Tag Archives: PGX® Weight Loss Meal Replacement by Bioclinic Naturals

The Struggle with Weight

WeightStruggleJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Like other scientific fields, the science of weight loss is continually evolving. What’s true is that no single diet approach, whether low-carb, low-fat, paleo or vegan, with no or varying amounts of physical activity, will work for every individual. It’s also true that within each approach, there are people who will lose weight, as well as people who will gain weight. Even more confounding is the fact that those who successfully lose weight have an extremely high failure rate when it comes to maintaining that weight loss. This dichotomy leaves scientists baffled, as the search for the ideal diet and weight loss maintenance strategies continues. One commonality that most can agree on is that everyone who loses weight and maintains weight loss has had to make changes in their everyday behaviors. In addition to dietary changes, this could mean watching less television, eating breakfast every day, not eating after dinner or exercising daily.

The “eat less, move more” strategy makes weight loss sound simple and stress free. Losing weight and keeping it off is never easy, but it is possible. One great motivator for weight loss and maintenance is a significant health scare or the diagnosis of a chronic disease. For some, it’s the realization that maintaining a healthy weight can add healthy years to a life, and precious time to spend with loved ones, friends and pets. Highly motivated people who start again each time they fail are the most likely to be successful at finding a diet and exercise plan that works for them. A holistic approach to weight loss, accounting for biology, behavior, psychology and budget, may help reveal the specific impediment to an individual’s achieving and sustaining a healthy weight. Some experts argue that pigeonholing people into one type of diet, or pushing people toward a number on a scale, rather than focusing on health goals, may set people up for failure.

-Unrealistic expectations of ideal weights are often enough to keep people from losing any weight at all. A healthy sustainable weight is often a higher number on the scale than one would tend to think. Accepting that a 10% weight loss can improve blood pressure and blood sugar and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes may help overweight people to take small steps towards that goal.

-Unfortunately, many view weight loss as a quick fix as opposed to a long-term solution for improved health. Clearly, a change of mindset is necessary not only for weight loss but for long-term weight maintenance, especially in an environment where unhealthy food is plentiful.

-Diets that are too calorie restrictive are destined to fail. In addition to increased hunger, your body works against you, which makes losing weight even harder. To save energy, any weight loss stimulates hormones that slow the basal metabolic rate, reducing daily calorie expenditure, increasing appetite and encouraging overconsumption along with fat storage.

-There are different philosophies regarding weight loss and exercise. Whether or not experts agree on exercise as a weight loss method, exercise is necessary for overall health and disease prevention or management. Thirty to sixty minutes of daily exercise not only burns calories, it helps to speed up the metabolic rate, encouraging higher calorie burn while at rest.

-Biology, genetics and hormones are all players in the weight loss and maintenance game. A person who weighs 200 pounds and was never overweight will have an easier time maintaining weight than a person who was once 300 pounds but has lost 100 pounds. Though the body subverts weight loss maintenance, one should know that although vigilance is necessary, the body will reset to a new normal weight and the resting metabolic rate will stabilize. Building muscle mass through aerobic exercise and weight training will help to determine your resting energy expenditure.

-Continued use of behavioral strategies and a “no surrender” attitude is necessary to maintain weight once a desired weight is reached. Gradually adding small amounts of healthy nutritious calories can help determine the right balance of daily caloric intake and exercise needed to maintain a healthy weight and avoid regain.

Whatever your diet choice, recognizing that we often eat in response to stress, boredom or emotions may help to avoid setbacks. Sustainable lifestyle changes are actually easier to follow than unrealistic caloric intake or deprivation. If you are serious and determined to lose weight and keep it off, take a slow but steady pace. Avoid “cheat” days and stick to healthy eating habits all the time including weekends. Studies have shown that inadequate sleep can significantly affect weight control, so put some of your efforts into improving your sleep habits. Tracking your food intake helps to monitor calories, and more importantly, nutrition. Be sure you are hydrating sufficiently and feeding your body the nutrients necessary for energy production and the maintenance of overall good health.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support health and nutrition:

Weight Loss Support...Weight Loss Support Packets by Designs for Health®: One daily packet provides optimal fat burning and hormone balancing ingredients for improved fat metabolism and effective weight loss support. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and yeast free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

SlimStyles Weight...SlimStyles Weight Loss Drink Mix by Natural Factors: This clinically proven appetite and weight control drink mix provides healthy high protein, low carb, low glycemic index ingredients that may improve adherence to a calorie restricted diet. Taken daily as a meal replacement, this highly purified proprietary fiber blend helps to maintain satiety and support healthy blood sugar levels. Natural double chocolate flavor.

PGX Weight Loss Meal...PGX® Weight Loss Meal Replacement by Bioclinic Naturals: This proprietary clinically studied meal replacement complex helps to reduce appetite, ease cravings and safely support weight loss. Highly viscous fibers help to normalize blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity and support regularity.

References:
Long-term weight loss maintenance. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/82/1/222S.long
The 17 Best Ways to Maintain Weight Loss. https://authoritynutrition.com/maintain-weight-loss/
Sifferlin, Alexandra. Why Your Diet Isn’t Working. Time, Inc., June 5, 2017.
Maintaining Weight Loss. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/diabetes/maintaining_weight_loss_85,P07862/
Here’s Why It’s So Hard to Maintain Weight Loss. http://www.livescience.com/53942-weight-loss-biology.html
4 Reasons It’s So Hard to Lose Weight – and How to Bust Through Them. http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2016-06-10/4-reasons-its-so-hard-to-lose-weight-and-how-to-bust-through-them

 

How To Maintain A Healthy Weight

HealthyDietExerciseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

If you are currently at a healthy weight, bravo! During the aging process, changes in activity levels, shifting hormones and a slower metabolism make it harder to maintain weight, as well as easier to gain weight. Some may think that physical activity can negate an unhealthy diet, however the combination of healthy eating and daily physical activity is found to be most beneficial for weight maintenance. Studies show that exercise benefits overall health, disease prevention and longevity. However, without a healthy diet, exercise alone appears insufficient to prevent weight gain or maintain weight loss.

Successful weight loss is defined as intentionally losing at least 10% of initial body weight and maintaining that loss for a minimum of one year. There’s a perception that no one is ever successful when it comes to long-term weight loss maintenance. Limited data shows that approximately 20% of overweight individuals are successful at maintaining their weight loss for five years or longer, showing that long-term weight maintenance is indeed possible with adherence to key health behaviors. While a 10% weight loss may not change an obese condition to a non-obese state, the health benefits of reduced heart disease and diabetes risks are substantial.

Those who have struggled to lose weight know that weight loss is a long and arduous process. Studies show that along with a healthy diet, the maintenance of weight loss, while difficult, is supported by one hour of daily moderate physical activity or by 30 minutes of vigorous daily activity. The amount of physical activity needed to sustain a healthy weight may still depend on the individual. However, along with a calorie controlled diet, exercise consistency as well as intensity appear to be key factors. To be sure, successful weight maintenance requires persistence. Regularly stepping on the scale to identify any weight gain of more than three pounds is a signal to maintain healthy habits to ward off additional weight regain.

Staying at the same weight as you age is now considered a successful way to reduce disease risk and maintain long-term health. Dr. I-Min Lee, an associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health states, “It’s so hard to lose weight and maintain the loss, so whatever weight you are, you should try to stay that weight – that is a success.”

-Most weight loss occurs through decreased caloric intake. Choosing nutritious foods along with the appropriate number of calories will help to prevent weight gain.

-Physical activity burns calories needed for energy. Reducing the number of calories consumed, combined with calories burned does aid weight loss.

-Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scientific evidence shows the only way to maintain weight loss over time is with regular physical activity.

-While weight reduction reduces chronic disease risks, physical activity reduces risks beyond that of weight loss alone. In additional to being integral to weight maintenance, physical activity is a vital part of heath management.

-Per the National Institutes of Health, multiple studies have shown that both men and women who exercised more had significantly greater weight loss maintenance than those who exercised less.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support long-term health and weight maintenance:

Weight Management...Weight Management Profile by ZRT Laboratory – This at home weight management profile test kit identifies hormone imbalances that affect weight control, such as increased appetite, loss of lean muscle and weight gain. Test results are sent directly to you. Test kit includes collection instructions and materials, prepaid shipping label and a 15 minute in-person or telephone consultation.

Skip-A-Meal...Skip-A-Meal Shake by Progressive Labs – Skip-A-Meal is formulated for weight management by providing a satisfying, high protein, low calorie meal replacement with added vitamins and minerals. One serving provides 24 g of whey protein. Available in Chocolate (shown), Strawberry and Vanilla flavors.

PGX Weight Loss Meal...PGX® Weight Loss Meal Replacement by Bioclinic Naturals – This high fiber blend provides whey protein and medium chain triglycerides clinically shown to enhance body fat loss, preserve lean muscle, and induce satiety. A full complement of vitamins and minerals ensure support for healthy macronutrient metabolism. Available in Double Chocolate, French Vanilla (shown) and Very Strawberry flavors.

Garcinia CambogiaGarcinia Cambogia by Nutritional Frontiers – This product supplies hydroxycitric acid (HCA) derived from a small pumpkin-like fruit in support of appetite suppression, reduced food intake and weight loss.

 

Metabolic Lean ...Metabolic Lean™ by Douglas Laboratories – This weight management formula provides clinically studied ingredients that aid proper fat metabolism, glucose regulation, and insulin modulation. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

References:
Long-term weight loss maintenance. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/82/1/222S.long
Study shows keys to successful long-term weight loss maintenance. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140106115351.htm
How Much Exercise Prevents Weight Gain? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/health/06regi.html
Preventing Weight Gain. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/prevention/
Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/index.html
Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/physical_activity/index.html
Long-term weight-loss maintenance: a meta-analysis of US Studies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11684524

 

To Improve Blood Pressure – Exercise!

BloodPressure_ExerciseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

Research has shown that approximately 50 million Americans lead a sedentary life with no regular physical activity program. The bad news — high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle are closely related. In an article published in The Lancet, high systolic blood pressure landed in the top spot as the most prevalent risk factor for global deaths, followed by smoking and obesity. Other lifestyle related factors such as high cholesterol, high blood sugar, poor nutrition and alcohol use rounded out the top risk factors for developing largely preventable chronic disease. According to the author of the study, Dr. Alan Lopez, chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement at the University of Melbourne, “just under 60% of premature deaths are preventable.”

The good news — you don’t need to train for a marathon to actively lower your systolic blood pressure and further reduce your risks of heart attacks, strokes and premature death. Exercising regularly for a minimum of three months can have a desirable effect on blood pressure. Most of us are aware that exercise is good for our health and that becoming more physically active may lead to a longer, healthier lifespan. Studies show that fitness levels are a significant predictor of mortality, yet millions choose to ignore the health promoting benefits of exercise, including reducing, controlling and maintaining healthy blood pressure, helping to maintain a healthy weight and reducing stress. Physical activity strengthens the heart muscle and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood throughout the body, reducing arterial strain and supporting cardiovascular health.

Depending on your age, overall health, medical conditions or physical limitations, it is recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine. For those who may have cardiovascular risk factors, low intensity aerobic training tends to have the lowest increases in systolic blood pressure and is believed to be the safest form of exercise for those just beginning an exercise program. Weight training should be approached with caution, as heavy weight training can pose a risk for those with hypertension. Even low intensity weight training can cause a temporary spike in blood pressure, so if you have hypertension, be sure to get your doctor’s okay before adding weight training to your routine.   Generally, lighter weights and more repetitions are recommended to provide greater long-term benefits to blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

As exercise helps to increase blood flow, the benefits are most pronounced immediately after a workout. For this reason, smaller amounts of exercise, say for 10 minutes or so, spread throughout the day may be more effective at preventing temporary blood pressure spikes during exercise for those with hypertension. Studies show that a combination of both aerobic and strength training exercise provides the most effective health benefits. Find time in your schedule to include 30 – 45 minutes of aerobic activity daily and doctor approved resistance training 2 – 3 times per week. Along with healthy nutrition, this amount of regular activity appears to be the ideal goal for reaching and maintaining optimal health. People who don’t engage in physical activity are much more likely to develop health problems and increase their risk factors for overall unhealthy aging. Continuing to be active on a regular basis can help to keep blood pressure levels stable as you age.

For those inactive, but otherwise healthy, people or those who may be hesitant to start exercising, take heart. There’s an activity that’s right for you no matter what your level of fitness. Just be sure to start out slowly and increase your activity as you become stronger and more physically fit. The best exercises to reduce blood pressure appear to be any aerobic exercise that gets you moving. Walking, cycling, light weight training, gardening, swimming, dancing, household chores and standing up frequently throughout the day are all beneficial when performed regularly. For those of us required to sit all day at work or school, remember to get out of your chair for a few minutes every hour, as recent studies show too much sitting may be quite damaging to your long term overall health even when you exercise regularly.

More good news — exercise intensity does not appear to play a significant role in controlling blood pressure. Going for a stroll several times a day or finding ways to stand more often throughout the day can help to develop healthier blood pressure levels. You can also choose a variety of activities to strengthen your cardiovascular system, increase muscle strength and help you stay motivated. Small changes can add up to big benefits when it comes to your risk of chronic illness. Be sure to include stretching exercises or yoga postures to increase your flexibility, prevent muscle cramping and decrease injury risk. Remember to breathe easily and continuously while exercising.

Supplements to support cardiovascular health, athletic endeavors and weight loss include:

Bio-CardioSirt BPBio-CardioSirt BP™ by Biotics Research – This patent-pending powdered formula supplies a unique combination of 7 key micronutrients that have been clinically proven to support normal, healthy blood pressure levels. Gluten and dairy free.

 

Athletic NutrientsAthletic Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations – This high potency, nutrient rich, highly bioavailable multivitamin, mineral and antioxidant formula supports exercise performance, promotes energy and aids muscle fatigue. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

Cardio PeakCardio Peak™ by Life Extension – Cardiotonics are traditionally used to support heart function and vitality. Extensive research shows the botanical extracts Hawthorn and Arjuna deliver optimum support for normal heart muscle function and coronary artery health. Standardized formulation.

 

PGX Weight Loss Meal Replacement Double ChocolatePGX® Weight Loss Meal Replacement by Bioclinic Naturals – This highly purified fiber and whey protein complex provides a full complement of vitamins and minerals to support healthy micronutrient metabolism and promote healthy weight loss by increasing satiety and reducing cravings. Low glycemic load helps to normalize blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Clinically shown to enhance body fat loss while preserving lean muscle. Available in French Vanilla, Very Strawberry and Double Chocolate flavors. Wheat free formulation.

 

Klean Endurance (KA201245)Klean Endurance™ by Klean Athlete – NSF Certified for Sport® all natural D-Ribose is clinically proven to help restore and replenish core energy. These vanilla and orange flavored chewables contain a natural pentose sugar that supports ATP production and promotes cardiovascular health, energy production and mitochondrial function.

 

References:
Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure.   http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045206
Physical Activity and Blood Pressure. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Physical-Activity-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301882_Article.jsp
The Best Exercise to Reduce Blood Pressure. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/18/ask-well-the-best-exercise-to-reduce-blood-pressure/?rref=health&module=Ribbon&version=origin®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Health&pgtype=Blogs
The Good News and Bad News About How People Die. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/09/18/441435120/the-good-news-and-bad-news-about-how-people-die
Sedentary Lives Can Be Deadly: Physical Inactivity Poses Greatest Health Risk to Americans. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090810024825.htm