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How to Lose Weight Naturally Without Pills

Published by Nanni on Thursday, October 04, 2012

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Many people want to lose weight, but are afraid of taking diet pills to accomplish their goals. In fact, there are ways to manage responsible weight loss without using these types of dietary aids. All it takes is understanding your body a little better, employing the right type of nutrition, and making use of what nature has provided to help you maintain a healthy amount of weight.

Before starting any type of weight loss program, it is important to have a complete physical. This will help identify any current health issues that may be contributing to your weight gain. Together, you and your doctor can determine how to resolve those issues, or at least come up with a treatment plan that allows you to manage the issues effectively. Only after you know the exact state of your health should you proceed with attempting to lose weight.

Assuming that you have no health problems that will complicate the process of losing weight, the first issue to address is the types and quantity of food you consume each day. Most of us eat much more than we actually need. In addition, we tend to eat more foods that have less of the nutrients we need. Adjusting your diet to minimize processed sugars, simple carbohydrates, and an excessive amount of starches will go a long way toward helping you lose weight. Focus on lean meats and legumes for protein, adding plenty of green leafy vegetables, and plenty of fresh fruit in place of cakes and pies. You’ll still feel satisfied, but begin to notice that your weight begins to decrease.

Don’t stop with changing your eating habits. There is still the need to engage in regular exercise if you want to lose excess pounds and get in better shape. If you are not used to exercising, then start off with something simple, like walks around the block. Gradually increase the distance until you are walking at a brisk pace for at least thirty minutes each day. Walking will not only burn excess calories and help to tone your muscles, it will also be good for your emotional well being. Over time, you can work in aerobics, some running, and other forms of exercise that help to increase your heart rate and aid in getting rid of the excess pounds.

To augment the nutrition you get from the revised eating regimen, consider the use of herbs that contain plenty of B vitamins, and various antioxidants. These help to provide you with energy, promote a positive mood, and will also help rid your body of harmful toxins that are likely holding you back. Remember that if you are currently taking any type of over the counter or prescription medication, talk with your doctor before taking any herbal product. Some herbs negate the benefit of various medications, while others trigger undesirable side effects when combined with certain drugs. Taking the time to talk with your doctor will prevent unnecessary pain and discomfort, while also allowing you to avoid possible health complications.

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