Did you know that losing weight is the number one resolution – every year? The US government, CDC and NIH in particular, try to manage our weight via the Body Mass Index. The BMI was developed in Belgium in 1830 (That’s right! 1830 – Nearly 200 years ago). It has been tweaked a little of course, but the WHO adopted it for use in 1980 to quantify the global rising rate of obesity (not starvation which is what I thought). As a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers, I know how the BMI works, and I tell you, it’s hard to stay in the healthy BMI range.
Then there was a report last week that being a little over BMI is OK. The CDC refused comment on the issue not wanting “to confuse the public.” Aren’t we already confused???
Perhaps there is a more realistic method to managing weight. Some ingredients can help with nutrient intake and how we want to eat food. Did you know that clinical studies have shown that consuming over 10 grams of protein in a meal helps you feel fuller longer, reducing the feeling that you want to eat. Certain components of food take longer to digest, like dietary fiber and protein, so your belly is busy and working for a longer time. And of course there is the insulin and blood sugar regulation issue. A very well researched area of food and medicine, if foods do not cause a quick spike in sugar or insulin, you feel better and aren’t hungry.
So what does this mean for the product developer? Well, we know that soy protein when blended with whey and casein has a consistent energy release rate. We know that the production of lean mass reduces fat by increasing metabolism. Soy protein is clinically proven to increase lean mass when taken 2 hours or less after exercise. And we know for sure that over 10 grams of protein per meal = less frequent snacking.
Dietary fiber found in fruit and vegetables, or found in our Fibrim or Vitacel when added to your products, increases mobility time in the gut. This means you feel fuller longer too!