Trick Your Stomach, Lose Weight

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By Jordan Burchett

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, the most effective route to healthy weight lossIs This the New Celebrity Diet?. Read more ... »—as well as decreased cholesterol and risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers—may require a bit of gastric subterfuge.1


Woman Holding a Healthy Meal


In other words, trick your stomach.

The study, conducted by the New York Chiropractic College and patterned on the BeachbodyBrazil Butt Move: The Samba Tomato. Read more ... » Ultimate Reset®, combined a diet10 Things Everyone Has Thought About at Least Once During Yoga. Read more ... » comprised of low-energy3 Day Refresh and Shakeology: Break Bad Habits. See Success.. Read more ... »-dense foods and a targeted supplement regimen over 21 days. ResultsWhen Will You See Results? Plus, Answers to More of Your Top Fitness Questions. Read more ... » showed significant weight lossCIZE and Shakeology: Fun. Nutrition. Results.. Read more ... » and lower cholesterolShakeology Clinical Study. Read more ... » and blood pressure levels.

Woman Eating a Healthy SaladLow-energy-dense foods are those that maintain a high ratio of physical volume to caloriesHow Many Calories Should I Eat?. Read more ... ». Examples of these foods include nutrient-rich leafy green and cruciferous vegetables9 Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think. Read more ... » like kale and broccoli, complex grains like millet and quinoa, and high-proteinGot Milk? Try Chocolate Milk After Your Workout. Read more ... » legumes like almonds and flaxseeds.

Consuming these low-density foods—especially those that are high in fiber—is as filling as eating high-density items like dairy, meats, and fatty processed foods, but with significantly fewer calories.

The result is meaningful weight loss; in this case an average divestiture of 8.7 pounds in three weeks. A fiber-rich diet is also associated with a host of additional health3 Day Refresh and Shakeology: Break Bad Habits. See Success.. Read more ... » benefits, like lower LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels, decreased incidence of colonic diseases including cancer, and, of course, bowel health and regularity.

The piece that’s often missing for many people looking to improve their health is simple nutritional awareness, according to lead researcher Dr. Mary Balliet. Considering that obesity rates have more than doubled for women and effectively tripled for men since the 1970s, she has a point.

“Many people are not familiar with such healthy, fresh vegetarian and vegan options,” says NYCC’s Balliet. “Learning how to cook these things and eat in this way, plus the supplements, makes a huge difference.”

It’s easy to see how a nation could lose its dietary way via eating energy-dense foods: they’re cheaper. A study by France’s Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers2 determined in 2004 that low-energy-dense diets are more expensive than those high in fatHow to get rid of back fat. Read more ... » and low in fiber and water content, i.e. refined grains and sweets. Of course, when you hold these costs next to medical bills generated by our obesity epidemic, this point is moot.

For the NYCC study, researchers selected 36 female and 13 male participants from the school’s faculty, staff, students, and community. Research on vegetarian, vegan, and Mediterranean diets reveals a link between low-energy-dense food like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and overall health and maintaining a healthy weight, so subjects were provided with mostly vegan prepared meals—similar to those in the Ultimate Reset—three times a day to the tune of 1,200 to 1,400 daily calories for the women, and 1,600 to 1,800 daily calories for the men.

Next, citing evidence that suggests a relationship between the microbial ecology of the digestive tract (the bacteria that live in your intestines, for example) and obesity, the subjects were given supplements formulated to remove toxins, regulate acidity, and restore the natural environment of the digestive tract before each meal. The supplements changed for each stage of the 21-day program, as in the Ultimate Reset.

Man Holding his Pants from his BodyIn addition to the subjects’ average weight loss of 8.7 pounds, in 21 days, blood pressure decreased from an average of 116/76 to 112/72, body massSee How I Gained 20 Pounds of Lean Muscle with P90X. Read more ... » index (BMI) was trimmed by an average of 1.4, waist circumference narrowed by an inch-and-a-half, and total cholesterol dropped an average of 30 points. In men, testosterone increased.

The conclusions of the NYCC study are expected to help healthcare professionals address issues of time, knowledge, and cost concerning the promotion of healthy eatingBrazil Butt Move: The Samba Tomato. Read more ... ». However, the findings of the study weren’t without some drawbacks.

While fat mass decreased by over five pounds, an average of one pound of muscleSee How I Gained 20 Pounds of Lean Muscle with P90X. Read more ... » loss was also recorded, underscoring the importance of adequate protein in a healthy diet.

Other adverse effects included headaches and fatigue typically associated with caffeine withdrawal and low-calorie dieting. Intense exerciseIs This the New Celebrity Diet?. Read more ... » is not permitted on the program, but up to 20 minutes of low-impact activities such as walking, yoga10 YOGA POSES YOU MUST SEE TO BELIEVE. Read more ... », or tai chi were allowed.

There was also no scientific control group, unless you compare the results to our sedentary, fast food30 Surprisingly Healthy Fast Foods. Read more ... »–loving culture. However, without one, it’s unclear how much of the health benefits experienced by the participants can be attributed to diet and how much to supplementation. Balliet believes both components are vital.

“It was the whole program that was effective. Everyone I’ve had do it since then has taken all of the supplements and eaten the food to results at least as good as in the study. Some better.”

 

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