Q: I am looking for a safe way to boost my metabolism and gain energy and lose weight? Is there any safe asnd effective way? I have been working out at the gym and I cant seem to lose weight.
A: Weight gain can occur for a lot of reasons, including estrogen dominance, and toxicity. Estrogen dominance can occur from hormone imbalances, estrogen replacement therapy, menopause, or from hidden estrogens in our foods such as in beef, chicken, milk, and alcohols such as beer, whiskey, gin, and ouzzo. Toxicity causes weight gain as a protective mechanism by the body. Toxins in excess of what the liver can handle are converted into fat so they will not kill you. This is why people often get sick when they go on crash diets. The body starts to break fat down for fuel which releases the toxins back into the blood. Overeating, diabetes, and hypothyroidism are a few other causes.
Here are some suggestions to help you lose weight:
To boost your metabolism, I would suggest starting with bladderwrack. The iodine in this herb will help boost thyroid function through the formation of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Production of these hormones is stimulated by thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) produced by the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland can be nourished and stimulated with kelp, alfalfa, and vitex (chaste tree berry).
Second, look for an herb called forskohlii (coleus forskohlii). This herb will stimulate the burning of body fat, and assist your thyroid. Thermogenesis (the burning of body fat) is dependent on an enzyme regulator known as cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP or cyclic AMP). Forskohlii works by raising cAMP. Ephedra works the same way, but forskohlii has an opposite effect on the pulse and blood pressure. If you cannot find coleus forskohlii, synephrine, from bitter orange, can be used as a substitute.
Next, take the herb yerba mate’ in conjunction with the forskohlii. Yerba mate’ contains a methylxanthine, known as mateine. These compounds retard the breakdown of cAMP, giving it increased fat burning properties. Mateine does not have the adverse side effects of other methylxanthines. Yerba mate is also a good detoxifier.
Finally, try garcinia gamboge to suppress the appetite. This also prevents the conversion of carbohydrates into fat. Nature’s Answer makes an inexpensive liquid extract. Ask your local health food store.
To clean your liver you can use digestive bitters. They taste nasty but must hit your tongue to work. Bitters work by stimulating the bitter receptors in the tongue which in turn stimulates the liver to “flush”. Drink plenty of water when doing this, and make sure you are having regular bowel movements to help expel the toxins. If you are constipated stay away from harsh laxatives like senna, cascara sagrada, and rhubarb root. They can cause a laxative dependence after a while. Instead I would suggest water again, kelp, yucca root, or the Ayurvedic formula Triphala. Fiber is also beneficial, though you should avoid psyllium if you have a gluten intolerance.
If your weight gain is hormonal I would suggest vitex, progesterone cream, and phytoestrogen containing herbs such as alfalfa, red clover, and soy. The vitex and progesterone creams raise progesterone levels which control estrogen levels. Phytoestrogens work by locking up estrogen receptors blocking other, stronger estrogens, produced by the body or from other sources from locking on to these receptors and causing problems, such as weight gain.
If you are having problems with blood sugar regulation I would suggest Gymneme sylvestre, and chromium polynicotinate (not picolinate) or GTF chromium.
Stay away from farm raised meats and dairy as much as possible. These animals, unless organically grown, are given estrogen shots to fatten them up. Some of this estrogen is still in the meat when the animal is killed, and some is passed in to the milk. The body only requires about 3 ounces of protein daily, so it is not hard to meet your protein needs if you avoid meat. If you still want to eat meat I would suggest fish, and limited amounts of skinless chicken. Vegetables are a good choice and are a good source of nutrients and fiber.
Also avoid diet sodas or anything containing aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet, etc.). Not only is this substance toxic, but it causes weight gain by stimulating the appetite. For those who think they are doing themselves a favor by using Equal to avoid sugar, read the ingredients on the package. The first two ingredients on a package of Equal are maltodextrin and dextrose, both sugars.
To control the appetite I would suggest garcinia gamboge, which controls the appetite and helps prevent the conversion of carbohydrates in to fat. Another trick is to take about a 1/4 teaspoon of stevia or bee pollen and chew it up about 20 minutes before you eat to reduce your appetite. It works by causing a release of tryptophan in the brain which forms in to serotonin to control the appetite.