Hoodia And A Good DietBy Rob Cooper
Hoodia, the appetite and thirst suppressant of the South African aborigines has been tested as a dietary aid for persons wanting to stay on a weight loss diet plan. The natural supplement has been proven to help individuals eat less in a natural and safe manner. However, like any diet aid, Hoodia suppressive qualities will only be truly beneficial if a healthy diet is also implemented.
Genuine Hoodia has been a lifesaver for natives traversing the desert. Facing scorching heat and having little food, Hoodia helped people survive extreme conditions. The properties of a seemingly plain cactus are amazing. Thus, in the 1960’s scientists in Africa decide to attempt extracting the lifesaving properties, to help save the lives of obese individuals having difficulty maintaining a healthy diet, and sticking to a weight loss program.
Successful, the diet aid still has one negative flaw. Since Hoodia suppresses both appetite and thirst, dieters must be careful to maintain healthy eating habits. As per trial results, a 100% Hoodia supplement can influence appetite for the day. During regular mealtimes, an individual may not feel like eating a meal, preferring to skip eating altogether. Health care professionals will admonish patients to eat regularly. While avoiding meals seems like a good idea at the time, the body may go into starvation mode.
In starvation mode, the body assumes adequate food is not available, and metabolism slows down to preserve what the body has in store. Thus, an individual on a weight loss program will have an increasingly difficult time losing the weight in a healthy manner. Also, if the body is starved, as soon as a person begins eating regularly, lost weight will likely return. Basically, "slow and steady wins the race" also applies to healthy dieting. Also, lifestyle changes will result in maintaining a healthy weight and not suffering frustrating fluctuations. So, Hoodia consumers must eat a well balanced diet.
To maintain a health diet, individuals should consume at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day. Health researchers have discovered the necessity of adequate fiber for proper digestion. Oatmeal is a good choice. In fact, lack of sufficient fiber may result in poor health including higher cholesterol, and the possibility of developing certain types of cancer. Thus, whole grain breads, crackers, or cereals are essential to good health. Wheat free is best as most people have wheat intolerances.
Fruit is also an important element in a healthy diet. The recommended daily allowance is 3-5 servings. However, a person’s idea of proper serving sizes, and the actual amount needed per day, is usually larger than the actual requirements. Therefore, check with a physician to find out the exact amount needed for good nutrition. Also, fresh fruit, rather than juices are recommended. Fruit juices often have added sugars and preservatives. Fresh is always best. Harvey Diamond of Fit For Life fame recommends fresh fruit juices daily. For a great resource, listen to my Harvey Diamond interview I did in 2005.
Many individuals do not consume enough fresh vegetables to satisfy the body’s needs for certain vitamins and minerals. Unless the habit is developed early in childhood and veggies are consistently included in meals, most people generally choose sweet and starchy foods.
Frankly, vegetarians usually have lower cholesterol levels, are less likely to be overweight, and consume enough vegetables for a healthy diet. While canned vegetables are more convenient for preparation, fresh vegetables are preferable. Also, uncooked carrots and beans, among other selections, retain the full amount of vitamins and minerals. During the cooking process, especially if boiled, vegetables tend to lose nutritional values. If cooked vegetables are desired, steaming is a much better method for sustaining taste and healthy qualities.
Last in the food pyramid are proteins. Many people usually eat too much red meat, not enough fish, and very little beans. In actuality, the opposite should be true. Legumes and fish are far healthier, especially for cardiovascular health, than red meats. Nevertheless, proteins are a necessary element of a diet. Muscles need protein.
A proper diet is essential to good health, even if Hoodia suppresses the appetite. Also, drinking enough water for proper hydration is important. Consider the fact that the body is 80% water. Dehydration will negatively affect the skin, internal organs, and the muscles. So, even if Hoodia keeps the individual from becoming thirsty, keep a water bottle handy and liquidate the body’s assets.
If Hoodia helps people maintain a healthier diet and realize a proper weight, yeah! Changing eating habits can be extremely difficult, and many well-meaning dieters often give up in frustration, feeling deprived and hopeless. Any healthy diet aid is a Godsend. However, consumers need to take Hoodia responsibly, remembering to eat properly, and drinking enough to sustain a healthy body.
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