Understanding Weight Loss and Losing Weight
What You Do Not Understanding You Do Not Rise Above
In order to know how to lose weight it is very important to understand how and why the weight was gained.
Knowledge puts us in control of our life and in this case also of our own weight.
When you see celebrities on Television advertising a weight loss program. It should be remember that;
1) They too are having to watching what they are eating. That is to say, they are having to make an
effort to eliminate all the junk food while on their diet - The stuff that made them fat in the first
2) They are likely also exercising.
3) They are being paid to endorse something. There is nothing special about or in the pre-prepared meals
that are making them thinner. It is the discipline that it takes to make the changes that brings the
result. Anyone can do the exact same thing, get the exact same results for a lot less money by using
the same discipline, their own common sense and preparing their own food.
4) They have to actually lose the weight in order to be able to endorse the product they are
selling in a credible fashion to get paid for it. So they have to use the pre-packaged food as explicitly
directed to make it perform in order to get paid. This takes discipline!
Remember, it isn't the pre-packaged food, it is the effort in making intelligent changes that brings
If everyone had a multimillion dollar incentive to lose weight and keep it off, there would be a lot more
healthy people around and a lot fewer processed food companies.
It is likely also the main reason why Christy Alley lost out to Valerie Bertinelli at becoming the "it" girl for Weight Watchers. It doesn't have to be that difficult!
With the current obesity epidemic many people are desperately and understandably trying to lose weight.
We would like to help but a few things should be understood:
- First of all, like any other problem, weight loss needs to be approached honestly, cold blooded and
systematically if results are to be achieved.
- Although natural products can be of immeasurable benefit; effective and sustainable weight loss is not
a product intensive process. Furthermore, there is not now, nor will there ever likely be a magic bullet
in the form of a pill, natural or otherwise to solve the problem of weight loss or to remove obesity
entirely on its own. Something that took years to happen will not and cannot be expected to go away by
simply taking a pill. A "MAGIC BULLET" THAT WILL SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS DOES NOT EXIST AND LIKELY NEVER WILL!
- Changes will be necessary to arrive at your ultimate weight goal and vibrant health. Changes will
always bring challenges and positive changes bring positive results. Among these are the following.
- Any attempt to lose weight will require some discipline.
- Some physical activity will understandably be necessary.
- Most importantly; without sustained, honest, conscious, controlled and sensible food choices, there
can be no lasting results.
- Except for obesity in children, which is generally caused by a lack of intelligent parental vigilance in feeding their children, the issue of being overweight is generally caused by consistently poor food
- Some people are more prone to being a little more "corpulent" than others. Genetics does play a part in this. But, that is still not a hopeless situation. It just means that a little more effort needs to be taken.
- It would be illogical, inaccurate and self serving to classify being overweight or obesity as a genetic disorder when they had ever existed historically within the general population now suffering from it.
- Be realistic. There are many different body types. If someone is naturally a little taller
or shorter, or naturally thinner or more "voluptuous," that is the canvas they have to work with - there is choice. When it comes to achieving or maintaining a normal
weight everyone's constitution will provide a satisfactory norm as long as intelligent food choices and some physical activity are consistent. It would be
unreasonable to expect to look like a pin-up doll if that is not the physical reality of one's own bodily proportions. So, be happy with and take good care of
what nature has provided you with.
Carry yourself confidently, take advantage of your assets, play down any minor flaws and everyone will be pleased.
helpful to know that none of the so called "super models" or movie stars really look as they appear on screen or in
photographs. Airbrushing, camera angles, body doubles and make-up hide a lot. At the same
time everyone should have the intelligence, sufficient presence of mind and sober objectivity to realize
when they are overweight to the point of it being problematic and/or personally dissatisfying and doing something about it.
- A lot of what we come to
believe as true, socially acceptable, and common knowledge is based on what
we learn from the world around us. Today in the media has a big hand in shaping our opinions, values and norms. Before this persistent torment we all used our own reason to establish a reasonable sense of what is to be considered normal. Today, the norm is
being established by corporate interests that tell us what to eat, what to
wear, how to act socially and morally and what are permissible tolerances
for our own health.
Generally speaking people do not want to hear all this. All they want is a fast and easy solution. The Fact is that if you don't know how you got to where you are you will not find your way back or to where you want to be.
For the most part the vast majority of present day "popular"
foods and their additives that are being mass produced, mass advertised, and mass consumed are the
cause of the obesity epidemic. Some of the additives in these foods are proven to provoke hunger
and be addictive.
THESE ARE NOT FOODS! THEY ARE A SORT OF HUMAN "GRAVY TRAIN," A HUMAN "FEED." NO
NATURAL FOOD HAS EVER HAD THE CAPACITY TO RENDER ITSELF ADDICTIVE OR PROVOKE MORE HUNGER THAN YOU
START OUT WITH!!
The industries that are producing the current overweight culture are, due to a powerful lobbying presence, that allow them to legally place
their additives into foods and then proceed to make it culturally acceptable
to be overweight and they are not being "called" on it.
Being dangerously overweight
creates an unnecessary a health risk. This condition will in a short time
translate into sky-high profits for those and related industries because of
the inherent illnesses that it will naturally spawn. It is only a simple
matter to time when there will be more sick people than healthy people. That
time may already be here and obesity is definitely a contributor.
Please bear with the next few paragraphs;
Anyone who currently
drives an automobile that uses gasoline would never contemplate putting
anything other than gasoline into their gas tank. The idea of putting wood,
diesel fuel, jet fuel, coal or electricity into their fuel tank and still expect
the car to run would immediately be written off as loony.
Most people would say, "well of course you wouldn't put wood into your gas tank; the car won't
run." Unfortunately, those who would recognize the folly of putting wood, or
the like, into their gas tank do not apply the same reasoning to their own body.
Even running an
automobile on regular gasoline an engine will clog up and requires periodic
oil changes, filter changes and additives to clean the valves from
accumulated gunk. When the engine isn't running properly it will accumulate
even more gunk. This gunk is by analogy comparable to fat in a human being.
The food we eat and
the organs that digest our food are at the center of weight gain and weight
loss. These are the only real factors to consider. It is not any more
complicated than that!
We only have a few
major organs. Among
their other many functions, the liver, kidney and lungs act like filters for
the bodies solid, liquid and gaseous foods. When they "clog up" things will "back up;" weight gain is no
longer a mystery; weight gain is
just backed-up bodily accumulations packed throughout the body! If things back
up they must accumulate somewhere. The human body, not being a machine,
decides to place these accumulants where they will do the least harm while
still sustaining life. The net result is weight gain.
The first order of
business in addressing and dealing with weight gain/weight loss one has to start with
the best possible fuel/food intended for human consumption, and the
second order of business is to
promote proper, normal organ functions. To not address organ functions with
respect to weight loss will, to a large extent, lessen successful weight
loss. To use a familiar automotive example: it would be analogous to
improving the fuel one puts into their car without periodically changing the
oil and all the filters. The car will not run any better and will be more
prone to breaking down in spite of the one major improvement.
Food should be as unadulterated
as possible and as close to how
nature presents it and, a moderate regiment of physical activity and for
many the problem starts to fix itself. No pills required - It is that simple.
Food of this kind
can be eaten to the hearts content, as often as possible; the result will
always be a net weight loss or at least generally stable weight throughout
life. Although, common sense will dictate that gorging even the best of
foods will overwhelm any organism.
A further note
on food and its effect;
living in the United States and Canada have been told for over 5-6 decades
that everything about them and their countries is the best, the greatest and
everybody else is just sub par. This may be true in some things but not when
it comes to food. Most foods served in North America are pre-prepared fast
foods and convenience foods. Very little of it is fresh and prepared from
scratch as it used to be; like the rest of the world eats it.
(Unfortunately, our food concepts are being exported around the world and
our problems are starting to show up their too. A global tragedy in the
This means that
most people are eating leftovers that are in some cases 3 months to a
year old. After this length of time even though the measurable nutritional value
measured in vitamins and minerals may be there, but the life of the food is
gone. This is like trying to get heat out of already burned
ashes. Some will laugh at this concept. But, for those who travel outside of
North America and experience the foods and the people of the areas where
they travel they notice a marked difference in the taste of the foods, the
portions needed to satisfy a normal person and the physique of those who
live there. Most people in the rest of the world are generally neither overweight or sick. (Clearly,
this does not apply in places
where people are starving.)
If one travels
to any tropical resort; the North Americans always stand out. Their "butts"
and legs are generally lumpy (full of cellulite). Even many of the young and slim ones.
Genetic? Not likely.
many people in North America due to having ingested additive laced foods for
decades experience an extreme hunger when in other countries. They see a
McDonald's and practically salivate and get weak in the knees. This sounds
more like a withdrawal from a drug addiction than actual hunger. Many, if
they do not get their "preferred" foods start to shake like addicts until
they get their food. This is not normal hunger. If you are
addicted to a specific brand, look into their additives.
Some have talked about
food addictions as a cause of weight gain. The fact is that no one can
actually be addicted to real food per se. Food is essential for life and
does not render itself addictive. History will back up this assertion. Food is a necessity. What people are actually
addicted to is the non-foods and their additives. These have never existed
before in human history. No amount of government lobbying to legitimize them
will change this. Their effects are obvious. Even though they pass standard
microbial and bacterial laboratory tests does not make them safe nor does it
make them actual foods in spite of the fact that they are commonly being eaten.
No one can be addicted to
apples, grapes, carrots, strawberries, fish or even beef or chicken etc.
people were they would not bring about any major ill effects on their own
and obesity would definitely not be the result. The addictive non-foods are
typically to be found in the central isles of the grocery store. These are
foods that for the most part, even if they had never existed, would not be
missed except by those who are addicted to them of course. The essentials that are not addictive are usually on the perimeter ie. standard produce, dairy, meats.
Intelligent food choices are vital in healthy weight control and weight loss.
This does not mean going
into the local health food store and stocking up on snack foods stamped
"organic." Substituting regular potato chips with organic potato chips, even
though this is a marked improvement, will not work if you are
trying to lose weight.
A deliberate change
of dietary habits has to take place; otherwise expect nothing. A wholesome
food regiment and some level of moderate physical activity is a must not only for good general health but also for
reestablishing normal body weight.
Crash dieting is
not only futile it is not sustainable because it always leaves one hungry and literally deprived.
It is also very dangerous for those who are extremely overweight and clearly
Note: Any person who is
overweight by over 100 pounds must understand that sometimes by simply
cleaning up their diet their bodies will in time start to remove what is
making up their bulk. At this point it is no longer simple weight loss; it
becomes detoxification, which, although
perfectly normal, has its hazards. The result will be headaches, tiredness, fatigue, aches,
changes in bowel movement and so on depending on the amount of excess
weight, how long it has been there, age, gender, the general state of the
individuals health etc.
There is no easy or
instant way of losing weight without some sort of disciplined, organized and
deliberate changes being made to ones lifestyle.
- The simple choice of eating better food is always the
- The second step is to help restore the functions of the main
- The third step is to monitor the bodies activities and help it when it is
trying to discharge its old wastes which had been stored in the various
organs and cells throughout the body (enemas or colonics may be needed). Several natural health care providers
are familiar with this and should be consulted. It is good to find one
- The fourth step is to create a consistent exercise or other physical activity
routine. This does not mean trying to become an overnight athlete. Walking
regularly is generally accepted to be an excellent exercise.
So much is said about what should and should not be eaten for the sake of
losing weight. A lot of it is completely contradictory. Who is right and who
Well, given that
epidemic obesity is pretty much a latter-day phenomenon and did not really
exist until relatively recently, one could conclude that a traditional diet
was not the culprit; a traditional diet full of additives plus a very
sedentary lifestyle however could be suspect.
If one were to take
the traditional European diet and clean it up a little or a lot, and eat a
little less of it, one would
already fare pretty well. But, when someone is not well or extremely
overweight some further refinements are
- No microwaving of anything that is to be eaten! Including water!
- Lots of raw fresh fruit
and vegetables are necessary to not only nourish the body but to help clean the body - As much as one can
stand to eat. Raw fruits and raw vegetables should be eaten one hour apart
otherwise if they are eaten at the same time they will ferment in the
stomach producing gas and discomfort. Salad dressings should be made from
scratch (an olive oil base is best) or if a pre-bottled dressing is
preferred, it should be completely organic. Fruit should always be eaten
ripe. If it is not ripe and it is eaten a little green expect the stomach
to be upset. If the fruit is not fully ripened it must be cooked before
being eaten. Some might say, "what about calories, or fruit contains
sugar?" The only answer is, try to gain weight eating primarily fruit and
vegetables! Fruit can be quite filling when it is ripe and in season and
it is usually self evacuating. i.e. it helps to provide bulk, fiber and
roughage to clean the intestinal tract and body. Just having regular bowel
movements due to food choices is a huge step in losing weight. Not forced
bowel movements but regular bowel movements.
For those who are calorie
conscious, consider what the body would find more favorable; 1000 calories
of fruit or 1000 calories of doughnuts. As you can see it doesn't take
rocket science to make the intelligent choice.
- Vegetables are
actually more a remedy than a food from the herbal perspective. They
provide roughage to assist in bowel movements and many are remedies for
specific organs. For example, dandelion greens are excellent for the liver. Asparagus
are great for the kidneys and so on. Eating as much fruit and vegetables
as ones appetite needs is important to provide the body with the energy
needed to eliminate the waste and rebuild cells as much as possible. This
means that in many cases the skin may have a chance to somewhat shrink
back to its normal shape. Naturally this will depend upon the degree that
it has been stretched. This fresh food helps to clean out the cells of the
whole body including the skin. Anyone who has tried to live on salads
alone will have discovered that salads on their own are generally not very
filling or as satisfying as fruit. Fruit and vegetables should be eaten
about one hour apart, otherwise there will be bloating.
grains like oats, rice, wheat, barley, millet etc cooked as gruel are excellent.
Eating "gruel" sounds awful - something out of a Charles Dickens
workhouse; perhaps freshly cooked oatmeal, rice or cream of wheat served
with freshly prepared apple sauce or 2% milk sounds a little better. A
bowl of freshly cooked oatmeal is excellent for the stomach and will
settle the stomach should it become upset when the body starts to remove
its own waste. When the body starts eliminating its fat/wastes they will land
in the stomach first. Oats, dry or cooked feel great in the stomach at
these times or when nausea is present.
- Only breads made
from organic grains should be eaten. The typical spongy bread that most
people have grown accustomed to should be completely avoided! Real German
Pumpernickel, not the spongy dark stuff labeled
pumpernickel, is excellent not only to eat but it benefits all organs
especially the bowels. It may take some getting used to but remember that
it will bring you to your goal. Many, if not most foods are acquired
tastes to some degree.
Baked potatoes are a very underestimated food when trying to lose weight. Some will say, "all
those carbs!," but that isn't the point at the beginning of weight loss.
(if one were to eat nothing but baked potatoes what would be the result
- a net weight loss - carbs or no carbs) Besides organic potatoes that are baked cannot be compared to chips or French
fries. When there are too many toxins coming out of the body a potato
absorbs some of them in the stomach. It also is a little bit of a comfort
food. A potato can be dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, fresh salsa, which
can be made spicy, or there are various kinds of pesto that can be made as
an excellent dressing. A mildly spicy food is good for the stomach, as
the heat aids greatly in digestion.
- Fish is an
excellent food, for anyone, but for the very heavy some organic chicken is also helpful
a few times per week because it is nutritious and the protein will slow down the process of detoxification which for some can
be extreme. These foods, especially the fish, also are great for the body.
Avoid anything farmed with artificial or hormone laced feeds. By simple
deduction; if the added antibiotics and hormones fatten the livestock what will they do to
- Organic fruit juices are
excellent. (avoid the common watered down brands) Grape juice leading the
way as it helps to clean the blood. But, many will find that Papaya juice
will help with digestion a great deal. For the purposes of weight loss
Papaya juice would be a
supplement and a food in one. Orange and grapefruit juices should be avoided at all cost as they
interfere with digestion and alter the acid/alkaline balance of the body. Adding a teaspoon of the
Paracelsus Elixir to
the Papaya juice is great for the stomach, gallbladder and liver
functions and for the occasional headaches that may accompany the process
of losing weight due to the different foods being eaten.
Even though we at Amalux
manufacture and sell herbal supplements we understand when they are
appropriate and when they are not. To shamelessly market is not ethical.
This needs to be said because, other than for pure profit, it does not
always serve the greater good.
Although some supplements do help, on the whole, too many people take too
many supplements for weight loss. No supplement, natural or otherwise, on
its own, will ever completely make any one lose weight in a healthy
sustainable manner. There is no magic bullet! People trying to lose weight take
stimulants believing that the "thermogenic" effect will actually bring
down their weight will in time be disappointed. Some use herbal remedies that are supposed to achieve a
distinctive perhaps more sculpted "cut" muscle. This look is
called being "ripped." It is a trendy look and has never mattered
before in human history. Supplements are not a substitute for
food as they cannot on their own sustain life.
person aught to be able to conclude that a supplement can
never do what food can do unless you are taking a supplement to assist in
the process of digestion or to support organ functions on a temporary
basis. Supplements that actually work should render themselves unnecessary
when the reason for having taken them has been achieved. These supplements actually
serve a purpose and should be taken while trying to regulate appetite, to
control cravings and assisting the organs in doing their job to digest and
eliminate the accumulated wastes that have become fat.
Once they have fulfilled
their purpose supplements are no longer needed on a regular basis. Good
food takes their place and completes in the restoration of the bodies
strength and maintenance. After all, the process of losing the excess
weight the body itself has to work harder than normal and this requires
energy; the energy that only good food can provide
Weight loss products, on
the whole, are marketed as a dream in a bottle. It is far better to select
products that improve and support organ functions for long term health
rather than products promising direct weight loss. Even if they do drop
some weight, this product driven approach is not sustainable in the long
run. Plus, the individual comes to believe that they do not have to make
any personal modifications in their lifestyle. This would be misleading.
Again, and it cannot be
emphasized enough - food is the key to weight loss. Eating is
important. People trying to lose weight should not go hungry while
dieting. Dieting does not mean starvation. It means making conscious,
intelligent choices. Reading all labels and avoid anything that is of
artificial or chemical origin or, otherwise unpronounceable should be a
personal responsibility. This is also inclusive of any food that has
"diet" written on it. The additives in these foods are often addictive and
the foods themselves have little or no food value. Many people are fooled
into believing that diet foods actually help in weight loss. They consume
more of them and gain even more weight as the corporations that produce
them laugh all the way to the bank.
Note: A very heavy
person should consider a tincture made of Hawthorne for a two week period
and perhaps a cup of Hawthorne tea daily after that.
It helps strengthen the heart which could be helpful for those who due to
their weight tax their heart.
Supports Stomach, Pancreas and Liver Functions
Supports Digestive and Elimination Functions
Supports Digestive and Elimination Functions
Supports Circulation, Mental Clarity and Circulation Through Spleen Function
Balancing Liver, Gallbladder and Stomach Functions for better Assimilation and Elimination.
Paracelsus Elixir is an excellent formula with many uses centered primarily around digestive support.
Please note that this formula needs to be prepared before use. For instructions on its preparation
Once prepared it is both very effective as well as economical.
Paracelsus Anti-Toxin is generally the same formula as the Paracelsus Elixir with an entirely
different effect. Offering excellent digestive and eliminatory support. This formula will act
more as a detox formula than the Elixir.
To Help Support Spleen Functions Balancing to create energy for the organs for better Elimination.
Helping to restore
organ function is the most critical part of successful weight loss.
it the body does not resume its normal functions during and after the weight
is lost. We eat to feed our body, every part of our body. If the internal
organs are not clean and in good functioning order some part of the body is
deprived and suffers. This includes the skin for which every effort should
be made to restore its elasticity. Good and reasonable dietary habits are a
way of life. At times everyone craves a slice of, say, chocolate cake. After
the weight is under control a person should find the best chocolate cake
money can buy (not the cheap additive laced stuff) and have a slice from time to time
but not daily. If a
person likes ice cream, buy the best ice cream made with organic ingredients
and have some. As long as you are not eating a quart at a time there is
little harm that can be done. Once healthy these minor indulgences will not
affect anything long term.
Helping to restore
organ functions must begin with their slow cleansing. As it is very
difficult, if not impossible, for a reasonable person to function and live
in a cluttered, filthy, smelly home; so it is with each of our organs. They
will not function to their fullest or at all when they are clogged.
Something as simple as
taking 1 oz of freshly squeezed (not pre-bottled)
lemon juice mixed with 1 oz. of
cold pressed extra virgin
olive oil before bedtime would be an excellent start for most.
(see Liver cleanse)
This should be continued for several months. Remembering that Lemon
juice and olive are nothing more than a salad dressing should put most
people minds to rest. Although it is one of the simplest and one of the
very, very best
food combinations ever for helping to start unclogging
the liver; it is also very easy to prepare and very inexpensive. Some will
say, "olive oil" is a fat and is fattening. Again, forget the fat hype. No
one in history has ever gained an ounce by using uncooked olive oil, much
less olive oil mixed with lemon juice in their regular diets.
A full liver cleanse
should not be done by a very heavy person. It should be started slowly over
a period of several months (from 2 - 6 months) following the above mentioned
instructions. Only after this several month long period and
having taken Hawthorne, and/or Digestorum should any attempt to clean the liver be made.
Note: One has to expect that when the
toxins that have been accumulated throughout the body start to move and come
out that they will make themselves felt. It is not uncommon to feel out of
sorts when this happens. Enemas or colonics are the best remedy when this
occurs. No supplement on its own will void what comes into the bowels
The rewards are worth it but
there is some effort involved and the effort will be worth it.