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Maybe you’ve noticed – people on low or no fat diets tend to remain fat or regain it quickly. Food fat issues are overrated. We need good fat to help build cell walls and brain cells.

Calorie sources and how they’re metabolized are the real issues. A more recent, more accurate assessment points to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It is in almost all processed and junk foods, even those that don’t taste sweet.

Almost half the calories of HFCS are not used for energy. They’re stored as fat, and HFCS messes up the brain signals that let you know you’ve had enough to eat. So you’ll even eat more of foods with HFCS, and you’ll store up even more fat.

To a lesser extent, all highly refined carbohydrates contribute to this cycle. The trans-fat processed oils add to this inability to metabolize carbs for immediate energy by creating inflammation.

You’ll lose fat naturally by eliminating processed oils and HFCS, which are used in almost all processed and fast foods.

Supplements that can accelerate your weight loss campaign

L-Glutamine: Julia Ross, director of Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, recommends L-Glutamine to help eliminate cravings. “L-glutamine, an amino acid, instantly fuels the brain, which stops the code red that makes you crave sweets and starchy foods.”

A 1996 animal study at the Duke Medical Center indicated that L-Glutamine may alter how calories are transferred to inhibit fat storage. So more fat is used for energy instead of accumulating to puff you up.

Gymnema Syvelstre: This herb is derived from a plant that grows wild in Africa and India. It can be purchased as tablets or capsules. Its molecules mimic glucose and fool the taste bud receptors on the tongue enough to convince people they have had enough sugar.

A study published in 1983 in the journal Physiology and Behavior discovered that people using gymnema had less cravings for sweets and didn’t binge even when the opportunity presented itself.

Boost your metabolism and burn fat faster

Drinking cold water and/or taking cold showers seem to bring out brown fat or brown adipose tissue (BAT). Unlike white fat that just hangs around, BAT is metabolically active and can actually be utilized for energy immediately.

A healthy thyroid is important. Most people who have problems losing weight are lacking the proper balance of thyroid hormones. Supplementing the thyroid with its main food, iodine/iodide, may be the first option.

There are also thyroid supplements that will enhance your thyroid hormone production. It’s wise to consult with a health practitioner who is nutrition savvy regarding hormones.

Most of us are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is often considered the master mineral because it’s involved in over 300 cellular metabolic processes. Unfortunately, magnesium is not easily absorbed as an oral supplement.

Green tea extracts: A 2005 human study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that high daily amounts of the fat burning catechins found in green tea increased fat loss.

The green tea extracts offer catechins more efficiently than drinking green tea. Green tea extracts have also been observed to reduce cancerous tumors.

Guggul is an Ayurvedic herbal remedy for joint pain. But a study using guggul during combined weight training and aerobic exercise increased weight loss five-fold compared to those who trained but didn’t take guggul.

A diet comprised largely of unprocessed organic veggies and fruits will help you from regaining what you’ve lost.

Sources for this article include:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_7_38/ai_n27889683/

http://www.outsmarthormones.com/2010/12/22/cold-boost-metabolism/

http://www.naturalnews.com/033356_junk_food_cravings.html

 If you have never considered growing your own fruits,

vegetables and herbs, here are 10 reasons to start now.

1. Gardening is delicious. Homegrown produce, especially juicy tomatoes and fresh basil, are usually tastier than when store-bought. Plant what your family likes to eat and enjoy the rave reviews.

2. Gardening is good exercise. Pulling weeds, digging holes and hauling dirt burns calories comparable to brisk walking. It also challenges and tones both lower and upper body muscles.

3. Gardening is good for children. They can learn the science of seeds and plants. They can learn planning and researching skills by deciding what and where to plant, and what each plant’s water, sun and nutrition needs are. They are also motivated to eat healthier foods. This whole process teaches patience in today’s era of immediate gratification.

4. Gardening relieves stress. The emotional benefits of gardening are so well known that horticulture therapy has sprung up: horticulture therapists prescribe gardening to help people sleep better, reduce anxiety and boost mood levels.

5. Gardening helps you prepare for potential food shortages. During these days of extreme economic uncertainty and worldwide crop shortages, planting your own food supply could be crucial for your family’s survival.

6. Gardening is easier than you think. Just like learning to drive, going to college or having children, gardening can be overwhelming at first, but once you go up the learning curve, it becomes much easier.

7. Gardening makes it easy to eat organic. By avoiding pesticides and chemical fertilizers, it is simple to grow organic food.

8. Gardening makes it easy to eat locally. Harvesting sweet bell peppers from your backyard uses no fuel to transport the finished product to your kitchen. This is quite different than store-bought peppers that traveled from Canada, Holland or Israel.

9. Gardening may be cheaper than store-bought. After some initial investment in tools, seeds and soil amendments, the cost of home-grown produce is often cheaper than store bought. By composting scraps to make your own fertilizer, subsequent year costs can be limited to new seeds and seedlings. And by learning the art of seed saving, this cost can also be avoided.

10. Gardening has withstood the test of time. For its history mankind has depended on gardening to sustain itself; the decline of growing one’s own food has paralleled the decline of our nation’s health and overall welfare.

Conclusion
Enjoy National Gardening Month by starting your own garden now. You will reap physical, emotional, financial and intellectual benefits, as well as know exactly where your food is coming from.

Sources
National Gardening Month: http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/

Gardening is good exercise:
http://www.marthastewart.com/article/reap-the-benefits-of-gardening

Gardening is good for children:
Overview at http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/fact_sheet_summarizes_be…
Detailed reports at: http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/

Gardening relieves stress:
http://www.rodale.com/benefits-gardening?page=0%2C4
http://www.rodale.com/horticultural-therapy
http://www.rodale.com/houseplant-propagation

Need to prepare for potential food shortages:
http://www.newclearvision.com/2011/04/05/garden-like-your-life-depend…
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/investing/are-food-shortages-on-the…

Excellent resource for organic gardening:
http://www.organicgardening.com/

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032106_National_Gardening_Month_April.html#ixzz209ZtuMKW