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A Big Problem

Obesity, dubbed ‘Globesity’, has become such a worldwide health crisis that its treatment and prevention forms a major part of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion strategy. Globally our weight is increasing so dramatically the WHO predict that by the year 2015 there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world, 700 million of them will be obese.

It’s not just the number of people that are overweight that’s of concern, but just how overweight we’re becoming. The prevalence of extreme obesity defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater is on the rise.

Health risks

Being overweight is associated with a number of chronic diseases, the higher your BMI, the higher your risk of developing these diseases:

  1. Cardiovascular disease (predominantly heart disease, stroke and blood vessel disease) which is the world’s number one cause of death. Many cases are premature and preventable.
  2. Diabetes – also now a global epidemic
  3. Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) due to extra weight the body has to carry
  4. Higher risk of developing certain cancers (endometrial, breast and colon)
  5. Premature ageing, disability and death
  6. Sleep apnoea 1

 

Why Other Diets Fail

Up to 95% of all weight loss attempts fail with dieters gaining back all the weight they lost, sometimes more, within 5 years.2

But is it the person that fails, or the type of diet? Today we have more ‘low fat’ and ‘low calorie’ diet foods and beverages than ever before, so why are we getting fatter and not thinner?

Most common diet programmes offered are based on calorie counting, these programmes slow down the metabolic rate so continued weight loss is very difficult to maintain. Once people go back to a normal calorie intake, their metabolism can’t keep up with the extra energy intake and they start gaining back the weight they lost.

 

What makes the Ultra Diet Programme different?

The body has 3 main sources it burns for energy:

  1. Glucose (carbohydrates) – this is the body’s first choice and any carbohydrates present will be used for energy before other sources
  2. Lipid (fat) – when dietary glucose is very low the body will break down fat in order to create a source of energy, this process generates ketones
  3. Protein – if there is not enough glucose or protein from the diet then the body will breakdown muscle tissue to release protein to burn for energy3

 

Ketones are the body’s second choice for energy; they are made in the liver by breaking down stored fatty acids and leave the body via the urine which enables us to measure when the body is burning fat.4

 

The Ultra Diet Weight Management Programme switches the body from burning glucose to burning fat while maintaining muscle mass and metabolic rate.

 

1 - Statistics from:

NZ Ministry of Health documents: ‘A Portrait of Health: Key Results from the 2006/2007 New Zealand Health Survey’ and ‘Tracking the Obesity Epidemic: New Zealand 1977-2003’

WHO website: ‘Obesity and overweight factsheets’ www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/print.html

 

2 - Michigan State University ‘The Failures of the Old Paradigm: Are Weight Loss Attempts Effective’, Accessed 11 Feb, 2010, Available:https://www.msu.edu/user/burkejoy/unit3a_2.htm

3 -  McDonald L (1998) The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner, Lyle McDonald, Austin, TX

4 - The Medical Biochemistry Page ‘Gluconeogenesis’, last updated 2 November, 2009, Accessed, 12 February, 2010, Available: http://themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/gluconeogenesis.html

 

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