Why African tribesmen can help us deal with a national crisis.

Sunday 6th May 2012

In an attempt to avoid getting wet this week I took the kids swimming... eer quite!

The big problem with our ‘wettest drought ever’ has been the entire family going stir crazy.

We sit in our various rooms staring out at murderous grey skies and sheets of rain with glum expressions on our faces.

It has even got to the point where the dog is dreading his walks.

He watched me putting on my oilskins and welly boots the other day with fear in his eyes.

His pitiful look almost seemed to plead to be trained to use our loo rather than venture out.

So, I decided it was time for the family to head to the local municipal pool and get a bit of exercise and have fun as well.

It turned out to be one of my better decisions as we actually had a real blast.

Although I did see a few things which may well leave me with a mental scar or two.

Let me tell you how it went.

As we played in the pool I suddenly became aware of a growing feeling of unease.

You know the bits in a horror film when some poor gullible traveller starts to notice how all of the other guests in the motel are a bit odd... well that’s how I felt.

The kids were hurling themselves down various water slides and doing their level best to duck me under the water as I became aware of some of my fellow bathers.

There is no other way to say this – some of them were huge!

How could you avoid falling victim to overeating

All around me was the evidence of just how bad our diets have become.

I swear one lady was being pursued by the Japanese whaling fleet as she splashed up the pool!

Now, don’t get me wrong I’m no Slim Jim but I do think I would be doing something to change my appearance if I was so big.

Cause and effect

After we finished in the pool we headed up to the coffee shop for a brew and a treat.

The kids selected one of a range of fresh juices and each had a muffin as a reward for cheering their Dad up.

But as I paid, a huge penny suddenly dropped (not an old one lurking in my wallet, but a metaphorical one.)

Looking around me I saw the same folk from the pool tucking into huge piles of fried potatoes, sausages & burgers.

Strewn around them were chocolate bars, sugar-rich drinks and cakes.

Why hasn’t the simplest of facts dawned on them?

We become what we eat. My kids we were enjoying a rare treat of a sugary snack, but for many others they were consuming their staple diet.

On the way home I struggled to understand how this situation could ever be changed, especially in the light of my letter from Friday.

Bizarrely, the image of an African tribesman and the world’s ugliest plant popped into my head.

Let me explain.

How the world's ugliest plant can reduce hunger

The world has many ugly, menacing looking plants, but this one wins first prize.

The Hoodia Cactus sprouts about 10 spiky tentacles the size of long cucumbers. Inside is an unpleasant-tasting, fleshy substance similar to that of the snozzcumber in Roald Dahl's The BFG.

(Are your taste buds going yet?)

The thing is, this plant could hold the answer to the problem of overeating.

The San Bushmen of the Kalahari, one of the world's oldest tribes, have eaten the Hoodia for thousands of years to stave off hunger during long hunting trips.

When South African scientists tested it, they discovered a previously unknown molecule - now called P57.

Turns out, it's a natural appetite suppressant.

Click here to get your natural appetite suppressant

When the first human clinical trial was conducted, a morbidly obese group of people were told to watch television, read and eat.

Half were given Hoodia, half a placebo.

Fifteen days later, the Hoodia group had reduced their calorie intake by 1000 a day!

How P57 works

Dr Richard Dixey, one of the scientists, explains how P57 actually works:

“There is a part of your brain called the hypothalamus. Within that mid-brain there are nerve cells that sense glucose sugar.

“When you eat, blood sugar goes up because of the food, these cells start firing and now you are full.

“What the natural cactus Hoodia seems to contain is a molecule that is about 10,000 times as active as glucose which goes to the mid-brain and actually makes those nerve cells fire as if you were full.

“But if you're tempted to take it, make sure you consult your doctor first.” He adds.

Starting to think about your summer body?

Using Hoodia will stop the hunger pangs but doing a bit of exercise will help prepare you for the swimsuit days of summer as well.

Most people think that you need to exercise like a maniac for hours in the gym to have any real and lasting effect on your body.

Not true.

This is a myth that puts most people off exercise.

I mean, who has the time to dedicate two hours at the gym three times a week?

Well, that's what I say to my wife when she points out my sports bag gathering dust in the hall cupboard.

Exercise IS important. But you don't need to work like a carthorse.

Just ten minutes a day can improve your health enormously.

Here are three exercises you can try out:

- A 10-minute run quickly cranks up your heart rate, but spreads the sustained workload throughout your body. Go at your own pace, see how far you get, then try and get a little further with each run.

- Stand in front of a staircase and step up with your right foot, then draw your left knee up as high as it can go. You should feel your stomach muscles tighten. Step down with your left foot, then your right, so both are in the starting position. Now step up with your left foot, then bring your right knee to chest level.

- Try an ‘almost-run’. Walk very, very fast – so fast you're nearly running. It's pretty hard to do, and because you're fighting against the natural impulse to break into a run, you're making your muscles work harder. In fact, you actually burn more calories than you would jogging!

If you read my letter on Friday you’ll know that I’m not trying to stigmatise those who are of the larger size, and I certainly object to the call to withhold treatment if someone isn’t able to lose weight.

However, There does need to be a shift in the way we all think about our eating habits, and that’s where a little natural help goes a long way.

Stop the hunger pangs with Hoodia

Yours, as always


P.S. A few of my female readers have asked about dealing with blemishes and thread veins on their legs – if you want to look after your skin try Napiers Venotone.











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