Saturday, March 5, 2011

The 1 Secret to Weighing What You Know You Should

Trying to lose weight? Been on diets before? You need to re-think “dieting.”

First, do you believe you need to lose weight? In 1980 35% of Americans were overweight to obese. Over the course of the next 24 years things got…worse. In 2004 65% of Americans were overweight to obese. Being overweight puts you at higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even certain kinds of cancer. Our health care system has spent in excess of $40 billion handling this crisis. Our health care system is really a disease management system; PREVENTION is the KEY here.

The current generation of kids may be the 1st generation ever to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

OK, onto diets. The problem with diets is that you cut back on eating and send your body into famine mode. You lose muscle mass and as a result lower your metabolism making it harder to burn fat. Plus you feel more tired. Maybe you lose some weight – some fat and some muscle. Once you go off the diet, however, you have less muscle mass and thus will gain weight back easier than before. We call it the yo-yo cycle of dieting.

Once you have created a fat cell in your body, you can never get rid of it; you can only empty it. You need to maintain your muscle mass so you can keep your metabolism working at the highest possible level to burn fat. As you do lose fat, you are also shedding the toxins in your body. Those nasty things tend to get stored in with the fat and come back into circulation as the fat is used up - drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out.

Include a lot of leucine in your diet. Leucine helps you maintain muscle while burning fat. Keep your body healthy while shedding fat, so eat more, smaller meals. Starving yourself will lower your metabolism and make your body want to hang on the your fat even more. So eat well and often but with smaller portions and try to avoid the things you know you shouldn’t eat. Exercise – find something you like to do that gets you up and moving around: running, dancing, swimming, walking, etc.

You should also check out Shaklee’s Cinch Inch Loss program. It is powered by leucine to help you maintain your muscle mass and thus your higher metabolism. The program also includes all the nutrients your body needs. This helps to decrease cravings, stabilize your blood sugar levels, and and will keep you feeling less hungry.

Shaklee’s program focuses on losing inches not weight. Muscle weighs more than fat but you don’t want to lose muscle mass. Fat weighs less but takes up more room. So focus on losing inches – fat. Replace 2 meals a day with the Cinch shakes or a meal-in-a-bar. Both have lots of protein and leucine. So maybe for breakfast you have a shake and for dinner you have a bar. At lunch, have a real, nutritious meal. If you get “peckish” (hungry) try a Cinch snack bar. There is also an energizing tea to help you for those blah afternoons when you need a lift. And be sure to take the 3-in-1 boost – a natural multi-vitamin with leucine - 3 times a day. Keeping your body’s nutrient needs met will help you not feel hungry.

Here's a link to the Cinch sampler pack
So the 1 Secret is CINCH!

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