The top four reasons why diets fail

imagesLosing weight is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet only a small percent of people achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance. The four common reasons why it can be hard to lose weight on diets are below. Of course there are many other reasons non-diet related which affects one’s weight including  medical conditions and side effects of certain medications.

1. Underestimating calorie consumption

Its easy to underestimate the number of calories one eats a day. The biggest source is from carbs and simple sugars which I notice are the most over consumed. We are a nation of carb lovers! Keeping a food diary can be helpful, you’ll be surprised at what and how much you eat.

2. Overestimating physical activity

A common excuse I hear is ‘I don’t have the time to exercise’. The positive thing is exercise can be any form of movement so even a daily 10 minute power walk count towards calorie burning. However if you want to trim and tone and also get healthy you need to ensure to incorporate more activity into your day. The disadvantage of gyms is they can take up time in terms of the commuting, changing and also not to forget socially, as one meets and greets others. However if you are strict about it and manage your time a good workout can be achieved. Classes are good, especially as many encompass the warmup and cool down into the session saving time. Some of my fave quick exercises that doon’t cost a penny are:
1) Skipping- the best way of training- both aerobic and anaerobic
2)Power walking- great way to warm up
3) Cycling- great aerobic fat burner and if you go outdoors even better
4) Swimming-great for joints and toning the body

3. Poor meal spacing

You need a steady stream of energy throughout the day to maintain optimal energy and to prevent metabolism from slowing down. Eating breakfast within an hour of waking up, followed by a healthy meal or snack every three to four hours will keep your metabolism steady.

4. Insufficient sleep

Scientific research shows us that getting less than six hours of sleep each night leads to elevated levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite and can lead to craving high-calorie foods. It can also lead to raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which has also been linked with weight gain.

Black Cumin Oil may boost immune system health

(Article from According to Dr. Gary Null of the Progressive Radio Network, “Black cumin oil is probably the single most important oil you can put in your system. Every time you take black cumin you are stimulating your immune system to fight on your behalf and increase natural killer cells.” Null was referring to its ability to improve the immune system, treat cancer and HIV successfully. No truer words were ever spoken. Black cumin is also known as Nigella sativa, black seeds and kalonji and has been healing maladies of the body for more than 2,000 years.

BlackcuminseedoilThough black cumin has been used for centuries, only during the last 40 years has the true potential of this remedy been realized. Originally, black cumin was used mainly for migraines, asthma and allergies. It has now been shown to be successful in stimulating the immune system, treating HIV and healing cancer tumors. These are three of the most worrisome problems people are faced with today, except for heart disease which black cumin has been shown to treat also.

Black cumin is a viable option for immunity and auto-immune diseases

When you look at the broad term “immunity,” auto-immune diseases should also be included. These little black seeds have shown to improve the immune system by 72 percent in as few as four weeks. Two studies were done in 1987 at the I.I.M.E.R. in Panama City, Florida to verify the immune building effects of black cumin. The volunteer groups were given one gram of black cumin twice a day or a placebo. After four weeks, the end results showed a 72 percent increase in T-cell ratios and cell functional activity in most participants.

Black cumin is now a viable option to treat and/or heal people afflicted with auto-immune diseases which are a leading cause of death and disability for many. In 2010, there were approximately 23.5 million Americans afflicted with auto-immune diseases which include more than 80 serious diseases. Some of the types are rare and some quite common like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.

Still, black cumin heals more than just auto-immune diseases such as cancer diabetes, baldness, asthma and migraines. It eliminates parasites and even helps with menstrual blood flow.

Black cumin annihilates pancreatic cancer tumors

Dr. Hwyda Arafat at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson conducted several studies using Nigella sativa (black cumin) to treat pancreatic cancer. The results were astounding with an 80 percent cancer tumor cell death. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America with an overall 4.6 percent survival rate over a five-year period. Dr. Arafat went on to say, “Nigella sativa helps treat a broad array of diseases, including some immune and inflammatory disorders. Previous studies also have shown anticancer activity in prostate and colon cancers, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.”

How to take black cumin and dosage requirements

It is imperative to purchase organic, cold pressed oil that is free of additives. To improve your immune system, take one teaspoon daily mixed with raw honey or fresh juice one hour before breakfast. For cancer, take three teaspoons daily in divided doses combined with a healthy cancer diet and exercise program. Both immune problems and cancer are treated with the addition of fresh garlic. Black cumin should be taken daily as a preventative measure for all diseases.

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A Happy Healthy 2013

Synergy Nutrition Wishes Everyone a very Happy New Year. May this new year bring you good health and happiness.


Everyone talks about good health, being healthy. I ask you what does the term HEALTH mean to you? Take a minute or two to reflect on this…….

For me it a state where all the body’s system’s- cardiovascular, nervous system, lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, muscular skeletal are all working in optimal balance and mental and social well-being is just as important as one’s physical well-being. Therefore health is much more than good nutrition and getting adequate rest. However if one gets the basics right the rest is achievable and sometimes a little guidance from a health professional, be it an osteopath, nutritional therapist,  spiritual counsellor or life coach is needed to put one back on the right track.

The English word “health” comes from the Old English word hale, meaning “wholeness, a being whole, sound or well,”. Hale comes from the Proto-Indo-European root kailo, meaning “whole, uninjured, of good omen”. Kailo comes from the Proto-Germanic root khalbas, meaning “something divided”.