects compared to other types of obesity. Hypertrophic obesity is characterized by an increase in the size of fat cells and the distribution is usually around the waist. Hypertrophic obesity is linked to serious health issue. If the waist is bigger around than the hips (apple-shaped), a person is said to have android obesity (male-patterned) and if the hips are larger (pear-shaped), then a person has gynecoid obesity (female-patterned).

Let’s start by Imagining a ‘Thinner You’. Your subconscious mind (desires, impulses, dreams and urges) responds to words by forming images. Use positive imagery or visualization where willpower fails. Focused Imagination will work but only if you persist.

  • Develop a key image: You are thin, wearing a _____, on/at the _____ and feeling happy with the new you. Create a movie about the life that you will be living soon
  • A key phrase: “I feel healthy and thinner by the day”
  • Live by the ‘Golden Minute’: Upon waking up, use 30 seconds to tell your body you are making helpful changes and that you love and appreciate it just the way it is. Before falling asleep, use the other 30 seconds to reinforce your image created subconsciously. Use all the senses. The subconscious never sleeps. There will be a continuous cycle of the new you.


Fats can help you lose weight: Flaxseed oil (Burn excess calories, normalize insulin metabolism), GLA (Activate dormant brown fat), CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid – inhibit the enzyme that stores fat) and Fish Oil (Balance your overall fat intake).


Supplement on amino acids for total well-being: D-Phenylalanine (Stop overeating by dealing with emotional pain), Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA – Assist in stress and tension), 5-Hydroxy-Tryptophan (5-HTP – Depression, low-self-esteem, anxiety), Glutamine (Stabilise blood sugar) and Tyrosine (Fatigue and poor concentration).


Botanical Medicine and Herbal preparations are making headlines in weight management prescriptions: Nigella Sativa, Camellia Synensis, Sambucus Nigra, Garcinia Atroviridis, Asparagus Officinalis, Cola Nitida, Paullinea Cupana, Ephedra Sinica, Fucus Vesiculosus, Plantago and Eleutherococcus Senticosus. Please consult a registered Phytotherapist re dosage, contra indications and regime suited for your specific condition.


Recipe for a Smoothie, packed with vitamins, fatty acids, proteins, fibre and minerals: 1 cup rice milk; 1 cup soy milk; 1 cup apple juice; 1 banana; 4 fresh strawberries; 1tbs Aloe juice; 1tbs powdered brewer’s yeast; 1tbs flaxseed oil; 1tbs black cherry juice concentrate; 1 teaspoon wheatgrass; 1 teaspoon raw organic bee pollen and 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses. Blend, Mix and Drink! Experiment with proportions. Curve your cravings the natural and healthy way.


Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Happy Healthy Living!

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