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Weight Management

DR. LADD McNAMARA ASKS: WHY DO DIETS FAIL, AND HOW CAN YOU SUCCEED?


  • Do you want to quit the yo-yo dieting and achieve true weight loss?
  • Do you believe you deserve a healthier, happier lifestyle and a body that you feel comfortable in?
  • Frustrated, Confused, Disappointed -  Sound Familiar?

These emotions are felt by millions of us each year when our diets ultimately fail.  Over the years, not only have I heard frustrations from countless patients, I experienced it myself.  Time and again, we give up when we don’t achieve the promised results.  Or, we lose a few pounds, and because we’re proud of ourselves, and feel that we “deserve” to treat ourselves to foods we like; we gain the weight back, and then some!

We promise ourselves we’ll start again on Monday, ….because we can never start diets on a weekend.  However, by that next Friday the temptations and hunger are too great, and we succumb, only to start again ...Monday.  And, since we’ve blown it anyway, we might as well forget about the diet, and let the weekend go.  Of course, we can’t ever diet while we’re on “vacation,” on a trip visiting friends, during holidays, or on birthdays.  We make New Year’s resolutions to start a diet, but that usually doesn’t last more than a month because everyone knows it’s against protocol to have carrots, celery sticks, and drink water at a Super Bowl party.  And, once we’ve blown our New Year’s resolution, then we might as well wait until the beginning of summer, for the “get into the bikini resolution.” However, it just seems easier just to cover it all up and avoid the beach and pool altogether.  And, year after year the weight piles on, and we're not happy with ourselves. 

Have you asked yourself:  “Why can’t I lose weight?  What am I doing wrong?”  The problem is not you (most of the time, anyway); it’s our diet programs!


The Following Video is the Introduction to USANA's RESET Weight Management Program as Suggested by Dr. Ladd McNamara





THERE ARE THREE REASONS WHY DIETS FAIL:

Problem #1  The Quick Fix
Too often dieters often drastically restrict their calories and food intake, essentially starving themselves because they are so determined to lose weight “once and for all.”  However, once they lose weight they return to their old eating habits once they reach their goals because they think they’ve solved “the problem,” and often become heavier, and more discouraged than before they dieted in the first place.

Solution:  Permanent lifestyle changes are needed to achieve sustained weight loss and management.  This does not mean a permanent diet.  This simply means awareness, “resetting your body” to enjoy healthy foods, losing the cravings for high-glycemic carbohydrates, and modest regular exercise.

Problem #2  Fad Diets = Unbalanced Nutrition
Too often, diets focus on specific types of foods or nutrients, e.g., all protein or fat, and disregard the importance of everything else, leading to unbalanced nutrition.  This is very unhealthy for the body, and is not a permanent solution to the problem.  It will get you into that wedding dress, or tuxedo for your high school reunion, but don’t you want to look and feel your best all the time?

Solution:  For optimal nutrition, our bodies need a balanced variety of nutrients, including the right types (low-glycemic) of carbohydrates, proteins, and the good fats, the essential fatty acids.*

Problem #3  The High-Glycemic Carbohydrate Trap
Eating high-glycemic carbohydrates (foods that spike your blood sugar and insulin) can sabotage even the best of diet plans because the resulting sugar and insulin spikes and subsequent drop in blood sugar (rebound hypoglycemia) leads to a more rapid return to feelings of anxiety, irritability, and worst of all, hunger!  Since you are hungry, you will again crave starchy, high-glycemic foods for another quick fix, repeating the patterns, each go around accumulating more and more fat.  This is the quickest way to obesity there is, and the number one reason for the obesity epidemic in the United States, especially among our children.  We are slowly killing our children with soda pop, snack foods, crackers, white bread and buns, French fries, ice cream and shakes.  Thirty-three to 50% of our children will develop obesity and type 2 diabetes, and most of those will eventually develop heart disease …unless we stop it now!*  You have to be the example, AND you should be the ones to parent your children.  If you don't, who will? 

Solution:  A better approach focuses on low-glycemic carbohydrates, which releases sugar into your blood stream slowly, reducing carbohydrate cravings, and leaving you feeling satisfied longer.  Since you are not “starving” you are able to make healthier food choices.  Steady blood sugar levels is the definition of glycemic control, and this is obtained through proper exercise and low-glycemic carbohydrates and a well-balanced diet.   This is NOT just about looking good in a bikini, it is about lifelong health and longevity, and an improved quality of life for you and your family!*

How You Can Succeed


Thousands of people just like you have avoided these pitfalls of dieting and discovered a healthier, happier lifestyle with our weight management system that includes correctly balanced meal replacement drinks and bars along with education to assist you in making correct food choices as you transition through the various phases of the program.  With this program, you too can achieve real and lasting results.  Of course, exercise and proper nutritional supplementation (not stimulants or laxatives) should be a part of any weight management program to promote overall health.  I recommend the USANA Nutritional Supplements to be used in conjunction with USANA's RESET Program.

It is suggested that you take the products to your physician and secure his/her advice if you intend to change your diet or begin an exercise program, are pregnant, are taking medications, or are under the care of a physician.  I recommended this whole regimen with great success to my patients while practicing medicine.

Our meal replacement drinks and nutrition bars were developed by a team of world-class nutritional scientists to create a comprehensive nutritional program that provides a healthy, effective alternative to countless unscientific fad diets.*  Our weight management program is designed to be a part of a lifestyle change. It is nutritionally balanced and is based on low glycemic foods.  This innovative, science-based program will help you take the first major step toward weight loss success in just a few weeks, and you will continue to see results thereafter as you continue with the program and your new lifestyle.

With this Weight Management Program, together with exercise and our Nutritional Supplement Program, you can win the battle against obesity, insulin intolerance, improve heart health, and overall sense of well being, be more fit, and look good in the process.*  When you look and feel good about yourself the world seems a like a happier place.

First, you should understand the difference between micronutrients and macronutrients.  Micronutrients are simply vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and other phytochemicals (plant-based nutrients).  Macronutrients are the basic food groups of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.  Obviously, macronutrients are made up of micronutrients, and it is the right combination of micronutrients that makes all the difference in the world for healthy weight management.


THE RIGHT MACRONUTRIENTS ARE CRITICAL


It is vitally important that your diet includes the right types of each class of macronutrients.

  • The right carbohydrates are either complex carbohydrates or fiber, with a low-glycemic index.  Complex carbohydrates and fiber generally supply additional healthy trace elements and phytonutrients, as well as energy.
  • A healthy diet includes a variety of protein sources including proteins, which contain all of the essential amino acids.
  • Beneficial fats are high in essential fatty acids and low in saturated fatty acids.  No more than 10% of your total daily calories should be derived from saturated fat.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A LOW-FAT, HIGH-FIBER DIET


Soluble fiber, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.*  Low-fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may also reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.  Unfortunately, the normal diet in today’s society includes only one-half to two-thirds of the fiber necessary for optimal health, satisfy hunger, reduce insulin resistance, assist in weight loss, and help reduce the incidence of cancer and heart disease.  The positive impact of a high-fiber diet is increased when there is a concurrent reduction in the amount of saturated fat consumed.


"GLYCEMIC INDEX: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU?"


As I taught my patients since 1995, the glycemic index is a way of measuring the rate at which carbohydrates (sugar, fiber, etc.) are broken down and enter the bloodstream as simple sugars.  The glycemic rating is not exact for each food, as it is different for each person, as each individual absorbs food into their bloodstream at a different rate based upon many variables.  Therefore, most glycemic ratings are based upon the average person.  However, foods can be certainly rated higher or lower glycemic relative to each other.  Foods that result in a rapid rise in blood sugar have a high-glycemic index.  HIGH-GLYCEMIC FOODS provide quick energy, but it is usually short lived and hunger soon returns, often causing a “rebound hypoglycemia.”  Eating high-glycemic foods, particularly on an empty stomach will cause the greatest sugar and insulin spikes, and the greatest accumulation of fat; and if over-consumed may result in weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  High-glycemic carbohydrates that if over-consumed, along with a sedentary lifestyle is the surest way to weight gain and obesity.  High glyceimic foods include: 

White bread
White Rice
Croissants
Muffins
Biscuits
French fries
Ice Cream
Dried Fruit
Bagels
Buns, Rolls
Potatoes
Chocolate
Cereals, (except bran)
Granola
Instant Oatmeal
Ice Cream
Pasta
Alcohol
Crackers
Cookies
Waffles
Pancakes
Cake
Jam
Sweet Corn
Donuts
Pretzels
Candy
Soda Pop
Fruit Juices
Milk
Syrup

  • The simplest way to recognize high-glycemic foods is by the little to no fiber they contain relative to the amount of sugar.  High-glycemic foods will have virtually little to no dietary fiber and be loaded with sugar or simple carbohydrates (starchy foods).
  • Eat less of these high-glycemic foods as possible; and NEVER eat high-glycemic foods on an empty stomach, or it will cause an exaggerated spike in your blood sugar and insulin, which causes oxidative/inflammatory damage to your blood vessels and insulin receptors, and you will accumulate more fat than had you eaten such foods after having a low-glycemic meal first.
  • If you eat high-glycemic foods on an empty stomach when you are the most hungry (which has become a habit for most of us), then you will spike your blood sugar, which will cause your insulin to spike, and your body will “think” there is excess sugar and will go into "storage mode."  Your body will start storing sugar as fat.  Your blood sugar will crash, you will soon get hungry again, and you then repeat the cycle of hunger and seek high-glycemic foods for a quick fix, each time accumulating more fat and oxidizing and damaging more insulin receptors, taking another step towards obesity and type 2 diabetes.  DO NOT EAT A LOT OF HIGH- GLYCEMIC FOODS, AND ESPECIALLY NEVER ON AN EMPTY STOMACH WHEN YOU MOST HUNGRY!


Carbohydrates that are broken down slowly and release sugar into the bloodstream relatively slowly, resulting in a slower increase in blood sugar levels have a low-glycemic index.  LOW-GLYCEMIC FOODS provide the greatest satiety and sustained energy, which means if your diet consists mostly of these foods you will not feel as hungry, you will eat less, and lose weight steadily and easier than if you ate high-glycemic foods.  This is how you beat the carbohydrate cravings. Examples of low-glycemic carbohydrates, carbohydrates that will satisfy your hunger and help you lose and maintain a healthy weight are:

Whole Grains
Wheat Bread  
Whole Grain Pasta
Barley
Old Fashion - Oatmeal (not instant) Bran and Rye Bread Celery

Cantaloupe
Kiwi, Honeydew
Watermelon,
Nuts
Our Meal Replacement Drinks and Nutrition Bars
Chick Peas

Soybeans
Lima Beans
Sprouts
Cabbage
Broccoli
Eggplant
Pickles 
Onion
Tomato
Squash
Zucchini
Apples
Lettuce
Beans

The simplest way to identify low-glycemic foods (carbohydrates) is to know that it contains relatively higher amounts of fiber per serving than high glycemic foods.  The low-glycemic foods will still have sugar, but the sugar will not be sucrose (or table sugar).  Fruits have sugar; they have a natural sugar known as fructose, and have plenty of fiber as well.   Who would consider fructose from an apple, a banana, watermelon, etc., bad for you?  Everything in it's proper amounts and ratios, bringing about balance to the body.

I suggest that whenever you have gone more than 4 to 5 hours without eating, make sure that the first thing you eat (other than drinking pure water) is a low-glycemic food or meal.  This will prime, or slowly raise your blood sugar levels, and “prime” your insulin to rise slowly, getting it ready for other foods.  When your insulin is "primed," it will not be shocked, and will not rise rapidly and not store sugar so readily as fat.  It will be more likely to send the sugar to be burned off or metabolized (especially if you are active).  You will not have wide blood sugar swings, and you will avoid rebound hypoglycemia.  This is how you will lose fat as you lose carbohydrate cravings.

Meat and protein also have a low-glycemic index, one that is near zero; which is why these do not raise your blood sugar or spike your insulin.  They will cause fat loss, but not a healthy fat loss, nor a long-lasting, sustainable healthy diet.  These "fad diets" of the past are not healthy, and are certainly not a proper way to keep the body balanced.  Remember, you don't want to be on a "diet," you want to maintain a way of life.

Some foods fall in-between the high and low-glycemic foods, and are considered to have a “moderate” glycemic index.  Examples of such foods are:

Prunes
Raisins
Bananas
Cranberries
Berries
Avocados
Grits
Baked Beans
Refried Beans
Popcorn
Peas
Sweet Potatoes
Carrots
Grapes
Oranges
Brown Rice
Grapefruit Juice
Papaya Juice
Cheese
Plums

You can identify moderate-glycemic foods because they are neither high or low- glycemic, if that makes sense.  It is all relative, and there is no hard and fast “rule” to what is moderate glycemic. As a general guideline, eat a moderate amount of moderate-glycemic foods, but mostly concentrate on the low-glycemic foods, and avoid the high- glycemic foods as much as possible; again, especially avoid high-glycemic foods on an empty stomach.

Virtually all junk and snack foods, and many MEAL REPLACEMENT and DIET PRODUCTS (not the RESET™ PROGRAM we use and recommend) on the market today are unfortunately, high-glycemic!



THE COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM RECOMMENDED BY DR. LADD McNAMARA:


Meal Replacement Drinks

Our meal replacement drinks are certified to have an amazing low-glycemic index of 23!  On a scale of 0 to 100 (100 being equal to that of drinking straight glucose) that falls somewhere between fruit and vegetables.  This is the reason that our great-tasting meal replacement drinks will satisfy your hunger and help you lose weight (along with proper exercise and the use of our nutritional supplements).  They do indeed taste great and they actually work!

These great-tasting, low-glycemic meal replacement drinks come in powdered form, which should be shaken or blended with water (ice if you prefer to make a “smoothiel” add fruit if you wish).  Consider making it into a blended "smoothie" for greater satisifaction.  : Each meal replacement drink provides quality protein (all organic and NON-GMO), low-glycemic carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and many micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).  Each serving contains 8 grams of fiber, which can help maintain a healthy heart, satisfy hunger, and help you lose unwanted pounds.*  If you wish, we have additional powdered fiber products and powdered soy protein that you may add to these meal replacement drinks to boost up the ingredients at your discretion.

The meal replacement drinks, known as Nutrimeals™, come in various flavors, all of them great tasting.  Each serving provides 15 grams of soy, whey, and other two other main vegetarian proteins.  (The French Vanilla Nutrimeal™ is the only flavor in which the protein source is only soy.  There are many benefits to soy; and soy does NOT increase the risk for breast cancer ...if anything, the evidence shows that it helps maintain breast health!)   The Chocolate Whey Nutrimeal has all whey protein, as well as healthy carbohydrates and nutrients.   The Dutch Chocolate and Strawberry Nutrimeals have a protein source which is a blend of soy, whey, rice, and pea protein. 

Soy may help maintain cardiovascular health, a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol, as long as they were healthy to begin with.*  Soy is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids in optimal ratios and in a highly digestible form.  These meal replacement drinks contain numerous soy phytonutrients, which support the immune system.*  They also have guaranteed levels of soy isoflavones, which have antioxidant effects that may help maintain bone health, heart health, and moderate natural hormone cycles, and soy has NOT been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.*  In fact, soy may help maintain breast health, along with a healthy diet, exercise, and taking other important nutritional supplements, phytochemicals, and essential fatty acids.*

Whey protein, which is also easily digestible, is an excellent source of essential amino acids essential for building a healthy body.*  This protein is found in all the meal replacement drinks except the French Vanilla-flavored drink.


LOW-GLYCEMIC FORMULA NUTRIMEAL™  DRINKS:


  • All contain 8 grams of dietary fiber per serving, which can help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and stop the carbohydrate cravings.  (Add more fiber with Fibergy™ mix if you wish.)
  • Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal™ and Wild Strawberry Nutrimeal™ provides 15 grams protein mostly from soy and whey, and smaller amounts from rice and pea protein, all in an appropriate balance.
  • Chocolate Whey Nutrimeal™  provides 15 grams of whey protein per serving.
  • French Vanilla Nutrimeal™ provides 15 grams of soy protein per serving.  The FDA allows the "heart health labeling" of foods that contain at least 6.25 grams of soy protein per serving, or 25% of the U.S. Daily Recommended Allowance, which is 25 grams.  Therefore, the allowed wording is: "25 g of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease." 
  • All Nutrimeals™ have a Glycemic Index of 23.  This is achieved by blending natural sugars obtained from fruit (not sucrose) and dietary fiber.
  • Low glycemic foods help reduce fat accumulation in the body, while exercise burns it off.
  • Low glycemic foods reduce carbohydrate cravings and deliver sustained energy.*
  • All Nutrimeals™  provide additional nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals.  However, be sure to take the USANA Essentials™  and BiOmega™  (fish oil) daily.
  • All Nutrimeals™  are great tasting, and can be customized to your tastes with fruit, spices, and even stevia if you wish to make them sweeter.

OTHER COMPONENTS OF USANA'S RESET WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM


In addition to the great-tasting meal replacement Nutrimeal™ drinks, we have fiber (Fibergy™) that can be added to the meal replacement Nutrimeal™ drinks if you choose to increase the already balanced formula to suit your particular needs.  The fiber drink, Fibergy™, can be used on its own, as it comes in two flavors, and can be very useful to fight hunger or constipation.*

How about between meals, when you want to snack?

Those with hectic lifestyles know how difficult it can be to maintain good eating habits on the run.  Others just want to have a healthy snack now and then.  Well, we have you covered either way.  We have three different flavored low glycemic nutrition bars that provide healthy carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so you can maintain the energy you need to get through the day or make it to your next meal.  

Athletes love to use Nutrimeals™ and our Nutrition Bars as well, along with the nutritional supplements, as part of a powerful performance and recovery program.*


THERE ARE THREE PHASES TO THE WEIGHT LOSS AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM:


Phase I:  The 5 Day High-Fiber "RESET"
Phase II: Two-a-Day Meal Replacement Nutrimeals Until Optimal Weight is Achieved
Phase III: Maintenance for Life 



* This program is both safe and effective; however, it is suggested that you take these products to your physician and secure his/ her advice if you intend to change your diet, begin an exercise program, are pregnant, lactating, have allergies, are taking medications, or are under the care of a physician. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The components of the RESET program are foods and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As with any health or fitness program, a sensible eating plan and regular exercise are required in order to achieve long-term results. Results will vary.

Children under the age of 18 should not participate in the RESET program, except on the advice of their physician and/or dietician.