Weight Loss Supplements
Irvingia gabonesis (African Mango Diet) is perhaps the most effective supplement for weight loss with results that exceed most prescription weight loss medicines.
In a 10 week randomized, controlled trial of the active extract from this plant, patients:
- lost 10-15% body weight
- lost 10-15 % body fat
- decreased waist circumference
- decreased blood sugar
- decreased leptin levels (improves satiety)
- increased adiponectin (improves fat breakdown)
The trial was done with a sensible, simple calorie-controlled diet and Irvingia taken twice daily. Irvingia is NOT a stimulant, contains no caffeine, and has no cardiac side effects like many other supplements like Ma Huang or ephedrine. Because of the high fiber content of this product, it is also very effective at reducing cholesterol. Irvingia is considered very safe and is an excellent and simple addition to any diet or nutritional plan.
Other supplements that have been well studied and effective include CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and L-carnitine. When taken together in proper doses, this combination can decrease body fat percentage and remove fat from unwanted areas such as abdomen and thighs.
Nutrition and dietary intake is one of the most fundamental ways in which our genetics interact with our environment.
Your body’s ability to process certain foods in certain quantities depends both on your genetic potential and cellular metabolic mechanisms which are under genetic control. The outcome of this interaction can be either beneficial or detrimental to your health.
While there is little that can be done to alter your genetics, at Vitality Logix we can alter your cellular metabolic physiology and nutritional exposures and tailor them to best fit your metabolic and digestive capabilities.
The way most of us eat today is dramatically different from how our distant ancestors ate. However, despite the change in our dietary habits, our genetics and digestive physiology has not evolved to accommodate the new dietary ways. So we are still using ancient digestive and metabolic mechanisms to try and accommodate excessive and improper dietary habits. So is it any wonder that we are now facing an obesity epidemic?
Humans evolved to eat in a very particular way – research tells us that early humans ate fatty protein meals interspersed with days of vegetation. Furthermore, we were originally hunter-gatherer societies and had to expend energy to obtain our food, thus there was a constant balance between energy intake and output. You see this in the animal kingdom to this day imagine a cheetah running down a gazelle. The cheetah expands huge amounts of energy to obtain its nutrition and thus also maintains the delicate balance of hormones that control appetite and hunger. When was the last time you saw an obese cheetah on the Discover channel?
At Vitality Logix we will take you through a series of lifestyle changes and food-stimulus control methods that will put you on the path to regulated, proportionate eating for weight loss and life-long weight management.
Some of the issues we will focus on:
- Portion control
- Elimination of inessential foods
- Meal planning and food shopping
- Food selection
- Proper food combinations
- Circadian eating patterns
- Stimulus and craving control
- Overcoming hormonal imbalances that lead to overeating
Nutrition plays a very important role in hormone balance and poor nutrition choices can promote disturbances in hormonal equilibrium. For example, high-carb, high fat diets lead to abdominal fat accumulation that decreases testosterone levels in men, promotes uterine cancer and heavy menses in women, raises cortisol levels and eventually alters insulin production and your bodys response to its effects leading to diabetes.
At Vitality Logix, we make nutrition personal, rather than a generic “eat this, not that” lecture that may not work for everyone. We do not just put you on a diet. We make a dynamic plan for you to change the way you eat so you can develop a proper relationship to food with meals that will help you achieve hormonal equilibrium. We design an eating plan that can flex with your daily routine and get you the results you want.
There are two predominant diets that have been well studied and can lead to hormonal equilibrium as well as improved insulin function, weight loss, and decreased central fat. Rather than looking at these as diets, think of them as eating plans that will integrate into your life on a long-term basis and provide you with a way to eat for longevity and health.
The familiar Mediterranean Diet has emerged as the superior diet for Diabetes management and control of high cholesterol. It is based on fish and lean meats, olive oil, vegetables, low-glycemic index carbs such as multi-grain, beans and legumes and some processed dairy. This diet is very flexible and allows for a wide variety of foods and combinations and thus is easy to stick with long term. While rice and multi-grain is traditionally allowed under this diet, we recommend replacing grains used with buck wheat or quinoa for maximum results.
The Paleo Diet
The Paleo Diet and is based on what early humans (in the Paleolithic era) consumed. It is more restrictive than the Mediterranean Diet but has some additional benefits. It provides a great deal of anti-inflammatory activity and has more pronounced fat loss while still maintaining muscle mass. It is compatible with post-detoxification eating plans and will prolong the results of your detox program.
The main premise of the Paleo Diet is elimination of anything that does not derive from nature directly and requires human intervention to produce. This includes all dairy and virtually all farmed grains. While this sounds extreme, it is actually a quite manageable and flexible diet that allows for a wide range of meals.
This diet is recommended for people with high states
of inflammation such as:
- Severe allergies
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Irritable Bowel Disease
- Other immune and inflammatory conditions
Below is a list of foods that are acceptable as well as ones to avoid:
- Meat (lean beef, lean veal, lean pork, other meat and meat products such as game meat,
goat, and animal organ products)
- Poultry (turkey, chicken – no skin)
- Fish and Shellfish
Foods to consume in moderation
- Oils (olive, flaxseed)
Foods to Avoid
- Grains (wheat, corn, all rice – including brown, oats, barley)
- Seeds (quinoa, buckwheat, millet)
- Legumes (all beans, peanuts and peanut butter)
- Oils (processed oils such as canola, vegetable, sunflower, safflower)