Holistic weight loss uses a variety of methods that promote a healthy body and mind. Therefore, the primary focus is not just on losing weight, but rather on restoring a healthy balance in the body and mind. Once a healthy balance is achieved, then one can begin to lose weight in a natural manner.
All the remedies that are used in holistic weight loss are natural remedies that will not cause negative side effects when done correctly and in moderation. The natural remedies include cleansing, detox diets, exercise and balancing the mind.
One of the major focus of holistic weight loss is to cleanse the body of all unnatural substances such as toxins, chemicals, heavy metals and other substances that are foreign to the body. Doing so will prepare the body for the weight loss process, making the efforts much more effective.
Colon Cleanse. The colon is the first organ to cleanse, as that is where the majority of waste builds up in the body. Cleaning the colon will also make it easier to do other cleanses, as the waste can now be eliminated freely from the body. As soon as the colon begins to empty, one will immediately begin to see a reduction in weight, or, in size.
Any moderate changes in the diet such as avoiding junk foods and eating more raw fruits and vegetables will begin the cleansing process. Fiber is very effective in cleansing the colon, as it locks onto the buildup in the digestive tract, and eliminates it from the body. Plenty of fluids are also important as they too can help to wash away the buildup.
During a colon cleanse, it is important to refrain from any foods that can contribute to buildup. These foods include animal proteins, especially meat, sugar, fried foods, fast foods, most baked goods, chips, chocolate and candy.
Kidney Cleanse. The kidneys are also important organs that require cleansing in order to speed up the weight loss process. They are responsible for filtering and eliminating waste material from the blood. In addition, nutrients are absorbed by the help of the kidneys, which helps in the overall health of the body. Thus a kidney cleanse is essential for optimal health and weight loss.
As with a colon cleanse, all animal products, processed foods and anything that contains artificial ingredients must be eliminated from the diet. Plenty of water and fresh fruits and vegetables are effective in cleaning the kidneys. Foods such as cranberries, blueberries, grapes, asparagus, ginger and parsley are excellent foods to help with the cleansing process. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are also helpful, not only in detoxifying the body, but in restoring nutrients as well.
Liver Cleanse. The liver is another detoxing organ, and thus it is important that it functions at its best as well. Again, all animal and unnatural foods must be eliminated from the diet, as they will interfere with the cleansing process. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices, cruciferous vegetables and foods high in vitamin C and E can help to clear out the toxins in the liver that often prevent weight loss.
Parasite Cleanse. Somewhere between 75-90% of all people around the world have some form of parasite living inside of them. These creatures can prevent a person from losing weight, as well as from gaining healthy weight. Thus doing a parasite cleanse before even attempting to lose weight can help to eliminate the frustration of not being able to achieve the goals.
Parasites can feed off of just about anything in the body. They can live in the intestines, or in the tissues of the body where they feed off of whatever comes their way. Breads, sugar and processed food are their primary source of food, and will cause them to become stronger. Thus it is important to eliminate all the parasite feeding foods from the diet.
There are three herbs that are said to work well when taken in combination with each other. They are black walnut, cloves and wormwood. The black walnut hull is effective in killing off the parasites; wormwood can help to eliminate them from the body; and cloves can help with the destruction of the parasitic eggs. Garlic is another effective remedy that can help with the killing of the parasites. Many other foods such as vegetables, seeds and herbs can also aid in the elimination of parasites.
Detox diets alone can do wonders without any of the special cleanses, as they too can cleanse the body to a great degree. The best way to get started on a detox diet is to gradually ease into it, by making small and gradual changes. All processed foods, and foods that contain artificial ingredients and animal foods must be eliminated in order for the detox to work at its best.
Raw Food Diet. The raw food diet is a great detox diet, as it is high in fiber and essential nutrients that can help to eliminate toxins throughout the body. This diet alone can do wonders, as results are seen almost immediately. The beauty of this diet is that one can eat as much raw food as one wants, as there is no calorie counting, and the body lets one know when to stop.
Fruit Flush. The fruit flush diet is another holistic approach to weight loss. It is where fresh fruit is consumed for the majority of the diet. This diet only lasts for three days, but it can be carried out for a period of 12 weeks, where one returns to eating regular, but healthy foods for four days in each week. Thus one would only do the fruit flush diet for three days a week for up to 12 weeks.
Green Smoothie Diet. The green smoothie diet may not be the tastiest diet on the planet, but it can get the job done when it comes to cleansing and losing weight. The diet involves drinking plenty of fresh smoothies made with primarily leafy green vegetables. To help neutralize the bitterness of the leafy greens, one can add in small amounts of fruits, nuts and seeds, herbs and other raw plant-based foods.
Juice Diet. The juice diet, also known as a juice fast is a harsh method of cleansing if one is not used to it. Thus a raw food diet, fruit flush or a green smoothie diet might be ideal before one attempts to go on a juice diet. The diet involves drinking plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables juices, and eliminating all solid food during the fast.
Balancing the Mind
Balancing the mind is another method that is helpful in holistic weight loss, as it can help in overcoming emotional eating habits and other negative habits that interfere with weight loss.
Meditation and Visualization. Meditation and visualization are two great techniques that can help with losing weight. Not only does it help one to relax and overcome stress, but the visualization can help one to see the end of the weight loss journey. This is often what people need in order to keep them going in their daily routines.
Hypnotherapy. Some also resort to the use of hypnotherapy. It too is a holistic approach to weight loss, and is said to be effective when done correctly. The procedure is able to erase negative or destructive habits from the mind, and replace it with positive thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Thus, in this manner one can overcome bad eating habits and exchange them for healthy habits that will help one to lose weight naturally.
Last but not least, exercise is another effective strategy in holistic weight loss. Anything that gets the heart rate up is effective in helping with the weight loss process. Everyone is different and thus must find their level and exercise according to what their body is able to do. For some this might mean spending 30 minutes of doing vigorous exercises, while others will benefit from a short 20 minute walk in the park. The key is to push oneself past the previous limit until a desired fitness level is achieved.