(NaturalNews) The condition of being overweight and/or obese is an epidemic in America. The best solution is not dangerous drugs nor fad diets but rather losing weight naturally. The main tools for natural, healthy weight loss are: herbs for weight loss; other natural remedies for weight loss; and natural weight loss foods. This regimen of diet, combined with moderate regular exercise, goes a long way towards realizing timely, natural, healthy weight loss for people of all ages and backgrounds.
According to Bottom Line's Prescription for Natural Cures by Doctors James F. Balch and Mark Stengler, there are underlying root causes of being overweight/obese. Some of them are:
Unresolved emotional issues
Side effects of pharmaceutical medications
Preexisting medical conditions
Let's look at some of these solutions for being overweight/obese.
Herbs for Weight Loss:
According to Nature's Medicines by Gale Maleskey and the Editors of Prevention Health Books, many weight loss herbs don't live up to the hype. However, kelp does fit the bill and is shown to take off extra pounds when combined with a low-fat diet and daily aerobic exercise such as brisk walking (suitable for all ages). Other homeopathic herbs are:
Calcarea carbonica (for people who are flabby and have the chills)
Ignatia (for people with an emotional trauma who use food to make them feel better)
Pulsatilla (for those with a strong craving for sweets and a sense of sadness)
Staphysagria (for those with a history of abuse who deal with repressed anger by overeating)
Natural Remedies for Weight Loss:
Increase fiber intake. This can be done by eating fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and/or taking the fiber supplements, psyllium or glucomannan (best), which are rich in soluble fiber. Remember to drink at least eight ounces of water when taking each dose of these fiber supplements to avoid constipation. Other remedies are:
Green tea (extract)
Essential fatty acids like flaxseed oil or fish oil
Also, try not to skip breakfast, and eat more, smaller meals throughout the day.
Remember, even though herbs, supplements, and food were mainly covered here, being the most vital, natural, healthy weight loss involves the "whole person." This includes the body, mind and soul complex to be worked on in addition to food. Of course, for all herbs and supplements you run across, consult your doctor(s) first, especially if you are pregnant, lactating, or have a preexisting condition. To your health! Sources for this article include: