FOCUS ON THE “F” WORD
TLS® WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION IS A LIFESTYLE THAT
FOCUSES ON THE “F” WORD: FATS.
BY DENNIS FRANKS, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Traditional diets focus solely on the number on the scale with most of the weight loss coming from water and muscle. TLS Weight Loss Solution, however, focuses on loss of body fat. TLS Weight Loss Solution emphasizes obtaining healthy body composition to increase the amount of muscle versus fat (thus the slogan “muscle dictates metabolism”). To obtain a healthy body composition, TLS Weight Loss Solution emphasizes the importance of combining low-glycemic eating with exercise.
The “F” word isn’t always bad! One of the most important dis- tinctions to master is “good” fats versus “bad” fats. Total Fat listed on a food label is made up of saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fat. Saturated fats are fats that are solid at room temperature. We do not count calories with TLS, but saturated fats should be 25 percent or less of the total calories of the food you consume. Some examples of saturated fats include butter, coconut oil, lard, meats, dairy products and processed foods. Coconut oil and red meat are OK to consume on occasion, but they are still considered a saturated fat.
You can consume saturated fats on TLS. After all, you have been eating dairy products and meats. People who follow a vegetarian diet may not get saturated fats from meats or dairy, so they may use coconut oil more often. Remember, you probably didn’t become overweight because you were consuming too much coconut oil! Processed foods are typically the culprit behind people eating a diet high in saturated fat.
Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and are bro- ken down into polyunsaturated and monounsaturated categories on your food label. Polyunsaturated fats are good fats found in oily fish, grain products and soybeans. There are two polyunsaturated fats that are constantly in the news headlines: omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are those found in fish and seafood and have been touted as having significant health benefits. Omega 6 fatty acids are found in sunflower and safflower oil and have been found to have cardiovascular benefits when consumed in a proper ratio with omega 3s.
Monounsaturated fats are the best fats of all and have numer- ous health benefits. These are typically the good fats you are eating on your TLS program. These fats are found in foods like salmon, avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
Trans fats are very unhealthy and should be avoided completely from your diet. Trans fats are often listed on the labels as hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils. Food manufacturers will convert a liquid fat into a solid fat by adding hydrogens or hydrogenating the fat. Trans fats are found in many processed foods and are added to keep foods moist and to maintain their form as they sit on the shelves in the stores. They have negative health effects, such as lowering your good cholesterol and contributing to heart disease and cardiovascular problems.
Visit tlsSlim.com to learn more about fat loss and good fats versus bad fats. The TLS Health Guide (Code: 6560 I C6560) also has a detailed list of fats, along with a plethora of other information about nutrition. With TLS Weight Loss Solution, knowledge is power. You are what you eat and you will no longer be overfed and undernourished!
Resource: July/August 2015 UnFranchise Owner Magazine
BLOOD SUGAR, INSULIN AND GLYCEMIC INDEX OVERVIEW
GETTING A SOLID UNDERSTANDING OF HOW BLOOD SUGAR, INSULIN AND THE GLYCEMIC INDEX AFFECT YOUR BODY CAN HELP YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE FOREVER.
BY SUSAN PASQUAL, MSN, RN, CNSC, DIRECTOR OF TLS® WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION FIELD DEVELOPMENT AND SALES
When it comes to understanding the science behind TLS, it is important to understand some key components. So, let’s start with some basic definitions:
Hypoglycemia: Deficiency of sugar in the blood stream.
Hyperglycemia: Excess of sugar in the blood stream.
Glycemic Index (GI): (Quality) A system that ranks food on a scale from 1-100 based on their effect on blood-sugar levels.
Glycemic Load (GL): (Quantity) A ranking of how much eating a particular food will raise the blood glucose.
Leptin: An adipose-derived hormone that plays a role in appetite and hunger.
Insulin Resistance: A condition in which cells do not respond to the normal actions of insulin, thus are not able to use it effectively, leading to hyperglycemia.
Glycogen: A hormone produced by the pancreas that raises blood glucose levels. Its effect is the opposite of insulin.
Popular eating habits such as skipping meals, eating sugary, processed foods and cutting calories put the body in constant fat storage mode, which makes us tired. When we eat healthy, nutritious foods, we eliminate those highs and lows, have more energy, feel great and are fat-burning machines!
However, sugar is definitely needed in our bodies. Each cell re- quires sugar, and our bodies do a great job of regulating it and maintaining balance. Our digestive tract breaks down carbohydrates from food into sugar, which is one of our body’s main sources of energy. The sugar goes straight from the digestive system into the bloodstream after we consume and digest food. After we eat, blood sugar rises and the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to regulate that sugar in the blood. As that the sugar enters cells and more cells receive glucose, blood sugar levels come down to normal again.
Excess glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. It stores it there just in case we need a rush of it for energy. Sugar can only enter cells if there is insulin in the bloodstream. Without any insulin the cells would starve.
Leptin resistance can have a major impact on your weight loss goals. Typically, an overweight person who is leptin resistant requires more food to be full. The leptin hormone is involved with signaling your brain to tell you to stop eating. The more we eat, the higher sugar levels go and more insulin is made. When we overeat, we develop excess fat. The more fat we have, the more leptin resistant we are. The more leptin resistant we are, the hungrier we are. Then the cycle just keeps going.
Insulin resistance can cause problems as well. With excess eating, the cells take in blood sugar when they can’t use it, and the extra sugar will kill the cell and no insulin can get in the cell. Without insulin, sugar gets backed up in the blood. This is the mechanism behind basic insulin resistance at the cellular level. If these problems continue, blood sugar levels continue to rise, insulin resistance gets worse, leptin resistance gets worse, cholesterol levels go up, blood pressure goes up and triglyceride levels go up. Eventually, this leads to type 2 diabetes.
In healthy people, if the right amount of food for physical activity level is consumed, blood sugar always has room to enter into the cells. Insulin rises and falls in a controlled manner, as does leptin, and the over eating cycle doesn’t happen — which means that you’re satiated and do not have excess sugar or insulin.
There are many benefits of eating a low-glycemic-impact diet and following the TLS Weight Loss Solution program, including superior health and weight management, reducing large fluctuations in blood sugar and many others. Change your lifestyle forever with TLS!
Resource: July/August 2015 UnFranchise Owner Magazine
THE FITNESS OF FOCUS: NUTRIENTS FOR COGNITIVE HEALTH
TRY THESE INGREDIENTS TO HELP KEEP YOUR MEMORY IN THE BEST SHAPE.
BY CRYSTAL SHELTON, SENIOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHER
Cognition is defined as “the mental faculty or process of acquiring knowledge by the use of reasoning, intuition, or perception.” Maintaining cognitive health is important as it relates to our memory, concentration, attention and learning; things obviously needed throughout our daily lives. Unfortunately, as we age, certain things in our brains tend to change a bit and our cognitive ability can become impaired. Ingredients found in nutritional supplements have shown promise with helping to restore the areas which affect cognitive health, thus improving brain function and overall brain health.
Vinpocetine is an extract derived from the seeds of the common periwinkle (Vinca minor) plant. It appears to have many varied pharmacologic effects, many within the nervous system. Proving to be beneficial for brain function, vinpocetine readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and helps support normal blood flow and optimal cerebral circulation. It is a potent vasodilator and acts directly on vascular smooth muscle, but can also lower blood viscosity and decrease platelet aggregation. It has also been shown to function as an antioxidant and promote glucose and oxygen consumption by the brain. Effects of these various mechanisms include improved concentration, enhanced mental alertness and obvious improvements in attention and memory.
Alpha lipoic acid, also referred to as ALA, is a fatty acid found naturally inside every cell in the body. It is considered very essential and is needed by the body to convert glucose into energy, required for our body’s normal functions. Alpha lipoic acid also works as an antioxidant, helping to neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative damage. It is unique because it functions in both water and fat, unlike vitamins C and E which are more common. For its role in cognitive health, alpha lipoic acid crosses the blood-brain barrier, passing easily into the brain and protecting it and the nerves from free radical damage. In its functioning as an antioxidant, as well as its capability to recycle other antioxidants (vitamins C & E), alpha lipoic acid helps protect the brain and slow the progression of age-related memory loss.
Huperzine A is derived from the fir moss Huperzia serrata, also known as Chinese club moss. It has been widely studied for its roles in cognitive health, specifically in dementia and Alzheimer’s. Huperzine A helps increase the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is important for promoting normal learning, memory, cognitive well being and healthy nerve transmission. By helping maintain normal concentration of acetylcholine, huperzine A shows big promise for cognitive health. It also appears to have some antioxidant capabilities and works to reduce free-radical damage in the brain. Clinical studies have reported significant improvements in memory in aged subjects as well as enhanced cognitive and behavioral function in people with cholinergic dysfunction and/or decreased cerebral blood flow. Huperzine A is highly selective, has a higher oral bioavailability, better penetration of the blood-brain barrier and longer duration of activity than other acetylcholine esterase inhibitors.
There are a variety of issues which can cause problems in the brain such as inadequate blood flow, free-radical damage and depleted levels of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, thus negatively affecting cognitive health. Fortunately, ingredients such as vinpocetine, alpha lipoic acid and huperzine A have all been proven to provide positive effects in promoting optimal cognitive health.
Resource: UnFranchise Owner Magazine May/June 2015