Vitamins and Dieting
I continue to hover in a state of non-weight-loss. The great thing with walking: it allows for decent results for the time you put in. The downside: it takes ALOT of time. What am I to do?
As programmer who had multiple deadlines, I have been challenged to find the time to walk.
The two key ways to achieve weight loss are exercise and food choices. Exercise-- or what jackasses have labelled E10-- is the answer. It's basic physics and chemistry. Your body is a chemical reactor and you need to burn up fuel. You should do much exercise as time allows without making you sick. For food choices, the rules are simple: lots of vegetables, not much meat and starch as an exception. The best meter for how to accomplish your food choices is by following the diabetic diet. It's one of the few diets founded on sober nutritional data and sound guidelines.
There's more you can do: drugs. I am at a loss that not paying attention-- I said, NOT PAYING ATTENTION-- can be treated like a medical disorder, labeled (ADD, ADHD, etc.) and there can be a bevy of drugs to remedy the problem. For weight loss, there are amphetamine varieties and drugs that change your mood. Obesity is treated like a something between a mental disease or a mental shortcoming. Imagine if they went to people with high blood pressure and said, "you're not getting drugs-- quit your job, stop in-taking salt, fat, et cetera, you beet red spastic." Ridicule isn't doled out to a lot of people with presentable diseases, it's just reserved for the fatties.
The kicker is: some drugs and vitamins can help with weight loss. Leave drugs out of the formula as you have to get a doctor's buy-in for a prescription. And, in my uneducated opinion, nothing effective has hit the market.
For vitamins, there are some over-the-counter supplements that could sent the cavalry into your battle of the bulge.
Resveratrol is a supplement that has had a lot of success-- it may unlock a fountain of youth. This substance is found in red wine, likely the reason that wine drinkers seem to live long healthy lives. But with the concentrations found in wine, you'd have to pickle your liver to get the benefits. The solution is to use resveratrol supplements that concentrate the beneficial supplement. Resveratrol has been found to block fat deposits bound for the livers of test mice. If it can block the uptime of fat by the liver, maybe resveratrol can force much of your body's fat to just keep on driving. Resveratrol has been shown to increase metabolic activity, which can go a long way to not only losing weight, but maintaining a healthy weight. Resveratrol activates a gene called SIRT1, known as a potent fat burner as well as an anti-aging gene. When SIRT1 is activated, weight gain seems to be prevented, even when a high fat diet is being consumed, by inhibiting fat storage. When the body is storing fewer fat cells, the aging process can also be slowed by reducing age and obesity related conditions and diseases. Resveratrol is already readily available, so big pharma cannot monetize it or get a patent stranglehold on the supplement. If they do not stand to gain from unlocking the magic of resveratrol, they may leave it as an unpromoted substance. Studies have also shown you need to take high doses of resveratrol (500 mg and up) but they could have unknown side effects.
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), also known as oxitriptan (INN), is a naturally-occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan. It's available as a supplement found in some of the better decked out vitamin stores. 5-HTP can be used to address depression, but it can be used to suppress binge eating. What it may also do: a lot of research says that leptin is key to regulating weight loss. In other words, if your body has a bad leptin response, diet and exercise won't result in weight loss. You'll be hungry, listless and the pounds won't come off. Leptin makes your metabolism work. 5-HTP, as well as melatonin, kicks your body's serum leptin levels into shape.
Selenium plays a role in healthy thyroid function. If the thyroid is not functioning properly, weight gain is possible. That said, if you have a thyroid problem, you need prescription medication to put it back into balance. If you are in a state of hypothyroidism, weight gain can occur and is typically modest (like 5 to 10 lbs of excess weight). There's nothing wrong with taking selenium to keep your thyroid happy.
Dietary choline can help keep your liver functioning and shuffling the fat through your body's assembly line. Good sources include egg yolks, wheat germ and peanuts. From supplements you can get additional choline by taking lethicin.
As said, above: I'm not a health care professional. I'm basis the above on personal experience and personal research.
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