Monday, February 11, 2008

Stubborn Weight Loss? You May Have An Appetite Disorder

By Anne Katherine

Nobody would argue that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States--one look around confirms that. Unfortunately, many people try to lose weight--and when it doesn't work, they think they've failed. In addition to the resulting physical and health issues, repeated diet failures take a heavy emotional toll, leaving many feeling weak, guilty, ashamed and humiliated. But it's not their fault!

When diets fail, we usually blame the person for a lack of self-control, but the reality is, their body chemistry has gone awry. Science has proven our brains and body chemistry control our appetite. Certain eating patterns can alter those chemicals and create an unconscious, internal process that may even lead to a hidden addiction to food.

There are several causes of appetite disorder but each relates to an imbalance of the brain chemicals that control eating. One of the most potent causes involves excessive neuropeptide Y (a chain of amino acids), which is triggered by skipping meals. As it builds up, it forces people to binge. Our bodies are remarkable machines. When food isn't coming in regular intervals, your body produces chemicals that make you eat more, so you'll have enough food-–just in case.

Appetite disorder is also caused by stress and a lack of serotonin. We learn, sometimes very early in life, that eating specific foods in certain quantities brings relief from stress and makes us feel better. No wonder people become addicted!

So how do we go about breaking the cycle? The first step is to diagnose the specific profile. 7 chemical imbalances can cause appetite to be disordered, and unless you know which ones affect you, you could be making the wrong changes.

The 2nd step is never skip a meal-– especially breakfast. The goal is to eat regularly throughout the day and reprogram the body to trust we'll feed it. This alone can naturally reduce appetite by a third!

Another way to repair body chemistry involves finding new ways to self-soothe so that we won't turn to food when we feel bad or stressed. Admittedly harder than not skipping meals, this fix takes re-training since food has become a friend to us. It's possible to learn a way to listen to your feelings so that they don't hurt and so that you aren't triggered to eat.

Once an appetite disorder is balanced, almost any diet can work. The key is to choose one that's a good match for your body chemistry and to adapt it to fit your recovery needs. The bottom line is that your ability to stay on a diet depends on staying in recovery from your appetite disorder.

The above information has been abstracted from my book, How to Make Almost Any Diet Work, Repair Your Appetite Disorder and Finally Lose Weight. As a therapist with nearly 40 years experience, I've done extensive research on food addiction and appetite disorder, and now I lead one of the most effective programs available anywhere for the repair of appetite disorder.

About the Author: Anne Katherine is a respected therapist who specializes in treating appetite disorder, food addiction, and binge eating. Take a quick questionnaire and find out about her 4-phase, 90-day SOAR program to balance appetite chemicals at

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How Does Hoodia Diet Pills Work

By M K Shabi Guptha

If you are a dieter you may have heard of the hoodia gordonii diet pills. They were introduced in 2004 and have been popular ever since. Weight gain and obesity has been a big health problem. It has steadily worsened as more fast food restaurants emerged. Instant meals are much more convenient than home cooked meals in a fast paced world. Fortunately the hoodia diet provides us with a new solution to the problem.

The hoodia diet was introduced in November of 2004. It has been featured in several television shows such as Oprah, The Today Show, and 60 minutes. There are many brands and different forms right now in the internet of this new diet supplement.

How does the hoodia diet pills work?

The diet comes from hoodia gordonii. It's a succulent spiny plant that grows in the Kalahari dessert of South Africa. It's used by the locals during long hunting trips to fend off hunger and thirst. In America it is used for weight loss.

It works by naturally suppressing a person's appetite. It releases a chemical much stronger than glucose on the satiety center of the brain. This center can be found in the hypothalamus. It causes the hypothalamus to send a signal to the brain that it has already consumed enough food.

The dieter will feel full even tough he or she has eaten little or no food at all. It's similar to light fasting but with no hunger pains. With less food intake there are fewer calories and fats to burn. This will help individuals to control their cravings. It's a much comfortable way of reducing calorie intake.

More often the food is not the problem but our eating habits. There are certain times when we are not hungry but we still eat snacks out of habit. This enables the individual to be able to ward off unnecessary cravings such as midnight snacks. The individual will be able to control the diet not the other way around.

Dieters don't have to prepare meals. They don't have to calculate their calorie intake. They don't have to restrain themselves from eating foods. They don't have to follow a strict diet regimen which most often leads to food binges later on. Coupled with plenty of water exercise and a balanced meal it can prove to be effective.

It does not have side effects because it is not a drug. It comes from a plant which makes it 100% natural and safe. It does not contain ephedrine, caffeine and stimulants. Dieters will not experience a queasy stomach or racing heart beat.

Consumers should buy the genuine product to be able to experience its results. Due to its popularity there are several fake and cheap imitations all over the internet. When buying online make sure that the manufacturer has a CITES certificate, lab tests or analytical reports on its site available for visitors.

Hoodia is rare and expensive. Don't buy from sites that advertise low prices. These are just one of the tactics that scammers do to lure in customers. Consumers should make their own research before buying any product online.

Hoodia diet pills are effective when used appropriately. Dieters should remember that they should still continue eating meals. The supplement is for maintenance only. The supplement is made to help individuals maintain a normal and healthy eating habit.

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