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Should Weight Loss be About Deprivation?

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Ruth Buttigieg | 0 comments

We are constantly being told that in order to be healthier and fitter we need to eat less and move more. Whilst in theory this seems to make sound scientific sense, the way our body works is unfortunately more complicated than this. We are constantly being bombarded by theories, opinions and methods in the media, all of which claim to be informing us of the latest information available that will help make us healthier and live longer. But is this information actually backed by science?


Back to our initial dilemma - eating less and moving more. The UK is currently in the midst of an obesity epidemic with recent data placing the UK as the third most obese nation in Europe. The current “eat less, move more” public health message has been around for quite some time, yet, why is it that obesity levels keep rising? Is it that people are lazy or are simply eating too much?


De-bunking the “eat less, move more” mantra


A comprehensive review of studies looking at the effect of physical activity on overall weight and health found, to the astonishment of the authors, that exercise by itself is not a factor strong enough to bring about weight change [1]. Statistics show that as a nation, the UK population is more active than ever before [2], so why is it that the number of obese individuals continues to rise? The conclusions drawn by the study [1] showed that the greatest weight loss, through exercise, was achieved in conjunction with adequate nutrition.


How do you achieve adequate nutrition?


Adequate nutrition can seem daunting, however by knowing what to look for and what to avoid, will help to lose the weight but also to keep it off long term.


It is important to fuel your body correctly. On the Natural Ketosis Programme you are fuelling your body through a low carbohydrate, high protein moderate fat approach. What this means is that by removing refined carbohydrates we are activating the body’s fat burning mechanism. Therefore throughout your weight loss journey with us you are losing fat and maintaining muscle mass.


On our program we embrace those carbohydrates that are based on dietary fibre rather than simple and/or complex carbohydrates. The difference between these carbohydrates is the way they are digested within the body. By choosing these vegetables and fruits, the essential micronutrient requirements are met whilst ensuring no blood sugar spikes in the progress.


The way the Natural Ketosis Programme works allows you to lose weight without feeling deprived. You will be losing weight by eating real food as well as being able to maintain your social life. The Natural Ketosis Programme is not about deprivation, it is about eating the right foods and learning to make the right food choices.


References:


1. Shaw KA, Gennat HC, O'Rourke P, Del Mar C. Exercise for overweight or obesity. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003817.pub3.


2. Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet. Data available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/

 
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