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If you have never done a purifying program before, it is probably best to start with the one that is not hard on the body. This will elevate your fat burning metabolism to a much greater degree, and allow you to complete the workout in less time. Green coffee extract also modulates glucose metabolism [ ], perhaps by reducing glucose absorption in the gut [ ]. Caffeine might also contribute to weight loss by increasing fat oxidation through sympathetic activation of the central nervous system and by increasing fluid loss [ 41 , 45 ]. It Changed My Entire Life! Just take a look at these bodies side-by-side and tell me what you see:
The past is the past. Deal with it, embrace it and its pain, and let it go. You cannot change the past but you can change your future. More important, learn to speak from your heart. Activate your Mars so that you can break through the glass barrier of Neptune! After the death of my mother in , I joined a support group. One of the disciplines was to write a poem about the lost parent. These words suddenly came to me— words so true about my mother and I have vowed not to let this pattern continue with me….
If you only have 10 or 20 pounds to lose, that extra weight that has crept on slowly over the years, then a nice Uranus transit or any Pluto transit will motivate you to make changes in your diet and physical activities. For the compulsive over-eater, a major lifestyle change is required to get that weight off and keep it off— forever! I have observed a pattern of transformational astrological indicators in the horoscopes of individuals who transformed their addictive patterns with food or alcohol.
Transpluto transits heal an addiction through a process that elevates the individual to a level of inner self-sufficiency that makes this possible.
These transits can be obtained from the Solar Fire and WinStar astrological programs. While this can be determined by examining the declination of the progressed Moon, this can easily be calculated on Solar Fire as a degree graphic ephemeris. Carolyn Egan kindly showed me how to set up this graphic and I was amazed to find that all of my example charts for people who stopped drinking, smoking or lost a lot of weight occurred when the progressed Moon was at maximum south latitude.
These were periods of my greatest transformations. This period or cycle lasts for several years. The cycle that occurred in the early s marked the time when I made the courageous decision to leave Catholic schools and attend public schools. The second cycle occurred when I made the courageous decision to live life as a normal sized person. This may be a bit of a surprise but Jupiter can be involved with massive weight loss. As demonstrated in my progressed wheel for November , the beginning of my transformational cycle, the progressed Jupiter was exactly on my progressed Ascendant.
By the autumn of , the transiting Jupiter crossed my natal Ascendant and I actually began my weight loss program. What happened during this cycle? I discovered new ways of expanding besides gaining weight! Later, I started taking dance lessons. A planet progressing into the sign of Scorpio can portend a greater sense of resolve that is supportive of the transformational process.
Any Pluto transit but more potently the conjunction, square or opposition from Pluto can bring the individual to the point of taking control of any out-of-control habits.
Initially, the transiting Pluto in hard aspect to a natal planet will make the individual feel overwhelmed and out of control with their life situation. This will extend into the eating pattern. During the Transformational Process, the individual will take control of their life and their addiction.
Tired of feeling out of control, something snaps internally and they take charge. Closets represent your inner space, the basement represents your subconscious and your car represents your body in general.
Compulsive over-eaters have chaos and disorder in their personal environments. Take a look at the inside of the car of a compulsive over-eater. Never eat in the car. Put all groceries in the trunk.
Give yourself permission to throw out problem foods. Define boundaries with your family and tell them that problem foods are not allowed in the house. If not locked up, they will be thrown out! And, remember, the grocery store, to the compulsive over-eater, is a War Zone!
Take a friend grocery shopping. Initially, Neptune can encourage over-eating to make us feel more grounded. I find that the Bach Flower Remedy, Clematis, is a powerful cure for this feeling of disconnectedness. Later, often through some disappointment or disillusion, the individual can actually move beyond their self-created boundaries.
If I had known what it would be like to travel through Eastern Europe alone and for the first time, I would never have gone. Under Neptune, I had no sense of what I was doing or where I was going, as if God had put a brown paper bag over my head. The favorable aspects comfortably expand our vision, allowing us to explore new options of diet, exercise, and lifestyle patterns. With the hard aspects, these can initially stimulate compulsive over-eating because you feel like your fingers are stuck in an electrical outlet.
It generates a type of nervous electrical energy for which food seems to ground and soothe. This very uncomfortable feeling ends only when we end something in our lives that we have outgrown.
Ending a bad relationship or frustrating job can take 10 pounds off in a week! This is my story and my observations of the Transformational Process. It is not an easy process. If anyone would like a copy of the astrological chronology of my weight loss from through , contact me by e-mail. They often have Taurus-Gemini combinations. If the sign of Cancer is involved, there can be some digestive sensitivity that contributes to the slowness in eating.
Pluto and the 5th House can be associated with attention needs and controlling others and their time through eating very slowly. Readers — I received this e-mail privately but I have permission by the writer to post an edited version of her request on this website. I will add an additional answer to these questions later. I wondered about having a consult with you as to how I should go about weight loss. Since Saturn is in my 12th house now, it will be hitting Jupiter and my Ascendant in less than two years.
Saturn transiting the 12th House and the 1st House too is an excellent time to commence a major personality transformation. It is always a time of letting go of the old persona. BUT , it is an excellent time to initiate the lifestyle changes that go with weight loss. I have observed people lose weight, stop smoking, go into therapy all during this transit through the 12th House.
Erin Sullivan has an excellent book on Saturn and its transits through the Houses. A hypnotherapist said that I consciously want to lose weight, but my unconscious does not want to lose weight, but she did not know why. I am horrified when a therapist makes such a statement. It offers no help and it only serves to give excuses. With Neptune on the ASC and Mars in Pisces, this empathic and psychically sensitive individual absorbs such discouragement and excuses.
The chiropractor recommended a 2 week liver cleanse. I really like the effect of a liver cleanse but 2 weeks is oppressive. I use a modified Hulda Clarke cleanse that takes 1 day to flush out all of the gall stones and cholesterol. I always have a lot of energy after this…until I eat sugar and then the energy is gone. I have given up refined sugar!
The allergy problem is the next issue. Allergies are caused by afflictions to the Moon, Mars and Neptune. The Food Addiction signs are Cancer and Virgo. I have seen charts similar to your own strong 8th House and I have also seen them go through a major life transformation and lose weight.
Yet, all have a personality profile that resists this. The fear is that something totally beyond your control could happen. This is connected with your Sun in Taurus in the 8th House square Pluto. Was there a death in your family, maybe when you were almost 3? The tendency of the 8th House is to dig in and resist any external change. White Angelica Oil often heals this but there are other therapies that might help seal the leaks, even stroking your own energy field can help.
How did they change? When I first wrote about weight loss I started a book on techniques but then I realized that Dr. I took up country dancing no one would dance with such a bad dancer so I paid my teacher just to dance with me for 1 hour.
This is only what I liked. Now, how have 8th House people changed? Being an 8th House person with Virgo strong, you have natural healing ability. You are a natural healer but you have to find YOUR way of healing others. A client who just sold her publishing house went to this woman and it was life altering for her. She goes over the body and senses a block. She stimulates the block and thoughts race into your head.
The body loved this idea and reacted with an explosion of energy. When she commented upon taking a workshop, the body shut down in fear of using a lot of energy that she did not have. Only does healing work on weekends. Very lovely — - a pure soul. These need to be identified. Some are due to poor internal bacteria and some are emotionally based. I find that NAET technique works very well for letting go of the emotional type.
A friend in Germany gave me this technique for histamines. Mold allergies are the worst for me and I find that taking HerbPharm, Nettles Blend, really helps but you have to take it for at least 3 weeks before you notice a different and you must always take it. These allergies make you feel tired but they do not keep you from losing weight. Only people who have food issues know what you are experiencing. Most doctors and skinny people have no clue.
I have not found one yet. You did bring up things from the unconscious. However, his death must have had a tremendous impact on both my mother and my maternal grandmother. My brother tells me he was very warm, lively, and fun-loving. Maybe it was her idea to race down that hill. Phil says it better about weight loss. Whereas, I could relate to your story. This week, I mysteriously got some kind of burst of energy, changed my evening routine and started writing again.
My food allergies started much earlier, around age 5 my mother told me, rather than age 12 or so. From eating so many apples as a child, I developed childhood eczema. Molds are my biggest problem. But I guess the Taurus sun, and the square to Pluto both cause the resistance, until some major destructive event forces a disruptive change.. No caffeine, tastes like tea, calming, an adaptogen Dragon Herbs, Wilshire Blvd.
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Everything said about Moon and Neptune fit me. I knew the weight I had was for boundaries and to keep people out of my life. Last year when there were a cluster of planets transiting Scorpio, Uranus had just stationed direct on my ASC , I decided it was time to lose weight. I had never considered going on a diet before. I started the 1st of December. I lost 85 pounds. I made it through Christmas without one single cookie. I went from to Interestingly enough, I bought a new car, cleaned out my closets and ofcourse bought a whole new wardrobe: I am happy with where I am at now so this may take awhile to accomplish more weight loss.
Thanks again for all of your work and study and for sharing your knowledge. I was born on 09th October , Could you write me how to set up this graphic? Now I have problems with my weight and I try to lose many kgs pounds but unsuccessfully so far… Your article inspired me very much.
LYNN — While this can be calculated using the Solar Fire astrology program, it can also be determined if you understand progressions if you have an ephemeris with the declinations. Using the declinations, you can see when the progressed Moon goes into Maximum North and South Declination going passed 23 degrees 26 minutes North or South. While I never give personal readings from my website, I do find that some charts are good examples for teaching my techniques and this is one of them.
It will cross 0 degrees in , another turning point aspect. This marks a time when people both enter and leave the life for various reasons. It is a great transitional cycle. When I first visited Poland in , I thought the Polish people were the skinniest people who I had ever seen. But, after the fall of communism, the bad western foods started coming into this country. That Kit Kat candy bar looked so small — how could it cause so much weight gain! Western junk foods cropped up everywhere as did Gyms and Health Clubs.
The Polish people were no longer skinny! I cannot tell if someone has weight issues by just looking at the horoscope. I cannot tell HOW they are using the energies in the chart. Monika has a lot of Virgo planets — Virgo and Cancer are the food addiction signs. The asteroid, Hygeia, at 13 Gemini, is squaring the Virgo planets. Monika has many planets on the Right or Occidental side of the chart — the needs and emergencies of others come before herself.
Events beyond her control have strongly influenced her life ocidental but above the horizon. When I look at a horoscope, I look for the main issues that, if blocked or frustrated difficult aspects , could cause health issues. In this chart, Mars and Chiron are the main afflictors. Pluto, while not afflicted, represents a theme. With the stellium in the 8th House, there are a lot of Control Issues and fears surrounding being out of control.
Chiron rules wounds and even health issues with which we have to live untile we can transform this area of our life. The transits of Chiron indicate when we need to follow our heart rather than doing what is expected.
Mars is very strong and, actually, a positive influence in this chart as it conjucnts the ASC in Capricorn. Eating is a substitute for addressing the anger issues.
Saturn is Retrograde in Taurus in the 3rd House. A blood test is a poor way to determine the thyroid function. Only a low body temperature and a Hormone Saliva Test can show this correctly.
Pluto and the 8th House indicate control issues. The more control Monika feels the more the rebellion of the strong Uranus will rebel by being out of control is another area — eating. The good news about the 8th House is that these people can change their bad habits instantly, once they make this decision. The 8th House is the most obsessive House in the chart the 2nd being the most compulsive.
With Neptune in the 10th and Chiron in the 2nd, I feel that they great block and frustration in the life is around fulfilling and meaningful work. Virgo needs to feel truly useful as you can probably tell, I am a Virgo. It needs work that is fulfilling rather than frustrating. And, the 8th House needs for that is both a passion and an obsession. When I look at this chart, it has strong energies for a healer.
Virgo, the 8th House and Capricorn are the medical indicators in the chart. This type of career would also be very empowering — to Monika and to her patients. Some area of alternative healing would be helpful.
There is a need for an outlet for the anger. Mars in Capricorn in the First House are great fighters — not for themselves but for others.
Some activity in a politcal arena could be an outlet for Mars, especially while Uranus in Pisces is opposing her Virgo planets. I drove my local politicians crazy when Uranus squared my Gemini planets but I won my cases each time! There are aspects of transformation in this chart. The transiting Uranus is opposing Virgo. This is an excellent time to rebel against the menial tasks and servitude in the life. Uranus will eat and eat until it makes a radical change in the life.
This was no easy venture for me. The SA Jupiter is also crossing her Neptune as well. The SA Venus is changing signs. This helps us to change. We tend to change most under the difficult aspects, rarely the easy aspects. I took on the cosmic name and it stems back to the movie Peter Pan and Tinkerbell the fairy was my hero when I was 8 years old, I thought it was wonderful that, when the fairy dust was spread around that peter pan and his friends could fly in the cosmic sky, the fairy dust changed the energy and that is what I do with the work as an acupuncturist.
I fixed myself up, I have a morgage and that kept me moving forward as no money to fall back on, cancerian star sign 13th July What an amazing article. Thank you so much. I was wondering how long the south moon declination effect usually lasts. My was at the southern-most point OOB in Dec progressed and it was a time of huge change for me — but internal and subtle. I am now trying to use that strong internal change and let it show on the outside.
I have battled ED since my Saturn return and I am now ready for it to change. Could you please speak a bit more about Transpluto and transits to it natally. I have a Saturn sextile taking place right now. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gastrointestinal tract and is needed for proper bone growth and remodeling [ 56 ]. Observational studies indicate that greater body weights are associated with lower vitamin D status, and obese individuals frequently have marginal or deficient circulating levels of vitamin D [ ].
Nevertheless, the association between vitamin D and obesity raises the question of whether increasing vitamin D concentrations might reduce body weight [ , ]. Despite the association between low vitamin D levels and obesity, scientific evidence does not support a cause-and-effect relationship.
The authors commented that the cause of this finding might have been stored vitamin D in body fat and skeletal muscle that was released during weight loss. However, according to a meta-analysis of 12 vitamin D supplementation trials including 5 in which body composition measurements were primary outcomes , vitamin D supplements without calorie restriction did not affect body weight or fat mass compared to placebo [ ].
Overall, the available research suggests that consuming higher amounts of vitamin D or taking vitamin D supplements does not promote weight loss. Vitamin D toxicity can cause anorexia, weight loss, polyuria, and heart arrhythmias. It can also raise calcium blood levels, which can cause vascular and tissue calcification.
White kidney bean or bean pod Phaseolus vulgaris is a legume that is native to Mexico, Central America, and South America and is cultivated worldwide [ ]. Phaseolus vulgaris extract is an ingredient in some weight-loss dietary supplements marketed as carbohydrate- or starch-absorption "blockers. Phaseolus vulgaris might also act as an appetite suppressant [ , ]. The effect of Phaseolus vulgaris on weight loss and body fat has been examined in a few clinical trials, which had inconsistent results.
After 30 days, those receiving Phaseolus vulgaris extract lost significantly more weight mean weight loss 2. Those in the Phaseolus vulgaris group also experienced a significantly greater reduction in fat mass, adipose tissue thickness, and waist—hip—thigh circumference. However, the authors noted that the quality of the trials included in their review was poor, making it impossible to draw firm conclusions.
After the publication of that review, a week clinical trial in overweight and obese men and women showed that Phaseolus vulgaris modestly yet significantly reduced body weight and body fat [ ].
Compared to those taking placebo, those receiving Phaseolus vulgaris lost significantly more body weight mean loss of 2. Reported adverse effects for Phaseolus vulgaris are minor and include headaches, soft stools, flatulence, and constipation [ ]. No serious adverse effects of Phaseolus vulgaris have been reported in clinical trials, but no trials have lasted longer than 13 weeks. Yerba Maté see section on caffeine above. Yohimbe Pausinystalia yohimbe, Pausinystalia johimbe is a West African evergreen tree.
Yohimbine has hyperadrenergic physiological effects because it acts as an alpha-2 receptor antagonist [ 6 , ]. Yohimbe extract is an ingredient in some dietary supplements that are promoted for libido enhancement, body building, and weight loss [ ], but it is used primarily as a traditional remedy for sexual dysfunction in men.
The authors of a review of yohimbe concluded that no conclusive evidence indicates that yohimbe affects body weight or body mass [ ]. The author of a review of yohimbe reached similar conclusions, noting that results from small human trials of yohimbine for weight loss are contradictory and the evidence base is insufficient to support a weight loss claim for this compound [ ].
Yohimbe can be dangerous. Taking 20 to 40 mg of yohimbine has been reported to increase blood pressure slightly, whereas doses of mg or higher can cause headaches, hypertension, anxiety, agitation, tachycardia, myocardial infarction, cardiac failure, and death [ 43 , , , , ]. More recently, dietary supplements containing yohimbe accounted for 1, self-reports to U.
Although yohimbe is generally well tolerated at low doses [ ], no safe dose has been established for it. Yohimbe should only be used under medical supervision because of its potential to produce serious adverse effects [ ]. Ephedra sinica, Ephedra equisentina, and Ephedra intermedia [ ]. The active compounds, which are in the plant's stem and account for about 1.
In the s, ephedra—frequently combined with caffeine—was a popular ingredient in dietary supplements sold for weight loss and to enhance athletic performance. The FDA no longer permits the use of ephedra in dietary supplements because of safety concerns that are detailed below, but information is provided here in response to continued interest in this ingredient. Ephedrine acts as a stimulant in the central nervous system [ , ], and it might increase thermogenesis and act as an appetite suppressant [ ].
The authors of a meta- analysis that included 20 clinical trials concluded that ephedrine and ephedra are modestly effective for short-term weight loss 6 months or less , but no studies have assessed their long-term effects [ ].
While ephedra was available as a dietary supplement ingredient in the United States, its use with or without caffeine was associated with numerous reported adverse effects, including nausea, vomiting, psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety and mood change , hypertension, palpitations, stroke, seizures, heart attack, and death [ , ]. Although these reported adverse effects could not be linked with certainty to the use of ephedra-containing dietary supplements, the FDA deemed the safety concerns serious enough to prohibit the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids in [ ].
As a result of this ruling, manufacturers are no longer permitted to sell dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids in the United States. Like all dietary supplements, weight-loss supplements can have side effects and might interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications. In some cases, the active constituents of botanical or other ingredients promoted for weight loss are unknown or uncharacterized [ 29 ]. Furthermore, many weight-loss supplements contain multiple ingredients that have not been adequately tested in combination with one another.
Pittler and Ernst noted that for ingredients lacking convincing evidence of effectiveness, "even minor adverse events shift the delicate risk-benefits balance against their use" [ 6 ]. People need to talk with their healthcare providers about the use of weight-loss dietary supplements to understand what is known—and not known—about these products. Messages like "magic diet pill! At best, products with claims like these do not live up to them, and even worse, they could be dangerous.
Between January and December , dietary supplements were subject to a Class I recall by the FDA, indicating a reasonable probability that use of or exposure to these products would cause serious adverse health consequences. In most cases, the recall was due to the presence of undeclared drug ingredients. In , the FDA issued 36 public notifications warning consumers not to purchase specific weight-loss products because they contained a hidden drug ingredient—often sibutramine, a weight-loss medication that was withdrawn from the U.
A product represented as a dietary supplement that contains one or more drug ingredients, whether or not these ingredients are declared on the label, is considered an unapproved drug and is therefore subject to enforcement action by the FDA. The FDA maintains a webpage listing public notifications about tainted weight-loss products. Some ingredients in weight-loss dietary supplements can interact with certain medications.
For example, glucomannan and guar gum might decrease the absorption of many drugs that are taken orally [ , ]. Glucomannan has been reported to lower blood glucose levels [ ] and, therefore, could interact with diabetes medications [ ]. Chitosan might potentiate the anticoagulant effects of warfarin [ ]. Green tea could interact with chemotherapy drugs [ , ]. Garcinia cambogia was associated with serotonin toxicity in a patient taking the supplement together with two selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications [ ].
Other ingredients, such as caffeine and bitter orange, could have an additive effect if taken with other stimulants. Bitter orange has also been shown to inhibit CYP3A4 activity, leading to increased blood levels of certain drugs, such as cyclosporine and saquinavir [ 43 ]. These are just a few examples of interactions between ingredients of weight-loss dietary supplements and medications.
Individuals taking dietary supplements and medications on a regular basis should discuss their use with their healthcare provider. As this fact sheet shows, the evidence supporting the use of dietary supplements to reduce body weight and stimulate weight loss is inconclusive and unconvincing, and the cost of these products can be considerable [ 6 , 14 , 29 , 41 ].
The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to follow a sensible approach that incorporates a healthy eating plan, reduced caloric intake, and moderate physical activity under the guidance of a heath care provider. For some individuals with a high BMI who have additional health risks, physicians may prescribe adjunctive treatments, including FDA- approved prescription medications or bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle modifications [ 7 ].
Lifestyle changes that promote weight loss might also improve mood and energy levels and lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers [ 5 ].
The Weight-control Information Network , a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, provides several helpful publications on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
The federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans notes that "Nutritional needs should be met primarily from foods. In some cases, fortified foods and dietary supplements may be useful in providing one or more nutrients that otherwise may be consumed in less-than-recommended amounts. For more information about building a healthy diet, refer to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the U.
Department of Agriculture's MyPlate. This fact sheet by the Office of Dietary Supplements ODS provides information that should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc. Any mention in this publication of a specific product or service, or recommendation from an organization or professional society, does not represent an endorsement by ODS of that product, service, or expert advice.
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