How Natural Diets Are Changing The Way We Lose Weight?

I've been reading a very interesting book whilst doing my research into the pro's and con's of dieting. Gene Eating, by Dr Giles Yeo is a study of the science of obesity and the truth about diets, so it was a fitting start on my journey.

A gene eating review, looked at the principles discussed and all were fairly common sense if we bothered to think about it for long enough. But that's the problem - we don't think about it at all. We want quick wins. We want to lose weight in the fastest and easiest way possible with the least disruption to our lives as possible. I'd also quite like to win a million dollars on the lottery and spend my days laying a beach being pampered by my husband - well, if we are going to make silly wishes then those are mine.

Back in reality though, we have to work hard to achieve the things we want to achieve. There really aren't too many areas were we make great gains through little effort.

Dr Yeo tells us quite clearly that we have to change the way we approach our diets. Pills and potions are great starting points, but at some point you have to accept that something else has to change and that something is you.

As hunter, gatherers back in the stone age, we hunted only to feed genuine hunger. These days we eat and pick our way through our days and blame stress, and hormones and boredom and anything else we can, for the fact that we gorge ourselves unnecessarily on all the processed, ready to eat, unhealthy food that is available to us.

Dr Yeo says 'understanding our genes and the biology of food intake is not simply an interesting academic exercise, if we are to effectively tackle obesity and improve our health in the current food environment.'

In gene eating summary, we must change ourselves in more ways than our weight, if we are to regain control of how we look, how we feel and how we are present in our own lives.

10 Proven Health Benefits of Natural Turmeric and Curcumin

Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties.
Most studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages exceeding 1g per day. It would be difficult to reach these levels by just adding turmeric to your food - hence the supplement market is booming.

Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory

helping the body fight foreign invaders. Anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of importance in preventing and even treating disease.

Turmeric drastically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.
Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals (highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons) due to its structure. Curcumin also boosts the body's own antioxidant enzymes.

Curcumin improves brain function and lowers the risk of brain diseases.
Many brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of BDNF (a type of hormone that functions in your brain) which can lead to depression and Alzheimer's disease. It may even improve the memory and make you smarter - no guarantees though!

Curcumin should lower the risk of heart disease.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. It is also a very complicated subject. The main benefit of curcumin in heart disease is by improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. Several studies show that curcumin leads to improved endothelial function.

Arthritis patients show improvements when taking turmeric/curcumin supplements.

There are several different types of arthritis which involve inflammation in the joints. As curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory compound, it makes sense that it may just help with arthritis.

Overall Opinion: Although turmeric/curcumin supplements are not a way to lose weight, they are believed to reduce the inflammation associated with obesity. Thus, it can give your weight loss plan a boost.

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