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Is there something that can help control my weight?

Q. Dear Terry, “One of my resolutions this year is to get in shape. I know there isn’t a “magic pill”, but is there something that can help control my weight?” — Mary M., Milwaukee, WI

A. Dear Mary, I think one of the most difficult health issues that people struggle with these days is managing their weight. I highly recommend that you look into the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is the diet I personally follow and you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend visiting 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.

Fiber should be a key component in your weight loss plan. Found in many fruits and vegetables, fiber helps to fill you up. Fiber also helps to keep your blood sugar stable, preventing the highs and lows that can trigger overeating. In addition to the dietary forms of fiber, I recommend a clinically studied form of a concentrated fiber complex that has been shown to help people lose weight. In just 3 months, with no dietary restrictions, people taking the concentrated fiber lost up to 7 pounds. 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 HbA1C levels – which is a measure of your blood sugar average over time.

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 experienced decreases in their 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, and improve blood sugar metabolism, preventing the highs and lows that can lead to cravings and overeating.

I would take these ingredients with a large glass of water before each meal.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally


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