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Ten Diet Tweaks to Lose Weight for Life!

Check Testosterone Levels  

Posted by Mikke (Galicia, Spain ) on 09/15/2010

Before you try any remedy for weight loss... You should check your Testosterone levels... If they are low its almost impossible to lose weight... And also if you have a fatty liver.. Its very hard to lose weight!! ..

Ps. Take two cinnamon capsules every time you have a meal to control your glucose!

Replied by Mariella
Barcelona, Spain


I've been trying to loose weight with apple cider vinegar with no success. Though, your suggestions made me think. How to increase our testosterone levels or help with a fat liver? Thanks and regards

Replied by Nicolet
Racine, Wi

Do you have abnormal testosterone levels? If something is off - your whole endocrine will have issues. Check your Free T3 and Free T4 thyroid levels. The FT3 hormone is your main source of metobolism

Replied by H.lilia
Sonoma, Ca

Hi, just wondered if you could speak more about what to do for low testosterone levels, and low hormone levels in general? I have low EVERYTHING right now (after two children, breastfeeding, etc. ), and no trace of cortisol at all! I was put on a low level of cortisol, and am working on consistency with herbs to help my adrenals (which have been deficient for years and years... ), but any other advice or recommendations would be wonderful! My energy is so low, and I am chronically fatigued, struggle with candida, etc. Thanks!!

Chia Seeds  

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Posted by Xiang (Cleveland, Ohio) on 04/26/2012
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How do Chia Seeds keep you feeling full?

When the Chia Seed is exposed to water or other liquids it begins to hydrate. This means that the fibers on the outside of the seed (almost too small to see with the naked eye) begin to trap moisture and form it into a gel. Each seed forms its own big bead of gel, that is not easily removed. When you eat this seed/gel combination, your body treats it like a big piece of food... not the 0 calorie water that it really is! The seeds themselves are tiny and healthy, but it's their ability to absorb 9 TIMES their own weight in water that keeps you feeling full. This means you can use even 1 tsp of seeds to get rid of hunger whenever you want.

This also makes it a great value for you when 1 dry tablespoon of chia makes 9 tablespoons of hunger-fighting chia gel. It's as easy as scoop, pour and wait 10 minutes for the gel to form on its own. Water isn't the only answer, either. You can use your favorite juice drinks too, and chia will never cover up or dilute the flavor you love.


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Posted by Smokymtnlady (Tennessee) on 08/20/2015
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I am here to give a resounding NAY for cinnamon for weight loss. I had already lost 15 pounds by tracking my caloric intake with a free app on my phone. I thought adding cinnamon might help shed the last few pounds. Well *pay attention* if you decide to take cinnamon. I added only a tiny pinch to my morning coffee each day. It was delicious! But after 6 weeks of this I was so constipated that my abdomen was having sharp cramps through the day. That is when I learned that cinnamon is also used as an anti-diarrhea supplement. Results may vary, of course. My husband can take turmeric every day and still have regular bm's but my system is way more sensitive apparently because both cinnamon and turmeric stop me up.

Posted by Xiang (Cleveland, Ohio) on 04/26/2012

Effects: According to a study published by "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, " cinnamon has been linked to weight loss because the spice stimulates, or increases, the metabolism of glucose. Glucose, or blood sugar, is a main source of energy and affects how hungry or energetic you feel.

Benefits: A benefit of cinnamon is its ability to delay food from progressing through the digestive system. Food is delayed in the stomach and, as a result, leaves you feeling full for a longer period of time. This results in a reduction of hunger and causes you to eat less. In addition to satiation, the active compound in cinnamon is methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP) and works to increase glucose metabolism, according to the USDA. Your blood sugar level determines whether you burn fat or store it. Increasing your glucose metabolism through the use of cinnamon tablets burns excess glucose, which is stored as fat in your body. In short, feeling less hungry and burning excess glucose more effectively equates to eating less and losing weight.

Cinnamon and Honey  

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Posted by Dan (Tempe, Az) on 06/09/2012
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I decided to the cinnamon and honey tea to my daily routine a week ago and I am already seeing effects!

My process: I put 1 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon into 8 oz of boiling water and let it seep for 30 minutes. Then I add 2 tsp organic raw honey. I drink half of the tea before bed and the other half in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast.

Results/effects so far: I have already been on a weight loss journey and adding the tea gave me an extra edge. In one week my measurements shifted down. I have read that this tea will make you lose inches before lbs.

I will definitely continue to use this on a daily basis, I'm sure I will continue to see other benefits!

Cold Showers  

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Posted by Lana (Des Plaines, IL) on 06/02/2009
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I've been doing cold showers for 2 weeks, and my appetite significantly decreased, and i lost 4 pounds already. Amazing! ACV helps too, but it doesn't decrease appetite as cold showers do, at least for me.

Cornsilk Tea  

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Posted by Tara (Phoenix, AZ) on 08/20/2006
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Dried cornsilk (One tablespoon). One tea bag of green tea. 2 cups of bottled water. Bring water to a boil then remove from burner. Add teas cover with lid and allow to brew off of burner for 5 minutes. Strain with strainer into cup add honey to taste. This combination of tea relaxes, acts as a natural diuretic, and lowers the blood pressure.

Dried cornsilk tea can be found in health food stores and in the groc. stores that cater more to the Hispanic community. It is also called "Barbas de helote" meaning; beard of corn in Spanish. For an extra experience sprinkle into tea a pinch of fresh lavender r(purchased at health food stores or produce stores ) for aromatherapy while you sip your tea. The fragrance of lavender relaxes and soothes. Drink a cup in the morning or whenever you feel nervous.

Dietary Changes  

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Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/10/2017
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This post has to do with me trying to lose weight. It might not be "Earth Clinic" grade because it is not a full blown health issue but excess weight sure can become a health issue. Well, I've always had trouble with being overweight and have used a number of "dieting" methods to take off extra pounds. But in the past five years those methods have not worked and so in this past six months the weight has been such that I really was getting "out of control." I've used all kinds of methods...fasting, lots of ACV, various herbs, protein drinks, not eating after 4pm etc etc. Some of those worked in the past but none of them worked in the past four years.

So....finally, I gave up on "self help" and bought into one of those services where you order on line. I mean one of those prepared food boxes that you eat out of and....

I'm reporting in after 15 days on my "eat out of the box" venture. First, is it healthy? Well, I continue to supplement with vitamins; green drinks and multi nutrition powder cardio drinks. Second, the company I ordered from has digestive enzymes built into the program and has a good amount of fiber also. In fact, the problem with fasting is that after four or five days, the system stops eliminating in a regular fashion.

First, the results, mid way into the 30 day program I bought. I have lost 15 pounds. That's much more than I expected.

Second, when I dove into my first "lunch" I thought it was perhaps five tablespoons of food. That "little bit" was crushing but a lucky thing saved me from a quick rejection of the whole thing: My wife had finished canning a lot of fresh tomatoes the day before and she had used part of the tomatoes along with some onion and carrots to make a vegetable "stew" and I added to my paltry "lunch" her stew .... six tablespoons of the vegetable mix to the prepared package. And through the past two weeks I've often used the added vegetables to enlarge the portion. I would say to anyone, especially a guy used to getting large portions, use this idea to enhance the "small amounts" the company gives you. As the days went on, I found I needed less and less "extra" to give me more. You can have all the veggies you want...well certain ones.

After all, part of the strategy is to get the stomach to shrink so that less satisfies you.

I'll keep you informed as week three passes and finally week four. I hope to have lost 22 to 25 pounds by the end of 30 days...the amount of food I bought. But the key to this whole thing....the bane of any weight loss is...can you keep it off over time. I have high hopes because...I'm not eating as much nor do I want as much....I'm not famished for food at 10 pm before bed.....I'm not craving junk (chips, ice cream) .... and not craving my favorites (pastry stuff)....but biggest I don't feel driven by food.

Start weight...240...current weight after two weeks...225. Goal after two more weeks....215. That amount is much more than the company says is a norm. BTW, I have not increased exercise.

BTW again, I was told that the food tasted like sawdust but have been surprised that 90 percent is actually good, the rest being ok. Better tasting than I thought. And .... my "snack" tonight....chocolate chip cookies.

Oh, almost forgot...blood pressure dropped 15 points. Down to 115/77 with heart rate at 64.

Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/13/2013

I was watching on Oregon Public Broadcasting not too long ago a show by Michael Mosley the BBC. my spouse talked me into watching it with him. It was VERY INTERESTING.

There was one guy that just ate vegan, huge bowl but tossed the apple, ate the peel. Stuff like that. His blood and numbers were WAY healty and weight was low. He also was on a minimalist diet where you eat less calories to maintain your weight and run a lean machine/body

Then there was another diet that you would eat normal, like you wanted to eat and the next day only eat one meal mid day whatever you wanted to eat.. But one meal. This resulted in weight loss too but the blood and numbers weren't as good as the first guy daily undereating for his weight.

I tend to be like the number two scenario.... I overeat maybe one day and then the next don't feel much like eating , back and forth, my weight stays the same mostly. I have good numbers, but if they were going bad I might try the first diet of eating less and health food only to get my ship back in order....

Spouse says show is not on the internet like most opb shows.

Replied by Anon

Hi, It's called the fast diet, michel mosleys book is on amazon- it's very popular here in UK, lots of people have been losing weight.

Posted by John35 (North Lewisburg, Ohio, United States Of America ) on 08/07/2011
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It is true that fast foods are bad for health and the most dreadful effects of them is that they slow down the work of your immune system. I used to eat a lot and gained some 30lbs of weight and suffered of many diseases due to improper immune system. My wife advised me eat natural food and workout in the gym. I am perfectly alright now. Anyways your article is quite good and justifies all the points that you have discussed. Thanks for such a detailed explanation!


Posted by Mondragon (Cny, Ny, Usa) on 07/22/2011

Does any have any suggested remedies for those with carbohydrate sensitivity? I (a female) work out at least days a week, and try to eat clean (5 meals per day) but my body fat percentage is so slow in decreasing. All lab blood test have been returned normal/or excellent. Any suggestions?

Replied by T
Houston, Usa

what helped me bigtime was....

(1) 12 oz glass green juice (veggies only) each morning.

fage yoghurt for breakfast with nuts (high in protein and good fats, keeps you full).

incorporating more raw foods in my daily intake.

cut out all soda, all chemical sweetners, all grains, all fruits until you have lost the weight and then you can add gradually to your daily intake.

hope this helps, t

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia

Mondragon be encouraged that there is at least a change in the right direction for you. About 94-96% (according to survey results a few years back) of people who lost weight at the rate of 1 kg or more per week put the weight back on whereas if weight was lost at the rate of 1 kg a month then it was rare to put the weight on. You could also look at ACV & Coconut Oil.

Posted by Nick (Toronto, Ontario) on 01/29/2011


Posted by Nick (Toronto, Ontario) on 01/29/2011
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Replied by T
Maryland, Usa

Have you had any thyroid testing done? Have them test not only TSH but Free T3 and Free T4. Then take the results to thyroid forums for some insight -- don't just take a doc's word for what is "normal" since the majority of docs don't seem to have much knowledge on thyroid matters, judging by the many thousands of misdiagnosed or outright dismissed sufferers out there. Do let us know what you find out; it may help someone else looking in here down the line. Good luck!

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

Nick, have you ever tried a high fat, low carb diet? Maybe reading Barry Groves book Trick and Treat would help you. It is not a very limiting diet, on the contrary, you get to eat all kinds of lovely foods just you eat less potatos, rice, pasta and bread and eat more fat meats, cook with cream, drink full milk..... There are other books on the subject but this is the one I read! He also has a book on the diet itself with recipes and so but it is less detailed on the facts about the illnesses. It is a very interesting book and easy to read! Maybe against what you have been taught for a long time but know what? Maybe what you were taught was wrong! The author and his wife lost a lot of weight decades ago and never put it on again!

Replied by Mary
Austin, Texas

Try this:
Add more protein in your diet. Space your meals 4-5 hours apart.

Never eat fruit by itself. Eat fruit as your dessert with a meal that has protein. Try to limit your fruit intake to 3 small servings per day. Fruit are good carbs that need to be eaten with a protein meal.

Never eat carbs or starches by itself, always with a protein.

If you eat yogurt, make sure its Greek yogurt without the fruit at the bottom. Add your own. You can even freeze your yogurt and eat it as a frozen dessert. Eat your yogurt one at a time at least two hours apart.

It might help, this is what my nutrionist/dietitian suggested for my weight loss.

Replied by Joanl
Arlington, Tx

This advice is the exact opposite of what has allowed my husband to lose 24 pounds in 6 weeks. He eats "proper food combinations": fruits by themselves, never mix protein with carbs. He feels great.

Posted by Ted (Bankok, Thailand) on 07/26/2009
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This is part of an instant messenger conversation I had with one of the earthclinic readers who had a 75 pound weight loss from changes in the diet, as well as using other remedies for his father that helped stopped the heart attack. Please post it from anonymous.


(7/24/09 11:03 PM): I eat at least 1 cantaloupe everyday, and drink 2 gallons of water from my own deep well, I tested its ph and its usually slightly alkaline- so in each gallon I add 1 tsp magnesium citrate- like you taught me its the best magnesium for my ph, I also add the juice from 1 lime and 1/4 or a little less baking soda to each gallon, and 1/4 tsp celtic sea salt, and thats all I ever drink- a little plain water also of course, But I also noticed that when I drink a lot of water with lime only my hair starts turning very black, it seems the sodium ascorbate recipe does not help my hair color turn black as well, I dont understand that maybe you can explain. I am deeply fasinated by the information you have, you are doctoring people and helping people more than you know Ted and we thank you so much.

(7/24/09 11:03 PM): I eat large salads made with spinach leaves cucumbers carrots onions lettuce ect, I put olive oil for dressing and seasalt and squeeze a lime over it, I allways eat small portions of red meat , not too much to overwhelm my stomach acid, I eat this meat with every salad, I also put some black or kidney beans of some kind in the salads and Ted they taste wonderful with the lime and seasalt and olive oil, I eat at least 6 or 7 times a day, I have been backing off the baking soda because this food especialy the cantaloupe melons are loaded with bicarbonates I think. when I touch the cut mellons with the litmus paper the ones from mexico, and the melons we grow here by my home they turn the litmus paper purple so I eat one every day.

(7/24/09 11:03 PM): I also eat the seeds of apples, and I have learned that certain kinds contain more of the B-17 or nitrosilic acid maybe I spelled it rite, some say its cyanide but I know you taught me it was somthing else, I am very carefull not to get to much from the apricots and peaches like you said, but I have some sodium thiosulfate ready just in case, I remember you words, I just want you to know that they do not all fall on deaf ears. and when someone ask me where I learned all this I tell them Ted from Bancock Ha Ha Ha , you get the credit Ted you are amazing really, I once donated money to your earth clinic and I see the way they have it set up now for you and I will be donating more, It is a small price to pay, I think you saved my fathers life really.

(7/24/09 11:03 PM): My father had a masive heart attack in 2001 and he has died 3 times and they brought him back, they had him ready for a transplant list Ted, I soon learned from you how the sodium bicarbonate lowers blood pressure, and I used your magnesium citrate to help steady out his heart beat and the Vitamin c and some calcium disodium edta small amounts of that, we got the cholesterol down the blood pressure stays at around 119 over 65 and his pulse a little high about 80 beats per minute but much better. they informed us last month his irregular heart beat was totaly gone, the famous heart surgeon was mystified and still is, they have no Idea what happened and we did not tell them what we did, when we were leaving a little Nurse who is from China escorted us out and when outside she pulled out a s

(7/24/09 11:03 PM): I have advised all these people also to use the sea salt to provide monoatomic minerals like you said and go barefoot a little while each day in the wet sand while the ph is high I use these supplements in moderation I have forgotten nothing you taught me Ted thank you so much.

(7/24/09 11:03 PM): When I logged on and seen you there I was so excited, I probably talked to much but I just felt I had to tell you these things.

Me: Thank you for the feeback about your weight loss. And the condition of your father. As to the hair turning back, it takes time to get it back with vitamin C, and some vitamin B complex and copper is also required.Yes, most heart problems are actually a magnesium deficiency and getting the blood pressure down as well as the edta, to get rid of free iron metal.

Dietary Changes, Exercise, Supplements  

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Posted by Misty (Bakersfield, Ca) on 08/17/2012

When looking at research, I think it's important to keep in mind what sugar they are talking about too. I think people can be misled between refined sugar, simple sugar found in fruits and some higher starch vegetables, and the sugar taken from everyday foods that the body breaks down into glucose. Also, looking back at research, they would do studies on some foods, but wouldn't differentiate between cooked, raw, organic etc. which leads public opinions to fluctuate.

After having many family members falling ill to many diseases, like cancer and severe diabetes, I've found its really important to look at the details in your own natural health journey.

When you eat raw fruits, (let's say an apple) although it is a simple carb, it has enzymes in the fruit to help digestion, plus vitamins and fiber to slow the sugar spike to the bloodstream. My family members have been able to reduce or get off their medication by eating fruits in their natural state. I have nothing against low carb diets if it really works for people, but the more extreme diets and fads I see go through the news and even in health minded groups, the more I believe a simple whole foods diet focusing on variety and moderation is truly the way to go.

P.S. I completely adore this site, and how there's an exchange of information and opinion without it getting crazy!