Protein and Fiber: The Foundation for Healthy Weight Loss

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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Protein and Fiber: The Foundation for Healthy Weight Loss
Remember your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? If you're still trying to lose weight, you're probably frustrated. Getting stuck in a low energy excess eating mode is a classic sign of getting out of harmony with leptin. Even your stomach loses "tone." It becomes too large and requires that you eat more and more to feel full. My best tip to get out of this rut quickly is a short-term, high protein/high fiber diet. This simple plan will help jump-start your metabolism, tame your cravings, boost your energy, and shrink the size of your stomach. You can do this program for two to four days or you can stay on it a few weeks. In addition to the diet suggestions, you need to make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep per night and do at least moderate exercise for 30 minutes every morning. For example, walk, jog, lift weights, stretch, or do yoga. Schedule permitting, the sooner in the day you exercise the better – it turns on gene switches that help burn calories.

The Plan


For the first day or two, have three protein drinks per day. Mix 1 to 1½ scoops of Daily Protein Plus, with 1 heaping tablespoon of Fiber Helper in 2% organic milk for each meal. You can use rice or almond milk, or 50% fruit juice and 50% water. Stay away from soy milk because it slows metabolism. The extra fiber is really important, otherwise bowels will slow down and toxins will backup, making you feel crummy and bringing weight loss to a halt.

In addition to the protein drinks, eat two pieces of fruit per day, but always at meal times and never as a snack. You may blend the fruit into your protein drinks or mix your protein with a spoon and eat the fruit. You may have a cup of coffee with 1 Tablespoon of real cream at breakfast or lunch. Do not add sweetener to anything.

The first day is the hardest, as the leptin urges to eat are still in full swing. Cravings uaually disappear by day two or day three at the latest.

Meals


You may choose to be on this program for a couple of days or even a week. If on it for more than 2 days, eat an average size meal (500 – 600 calories) with no dessert every 3 days. Then go to two meals a day and one protein/fiber drink for breakfast. When you finish the program, you will be able to tell that you get a full signal eating far less food, as your stomach has literally shrunk in size. Keeping on track at this point means paying attention to that full signal and never going past it – even if there is still food on the plate. This is a real life skill; its easier said than done, but required for long-term success. Leptin problems are what make you feel that you must keep eating – when you consistently eat right, then leptin functions much better and weight loss is much easier.

Dietary Supplements


It is helpful to use metabolic support nutrients while on this program. They aren’t required, but help a lot and certainly make it easier. Many people choose to take the Daily Super Pack and Leptin Control Pack twice a day when on this program, usually at breakfast and lunch. Pine Nut Oil can help quench cravings. You may want to take 2-3 capsules in the afternoon. It helps to keep your head awake and appetite under control. Of course, any nutrients that help sleep, as needed, are a good idea before bedtime. Do not try to do this program if your schedule does not allow you to get seven hours of sleep per night.

Why the Program Works


Our high-grade whey protein is a true superfood. (It is not a cheap whey with broken protein molecules and a bitter taste, like many companies try to sell.) Protein is the main metabolic activator of the liver – your body’s primary metabolic organ and control operator for fat burning. When your liver is working well you can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent for as long as 12 hours, while carbohydrate or fat only increase liver activity by four percent. Protein is like 2x4 inch lumber and plywood showing up at your liver’s construction site, that is why protein is always good to have it at breakfast. On top of that, whey protein has been proven to help reduce your appetite – especially 3-6 hours after a meal.

Fiber Helper is a blessing for anyone trying to lose weight. Not only does extra fiber help you feel full, help stabilize your blood sugar levels following a meal, and help reduce heart disease risk, but it is also a huge sponge for soaking up toxins. Not only must your bowels keep moving when you aren’t eating bread and other starches, but your stored fat is also often loaded with toxins, and these must get out of you in order for your body to give up the fat. Otherwise, you will just feel irritable, tired, and hungry when you try to lose weight. You need to have some saturated fat (or monounsaturate, like olive oil), carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids on this program. You may use fruit, cream, and Leptinal (essential fatty acids in the Leptin Control Pack).* 

It is almost impossible for the liver to burn fat normally without some carbohydrates and saturated fat present in the diet. Don’t wait until the spring to dread the summer. Get on top of your weight issues now. Be consistent over the next three to four months and when summer comes you will be one happy camper. If you have not yet read the Leptin Diet, get a copy and do so. It is the owner’s manual for your body and explains your relationship with food and how you can stay in charge.

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