Unless there is some genetic reason why you're overweight, there are many contributing factors to this problem. Eating the wrong foods, daily stress and being exposed to toxins in the environment rank high on the list.

Eating the wrong foods refers to the impact that food has on the body. There are three food groups: protein, carbohydrates and fats. Each one of these groups is essential to the proper body and brain function. Protein is broken down into the system as amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for cell renewal.
Some proteins are better than others. Meat protein, and dairy are the biggest problems in this category.
The most dangerous reason is that animals are injected with hormones to get them fat so they can be killed and brought to your local food store. Those hormones are ingested by us when we sit down to have that big juicy steak or drink that glass of milk. Think of what a Big Mac has lurking inside! Yuck! Even the milk in your latte is contaminated.

These hormones in the body cause all sorts of problems. If you have to have meat, make sure the packaging states that the animals were fed hormone free diets. This includes poultry, and farm raised fish as well.

Let's go to the fat group. There are differences in fats. Saturated fats, and mono saturated fats. By now there is so much awareness that saturated fats are a no-no, that we'll just talk about how important the mono saturated fats are.
These fats are actually needed by the body. They include almonds, olives, olive oil, peanut butter or avocados. Eating small amounts of these fats at every meal is important, as they help to unlock stored fat! These fats can actually lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health.

Carbohydrates also come in two classifications. Simple and complex. The ones you want to be concentrating on are the complex carbs. They provide the sugar necessary for the brain to function, but they deliver that sugar slowly into the bloodstream. They are the fruits and vegetables, brown rice, whole wheat and whole grains.

The simple carbs are EVERYTHING ELSE. Soda, cake, cookies, crackers, ice cream, cereal, pizza, chips all the things we so dearly love are the bad carbs. They are the ones that shoot a blast of sugar through the bloodstream so we get an immediate rush of energy. What follows is the body sends insulin to control the glucose levels so that the body can get back to proper function again. As a result of this process, you're craving for more food continues.

Toxicity is another major culprit why we are overweight. Here's what happens: we eat this big juicy steak that is filled with hormones, or we are outside in city air, where pollution is everywhere. The body has a natural defense to the toxins that enter into our bloodstream. It surrounds any toxic substance with fat cells. It is the way the body protects itself from getting sick.

Stress is another factor that throws the bodies' functions out of whack. When the body is under stress, it secretes a hormone called cortisol into the system. The body responds as if it were about to be attacked. As a result, we experience a burst of energy, which then shifts our metabolism, our blood flow and other changes. All this can lead to a nice spare tire around the middle, as cortisol is known to target the belly area.

To keep the body running in good health, it's necessary to periodically do a cleanse. Just as you must change the oil filter in your car so it will run smoothly, your body needs it's own source of renewal. Using a cleansing agent that is nutritionally enhanced will nourish the system as it detoxifies.

3 keys to keep the weight off:

1) watch what you eat.
2) eat 3 main meals a day, and two 100 calorie snacks (one mid morning, the other mid afternoon)
3) support your system by including nutritional cleansing every month.

As part of any health regime, some form of exercise will help boost your metabolism, and including any relaxation technique will help reduce the stress overload. Follow these simple steps, and not only will you have a significant improvement in your weight, you're also going to feel energized and more focused as a result.

Author's Bio: 

As a highly sought after Spiritual Life Coach, Mind/Body Cleansing Coach, Hara lectures coast to coast on the importance of whole body cleansing, diet, detox and transforming old unproductive patterns.

Hara has trained with some of todays' top Holistic Doctors and Spiritual Teachers to learn the latest therapies and treatments available to cure the body of illness and the mind of limitation.
In 2003, Hara founded Get Centered, a wellness center located in NYC offering the latest tools for life enhancement. Get Centered has been featured in many publications including Harper's Bazaar, In-Style and Quest Magazine. Hara has been interviewed on "Trend Watch", Vogue Magazines nationally syndicated tv segment, Good News Broadcast and German TV Morning Show for her innovative services.
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