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July 24, 2004

Weight Loss Program

Rev Up Your Metabolism

Ever wonder why slim people stay slim and fat people

stay fat? A key factor is what I call “energy conversion.”

Food broken down in the digestive tract is absorbed into the bloodstream

and dispersed into cells throughout the body where it fuels energy.

In lean people, heat production goes up by as much as 40 percent

after a meal. In overweight people, it may rise ten percent or less,

which means food energy is stored as fat rather than burned.

Convert Fat to Energy

There are natural nutritional supplements you can take to activate

your nervous system and increase your metabolic rate so that dietary

fat is converted to energy, not stored as body fat:

  • Green Tea

    contains polyphenols, which have powerful antioxidant and cancer-prevention

    properties. But, the real “kicker” may be its ability

    to burn calories. I recommend drinking at least three eight-ounce

    cups daily (to provide roughly 240-320 mg of polyphenols). If

    you prefer not to drink the tea, try: 300-400 mg daily of green

    tea extract (Be sure the product is caffeine-free and standardized

    to 80 percent total polyphenol and 55 percent epigallocatechin.);

    or 100 mg of green tea polyphenols, taken three times daily. (This

    is caffeine free.)

  • L-carnitine. Many women are carnitine-deficient,

    especially vegetarians and those in mid-life and beyond. Red meat

    is the best source of carnitine, but too much red meat can disrupt

    the acid/alkaline balance that is so important to overall good

    health. I recommend taking 1,000 mg of L-carnitine a day.

  • Magnesium. Fat, carbohydrates, and protein

    are converted into glucose, which enters cells where it’s burned

    for energy. Some of the energy comes off as heat and keeps your

    body at the correct temperature; the rest is stored as adenosine

    triphosphate (ATP). When your cells need energy, they break down

    ATP. Without magnesium your body produces lactic acid instead

    of ATP. When this happens, you have less energy and the accumulation

    of lactic acid causes you to feel even more fatigued. Take 400-1,000

    mg of magnesium daily, in divided doses.

Thyroid Dysfunction

One in four American women can attribute their weight gain to low

or borderline-low thyroid hormones. When the thyroid gland is functioning

properly, it produces hormones that regulate metabolism and convert

food into energy. Women with poor thyroid function or hypothyroidism

don’t burn calories efficiently and experience fatigue, weakness,

depression, weight gain, and high cholesterol levels. Many doctors

ignore the nutritional supplements that can help correct thyroid


  • L-Tyrosine,

    (another amino acid), works to produce thyroid hormone and keep

    thyroid production balanced. Tyrosine also revs up metabolism

    and boosts stamina. Tyrosine is abundant in fish, soybeans, poultry,

    meat, almonds, seeds, and peas. If you prefer to take a supplement,

    I recommend 500-2,000 mg of tyrosine per day with a B-complex

    and either on an empty stomach or with a small carbohydrate snack.

    Begin with the lower dosage if you have high blood pressure and

    monitor levels regularly.

    Note: Tyrosine is an ideal complement

    to thyroid medication, not a substitute for it.

Read More on Weight Loss:

Tier 1 – Physiology

Eliminating False Fats

Rev Up Your Metabolism

Balancing Blood Sugar

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Tier 2 – Lifestyle

Eat for Your pH Type


Easing Stress

Complementary Therapies

Affirmations for Weight Loss

Chakra Healing for Weight Loss



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