Q. Dear Terry, “I was always slender growing up, but now I keep gaining weight that I cannot lose. I do my best to exercise regularly and watch what I eat. Is there something else I should be doing to prevent this weight gain?” — Ari S., Sierra Vista, AZ
A. Dear Ari, I think one of the most difficult health issues that people currently struggle with is managing their weight. I would start by eliminating refined sugar and carbohydrates and I highly recommend trying the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is the one I personally follow and you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I think it’s important to include fiber in your weight loss plan. Fiber helps to fill you up, and is found in many healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps to keep your blood sugar stable, which prevents the highs and lows that can trigger overeating. In addition to the dietary forms of fiber, I recommend a clinically studied form of concentrated plant fiber that has been shown to help people lose weight. In just 3 months, with no dietary restrictions (however, we know how important diet is, and a proper diet could probably lead to even greater weight loss results), people taking the concentrated fiber lost up to 7 times the weight of those in the placebo group, who actually gained on average half of a pound. People in the fiber group also saw significant reductions in their BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat, visceral fat (the dangerous kind of fat that accumulates around organs in the torso), and waist, hip, and upper abdominal circumference. Additionally, people in the fiber group saw reductions in their A1C levels – which is a measure of your blood sugar average over time, and is a more accurate depiction of what your blood sugar levels are over the course of several weeks to months.
Another important ingredient for weight loss is grape seed extract. A pilot clinical study found that grape seed extract reduced blood sugar levels after a high-carbohydrate meal. The OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) in grape seed can help stop the sugar spikes that affect insulin levels, and could potentially lead to diabetes. Another scientific study found that when volunteers consumed grape seed extract at least 30 to 60 minutes before a meal, the participants had a decreased appetite because the extract seemed to slow the absorption of food, which decreased feelings of hunger.
I also think ginger is very important to help manage your weight. Clinical research has shown that ginger consumption can reduce BMI, improve blood sugar metabolism, preventing the highs and lows that can lead to cravings and overeating.
I would take these ingredients with water before each meal.
Terry . . . Naturally
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