Technically, a person tips the scales into the overweight category when his or her body mass index (BMI) is 25 or higher. BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height. It usually reflects the amount of body fat a person has. To figure out your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 704 and divide that number by your height in inches squared. (Get a calculator for this. And remember, squaring something is multiplying that number by itself: i.e., 12 squared Is 144.)
People often blame their metabolism for their weight problem. It is true that the rate at which the body burns calories to maintain breathing, digestion, and other vital body functions is not the same for everyone. But experts say the majority of weight problems arise from eating too much or the wrong kinds of food coupled with not getting enough exercise. Being overweight is the result of an imbalance between calorie intake and energy expenditure. In other words, when the number of calories you take in exceeds the number of calories you burn, you will gain weight.
- JOHN’S WORT AND 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) – (for appetite suppression); both raise levels of the brain chemical serotonin. To prevent your body from adjusting to the effects of these supplements,
- L-CARNITINE, an amino acid, enables the muscles to burn more fat; helpful when combined with an exercise program.
- L-GLUTAMINE, another amino acid, can help build muscle mass and suppress sugar cravings.
- CHROMIUM is a trace mineral that helps the body use insulin, metabolize protein and fat, and aid in weight reduction combined with healthy diet and exercise
- PSYLLIUM may facilitate weight loss by creating a feeling of fullness. It does this by absorbing water in the stomach.
- COENZYME Ql0 is a primary catalyst for metabolism. Among other things, it appears to speed up the process by which the cells process food, giving the body less time to absorb fat molecules.