Ever feel hungry even after you've eaten? Not getting enough nutrients can make you think you're hungry or even result in cravings. Taking a multi-vitamin can help supplement what we aren't getting from our food.
Being low in vitamin D, magnesium, or iron can compromise your immune system, sap your energy levels, or alter your metabolism in ways that make it harder to take healthy-lifestyle steps. "You may compensate for low energy with caffeine, sweets, and simple carbs," says Dr. Hedaya, "Or find that you feel too run down or weak to exercise." - Bary Nan Cohen of Prevention
Doing a colon cleanse will help to restore proper function, and takes a toxic load off your body, giving you more energy and the ability to think more clearly.
Sleep is very important for weight loss. This topic is so important and this writer covers it well: Web MD: Sleep and Weight Gain
Balancing your hormones has such an impact on your weight, that there are several books written about it. My favorite is Julian Michaels Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!
Also, the better your health, the greater chance of your body balancing your hormones on its own.
Fruits and vegetables not only have less calories and are overall good for weight loss, they also nourish your body, resulting in needing less food.
Taking a flaxseed oil or fish oil supplement balances the omegas in your body and helps you think better, which of course leads to better choices. A deficiency may cause cravings, especially for fatty foods.
Drinking 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water a day cleanses your system and helps to avoid hunger and cravings that are actually thirst. Drinking water is generally known as a part of any good weight loss plan.
Health IssuesThere are all kinds of health problems that cause weight gain. Kidney, heart or liver problems, thyroid problems, PCOS, hypothyroidism, depression, blood sugar problems, medications, Cushing's syndrome, food sensitivities, hormone imbalances, stress itself and emotional eating from stress.
The best treatment is prevention. Most illnesses start a long time before they are noticed and are caused by toxins, especially in your colon. The book Gut Wisdom helps with understanding how the colon works, how to treat problems and improve digestion.
ConclusionI would recommend starting with a cleanse - it doesn't really matter which one (colon, liver, whole body, etc). Make sure it's natural, with herbs and start out slow. If you have a toxic load on your system (as most people do), you may experience detox as your body clears out toxins. This is normal and even desired, but if it happens too quick, you could experience cold or flu like symptoms.
Learn what you can about your health. There's an overwhelming amount of information out there, but each small change you make, each new thing you learn about your health, are a small steps toward feeling better and losing better.
Go nourish yourself!