Cut out the junk: This seems redundant to the point above but deserves a second mention. Heavily processed foods tend to be loaded with sodium (among with other items you may be better off without). Cutting out empty calorie foods - foods which provide caloric content but are low on nutrients - is a good way to get stubborn body fat to start responding to your diet and exercise habits. Additionally, reducing your sodium intake can be a way to encourage your body to let go of water retention or bloat, which may be contributing to the feeling of an overly soft midsection.
My BMI is 21, but my e-mail and Facebook accounts must think I’m fat. I am constantly bombarded with messages about miracle weight loss solutions, and most of them are diet supplements featured on the Dr. Oz show. Back in December I wrote an article about Garcinia cambogia, Dr. Oz’s “newest, fastest fat buster.” I made this prediction: “I confidently expect another “miracle” to supplant Garcinia in the Land of Oz in the not-too-distant future.” I was right. The e-mails about Garcinia have recently been outnumbered by e-mails about a new Dr. Oz miracle weight loss supplement, forskolin. Actually, I think he discovered forskolin before he discovered Garcinia, but the forskolin propaganda seems to have reached a critical mass in the last few weeks.
Turmeric paper, also called curcuma paper or in German literature, Curcumapapier, is paper steeped in a tincture of turmeric and allowed to dry. It is used in chemical analysis as an indicator for acidity and alkalinity. The paper is yellow in acidic and neutral solutions and turns brown to reddish-brown in alkaline solutions, with transition between pH of 7.4 and 9.2.
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Favor “real” foods (unprocessed or minimally processed), e.g., eggs, orange, apple, oatmeal, etc. This works because engineered foods with equal amount of sugar and fat (like cheesecake, brownies, etc) cause people (and animals) to overeat (Note: there was an excellent BBC show on this research which showed sugar alone and fat alone didn’t trigger obesity; it was foods with equal amounts). Natural foods are generally one or the other, never both, so you never “crave” natural foods and eat them to excess. If you stay away from temptation, compliance becomes much easier.
As always, the most effective way to safely lose weight is to eat a diet of unprocessed, life-giving foods, exercise regularly and use scientifically supported methods of “extra help” in your weight loss journey, such as essential oils for weight loss or safe supplements. It’s not impossible to lose weight fast, but it usually won’t happen because of one unproven pill.
Most detoxification of xenobiotics takes place within the liver in two phases: Phase I and Phase II. However, many people, particularly in the Western world, are so overexposed to these toxins that the liver is strained to the point of functioning at less-than-optimum levels. Several plant foods seem to aid the body in maintaining its natural detoxification rhythms and help the liver to operate correctly, and turmeric is one of the major players. Other common detoxifying plant foods include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli sprouts, kale, and many more), garlic, onions and citrus peel. (60)
I continue to passionately support the statement that “food is medicine.” Scientifically, the impact of food and natural substances on our bodies is much greater than we have been led to believe. Solid scientific studies and research back up this claim (even when “modern” medicine ignores it), so it’s important to know what science really says about nutrients like forskolin, especially when the results we’re shown are so incredible.
If you exaggerate the amount, side effects such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea can be observed in mild cases and problems such as numbness in the body, yellowing of the skin or eyes and bleeding in more severe cases. However, there is nothing to worry about, since it is very difficult for anyone to eat 5 grams of saffron in a single day.