Natural medicine seminar tackles weight loss
January 15, 2004
The key to losing weight is making a commitment to life-long healthy behavioral, eating and exercise habits, said Dr. Barry Triestman of the American Center for Longevity, Nutrition and Chiropractic and Sports Injuries during his seminar entitled, “Natural Medicine for Weight Loss.”
“Dieting doesn’t really work,” he said Tuesday evening at the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. “We want to try to make these lifestyle changes that we change forever.”
“Yo-yo dieting” actually has inverse effects like increasing weight, increasing the risk of diabetes and slowing the metabolic rate, said Triestman, who is dual board certified nutrition and chiropractic. While Atkins, the Zone and Ornish, or low fat, diets have their merits, they need to be shaped to fit the person attempting them.
“There is a perfect diet, but everyone’s perfect diet is individual and sometimes you have to search,” he said.
Before people choose a method, they need to consider their family history, their own health history, their behavior and possible food allergies that could hinder weight loss, Triestman said. Lab tests like a blood count, chemistry panel, a thyroid panel and food allergy tests can identify any health problems they may have and aid in picking the correct diet.
But beyond the simple physical equation of weight loss are the impact behavior and psychology have on how we eat, something everyone determined to successfully lose weight must consider, he said. Habits, like buying a doughnut every time they pass a 7-Eleven, become part of a routine that is hard to break.
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“When we are feeling unhappy, when we are feeling unloved, we go to the refrigerator,” he said.
Triestman recommended people keep a journal of everything a they eat. It allows a person to assess his or her eating habits and note what triggers overeating, he said.
He also defined “ideal eating.” People should eat at a table in a relaxed environment. It’s important to chew the food until it is completely salivated and put down the fork between every bite, he said. Slow eating allows digestive enzymes time to direct nutrients to certain parts of the body and the signal telling us we are full to reach the brain.
Although liquids are vital during the rest of the day, they should be avoided 15 minutes prior to and a half hour after a meal, Triestman said. They dilute the digestive juices, and in turn, our body tells us to eat more to make up for the nutrients it thinks it’s lacking.
Among the obstacles that dieters face is the body’s own self-preservation system, he said.
“The body does not want to lose weight,” he said. “It fights very hard not to lose weight. It doesn’t realize that we have a Safeway or an Albertsons right down the road.”
But there are safe and natural ways to fight this, he said. For people who may lack the nutrients that carry the fullness signal, a nutrient called 5-Hydroxy-tryptophan can be taken.
Medium chain triglycerides block the body from storing fat and decrease the transition of carbohydrates to fat, if the person is on a low-fat diet.
The wealth of natural ways to aid in weight loss include certain foods, Triestman said. Polyunsaturated fats, like Omega 3 found in fish, help burn fat.
A nutritious diet can help eliminate cravings we have due to nutrient insufficiencies, Triestman said. The healthiest food is that closest to the original source, like vegetables and fruit.
“As we go through the day, we want to eat the rainbow — the more colors the better,” he said.
And exercise has countless benefits when it accompanies a healthy diet, Triestman said.
“It really is the fountain of youth,” he said. “There is nothing like it that makes us younger.”
For more information about seminars Dr. Triestman is offering, or about the American Center for Longevity, Nutrition and Chiropractic and Sports Injuries, call 530-550-1688. To pre-register for classes, call 530-582-7720.
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