The Connection Between Weight and Overall HealthReducing the amount of excess fat our body stores is an important step towards fostering whole body health. Irrespective of the root cause of the extra weight, many common (and interrelated) health imbalances result from, and contribute to, heaviness:
- system toxicity
- chronic systemic inflammation
- dysfunctions in cellular physiology
- allergies, especially to food
- lymphatic congestion
- chronic dehydration
- tissue acidity
- metabolic impairment including an underactive thyroid
- liver sluggishness
- weakened digestive system including malabsorption (also known as leaky gut), imbalanced gut bacteria, and various inflammatory disorders
- endocrine imbalances (related to metabolic impairment and weakened digestive system)
- stress—all forms of it: physical, mental, and especially emotional
By addressing these health imbalances through various means and restoring the body back to health, obesity and overweight will start to resolve. Often, the same herbs that can ameliorate the conditions I listed above are marketed as weight loss supplements because these are the tag lines that catch people's attention and they're the slogans that help sell the products.
However, it doesn't make the herbs any less effective as natural remedies that can help revitalize an imbalanced body and help prevent various health disorders. This is why I think using natural therapeutic agents, such as herbs and supplemental vitamins and minerals, can be very beneficial adjuncts to help people lose weight if this is what they want to do.
I think that when used appropriately, the supplements themselves aren't harmful unless they're leaned on as crutches or used as substitutes for a healthy diet and exercise. One of the best motivations for making the changes necessary for improving your health and for remaining committed to those changes is seeing the results of your efforts.
How to Use Herbs to Gain HealthEven though many holistic practitioners, life coaches, and personal trainers believe that the key to maintaining a healthy weight over the long term is making healthy diet and lifestyle choices rather than fussing over body size, the truth is that people often adopt a healthy lifestyle primarily for weight loss.
However, if your motivation for choosing a healthy lifestyle is to lose weight and if certain herbs will improve your confidence and commitment to staying healthy, then I think this can be an excellent first step for you, especially if you may otherwise not be inspired to "clean up" yourr diet.
After you start experiencing improvements such as increased energy, improved moods, enhanced mental performance, better sex life, and noticeable weight loss, it will become easier to remain committed to a newly adopted healthy food and exercise plan. You can feel the tangible benefits and this is a powerful motivator.
But let's back track a little bit to the point where you haven't yet experienced amazing results or s/he has reached a plateau. How can you stay committed or regain incentive?
Waiting for ResultsIt may not be an ideal situation, but most of us are habituated to seek tangible rewards for our efforts. Often, it's the reward(s) we believe we'll reap that inspires us to invest the efforts in the first place. Without the promise of "getting what you want", how many people would endeavour to do anything?
The answer to that is: people who enjoy the process just as much as—or even more than—the "end reward".
However, not everyone lives that way, or it may be easier to have that approach for some aspects of your life but not for others. Everyone is different and there's no reason to judge someone because s/he has values different than yours.
For some people, weight loss really is an important "reward" and it may take some time to transform the concept that attaining an idealized body shape isn't a reward. The "true reward" is learning how to love and celebrate yourself irrespective of your body size. Self love will naturally foster a desire to make healthy choices and your improved health will then reflect as a healthy body weight.
That lesson is part of the growth that comes when you commit to any decision, especially when it's important to you. It becomes part of your life journey.
Transforming your life requires self awareness, self discipline, commitment, and above all self love. You'll only invest in something and someone you think is worthwhile. It's understandable that if you invest a lot of effort into reaching a goal, you'll want to reap the fruits of your labour.
If the changes were easy, you'd have no trouble transforming your life and your body, you'd reach your ideal weight quickly and effortlessly, and you wouldn't need very much or any outside support. Clearly this isn't the case because if it were, everyone would already be their idea of "perfect weight" and the world would be full of happy people who don't want to change their body.
Because a commitment to weight loss can be a journey of self discovery (as is every life experience!) I like to focus on what's happening right now in someone's mind. There are reasons why people want to lose weight and it's not my place to invalidate those perspectives. Instead, I'd like to make it as easy as possible for you to find your confidence and maintain your commitment to prioritizing good health. The transformation of the perspective on body weight can happen naturally as a consequence of the health benefits you will soon experience.
Herbs can help you get there faster. Because herbs can help rev metabolism, support digestion, improve mood, energize, flush toxins, and support overall health, they can help you stay on track and remain inspired to make healthy choices.
PART I. Is January Really "Weight Loss Month"?
Part III. The Psychology of Weight, Physical Perfection, & Weight Loss