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Any hypo-caloric diet will result in weight loss and the most popular programs base their protocols on a “balanced diet” So why is it so hard to lose weight and keep it off?
Let’s take the standard USDA recommendations of approximately:
- 60% of calories derived from “good carbohydrates”
- 25% from protein
- 15% from “healthy fats”
Now, reduce the amounts in half (keeping the ratio of nutrients the same), we will have a “balanced diet” with one-half the calories. Result….people will lose weight.
But there are a few problems with this seemingly logical approach.
First, if we continue to replenish the glycogen (sugar) stores every day (60% of calories coming from carbohydrates, most of which will be converted to glucose in our bodies) our fat burning will stop until that has been depleted. This will lead to an erratic, irregular weight loss.
Second, and more importantly, decreasing the amount of recommended protein consumption will lead to muscle loss. This is never a good thing as muscle also helps us burn fat amongst many other things.
Now, as blood-sugar drops (from the decreased calorie intake) the body will burn fat but will also break down muscle via gluconeogenesis as a way to maintain proper glucose homeostasis.
“Last July my female doctor had my weight as 199 lbs…most I have ever weighed in my life. I went to her in June this year and my weight was 166 lbs!! I have lost body fat, gained muscle mass, and am buying all new clothes because nothing I had fits anymore! I encourage anyone who has ever wanted to make this change to become healthier…lose weight…or overcome chronic pain to please give them a call. Their knowledge of the body and the nutrition we feed it is immeasurable!”
– Jessica M.
As we lose muscle (not just skeletal but heart muscle tissue) our metabolism slows. This is never a good thing.
If and when the reduced calorie dieters have achieved their goal weight, what is the predictable result?
They go back to eating a “balanced diet” with normal portions but their metabolism is now slower and they regain the weight, often times ending up heavier than when they started the diet. This doesn’t work!
Our customized protocols take a different approach – for a relatively short time we will use an “unbalanced diet”. We keep the minimum daily protein requirement the same (roughly 1/2 gram of protein per pound of lean body weight) and build the diet around this.
This is not a “HIGH PROTEIN DIET”. We provide only the minimum and we do this to spare the muscle. Muscle loss during a diet is not acceptable to us.
Next, if we want to lose fat we would logically need to eliminate most fats from the diet (but giving ample amounts of essential fatty acids).
We are left with carbohydrates. Because we do not want to replace glycogen stores, we keep these at a BARE MINIMUM, approximately 25-35 grams per day.
This forces the body to stay in the “fat-burning mode” 24 hours a day and is therefore called a “ketogenic diet”.
Our dieters will consume 2 to 6 cups of non-starchy vegetables and 2 green salads daily. This will provide fiber to prevent constipation and they will be given a multi-vitamin, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sea salt to ensure proper electrolyte balance.
We only provide what they would normally be getting from food groups that we are temporarily taking away (i.e. dairy, fruits and grains).
Additionally, we understand that not everyone is built the same way and responds the same way.
Our weight loss program includes any necessary diagnostic testing (blood, saliva, stool) to determine specific needs of the individual which allows us to customize the plan to achieve the fastest, safest results.
Type I diabetics, there’s still an option for you too. We’ve developed an “Alternative Customized Protocol” which is suitable for Type I diabetics.
This program is similar to the ketogenic diet but with the addition of a dairy, fruit and grain serving every day to prevent the patient from going into a state of ketosis.
Because Type I diabetics do not produce insulin, a risk of ketoacidosis exists and these patients should never be placed on a ketogenic diet. Type I diabetics still experience a safe, high rate of weight loss while sparing the muscle as the ketogenic dieters and will usually find they can substantially decrease their insulin needs.
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So, if you are overweight, tired, or simply unhealthy, it’s time for a change.
Ideal weight is not only important, but vital to our overall health. We make navigating through the nutritional maze of healthy eating manageable and easy!
Our approach at Green Life is a proactive, anti-aging strategy focused on quality with results backed by scientific research.
Our weight loss program works with the bodies natural, hormone response to the quality of foods consumed and the timing in which they are consumed. We provide you with the tools you need to reduce body fat, and preserve lean muscle through a superior, nutrient delivery system, and the elimination of toxins in the body.
Better weight and nutrition will change the way you feel, look and most importantly, give you a better quality of life which is what Green Life is all about! Now is the time to Live your Life!
Hear what others have to say…
“Working with the team at Green Life for the last year has been life-changing after 20 years of chronic pain and frequent adjustments following a weight lifting injury. Their whole patient view is unique in my experience, and their combination of knowledge of the body and the use of multiple modern techniques and equipment got me out of pain for the first time in a long, long time. Lastly, I did their diet program last year and was able to lose 25lbs of fat while increasing muscle. Dropped my body fat from 20% to 10%. Always pleasant and always delivering quality, the doctors Green and their team are the best.” ~Nate R.
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“Last summer when I began the clinical weight loss program through GreenLife, I was a moderately active woman in my early twenties. I thought my lifestyle was already healthy, so I didn’t think I’d have much weight to lose but began the program to make sure my body was functioning at optimum health. Imagine my surprise when I lost 7 pounds in the first week! Over the course of a couple months, I lost inches around my waist, thighs, and arms. Although I naturally gained some weight back as I introduced carbs back into my diet, I have maintained a much more active lifestyle and nutritious diet. I’m feeling more energized, I’m sleeping more soundly, and I finally believe that wellness is attainable.” ~Victoria W.
“I have always been a “big girl” and thought it was just my fate in life. I have tried virtually every diet available and none have worked. Some have helped me lose weight but then I would gain more than I lost. The yoyo never stopped. With the help of Dr. Marybeth, I am not only losing weight faster than I ever could have imagined, but I am also being educated every step of the way on how to continue dropping the pounds and how to keep them off. I am too embarrassed to say where I started but I am shouting, to everyone who will listen, that I have lost 26 pounds and 17.25 inches in just 2 months!!!
I can now keep up with my 3 grandchildren and that is PRICELESS!” ~Pam G.