Published in USANA Australia Magazine 2014
What is a healthy meal? Load up half of your plate with veggies –not the fried or cheese- or mayo-drenched kinds.
Protein foods (low-fat) should make up a quarter of your plate. The other quarter should be low GI carbs – like brown or basmati rice or wholemeal pasta, quinoa or wholegrain breads.
What is insulin resistance? Eating too many high GI foods and drink and being overweight can trigger a condition called insulin resistance. The pancreas secretes more and more insulin to try and maintain blood glucose levels to within narrow limits but the cells become resistant to its action and blood glucose levels build up. High levels of blood glucose can be detected via blood testing and urine testing – signalling the presence of glucose which spills over into the urine.
This can result in damage to tiny blood vessels increasing the risk of heart and blood vessel diseases.
Kick-start your weight-loss by replacing all three meals for five days with a USANA Nutrimeal. Yes, it can be a challenge. But it may be just the jump-start you need!
This regime provides just 690 calories from three Nutrimeals daily and add one USANA Protein Snack (160 calories) plus one piece of fruit (100-150 calories) and lots of green veggies (spice them up with pepper and a little soy or chilli).
USANA Nutrimeal contains a range of proteins, healthy fats, low GI carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals – it’s a low-calorie mealin-a-glass. Combined with exercise and a healthy diet, it’s a great choice if you want to drop some kilos or you want to focus on low GI eating (Nutrimeal has a glycaemic index of just 25 that is certified by the Glycemic Index Foundation. It is also great if you just don’t want to think about food and portions as you works towards or maintain a healthy weight.
Try taking just Nutrimeal and a USANA Protein Snack plus a piece of fruit and lots of steam green veggies for five days.
Then, switch to two Nutrimeals a day plus one low GI meal and healthy snacks for 4-8 weeks. Then, maintain your weight with one Nutrimeal daily, two healthy low GI meals and
USANA Nutrimeal: other benefits
• A good source of fibre. Don’t forget to take plenty of fluid to ensure that fibre can work properly.
• High in protein. The fibre satisfies your hunger in a physical way, protein is essential for muscle growth and repair.
• Fortified with vitamins and minerals. A healthy meal should contain a mix of these not just to top up your body stores, but because many of them work together to help enhance body processes and help keep you healthy.
One recent study funded by Diabetes UK found that drastically cutting calories helped overweight people get healthier. Study participants consumed just 800 calories per day (each Nutrimeal provides around 230 calories so three shakes plus one USANA Protein Snack provides around 850 calories). After some months the researchers found that the body started to become more responsive to insulin (you should not follow this kind of drastic eating schedule unless under medical supervision). Newcastle University’s Professor Roy Taylor believes that the benefits were seen when visceral fat was cut and so the body began to respond to insulin again. Visceral fat is thought to clog up the pancreas (where insulin is produced) and liver which can get congested due to large amounts of triglycerides – a type of fat, from too much sugar/fat/alcohol. This cuts insulin production and stops it from being used properly. By drastically dropping the calories, your body switches into starvation mode so that fat is burned from the vital organs. This frees up the organs so they can do their job properly again. Remember to exercise for between 30-60 minutes a day, to build lean muscle and burn more fat.