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How to Lose Weight and Feel Terrific at the Same Time

Updated on January 24, 2010

 

Weight management is an ongoing concern in developed countries including the US. The increased health care cost for those who have extra pounds to lose stems from the fact, a very simple one, that the organs of these people are simply over taxed. Hence it is not the excess pounds that is the tyrant. It is the fact that no matter what we eat, it eventually gets converted into fat. The fat is stored in the adipose cells and have a tendency to surround the vital organs.

Food, beyond what is necessary for survival becomes a substitute for something. When we get hungry the brain says "I need glucose. Give me glucose soon." Now the soon is very relative. In this society, soon means right now. In this society, the children come home and grab bars of something with sugar. That is soon. The sucrose gets absorbed and there is an immediate sugar high. Not good.

This is the one thing I never allow my son to do, no matter how hungry he is. I will allow him a bite of something sweet, and I mean a bite, until he cooks his meal, usually some kind of pasta. The contents are the same. Pasta consists of a polymer of glucose and sucrose or table sugar is fructose linked to glucose. A dimer. The difference is in the delivery. Pasta releases the glucose into the bloodstream slowly and steadily, table sugar gets broken down immediately and the glucose is delivered into the bloodstream immediately. This in and by itself I will discuss in another hub.

In this hub, I would like to share a few tips on how to lose weight easily and naturally. There is one requirement. The discipline to do it consistently. This is the crux of all diet regimens. I will not call this a diet, rather a reordering of habits. You do not have to go on stringent diets. By definition you will reject it because the premise is "I have to do this to lose weight." We will change that to "I wonder what would happen to my weight if I did this?" There is a world of difference between the two.

Here they are: Please do not do this if you have preexisting medical conditions of diabetes, heart disease or any other preexisting medical condition, until you talk to your physician.

1. Divide the food you normally eat in one meal so that you eat consistently before the next meal. My plumber has lost an average of five pounds a week simply by dividing the food that he normally eats in one meal into three portions and eating each portion when he can in the span of the three hours prior to the next meal.

2. Take fiber before a greasy meal. By fiber I mean something you know has lots of fiber or the fiber capsules that can be bought in any pharmacy or health food store.

3 The longer you take to eat a meal, the less chance you will over eat. Therefore take your time and enjoy the meal. As you eat and as glucose is released into the bloodstream the brain is signaled that there is now glucose coming in and you feel satisfied. You can do this exercise. Set up a meal, a regular one, take a few bites, three to five, and deliberately stop eating for a set number of minutes. Now pay attention to your body. You will find that you are no longer as hungry as you "thought" before. I do this all the time with everything. If I want chocolate, I will eat chocolate but only one bite. If I want ice cream, I will eat ice cream but only so I can taste it. The psychology is "your desire is satisfied."

4. Take hot baths and raise the temperature of the bath gradually until it is not too hot that it will burn, but definitely a hotter than your body temperature. This you have to be very careful of, not to burn yourself. Stay in the hot tub for no less than 15 minutes. Of course, longer is better. Pay attention to how you are feeling. The objective is to raise your body temperature that you actually sweat when you get out of the bath tub. Cover yourself with a turkish bathrobe to continue sweating for at least 10 minutes. This has multiple benefits but since the body tends to self regulate, there are actually calories burned when the hot body temperature is lowered into the normal body temperature.

5. The last one is highly controversial and I will tell you only as I have experienced it. There is a new product in the market, not a diet product but a dietary supplement  which boosts the immune system. I have been taking it for a couple of weeks as of the writing of this hub. I do not feel hungry at all! I do eat because I enjoy food but if I were to just follow my brain, it says "You are not hungry!".

You can email me with any questions on this hub.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, Yaazhini.

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      Yaazhini 5 years ago

      You are very polite and honest in your statements. I love your way of thinking as much as your style of writing.

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      msorensson 5 years ago

      Thank you, yaazhini. I assumed everyone exercises to a certain degree but you are right, that assumption is incorrect.

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      yaazhini 5 years ago from Chennai

      Information well presented. I would love to see exercising included in weight loss program.

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Thanks, billips. Indeed..On the other hand, some weight is needed to do some things.

      I remember one of the helps my grandmother had a long time ago. Her name was Sally.

      We were almost of the same age, so we were friends. She was kind of chubby, but she needed the muscles and the stamina to do lots of things while she was with us.

      She left to get married, after a few years of being with us. I went to college and we lost touch.

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      billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Great Hub, and very useful - you not only improve your health by losing weight, it just feels so good not to be carrying around all those unwanted, unneeded pounds - B.

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      In your last step you said "The last one is highly controversial and I will tell you only as I have experienced it". What was/is it that you took? And sis it work for you over the last year?

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, dallas!!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great point - well taken...

      Thanks!

    • msorensson profile image
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      msorensson 7 years ago

      The better way to put it is to manage weight. Lose weight already establishes resistance...

      Thank you for the comment, dallas.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      New Years "goal:" lose weight. thanks for the good tips. Stay tuned for the results! Your wisdom shows...

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you, Loves to Read.

      Love, Melinda

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      Loves To Read 7 years ago

      Very interesting and useful hub msorenson. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

      With the summer close at hand it would be good to lighten off a bit.

      Love and Hugs

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Saroj for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      saroj23 7 years ago

      Quite interesting and helpful hub.Thanks for the information.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      ha ha ha...Mickey..lol...I can ride on the not busy streets..like ours..

      Oh..that is so sweet Micky.

      Thank you.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Msorensson!!! You don't know how to ride on the street. It's okay. I'll walk with you. God bless!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      You can do it Nell..I am sure of it!!Thanks for dropping by !! Let me know if I can be of help.

      Much love,

      Melinda

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, as you can see I am here because I want to lose some weight! ha ha thanks for the information, I will certainly be reading this again, hopefully when I have read and done everything you have said! lol wish me luck with my losing 51bs! cheers nell

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Thank you Holle :-)I am glad. It will help.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Your tips are wonderful! I've really been adding a lot of fiber to my diet, and it really helps fill me up!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Hi, Katie,

      I will send you the links.

      Two links and you can decide which one will do best for you.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Okay what is the last thing you mentioned The last one is highly controversial and I will tell you only as I have experienced it. There is a new product in the market, not a diet product but a dietary supplement which boosts the immune system, you have me very curious, I love new and helpful products. Do tell! :)

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      Thank you, Deborrah,

      Peace and blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Msorensson, Great practical tips! It really is about redefining your relationship with food... Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      Most guys don't like baths, but once you try it, you will love it. Just make sure it is not too hot for you in the beginning. The important thing is to sweat.

      When I was in Honolulu, I used to work out at the club, take sauna after exercise and then plunge into ice cold bath..LOL..I was young then.

      Oh.. a confession, Micky...

      I do not know how to bike on the street.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Great advice. I've got to try the bath. I've been more of a "shower guy". Thanks!

    • msorensson profile image
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      msorensson 8 years ago

      First we all know that there is a comfortable weight for all of us. We know this comfortable weight because we feel energetic and able to do everything with ease. When we have exceeded this weight, our body tells us so. For example, if I gain 5 pounds, that is a great percentage of my body weight, I will feel them in my ankles, literally. I move/walk a lot and with the extra 5 pounds my ankles are  telling me "Hey, I don't like that extra five pounds. You're hurting me. Lose it as soon as possible, please and we will be cool"

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      metaphysician 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips! Sixty percent of the tips are really new to me.

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      msorensson 9 years ago

      Thank you, Alex

      The breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord and dine like a pauper is good but hard to do...

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      AlexK2009 9 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I spent years trying to lose weight. I tried all the diet tricks I could think of and nothing worked.

      What DID work was to start regular HARD exercise. I mean the kind that leaves you recharged but with all muscles on the verge of revolt. Sometimes when I train I feel my arms are about to give way if I bend and try to put weight on them.

      I got thinner but my weight is the same by the way.

      The tip you gave on splitting a meal into portions is good and like grazing. Now I tend to follow the I Ching description of the superior man, who eats when hungry and sleeps when tired.

      I am very sensitive about weight as know two people who got adult onset diabetes as a result of obesity. One nearly died and spent months on crutches as their legs no longer supported them.

      Another two tips I read

      Breakfast like a king, lunch like a lord, dine lika a pauper.

      Reduce your diet by 100 calloriesa day in month one, then keep cutting 100 calories each month.

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