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Whether you’ve been battling weight gain since adolescence or only after having children, you’re hardly alone. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a full-time struggle for most women. In fact, about 25% of all women in this country are overweight, while 40% are obese, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of over 30%, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
You already know that a low-fat diet is essential to weight loss. However, chances are you’re unaware of the connection between the hormone insulin and your ability to shed pounds. For many women, an imbalance of insulin impedes their efforts to lose weight.
This connection is the foundation of the Ideal Protein weight loss method that I’ve used to help hundreds of women lose weight here at my practice, Center for Women’s Health in Wichita, Kansas.
Insulin is an essential hormone that helps you absorb nutrients from the food you consume. It also increases the storage of fat in fat cells and prevents fat cells from releasing fat for energy.
Following a meal, blood sugars rise in relation to the amount and type of carbohydrates you eat. Processed carbohydrates are absorbed faster, and cause a greater elevation in blood sugar. The pancreas releases insulin, which signals your muscles, liver, and fat cells to absorb the blood sugar and remove it from your blood. This is a normal process, as high blood sugar is harmful.
When you eat excessive amounts of carbohydrates, especially processed carbohydrates (think donuts, cookies, and chips), the muscle and fat stop listening to the pancreas’ release of insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. Your liver and muscle cells have a limited capacity to store glucose. Once they’re full, it all goes to your fat cells.
Developed 20 years ago by a doctor who specializes in nutrition, the Ideal Protein program aims to reduce carbohydrates and fats, not protein, and balance your level of insulin.
The Ideal Protein Method is only administered by licensed providers. After researching the countless weight-loss programs on the market, I selected Ideal Protein because it works, provides lasting results, and enables patients to lose fat while retaining muscle mass.
It also offers multifaceted support designed to help you succeed. This includes weekly one-on-one coaching visits in which we discuss your progress, challenges, and lifestyle. The Ideal Protein plan also provides daily coaching videos from a physician, cooking videos, fitness videos, and helpful guides to help you stay on track between appointments.
First, I run a metabolic blood test to check your blood sugar and electrolytes and to make sure your liver and kidneys are functioning well. In some cases, I may also order a thyroid panel and lipid panel as well.
Next, I calculate your body mass index, which tells me the percentage of your body that’s comprised of fat. A more advanced test, called Bioelectric Impedance Analysis is used to measure your body fat in relation to your lean body mass.
During our weekly meetings, you’ll learn the science behind weight loss, including how the body burns fat and how insulin is related to weight gain. We’ll also discuss the practical side of healthy eating, including which foods are best, how to prepare and cook healthy meals, and how carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are broken down in the body.
I’ll also show you how to monitor your own weight loss progress through the use of the Ideal Protein app, fitness tracker, and scale.
Patients on the plan often lose an average of 2.5 pounds per week, which comes as a result of addressing their overall physiology, not just restricting calories. More importantly, once you reach your weight loss goal, you’ll have transformed your body’s ability to metabolize sugar by reeducating your pancreas to produce only the right amount of insulin needed.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing a wide-range of chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Attaining a healthy weight also has a positive impact on your emotional health and zest for life.
If like most women, you’ve tried all sorts of diet plans with yo-yo-ing results, make an appointment to learn more about the Ideal Protein plan. It really works.
*Individual results may vary.
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