The Lipotrim maintenance programme is primarily designed to help manage long term weight maintenance.
You may use the maintenance formula foods to supplement a normal healthy diet, or after following the Lipotrim total food replacement programme, or it can also be used to aid weight loss in its own right.
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The Lipotrim programmes have helped many people to successfully regain control of their weight, whether by using a combination of the Total Food Replacement Programme followed by the Lipotrim Maintenance programme, or just the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme.
The Lipotrim Maintenance Programme
To gain maximum benefit you need to understand a few principles.
1) The Glycaemic Index (GI) of foods
Foods can be classified as having a high or low glycaemic index.
Low glycaemic index foods are absorbed by the body at a slower rate than higher glycaemic index foods. This slower rate of absorption reduces the body’s insulin response, causing a minimal increase in blood sugar levels. The overall effect is a reduction of hunger levels and food cravings which creates a platform for better control of eating habits and therefore body weight.
Examples of Low glycaemic index foods are green vegetables, oats, lentils, etc.
With the addition of the Lipotrim maintenance formula foods, with their high soluble fibre and low glycaemic index, high glycaemic index foods, such as fruit, bread, cereals, confectionery and snacks can have their glycaemic index lowered. Subsequent hunger levels and cravings can therefore be reduced, leading to better eating habits and overall food control.
Freely available low GI foods do not always deliver this important GI lowering effect. It is important to note the glycaemic index only refers to the carbohydrate content of the food. The overall effect can be affected by the amount consumed, or details such as cooking time or ripeness. The Lipotrim maintenance formula foods work in a way that differs to many of the commercially available, low GI diet foods.
2) The fat content in foods
Excess fat is best avoided because it is:
- very high in calories
- has relatively low satiety value
- usually stored in the body rather than being used for daily energy needs
- a balanced diet will have all the essential fats required to maintain our nutritional status, without the need to add any more fat such as oils or spreads.
We all know that “Healthy eating” should generally revolve around low fat principles. It is important to remember some dietary fats are required.
Unfortunately low fat foods can often be relatively high in carbohydrates, and in the form of carbohydrates with a high glycaemic index. As we discussed earlier, trying to steady the insulin response triggered by the foods consumed is very important. Eating low fat foods is therefore not the complete answer to maintaining our weight.
3) Drinking water is very important
On average the human body requires 4 pints (approx. 2L) of water each and every day. If you are also dramatically increasing activity levels you will require much more than this.
Whilst successfully losing weight the amount of food consumed is much lower than pre-diet levels. Since food is largely made up of water, if food is restricted, so too will be the water intake.
It is important to drink at least 4 pints (2 litres) of water per day, or more if exercising, to replace that water lost from the usual intake of food.
4) Summary of important dieting principles
Eating healthily whilst maintaining body weight is best achieved through a low fat, low Glycaemic index lifestyle. It is important to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration levels.
Eating healthily, whilst losing meaningful amounts of weight, must also use these principles but on a lower intake of food.
The Lipotrim maintenance formula foods make healthy weight loss and weight maintenance much more possible to achieve.
How do the Lipotrim maintenance foods work?
Carrying excess weight can often lead to insulin resistance, a reduction in the effectiveness of the hormone insulin. Sometimes this can lead to an obesity related, type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is costly in its risk to the patient’s long-term health and to the nation’s health service.
The body can try to make its compromised insulin be more effective by producing increasing amounts of insulin in response to sugar intake. This can lead to an overproduction of the compromised insulin (hyperinsulinaemia). Contrary to many people’s understanding of diabetes, the disease being often associated with a lack of insulin, the insulin levels in the blood can be quite high.
Insulin is normally produced in response to a raised blood sugar level, after consuming foods and calorific drinks.
The aim is to bring the blood glucose level down to a normal level.
Weight loss is one of the few ways that insulin resistance can be corrected and can result in properly working insulin.
If insulin is still elevated after the glucose levels have been normalised we get hungry, we eat in response to hunger, and the cycle continues. Grazing, snacking and over-eating can become the norm, with body weight increasing or at best being maintained at an unhealthy level even if low fat principles are followed.
The Lipotrim maintenance programme formula foods lower the glycaemic index of ALL the food recently consumed.
Their high soluble fibre content helps reduce the rate at which the sugars, from our food and drink consumption, are absorbed from our gut. The body responds by slowing the release of insulin. By controlling the insulin release we can dampen down the hunger levels between meals, helping prevent inevitable grazing and snacking.
Do not underestimate the role of insulin in the long-term desire to lose and maintain weight.
Weight loss and weight management can be much more than simple calorie counting and portion control (although they do play a part).
After following the Lipotrim total food replacement programme to lose substantial weight, it is essential to understand the Maintenance programme. For many there is a real necessity to use the maintenance foods for a while to tackle one of the most difficult aspects of diet and weight control; the relationship between insulin and hunger following a loss of weight.
The Lipotrim weight maintenance foods have been specially formulated so they provide high soluble fibre and a full range of nutrients in the form of a low glycaemic index food. The maintenance foods are designed to be used with traditional foods and help reduce hunger pangs whilst allowing for a normal active life. The nutrients assure that good nutrition is provided even with a reduced amount of food eaten.
When to use the Lipotrim maintenance foods
Consuming one maintenance formula food a day, for days or a few weeks, may be quite adequate to help someone without a serious weight problem.
If there is a serious weight problem it is advisable to consume a maintenance formula food before both breakfast and lunch, possibly even before dinner. The worse the original weight problem, the longer the maintenance programme should be followed.
The maintenance foods should be used before, or with, normal low-fat meals. The low GI, high soluble fibre composition will best help reduce the portion size at mealtimes when consumed before the meal itself.
Snacks can also be replaced by the maintenance foods to gain control of hunger levels throughout the day, although an understanding of the overall daily calorie intake is necessary to prevent over eating.
It can be very important to stick to the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme long term, after losing considerable weight, because we are all living in a society where delicious, tempting and highly desirable foods are available in great abundance.
Gaining control of food intake, lifestyle and weight takes time.
Maintaining weight is a long-term commitment, and therefore, so is following the maintenance programme, understanding how to deal with food and healthy eating principles post weight loss. Do not expect a week or two of using the maintenance foods to guarantee weight maintenance long term.
The average person, at rest, uses little more than one Calorie per minute. A bar of chocolate, of about 300 Calories, can sustain a person’s energy needs for about 5 hours, a single biscuit for well over an hour.
Without the help required, in the form of the maintenance foods, it is very easy to lose control, eat more than the body actually needs, and eventually re-gain the weight lost.
Sticking to the maintenance programme helps maintain control over the long term. Without control, weight gain is usually inevitable.
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How to use the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme for weight loss.
The beauty of the maintenance programme is that it allows a choice of the degree to which body weight is controlled. Using the maintenance formula foods for weight loss is therefore suited to those with less of a weight problem, waiting to start or thinking of using the total food replacement programme, or unable to adhere to a total restriction of food intake.
If there is a serious problem with food, food addiction or simply more than a couple of stone to lose it is highly recommended to use the total food replacement programme.
By using a maintenance formula food at mealtimes, the portion size and number of calories consumed can be vastly reduced. Ideally, when losing weight, the amount of conventional food consumed at each mealtime, just after or with the maintenance food, should be restricted to about 100 calories.
The maintenance foods, although highly nutritious, vary in their nutritional composition. It is recommended that either the Summer Fruit drink mix or the Chocolate flavoured whip mix, with their higher protein level, is consumed as part of the daily intake if using the programme to lose weight.
Adjust how you use the Lipotrim maintenance foods when control is likely to be lost.
The Lipotrim maintenance programme can be adjusted according to lifestyle. Christmas, birthdays and holidays are just a few of the reasons for a temporary loss of control. The maintenance programme will help control the overall calorie intake before, during and after times like these.
Last of all it is essential to get help whether losing weight or maintaining weight.
This may just be in the form of a set of accurate “bathroom scales”. Do not turn a blind eye to weight fluctuations. It is important to get on the scales and not be guided by tighter or looser clothes.
Better still enlist the help of the local Lipotrim pharmacy. Getting regular weight checks and advice will help maintain the motivation and education necessary for long term weight maintenance.