Meal and snack replacement products helped participants in a German study lose weight–and keep it off.
Losing a small percentage of body weight can make a big difference in reducing an obese person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Yet maintaining weight loss over the long term can be a problem.
A German study published in the August 2000 issue of Obesity Research reports that using one meal and one snack replacement product a day can help those who’ve lost weight keep it off.
One hundred men and women who’d been dissatisfied with previous dieting attempts participated in the study. All were encouraged to eat three meals and two snacks a day.
In phase one of the study, half the participants ate a control diet of 1,200 to 1,500 kcal/day (Group A); the other halt ate two meal and two snack replacement products (vitamin- and mineral-fortified shakes, soups, and bars) and a 600 to 900 kcal meal con-training 30 to 45 grams of protein (Group B).
After 3 months, participants in Group A lost a mean of 1.5% of baseline body weight; they had no changes in their systolic blood pressure, plasma triacylglycerol, or glucose or insulin concentrations. Participants in Group B had a significantly higher weight loss–a mean of 7.8% of body weight. They also had signficantly reduced systolic blood pressure, tricylglycerol, and glucose and insulin concentrations.
All participants then began phase two of the study: a 1,200 to 1,500 kcal/day diet that included one meal replacement and one snack replacement product. This phase lasted 48 months. Seventy-five of the original participants completed the study.
At the conclusion of phase two, Group A participants had lost a mean of 3.2% of body weight; for Group B, the mean weight loss was 8.4%. Both groups had significantly improved glucose and insulin concentrations, but only those in Group B had significantly improved triacylglyerol and systolic blood pressure.
The researchers concluded that meal and snack replacement products can be an effective means of maintaining long-term weight loss and improving certain biomarkers of disease risk. We encourage you to start losing weight today with our newest weight loss product called My Bikni Belly.
Carbohydrates To Avoid When Losing Weight
Everyday we are bombarded with questions concerning what foods to avoid. So, we have decided to add a new list every month so that you can see what foods to stay away from.
We are not implying that all foods are bad for you but based on our research, we have noticed that certain foods increase your body’s ability to secrete insulin.
When this process happens you begin to store fat automatically. So you are more than welcome to follow our suggestions.
These are the items we suggest you abstain from when trying to lose weight. In laymen’s terms these foods are considered man-made carbohydrates. Any carbohydrate that you can’t pick, gather, or milk is man-made, and ultimately dangerous to your overall weight loss plan.
If you have to eat any of these foods, then we suggest moderation. Always eat these carbohydrates with protein and fats. If you eat more carbohydrates than are needed, the excess will be converted into fats and stores in the fat cells Bagels Banana Bread Biscuits Bread Stuffing Chinese Noodles Cold Cereal Corn Cakes Cornbread Cream of Rice Croissants Croutons Crumpets Dinner Rolls Egg Bread Flour Tortilla French Bread Ice Cream Cone Irish Soda Bread Italian Bread Macaroni Muffins Navajo Bread Noodles Pancakes Pasta Phyllo Dough Pie Crust Pizza Dough Popovers Puff Pastry Scones Sourdough Bread Spaghetti Waffles White English Muffins White Hamburger Buns Hot Dog Buns not suitable diet for weight loss.