Diet Pills Can't Replace Healthy Food


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Although a new drug has been approved that might actually succeed in helping dieters lose weight and manage cravings, some studies have shown that restoring the body's natural balance with real food can be as successful. If that's the case, why not save the money and give your body a kick start with a double dose of real food?

The drug, called Contrave, blends two drugs together that are currently used for addictions: Naltrexone (drug addiction) and Bupropion (smoking addiction). Contrave doesn't work in the stomach — it works in the hypothalamus, the brain's central thermostat that controls appetite, temperature, and how the body burns energy. But there are other, healthier ways to do the same thing.

Some studies suggest that thinking (not obsessed thoughts) may provide one of the most natural forms of fat burn? Yes, brain activity is one of the biggest users of calories in the body, using as much as 20% when resting stress-free. When active and oxygenated, it uses even more, taking glucose from blood flowing through the body, nourished by the food we eat... the real foods we eat.

A recent study of Hadza hunter-gatherers in eastern Tanzania, reported by Time Magazine, showed that they use no more energy than Westerners do, in spite of their active lives; but they eat natural foods and by necessity are much more mentally alert. Moving while hunting provides oxygen for the brain and the constant activity involving mental alertness uses up stored fat. Since they rest with less stress than do Westerners, they are less prone to "compensation eating". The article also concluded that Westerners eat much more than their bodies need.

Eating less and eating better are both good practices to develop, if you want to lose weight. Processed food, the kind that most Westerners eat, does not produce the kind of glucose that bodies and brains use well. What they can use is expended, then the rest is stored as fat. On the other hand, fresh vegetable juices and organic salads are great for stimulating brain activity. Bananas and peanut butter are too.

There is seldom the need for drugs that pharmaceutical companies would like for you to believe, but your doctor is the only one who can tell you for sure. But, increasing your brain activity and oxygen intake, while eating healthy foods with nutritional supplements, are certainly a great combination of actions to take for losing weight.

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