Just what is "natural" weight loss? Is it losing fat without chemicals or supplements? Does it go so far as to ban processed foods? Is it just diet and exercise without the benefit of quick but costly surgery? Most importantly, is natural weight loss the way to go? How about taking natural weight loss as being weight loss the way nature intended?
Just how do you lose weight the natural way?
To some extent, natural weight loss is pure mathematics. You have to consume or store less than your body needs so that you can burn fat deposits. You can do this by starving yourself and having the natural look of a gaunt and hungry beggar from the middle ages with no energy or muscle tone. Perhaps not the look you were after.
It's better that you plan and execute a measured and balanced diet and exercise program. That way you can eat a bit more and make sure you get all necessary nutrients and exercise to lose fat and tone up those neglected muscles lurking sullenly under your fat deposits. Then you'll look like a younger, fitter, more attractive version of yourself - much more your style.
Your natural diet should be simple. You have to rethink you concept of food quite a bit in order to have the best chance of success. It is a big mistake to replace fatty treats with low fat treats that look just like the stuff you need to give up. It's a bit like a love affair that is never going to work out. If your last lover was just no good for you and you've reluctantly given that undeserving person the flick, you are never going to move on if you keep their picture and their trinkets and sleep with people who remind you of them.
If it is your practice to eat creamy deserts and sugary or fatty snacks every day, then when you get serious about a weight control diet, you have to say to yourself "It's all over. It was fun while it lasted, but it was really no good for me as a person. I must now move on with my life. I shall never speak of that desert treat again." Now retrain your brain, eyes and taste buds with fruit, nuts, yogurt and protein bars.
Protein bars? Now they don't look too natural. But they are none-the-less very good for weight loss and that brings me conveniently around to talking about unnatural weight loss.
Unnatural weight loss can be taken to extreme levels. You have to be really really desperate to consider getting liposucked or stomach stapled. These procedures are surgical and all the risks of operations and hospital environments go along with them. People have even died from having these elective surgeries.
Don't go for diet pills or mixtures or potions that promise to make your fat loss dreams reality without any effort on your part. If you are going to lose weight, you must not keep eating what you currently eat, you have to cut down portions of food in general, you have to change your patterns of when you eat and yes, you will have some food cravings and hunger pangs - especially in the first weeks of weight loss. Any product that promises something for nothing means that yes, you will be paying something and too right, you will be getting nothing for your money. Something for nothing indeed.
Good "unnatural" weight loss products include protein bars and protein shakes. They are blended to give you long term energy with a lot of protein and some carbs. They increase your metabolism and inhibit the conversion of carbs to fat.
If you are worried about the "unnatural" nature of protein supplements, then first take a look at some of the unsaturated fats and sugary treats you currently consume and have a little think about their chemical composition by way of comparison. Protein bars and shakes cannot harm you the way a diet rich in unsaturated fats does.
If you take the best of natural concepts with a couple of quality dietary supplements and combine them with the right balance of regular exercise, then your weight loss efforts will definitely be rewarded.