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Ask Sunny

Deciding on a Weight Loss Plan

Dear Sunny,

With all of the options out there—low-carb, low-fat, fat-burning—how do I decide which weight loss plan is best for me?

— Hungry in Allison Park

Dear Hungry,

Deciding which plan is right for you can be daunting, but there’s no need to go hungry. The following is a brief rundown to help you navigate the diet aisle.

For appetite control, try the herb Hoodia Gordonii before meals. The plant, grown mainly in Africa, allows the dieter to reduce caloric intake without hunger pangs.

Another, more pleasant remedy for weight loss is based on a study that found an average loss of 5 lbs. per month in research subjects who sniffed the scents of green apple, peppermint and/or banana.

Chitosan, a natural fiber derived from crustaceans, helps bind dietary fats in the gastrointestinal tract so less is stored in the body. It is best used for the short-term or when “cheating”, and also wise to take any fat-soluble supplements, such as E and D, at another time.

Tonalin CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, a good fat, helps the body use unwanted fat for muscular development.

Some popular diet pills can be overstimulating to the system. For metabolic support without jitters or insomnia try Garden of Life’s FucoTHIN.

Stevia and Xylitol are safe, healthy alternatives to sugar. They taste great so you won’t miss your occasional need to add a sweetener to your food or drink.

Meal replacement drinks are helpful to prevent eating on the run. Jay Robb, among other brands, makes delicious and easy-to-use single packets to keep in your purse or pocket for an easy snack.

Prevention magazine suggests inviting friends on a walk rather than focusing outings on eating or cocktails. The magazine also says that research indicates that hiding or keeping treats out of the house isn’t the answer. Seeing and resisting temptation makes the willpower stronger so you are more likely to contend.

Good luck with your safe and healthy diet plan. Remember to ask for help in the supplement department at Sunny Bridge if you have any questions!

— Beaming with Health,