Tips for Weight Loss with a Slow Metabolism
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Denis
Posted on: September 03, 2007

My metabolism is so low and I can’t seem to lose weight. I’m 36 (in a couple of weeks) 5’5" and weigh 196 lbs. I don’t have a big appetite and I mentioned this because the thought of eating all that food on "Jenny Craig" and other weight loss programs is unreal to me. My breakfast consist of 1 banana in a small bowl of cherrios with skim milk and I eat one big meal a day, usually lunch(large chicken\turkey salad) drink diet green tea most of the day (1-2 bottles), vitamin water (1-2 bottles) and 3-4 bottles of regular water. And yes, I do mild exercise (mostly walking). I’ve started taking the green tea with hoodia and diet hoodia pills for weight loss in addition to chickweed for reduction of cellulite. Am I doing to much, not enough or the wrong things? What’s missing?

I suggest that firstly, you ask your doctor for a blood test for your thyroid levels. Thyroid hormones control your metabolism. Next, I suggest following the low glycemic index diet, and other recommendations for "Syndrome X". This information is on our website www.richters.com . Choose Q&A from the main menu, then enter "syndrome X" for the Q&A search.

Eating only fresh, raw fruit in the morning usually improves bowel elimination, which helps with weight loss. Starting the morning with a little fresh lemon juice in warm water provides extra help with bowel elimination. I do not recommend eating processed cereals or dairy products. Processed cereals contain few nutrients. Dairy products are difficult to digest, and often cause food sensitivities.

Replacing these with raw vegetables (preferably organic) improves digestion and elimination as well as providing high nutrient content. An easy way to add raw vegetables to your diet is to blend them with fresh fruit to make a smoothie, or grating root vegetables to make a salad.

Make sure that any salad dressings you use are homemade, from extra virgin olive oil or other cold pressed oils, and fresh lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar. Store bought dressings often contain poor quality oils, sugar or other sweeteners and preservatives - all of which are difficult for your body to process.

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