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Before you read about the Simple Steps to Safe and Effective Weight Loss below, be sure you’ve read or reviewed Part 1 of this article “Is It Too Good to Be True” which can be found HERE.


Weight loss, it is a big issue and weight loss products and programs are big business.

You don’t have to look hard to notice that there are more weight loss advertisements (especially in January) now than there has ever been. Beware though; they are targeting the desire side of your nature that just wants it all to be effortless and fast.

Continue reading “Is It Too Good to Be True” HERE


There are multiple factors that cause weight gain as well as weight loss. You have likely witnessed this phenomenon over and over again.  One person can go on a cruise and not gain a pound while another person may eat exactly the same thing and put on 5 lbs.

One person can try one weight loss program and sees dramatic results, yet their friend tries the same program and doesn’t even lose a pound.

Megan and I work directly with our Inner Circle Members to design a nutritional program that meets their specific and unique requirements.  While each of our clients has different needs, there are also many similarities between them all.

Our weight loss E-Manual focuses exclusively on the foundational factors that we collaboratively found to have the greatest impact for the least effort and cost for all our clients.

Here is an overview of 5 of the 7 Simple Steps to Safe and Effective Weight Loss found in our detailed E-Manual.


Your liver is very busy performing over 500 functions, many relate to metabolism. Here are just some of those functions that relate to weight control.

a. Most fats are formed in your liver, and when sugar enters your liver, it decides whether to store it, burn it or turn it into fat.

b. Your liver will “dispose” of estrogen after it has been used.  If the liver does not metabolize estrogen properly, estrogen dominance can result creating PMS symptoms such as heavy periods, cycle related headaches and migraines, sore breasts, weight gain, and more.

c. Carnitine is the only known nutrient which can “escort” fats into the mitochondria, where those fats can be “burned” to generate energy. One of the ways the liver helps you burn fat is by manufacturing the amino acid carnitine from lysine and methionine along with other nutrients such as vitamins B-3 and B-6, and most importantly Vitamin C.

d. Insulin is a fat storing hormone so high levels of insulin promote the storage of fat especially in the abdominal area. If the liver does not break down and dispose of insulin after it has served its purpose, then this high level will lead to weight gain.

e. A healthy liver will convert the thyroid hormone thyroxin (T4) into its more active form (T3). Inadequate conversion of T4 to T3 by the liver may lead to hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, weight gain, poor memory, and a host of other problems.


a. To lose weight you must trigger your body to release glucagon early in the day. Glucagon is the hormone that tells your body to get fat out of storage. Glucagon is stimulated by eating protein.

Eating a carbohydrate laden breakfast, like toast and jam, cereal, bagel, muffin or doughnut, will trigger the release of insulin which is the hormone that stores fat.

b. Many people think it is okay to skip breakfast because that means fewer fat and calories and one less meal for the day, right?  Wrong.  When you skip breakfast, hunger begins to kick in which actually slows down your metabolism even more. You didn’t stimulate your metabolism with food plus you didn’t stimulate glucagon that burns fat.


“I gave up wheat as you suggested and it changed my life.  I lost lbs and have many great side effects.” Mary, Victoria, BC

How can this be?  How can removing wheat from your diet help you lose weight?

a. Water retention, or edema, is particularly common among people who are sensitive to wheat and is an important contributing factor to weight gain. The removal of an offending food will often result in a rapid water loss of five to ten pounds within a week’s time, all without the use of a diuretic.

Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., who practices preventive medicine in Mill Valley, California, has observed this water retention phenomenon frequently among patients in his allergy clinic. He found that following the initial water loss, the person tends to lose fat more easily, even without dieting. Rosenbaum states: “food sensitivities can cause the body to retain both water and fat.”

b. According to Dr. William Davis, the compounds found in wheat are responsible for appetite stimulation, exaggerated rises in blood sugar, and the release of endorphin-like chemicals that get the brain hooked on breads, pastas, and crackers.

c. Wheat also contains a unique carbohydrate called amylopectin-A, which sends blood sugar soaring higher than table sugar or a candy bar ever could.

To learn more, read the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis 


L-Glutamine is an amino acid that can stop carbohydrate (sugar, alcohol, bread, etc.) cravings within ten minutes (less if you open a capsule and place the contents under your tongue).


a. If your body is lacking any specific nutrient it cannot distinguish between a deficiency and starvation because, to your body, if you are lacking nutrients you are starving. When your body goes into starvation mode it goes into conservation mode, which means it will essentially store food as fat instead of burning it for energy.

To successfully and permanently lose weight, the cells of the body must be given enough nutrition so that they are totally satisfied and will freely release their stored fat.

b. Your body needs lots of B vitamins to maintain a proper metabolism and most people are very much depleted. B vitamins are water soluble so you need to replenish them daily.

c. Large concentrations of vitamin C are found in the adrenal glands which are responsible for producing your hormones, including progesterone and noradrenaline, which helps you burn fat.

The hormones secreted by your adrenal glands closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, and the distribution of stored fat (especially around your waist).

You need vitamin C to make thyroxin, one of your thyroid hormones.

Because vitamin C is a ‘stress vitamin’ it is used up very easily with daily tensions and frustrations. The more stress you are under the more vitamin C you use up. Therefore you need to replenish your supply daily.

d. Omega 3 reduces the output of another stress hormone called adrenaline, which ultimately results in less abdominal fat.

e. Vitamin D helps in a more subtle way. Vitamin D helps to keep your serotonin up which is helpful because when your serotonin drops, you crave sweets to boost your energy and mood.

f. Belly fat is also associated with eating a diet high in sugar. Refined carbohydrates spike your blood sugar, leading to higher insulin levels in your body. The increased insulin levels cause fat to be deposited more prevalently in and around your belly, rather than other areas of the body.

Nutrients such as MSM and Chromium help lower insulin which in turn helps reduce fat on your belly.

The Total Health Pack that I designed and have manufactured exclusively for me includes all the nutrients necessary to facilitate weight loss. For more details visit or you can purchase them HERE.

In the E-Manual “7 Simple Steps to Safe and Effective Weight Loss” you will also discover:

  • One healthy food that you are eating every day that is slowing down your weight loss.  If you want faster results, you must eliminate this food for 14 days.
  • One way to exercise that costs nothing but will reset your metabolic rate.
  • One fun and easy way to exercise in the comfort of your home. It takes 10 minutes a day and will return you to a more youthful calorie utilization and distribution of body fat.
  • How to keep your liver in fat burning mode.
  • How to utilize one free nutrient that keeps you from storing unwanted body fat.
  • What is sub-clinical hypothyroidism and how to correct it?
  • How to determine the state of your adrenal glands. Are they currently capable of creating thermogenesis?
  • One health issue that your doctor will never diagnose, but it could be counteracting all your best efforts to lose weight. If you want to lose weight, you must learn how to diagnose and treat yourself.
  • If you really need to be wheat-free for life?  Find out how to complete the wheat-free challenge.
  • How appetite suppressants cover up the underlying problem. There is no reason to be starving yourself either.  Learn how to always feel full and satisfied and still lose weight.
  • How to eat grains without eating wheat.
  • Delicious recipes for meals and snacks.
  • Food planning made easy.
  • Detailed instructions on what supplements to take and when to take them.


Megan and I have done the work for you. We have thoroughly researched weight loss products and programs. We have brought all our years of research, personal experience and coaching success together in this exclusive Weight Loss E-Manual.  This E-Manual not only helps women shed unwanted weight with the least amount of effort and cost, but also restores their vitality and energy.

To start losing weight, simply and safely and for the least amount of cost, get your “7 Simple Steps to Safe and Effective Weight Loss” E-Manual HERE.

The information made available in this article is provided for educational or reference purposes only. Nutritional Therapy and/or Coaching is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure for any disease, mental or physical, and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care.

Copyright Brenda Eastwood and Megan Bocsik 2013 – Article Simple Steps to Safe and Effective Weight Loss

Would you like to use this article in your E-zine or website?  You may, as long as you include this complete write-up with it: Brenda Eastwood is a holistic health expert who specializes in Women’s Health Issues.  Her expertise stems from over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner.  This includes ongoing research, 17 years running a successful private practice, presenting hundreds of seminars and workshops, as well as coaching clients through her unique online Inner Circle program. Today she is able to reach out to even more women through her regular article contributions to HANS (Health Action Magazine) and her book “Get off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones”. For more information on Brenda Eastwood please visit or for information on her Total Health Packs visit