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America – blessed with corn syrup

I couldn’t wait to go back to The States, not only for the incredible fresh oysters and Lobster on Cape Cod, fresh air and great beaches, but also to make sure it really is true and what I saw last time and read every day is fact…..the obesity epidemic. Why is this such a problem? Well, it is multi-factoral, I know, but one reason could be the enormous amounts of fructose they are consuming in the form of soda, processed food (especially so called diet food) and almost everything else which can be bought in a packet.

It is not the fructose from three fresh fruits which are a problem, the problem is the vast quantities which are consumed DAILY from corn syrup. It is a cheap alternative to sugar and it is in everything. Yes, it may be natural, but consuming 70kg a year per person is NOT natural.

Dr Lutsig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. His work has highlighted some major differences in how different sugars are broken down and used:

  • After eating fructose, 100 percent of the metabolic burden rests on your liver. But with glucose, your liver has to break down only 20 percent.
  • Every cell in your body, including your brain, utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is “burned up” immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.
  • The fatty acids created during fructose metabolism accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle tissues, causing insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Insulin resistance progresses to metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.
  • Fructose is the most lipophilic carbohydrate. In other words, fructose converts to activated glycerol (g-3-p), which is directly used to turn FFAs into triglycerides. The more g-3-p you have, the more fat you store. Glucose does not do this.
  • When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in 40 calories being stored as fat.
  • Glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.

One of the very important factors of The Metabolic Balance program is to ‘re program’ the metabolism and stimulate the hormone leptin, which prevents over eating.

Through avoiding fructose in the form of corn syrup and processed food, the following can be prevented:

  • Insulin resistance and obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated triglycerides and LDL cholesterol
  • Depletion of vitamins and minerals
  • Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, gout and arthritis.

Take home message: ALWAYS read the labels and eat and drink like a cave man/woman.

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Who can benefit from Metabolic Balance?

Everyone! It never seizes to amaze me how profound the effects are of this program. Not only do patients loose weight that they have been struggling with for ages, but their blood pressure comes down, their heart rates slow down, sleeping is a dream (no pun intended) and they realise how little food they need to feel satisfied. Although the portions are small, the food choices are of high biological value and keeps you full! YouThe metabolism is in balance and therefore so many other aspects of health just falls into place.

Patients are taking responsibility for their health, preparing their own food and adopting a great attitude to food and to eating. They realise how much they would snack at times when they really weren’t hungry – but bored or stressed or frustrated. These factors are life changing and in fact could save your life!

It’s a lifestyle choice and the best insurance you could ever invest in! Metabolic Balance

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Four phases of Metabolic Balance®

So you are interested in embarking on Metabolic Balance® here is how it all works:

Prior to beginning the program, you will have your blood drawn at our Harley Street clinic.   Thirty-five different analyses are performed on the blood.  Lab results are coupled with information obtained from you in person regarding height, weight, measurements, diseases, food allergies, medications and food likes/dislikes. This information helps our professionals in Germany identify the foods that are right for your metabolism.  It is very specific and even identifies what time of the day it is beneficial to eat the foods.

After blood analysis Metabolic Balance®determines a list of foods that will retrain and optimize your metabolism.  Metabolic Balance is an easy to follow, four-phase program coupled with a healthy diet and nutrition plan offering individualised coaching and education.

Phase One of the Metabolic Balance® All Natural Weight Loss Program is a gentle cleansing phase that lasts just two days.

Phase Two is the pivotal point of the program. During this time, participants are restricted to the foods on their customised list while their metabolism is trained and optimised for peak performance.  Phase Two is only 14 days long and is a balanced program of foods including proteins, vegetables, starches, and fruits.  This is not a calorie counting, point counting or deprivation diet. We don’t like to call it a diet, but a retraining of how to eat the right foods for YOU, for life, to balance your hormones.

After 14 days, participants can choose to move to Phase Three.

During Phase Three, the food list is expanded a bit and oils are re-introduced into the diet.  Phase Three also allows one deviation or “cheat” meal per week (maximally) to build some flexibility into the program.  Participants stay on Phase 3 until they reach their goal weight, so the length of Phase Three is dependent on how much weight you want to lose.

Phase Four is as important as Phase Two. During Phase Four- Maintenance, I work with you to take the program from a “diet” to a “way of life.”  On Phase Four, I assist you as you experiment with foods and learn which you can reintroduce with moderation and which foods must be restricted from your menu. By following a few rules and monitoring your weight, you will learn how to live this new healthy life style.

The Metabolic Balance Program
® is very healthy. It is rewarding to see many of my clients eliminate the need for medications for such things as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

It’s a lifestyle choice!

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Metabolic Balance®

In my years of practice as a nutritional therapist I have helped many people loose weight successfully through diet and lifestyle changes. I have seen diets come and go as I am sure you have, and as I am sure you have tried many. I don’t like using the word ‘diet’ it sounds like it has a beginning and a definitive end, meaning that as soon as you are ‘off your diet’ you can go back to your old wicked wicked ways.

If there was a magic bullet or magic pill it would make someone very rich indeed, for we are officially in the middle of a obesity epidemic. Two in four Americans have Type II diabetes, children are getting fatter and we are getting more ill everyday due to poor dietary and lifestyle choices.

The bad news is that there is not a magic pill or bullet, but the good news is that there is help out there and you CAN change things around. You CAN alter your metabolism in order too lower your cholesterol, loose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent Type II diabetes and most of all look and feel AMAZING!

The kind of diets that the majority of people follow contain way too much carbohydrates and sugar, food is depleted of essential nutrients, protein and phytonutrients. These foods stimulate the production of insulin which is our main metabolic hormone and too much of this hormone can have negative consequences to our health, body and weight.

So, does food affect our hormones? I will have to say YES, because the kind of food you eat can affect insulin production and have an effect on 30 other hormones in your body.

Through adjusting your metabolism with the aid of your own personal metabolic-balance® program you can regulate your weight healthily and naturally as well as strengthen your metabolism gently and permanently.

Is this the magic bullet we have been waiting for? The proof is already in the skinny puddings who have embarked on the program and are experiencing the benefits everyday.

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