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Change Your Lifestyle and Your Life Attitude with USANA

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usana LucyChenArticle from USANA website.

Motivation can take many different shapes. For Lucy Chen, the desire to change came in the form of an emergency room.

For years, she had put her health on the back burner, focusing instead on taking care of her family and job. But it all came crashing down in 2009 when she collapsed at the office and woke up in the ER. Only then did she realize she’d taken care of everyone but herself.

“I lost my life,” Lucy said. “I couldn’t take care of myself, I couldn’t take care of my kids. So, I made up my mind to get my health back.”

Lucy had tried lots of diets before. Unfortunately, each failed, leaving her even heavier. But this time she wasn’t looking for a quick weight-loss solution. She spent hours researching and talking to experts. It wasn’t until a chance conversation with Jingbo Pan at a tax seminar that Lucy finally found her answer: USANA.

She started taking BiOmega™ and USANA® Essentials™ supplements to support healthy nutrition and soon felt a positive difference.* Then she started making changes in her diet. Instead of skipping meals and relying on late-night fast food, Lucy added in Nutrimeal™ meal-replacement shakes for breakfast and dinner.

Lifestyle changes came next. After work, Lucy would walk for 40–60 minutes. She also tried to cut out stress and get more rest. In just 10 months, she lost 85 pounds and felt great. Over the next six months, she continued with her new healthier lifestyle and lost another 13 pounds—for a grand total of 98.

Little by little she began to feel more confident, not only in the products, but in herself, as well. Lucy now feels like the person she always wanted to be.

“Every morning I can’t wait to wake up and see the different me in the mirror,” she said. “I radiate.”

Before her big scare, Lucy was overworked and exhausted. She missed dinner with her children every night and regretted not being there for them. Now, she’s a confident woman who feels comfortable in her own skin. But more importantly, she has the time and energy to focus on her son and daughter.

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Instead of watching the clock in her cubicle and feeling guilty, Lucy now picks her kids up from school each day. She takes them to all their activities, cheers them on, and teaches them about healthy options.

“That’s the most valuable asset we can give our kids,” she said. “Teach them how to have a healthy life now and in the future and how to bring a positive energy to life.”

Lucy doesn’t just talk about staying healthy—she lives it every day. Even six years after her amazing transformation, she still looks and feels fresh. Her secret? Continually building on her healthy lifestyle changes, like adding in yoga and ballet once a week, as well as the occasional jog.

Her eating habits have also changed for the better. “Every morning, I drink Nutrimeal, plus one scoop of USANA Fibergy® fiber blend and USANA® Probiotic. I eat a normal lunch and dinner,” she said.

In addition, she rotates different combinations of products. For example, she’ll take USANA CoQuinone® , HepaPlus™, and Digestive Enzyme for three months, then switch to USANA BiOmega and Gingko-PS™. But she always keeps a HealthPak™ as her daily foundation.

Along with her weekly exercise routine, Lucy has learned to focus on low-glycemic and high-fiber foods. And she always looks for new ways to add in more fruits and vegetables with her lunch and dinner. She’s also learned the art of balance.

“I enjoy ice cream with my kids,” she said. “I do go party often and enjoy all kinds of food, but my weight has never bounced back.”

What began as a terrifying hospital stay has turned into a completely new lifestyle and livelihood for Lucy and her family. “When I started USANA … I wasn’t even thinking about losing weight or turning into a different me,” she said. “At that time, I just wanted to save my life.”

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USANA Fibergy plus fantastic fibre & its essential effects

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usana fibergy plusArticle from USANA Australia News Letter 2016.

Fibre is the name given to the indigestible parts of plant foods.

Unlike fats, proteins and carbohydrates, fibre isn’t absorbed by your body. Fibre passes relatively intact through your stomach and small intestine through to the large intestine where it is fermented by friendly bacteria. Then along with other waste products is moved out of the body.

Although it is best known for relieving constipation, fibre has a host of health benefits. For example, getting enough fibre can help you maintain a healthy weight range, lower blood cholesterol and support heart health and bowel health.

Fibre: How it works

Fibre is made up of many glucose molecules and is part of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb. It is also referred to as “an indigestible carbohydrate”, but fibre is very different from other carbohydrates and much lower in calories. Eating fibre increases the immune system in your gut, feeds the good probiotic bacteria there, keeps the digestive lining healthy and absorbs and pulls out excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body. It also helps us digest and pass the foods we eat. By increasing our fibre intake, we decrease the risks of common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

There are two types of dietary fibre, and you need both – insoluble and soluble.

FIBRE can be soluble and insoluble and most plant foods contain both types. For the best health benefits, opt for a wide range of high-fibre foods.


This type of fibre acts like a sponge. It mops up harmful LDL-cholesterol, the type of cholesterol which is deposited in the cells and in arteries, narrowing blood flow and triggering conditions such as heart disease and stroke. It prevents cholesterol from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream. This lowers the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Studies also have shown that fibre may have other heart-health benefits.

In the intestines, soluble fibre forms a gel, slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. This helps to keep blood glucose levels steady, helping to prevent carb cravings that might send you running to sugary snacks. It also slows down the rate at which your stomach empties, so you’ll feel fuller for longer, too.

Find soluble fibre in:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Beans and lentils
  • Oats
  • Barley


Inulin is a natural prebiotic – it provides foods for the beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. This helps to keep your digestive system healthy.

Find inulin in:

  • Onions and shallots
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Peas, beans and lentils
  • Oats
  • Bananas


Insoluble fibre is filling but not fattening. That’s because high fibre foods take time to chew which slows down your eating, helping to prevent overeating. And, because it is bulky and absorbs waters this kind of fibre softens the contents of the large intestine speeding the removal of waste products. Getting enough fluids is very important for digestive health and when you start to increase your intake of fibre-containing foods. This fibre-water combo can help if you struggle with constipation. And, because insoluble fibre reduces the time that waste matter and potential carcinogens take to come into contact with the intestine, it may even help to prevent conditions such as bowel cancer.

Find insoluble fibre in:

High fibre breads (look for heavy breads with whole grains)

  • High fibre cereals
  • Nuts and seeds
  • The skin of fruits and vegetables.

The switch to eating more refined foods means that we are consuming less fibre. That’s because the refining process, strips grains and cereals of their outer coat (the bran) where most B vitamins and iron are concentrated. The same thing happens when you peel the skin from fruits and vegetables. High-fibre foods are good for your health. But if you’re not used to a high fibre diet, make sure to go slow. Adding too much fibre too quickly can trigger bloating and gas. So, increase intake gradually over a number of weeks. This way, the natural bacteria in your digestive system has time to adjust to the changes you’re making. Also drink plenty of water.

The newest type of fibre discovered by scientists is resistant starch. Just as the name suggests, this kind of starch resists digestion (starches and other carbohydrates are digested in the small intestine by enzymes).

Resistant starch enters the large intestine where many beneficial microorganisms live and these friendly bacteria use the starch as food. This helps to keep the lining of the large intestine (also known as the bowel) healthy,

You’ll find resistant starch in foods such as:

  • Cooked and cooled potato
  • Corn
  • Pasta cooked al dente (with bite)
  • Slightly under ripe bananas

Ways to BOOST your fibre intake

Choose bread made from flour that has been ground from the wholegrain and includes the outer husk which is rich in fibre) and the wheat germ (which is rich in B vitamins).

Choose breads with visible seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, poppy and linseeds for extra fibre and vitamins, including vitamin E.

Bread with added soy and linseeds may help with symptoms of menopause.

How much is TOO MUCH?

It’s important to increase your fibre intake slowly, as a sudden switch can lead to abdominal pain and flatulence. What’s more, very high-fibre diets (over 40g a day) have been linked with decreased absorption of minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium.


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Carbs have been a dirty word since the popularity of low carb weight-loss programs such as the Atkins and South Beach diet grabbed headlines. And, it’s true that increasing protein can be a satisfying way to cut the calories. But, it’s just not healthy to cut out a whole food group. Wholegrain carbohydrates are very nutritious and provide minerals as well as fibre. And, getting enough fibre can help you control your weight. That’s because high fibre foods slow down the rate at which you eat because they require more chewing. So, mealtimes last longer. High fibre foods also tend to have less calories, another way that high-fibre eating helps you to stay trim.

Fibre works by helping you moderate how much you eat by absorbing water in the mouth. As the food-fibre-water mix enters the stomach, its bulk causes the stomach walls to become stretched. This triggers feelings of fullness, helping you feel more satisfied for longer so you’re less likely to reach for unhealthy between-meal snacks.

If you take Nutrimeal™ whether for weight management or even to ensure that you get a fast, healthy meal, try adding extra fibre in the form of Fibergy Plus to make it even more satisfying.

GUT health

Although it lingers longer in the stomach helping you feel full, fibre moves faster in the intestines. By the time the fibre mix enters the large intestine, the nutrients have been absorbed and there are only waste products, fibre and water left. Because it stimulates contractions of the large intestine, there is less time for the waste products to come into contact with the intestines and in this way, it may help to reduce the risk of bowel cancer, too. By speeding this mass out of the body, fibre also helps to prevent problems such as constipation and haemorrhoids (piles).

Fibre adds bulk making it is easier for waste to pass out of the body. But, if you have loose, watery stools, fibre may actually help to solidify the waste by absorbing water and adding bulk to it.

  • Nuts and seeds
  • The skin of fruits and vegetables.


According to the Dietitians Associations of Australia, adults should aim for at least 30g fibre each day. But most of us fall short by about 10g and only manage around 20g fibre each day. Just one tablespoon of FibergyTM Plus can help bridge the gap and provide the fibre your body needs. Children need fibre too. But much less – aim for around 10g of fibre a day, plus an additional gram each year of age.

The fibre in FibergyTM Plus comes from a number of sources because different types of fibre bring different health benefits. This includes psyllium – a dietary fibre that helps stimulate normal bowel regularity and inulin, to promote growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

USANA Fibergy Plus helps promotes good digestive health and normal bowel regularity, which moves wastes and toxins out of the colon. The high fibre, low-GI formula leaves you feeling satisfied, making it easier to skip unhealthy snacks throughout the day.

USANA Fibergy Plus is a flavourless fibre blend which provides 12 grams of soluble and insoluble fibre in each serving – that’s more than twice the amount of other fibre products available in the market! It is formulated using natural ingredients and without added gluten, soy or dairy.* 28 serves per pack.

  • Promotes good digestive health
  • Contains psyllium, which promotes regularity, a rich source of soluble fibre and a bulking agent. Each serving provides 4g of psyllium.
  • Inulin found in FibergyTM Plus promotes the stimulation of healthy bacteria in the digestive system that assists in the absorption of nutrients and the breakdown of foods.
  • Contains the prebiotic inulin which promotes the growth of bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. A serving supplies 3 grams of inulin
  • Formulated without gluten, dairy and soy*
  • Natural source of dietary fibre

TO USE, mix 1 level tablespoon (14g) into 290-340ml of water; or stir two heaped teaspoons (approx. 7g) with USANA Nutrimeal™. For best results, mix in a BlenderBottle™ for 45 seconds. ENJOY IMMEDIATELY!

Order USANA Fibergy here.

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Up your USANA Supplements and Slim Down

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usana-supplements-for-slim-down Article published in USANA North America Magazine 2015 Vol 6, written by EMILY ALANIZ.

If you’re up to the challenge of shedding a few extra pounds, you’ll want every advantage you can get. This means not only eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and getting more exercise, but also taking the right supplements to support your fitness focused lifestyle. Everyone can benefit from the USANA® Essentials, but don’t stop there if your goal is to shed pounds. USANA offers a variety of supplements to help you with many different aspects of weight loss.


Discomfort caused by exercise can discourage you from staying active. Enter calcium and vitamin D. This powerful duo—found in USANA Active Calcium™ and Active Calcium™ Chewable—makes all the difference for your skeletal system. Calcium helps maintain strong bones, while vitamin D enhances calcium absorption and utilization.* Not convinced you need Active Calcium in your life? Some research also indicates that supplementing with these micronutrients may play a role in weight control if your calcium and vitamin D levels are inadequate. That means you have nothing to lose but extra pounds.


You may already know omega-3s are great for your brain, but they’re also terrific for managing your weight. Omega-3s, such as those found in BiOmega™ and BiOmega™ Jr, can aid weight loss. This might be due in part to the fact that DHA and EPA (components of omega-3 fatty acids) support healthy blood flow to muscles during exercise.* Of course, it’s not a magical fat-melting pill, but when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, a fish oil supplement may help make a difference in your waistline.* On top of this, omega-3s are great for helping you stay active as you age. They can help maintain healthy muscle mass in the elderly when taken in conjunction with exercise.


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If you want to lose weight, meals have to be about more than just cutting calories. You also have to make sure you’re getting enough fiber. Fiber will keep you feeling full long after you finish your meal. This can help keep you from overeating later in the day, and it can even reduce the total number of calories you consume. If you want a convenient way to get fiber in your meals, make sure to try Fibergy® Plus. It’s quick, easy, and it will set your body on the right track for weight loss.


You probably already know and love many benefits of vitamin D, but have you tried it before your workouts? USANA supported a study by The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) about how vitamin D affects recovery after exercise. The study showed that taking vitamin D before your workout can decrease skeletal muscle fatigue from intense exercise. This faster recovery means you can get out there for your next workout feeling refreshed and ready to challenge yourself again.


You won’t get very far in your morning jog if your joints start troubling you, but avoiding exercise is never helpful for a weight-loss plan. That’s why you should check out Procosamine®, USANA’s supplement for joint health. Procosaminecontains glucosamine, which helps maintain healthy cartilage and joints. Curcumin is another natural substance often praised for its joint-supporting abilities. Procosamine’s Meriva®† bioavailable curcumin complex has been clinically shown to have better bioavailability than standard curcumin products.


You might think prenatal vitamins are only for pregnant women—but that’s not the case. Many pre-menopausal women can benefit from a quality prenatal supplement with iron, especially women who may have anemia. This is why BabyCare Prenatal Essentials (Not yet available in USANA Australia region) are an excellent choice. The iron provided in the USANA Prenatal Essentials   is necessary for red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. If you’ve ever had a particularly tough workout session in an effort to burn calories, you know your body needs as much oxygen as it can get.* Without a sufficient iron reserve, you could feel tired and fatigued, which will make it even harder to meet any fitness or weight-loss goals you may have. If you’re opposed to prenatal supplements, make sure you get enough iron from dietary sources, such as lean meats, spinach, and beans.

For more information regarding the products, please visit USANA Australia approved online store.

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USANA Reset Challenge 2015 winners and their testimonials

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usana reset 2015 winnersArticle extracted from USANA Australia Magazine 2015

“This transformation means a lot to me. I feel lot more active and energised and I am able to do some of the things that I couldn’t do before. “ – Mahesh Jayasuriya


Pooja De Silva

Australian USANA RESET Nation Challenge winner Pooja De Silva has changed her life and is now using her incredible journey to inspire others. Throughout her journey so far Pooja has lost an amazing 26kgs totaling up to 32.13% body fat. Her blood pressure has also returned to a healthy level and her cholesterol count has dropped from 6.7 to 3.7 – overall, fantastic results. Prior to the RESET challenge, Pooja had followed countless diets, which had given her “no real results”, so she decided to take part in the RESET Nation Challenge to improve her health and wellbeing.

Pooja said during the challenge she exercised “hard and smart” with her personal trainer – Scott Lawrence. “Initially, I found the exercise component associated with the RESET program to be very challenging. However, I continued to challenge myself, week after week with perseverance, strict discipline, unshaken mindset, a firmer commitment and total dedication,” she said.

“In addition to my exercise regime, the intake of the recommended USANA supplements played a vital role in my RESET program. I now feel rejuvenated, a lot lighter in weight, bursting with energy and confidence.”

Pooja said she thanks USANA for her “comprehensive transformation”.

“For the first time in many years I am now down to a healthy weight and am able to wear fitted clothes to complement my new body shape,” she said. “I am embracing my success of winning the first place in Australia and the countless compliments that I receive from my family and friends. Life is fantastic…thank you USANA for this unparalleled opportunity. “Throughout my RESET journey I have been fortunate in receiving tremendous support from my family and my TVD uplines Rita and Vajira Amarasinghe. Their ongoing words of encouragement never failed to push me to reach higher goals”. Pooja said she has now “embarked on a significant life changing journey, enjoying a healthier and an active lifestyle” and her goal is to maintain and enjoy her new lifestyle and promote and raise her business to the next level by sharing her success story.

Mahesh Jayasuriya

Australian RESET Nation Challenge winner Mahesh Jayasuriya remembers being overweight for almost a decade. He was scared of getting sick and not being able to see his kids grow up so he decided to reset his life… Mahesh said over the years he tried many times to reduce his weight in various ways but none of them worked out in a positive way. “I am a father of two beautiful kids, Alan and Shevan, who are very active and energised. They always wanted to play with me, but it was difficult for me and I tired out very quickly,” he said.

“I was lucky enough to get introduced to USANA and came to know about the RESET Challenge. That’s when I decided to participate in the challenge and change my life so that I could enjoy a happy, healthy long-life with my loved ones and spend more active time with my kids too.”

After losing almost 33kgs during the challenge Mahesh said he is “so happy and proud” of his results. “That was massive and it’s a life-time achievement. All my loved ones are also happy with my transformation,” he said. “This transformation means a lot to me. I feel lot more active and energised and I am able to do some of the things that I couldn’t do before. I also feel very good about how I look and everyone appreciates my new body. Even now I can wear my favourite clothes which I couldn’t wear before. My self-confidence has increased and now I am living a happy, healthy life.” Mahesh said he would definitely recommend the challenge to other people. “It is a good opportunity for people to get motivated and get onto the right track. Anybody who participates in this challenge is a winner. They all want to change their lives for the better,” he said. Mahesh wants to thank everyone who supported him throughout this journey including his wife (Shammi Jayasuriya) and two kids, his parents and relatives, Ann Perera (2014 RESET Challenge winner), Peter Howe (personal trainer at the 24/7 Anytime Fitness Roxburgh), and all his friends. “I also want to take this opportunity to thank USANA for letting me into their family.”


Jude Franklin

New Zealand USANA RESET Nation Challenge winner Jude Franklin’s journey began back in 2014 when she injured her back in a car accident. This injury not only made it difficult to exercise but to even walk and over the next year Jude gained weight and was struggling to get through each day. Once Jude had recovered from her injury, which meant she could now do moderate exercise, Jude was constantly tired and couldn’t get out of bed in the morning so she decided it was time to make a change. “I had watched a friend go through the Challenge the year before and seen her transformation. There was no doubt in my mind that I could do this,” she said. “When this friend suggested I do the USANA challenge I grabbed the opportunity and put everything into it. “At the start I walked the dog daily and swam every day. I joined a keep-fit group and trained most evenings as well. After six weeks I started running which I had not done for over four years. This meant a huge increase in my fitness.” Jude said she is “ecstatic” with her weight loss results. “I feel so good. Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” she laughed.

“USANA has impacted my life in many ways. I now feel so much more confident in myself, my health has improved and my skin is now clear and radiant.

“I am sleeping better, I can focus better, my body shape has improved and my posture is better. “I couldn’t have done this without USANA, thankyou, you have given me my life back.” Jude said she now wants to tone up and continue to grow her own USANA business. When asked to describe her new outlook on life she simply said “dream big, achieve more”

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Reset your life with USANA Reset and Nutrimeal

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usana nutrimeal reset From USANA Asia Pacific Magazine.

Many of us probably want a perfect body figure. Especially during the summer time, you may want a slim and healthy body shape to take part in all kinds of outdoor activities. However, many people might have adopted the wrong method to slim, like immoderate diet, excessive exercises and weight management plan with unbalanced nutrition. These can indeed lead to a lot of health problems and you might even gain rather than lose weight. USANA RESET Weight Management program is composed of three simple steps (Jumpstart, Transform, Maintain), helping you shape your body healthy and establish a good lifestyle progressively. Start your USANA RESET program now and build your figure.

Starting today, take action to carry out the RESET program designed by USANA scientists! The program includes three phases, namely “JumpStart, Transform, and Maintain”. You will find it easy, rapid and efficient to achieve your ideal weight and to practice your healthy lifestyle.

Your USANA Reset journey begins with the 5-dat Jumpstart Phase. It’s all about building up a good diet and saying goodbye to sugar and fats. It’s a jump start to healthy living.

One of the possible factors leading to the rise of obesity is the emergence of processed foods with high glycemic index taken by modern people. Thus, getting away from high glycemic foods is essential for health.

USANA Nutrimeal (Glycemic Index 23) is clinically proven to be low glycemic. It has three flavors, including Ducth Chocolate, French Vanilla and Wild Strawberry. Containing good carbohyrates, quality protein and healthy fats, USANA Nutrimeal provides you with macronutrients. The 5-Day Jumpstart Phase is simple and convenient. Each day you replace your meals with USANA Nutrimeal. You can also eat low glycemic snacks or one serving of fruit and vegetables if needed.

So what is glycemic index then?

Glycemic index measures how quickly blood sugar levels rise after eating a particular type of food within 2 hours. Research shows that low glycemic index diet reduces blood sugar and insulin fluctuations, promote fat metabolism and prevents fat from breaking down into nonestesterified fatty acids. It helps control appetite and increase satiety. In contrast, high glycemic foods are quickly absortbed and converted into sugar, increasing blood sugar and insulin and producing hunger quickly. Excessive intake of foods as well as calories is thus resulted.

The glycemic index is show as follows:

  • Low glycemic index – 55 or less
  • Medium glycemic index – 56 to 69
  • High glycemic index – 70 or above

The transform Phase of RESET lasts for four to eight weeks. To keep up the momentum after you complete the Jumpstart Phase, this phase helps you gradually incorporate low fat diet and regular exercise in your daily life, so as to continue to make healthy habits a way of life.

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In this stage, you can take low to moderately low glycemic foods as your dinner and snack after breakfast and lunch, but breakfast and lunch still remain to be USANA Nutrimeal.

During the weight management program, reduction in food intake may probably result in a shortage of dietary fiber. It may then weaken intestinal motility, digestion and absorption of food. In addition, body water decreases after doing exercise and it may possibly lead to constipation programs. To improve the gastrointestinal problems during the program, you can drink more water and absorb more dietary fiber, in order to promote intestinal movement. As a result, the water in the food is not overly absorbed and normal bowel movement can be maintained.

Dietary fiber is low in calories and high in absorbency. It helps provided satiety and curbs the craving for snacks during the weight management program. Fruits and vegetables are low glycemic food with high degree of fiber, thus serving as a good choice for refreshments and dinner. Besides, Nutrimeal can be blended with Fibergy Plus. With high fiber content, this mixture allows you to increase satiety and promote bowel movement. It also promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria, effective food digestion and nutrients absorption.

The Maintain Phase of USANA RESET lasts for four to twelve weeks. It consolidates the healthy regimen you built in the Transform Phase, avoids rebounding weight loss and keeps your goal weight in the long run.

In this stage, you can eat low to medium glycemic foods for your snack after breakfast, lunch, and snack after lunch, and dinner, but resume USANA Nutrimeal as breakfast.

You need to keep doing exercise consistently during the whole plan. Since unused calories may turn into fat and store in the body, those fat may further accumulate over time and lead to obesity and weight rebound. Therefore, regular exercise can promote metabolism, consume excessive fat and increase muscle mass.

Comprehensive Nutrition Care during RESET

When carrying out USANA RESET program, don’t forget to take comprehensive and balanced nutrients to energize your body. USANA quality nutritional supplements can replenish your body cells with nutrients needed and ease the practice of your USANA RESET Program.

Purchase USANA Reset Program from USANA Approved Site in Australia.

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Seven steps to avoid holiday weight gain with USANA Nutrimeal

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Article from USANA Australia 2014 Q4 Magazine.

CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAYS seem to go hand in hand with weight gain, as most of us indulge in beach, booze and pressies. According to Nutrition Australia, the average person gains between 0.8-1.5kg over the Christmas period. Doesn’t sound like too much to worry about? The problem is that most of us don’t get rid of the added kilos throughout the year. Over time, this can leave you overweight and even cause obesity.



and two to three healthy snacks daily. Choose wholegrain and lean protein (fish, seafood and legumes are especially good choices), and fill up on plenty of fresh, seasonal salads – hold the mayo and cheesy dressings, and watch that your portion sizes don’t creep up! BALANCE THINGS OUT If you know you’re headed for a big night, cut down on the calories you consume before the big event and afterwards. Up your exercise too, and you’ll benefit from burning extra calories.


Burning calories is especially important, not just because it can help you stay focused and feel motivated. Staying active also helps you blast away small weight gains fast. Aim for
a minimum of 30 minutes or more of exercise daily. Take advantage of the warm weather and go for a fun swim, a run on the beach or bush walk or some mind-relaxing yoga or tai chi. Including three weight-training sessions per week is a great move – it helps to build muscle, a highly active tissue that gives you great shape and definition, and raises your metabolic rate – so you burn calories faster whether you’re exercising or resting.


A small salad, crudités with some low-fat hummus or tomato salsa, or even a glass of tomato juice with Worcestershire sauce can help to take the edge off your appetite and potentially avoid a splurge at the buffet, Christmas party or seasonal soirée. Remember, alcohol is calorie-rich and can come with calorific mixers. Too much alcohol also reduces your inhibitions and weakens your willpower. So stick to just one or two alcoholic drinks if you can, alternate each
with a non-alcoholic sugar-free drink, or make a pact to be the designated driver if you don’t want to be cajoled into drinking at all.


Be mindful about what you’re eating and drinking – slow things down to give your body a chance to acknowledge that you’re filling up. It takes around 20 minutes to register that you’re full, so going too fast can mean that you consume more than you intend to or even want.


You don’t have to deny yourself your favourite summertime indulgences. Just be mindful of savouring every bite and every sip. After all, it is holiday time!


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This low-GI, high-fibre, high-protein USANA meal replacement can help keep you full and avoid unhealthy snacking, or even get you back on track if you’ve had a shock on the scales.
At just 240 calories per serve, USANA Nutrimeal shakes makes a quick, tasty and satisfying breakfast or lunch, helping your weight stay on track over the silly season.

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USANA Reset Our Weight Loss Winners

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Article published in USANA Australia Magazine 2014 – RESET Challenge

Pasindu from onlooker to champion!

Cricket is Pasindu Sunilchandra’s passion but his ballooning weight was hindering his dream of playing top class cricket. ‘I couldn’t play premier cricket 0 I was sluggish, lacked confidence and was happy’.

Then, an injury stopped Pasindu’s cricketing altogether and, being unable to drive whilst injured, he couldn’t work either. Stuck at home, Pasindu snacked continuously.

‘Then, my friend Adrian Anthony Ferdinand encouraged me to start the USANA RESET Program; I began researching USANA and the challenge itself.’

Ticking health time-bomb

‘I learnt from the True Health Assessment that I had a 70 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes, a condition that I am familiar with since more than 60 percent of my family have been diagnosed with it. By that time, I had had enough of the constant backaches and knee problems, I felt during daily activities.’

Standing at 182 cm tall and tipping the scales at 107 kg convinced him that joining the worldwide challenge could help. And so, he committed himself 100 percent.

Jump-starting health

While the 5-Day Jumpstart was a challenge for Pasindu, he soon got into the program and the rapid weight-loss was motivating.

Continuing his personal challenge with a single-minded strength that he- and others around him- never knew he had, Pasindu dropped an incredible 30 kg over the total weight-loss challenge. And, he had transformed from a gym-avoider to gym-regular and from wearing XXL shirts to L in three months.

Now, Pasindu is enjoying eating healthier foods and has found a passion in encouraging others to follow in his get-healthy footsteps.

‘But the best part is how much better I feel,’ says Pasindu. ‘I now have more energy and my sleeping patterns have improved. My mind is much clearer and I can concentrate sharply on my tasks – something that never happened when I was eating junk foods. I have an overall sense of wellbeing that I never experienced when I was heavier. My knee problem has disappeared and I feel so much more athletic.’

Great job Pasindu!

Maria: No more drab only time for fab!

Motivation is the driver behind every lifestyle change. And for Maria, the biggest motivator was the desire to fit into her pretty dresses again.

‘I really wanted to wear the pretty dresses I used to wear 15 years ago. And so, I placed pretty clothes opposite my bed. I could see them every day and told myself that I was going to be able to fit in them soon!’

Congratulations to all of our wonderful RESET Challenge weight-loss winners in Australia and New Zealand And if you haven’t met them already, get to know our three top winners from our region!

Another incentive for Maria was the incredible trip to Sanoviv plus, she wanted to realize her lifelong goal – to try kite surfing: ‘I needed strength and fitness to do this, so I set my goal. And my goal was to do it this year!’

Weight-loss made easy

And so Maria began her incredible transformation. ‘I chose the USANA RESET Program because it was so easy to follow. I love the Nutrimeal shakes, they are delicious. USANA Foods and shakes are scientifically balanced in carbohydrates, proteins and good fats that the body needs plus essentials micronutrients. They are also low glycemic index; I trust USANA products.’

On the journey

For Maria, it was great to know that people around the world were setting themselves similar goals. ‘It was nice to see that thousands of people around the world were working out and overcoming the same obstacles as me. I felt like I was not on my own and that I was part of a community. Entering my weekly weight on the RESET Challenge website and seeing my statistics changing was also great because I could see my improvement over a period of weeks,’ says Maria.

Hurdles along the way

Although the RESET Program takes care of your calorie intake and encourages a balanced diet, exercise is a significant contributor to any weight-loss journey. For Maria, being active was her biggest challenge. And, she admits that there were some days that she couldn’t fit exercise into her already-busy schedule. She believes that if she had been able to exercise daily, her goal weight could have been reached even faster.

Sanoviv – the dream!

So it was with a great deal of delight that Maria realized that she had won the USANA RESET Challenge for New Zealand. And, the incredible trip to Sanoviv in Mexico.

‘It was an incredible experience,’ says Maria. ‘I was detoxing, wearing organic cotton clothes and eating delicious organic meals. I recommend it to anyone who wants to treat an illness with an integrated and holistic approach and also to people who want to get healthier.’

So what about the future?

Maria is delighted to report that she is the product of the product that is the RESET Program. ‘It really works and I want to share my story and inspire and help other people to lose weight, too. I have a fitness background, a Diploma in Fitness Training and a Bachelor in Sport and Recreation with a major in Exercise Science. Bur in the past, I had the knowledge but not the fitness, energy, stamina or the silhouette I have now. Today, I have my fitness career back thanks to the RESET Challenge!’ And we know, Maria’s going to run with it!

Congratulations Maria!

From overweight to great mum and chef Ann’s RESET health revival!

In 2013, super busy chef, 35-year-old Ann Perera and her husband about to celebrate their ten year wedding anniversary and their two wonderful little girls; they decided to commemorate the decade with a commitment ring.

Ann says: ’I was pretty unhappy at being a size 14-16 dress size. But things were about to get worse! When we went along to take a look at the rings in a jeweller, I was amazed to find that there were no rings big enough to fit my finger! None! I think that was my lowest time.’

Ann weighed 89.9 kg and was constantly tired. Her knees ached at the end of every day and her doctor diagnosed early arthritis.

Health focus

‘Then one of my friends introduced USANA supplements to me. I started thinking about health much more and joined USANA as an Associate. I met Jerome Amarasinghe the winner of USANA RESET Challenge 2013 and was amazed!’

With better health was her main motivation, she determinedly gave the 2014 USANA RESET Challenge a go. She lost 1.75 kg during the USANA 5-Day Jumpstart and was encouraged to continue. Ann began to train with a personal trainer – Carolyn from Snap Fitness – twice a week.

Carolyn and commitment 

‘I noticed one day that I was sixth in the leader board and excitedly told my friends. Later I told Carolyn and she said that I could be number one if I wanted to. But, I needed to be mentally and physically up for it. So I stepped up my game – and my exercise intensity. I hope you understand me when I say that every time I left that gym, there was a new part of me that was aching…’

With the family enjoying the healthier meals Ann was cooking, the whole of the Perera clan’s health began to improve.

Ann says: ‘As a result of losing weight through the USANA RESET™ Program, getting physically fit, eating healthily and taking USANA supplements i.e., USANA HealthPak™, Procosamine™, Active Calcium Plus™ and HepaPlus™, I felt great. I love the taste of all Nutrimeal shakes and snacks – they helped to keep me healthy and strong and I didn’t feel tired. In fact, I had more energy than before, especially during busy days in the restaurant.

Now, Ann maintains her healthy weight by going to the gym every day. And she wonders how she could have carried that weight with her for such a long time.

A shiny new career

Ann lost 28 kg and is now a size 6-8 with a body fat of just 17.6 percent – she feels so proud. ‘Having seen the changes in me, all my family and friends want to make better-health changes themselves. I am very keen on completing a personal training and nutrition course and combine all that I have learnt together with my chef skills to help the community. I now know how to lose weight and be healthier and I know I can make a meaningful difference to people who want to do the same but don’t know where to start.’

‘Now, I am loving life. Big thanks to USANA for giving me the opportunity to participate in the USANA RESET Challenge!’

Ann finishes by saying: ‘Now, I am loving life. Big thanks to USANA for giving me the opportunity to participate in the USANA RESET Challenge. Thank you also to Rita and Vajira Amarasinghe. This whole experience has helped me to change my outlook. I love the way I feel now and I aim to remain healthy – and to help others, too!’

Congrats Ann – you look wonderful!

Interest in managing your weight in healthy and effective way? Purchase RESET™ or other Health Products now from USANA Approved Supplements Online Store or contact us on this toll free number:  1800821914

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USANA Nutrimeal – your meal replacement

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Published in USANA Australia Magazine 2014

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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
healthy snacks.

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.

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The USANA RESET 2014 Challenge is about to begin – are you ready to join us?

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We’re getting ready to reset our health and join the USANA RESET Challenge 2014!

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If you’d like to manage your weight, switch to low GI eating and/or cut out the junk for a short time or for a long-term health move, if you want to start at the beginning of the Challenge and stay until 30th March, or you just want a week-long detox, join us!

Everyone’s favourite, Dr Oz, will be joining us on a special webinar to share his unique tips and tricks to boost your health and sky rocket your motivation. Plus you’ll hear the rules of the Challenge and the great prizes you can of win!

Hear about the winners from Australia in the 2013 Challenge including Jerome Amarasinge. He dropped an incredible 40kg over the Challenge period and has kept most of it off one year later. Jerome lost more weight than anybody else in the global challenge. Could you be taking Jerome’s title from him this year?

There are lots of prizes to be won along the way but the ultimate prize is a stay and the world-renowned Sanoviv Medical Institute. Here, you can learn more about holistic health, nutrition and the latest in health innovation. And take time to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.

• If you’re in Australia, make a date for 1pm AEST on Thursday 9 January 2014

• If you’re New Zealand-based, tune in at 3pm January 2014.

For purchasing USANA Reset 5 day detox, Phase 1 transform and Phase 2 maintain, please visit:

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USANA Reset – A three-step plan to shape your body

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USANA RESET is a three-step plan to shake up your
weight-management goals. It only costs you less than $6 per meal.

Phase one – replace all three meals and
two snacks per day with Nutrlmeal Meal
Replacements. Between meals, keep hunger
at bay with tasty snacks.

Use them to replace all your meals for five
days – this is long enough to encourage you
to maintain your focus and to kick-start your
weight-management plans. But it’s not so
long that you crave regular foods!
The five-day plan involves Nutrition
Bars – choose from USANA Fudge Delite or USANA Peanutty Bliss, there snacks are a deliciously easy and convenient plus perfectly calorie controlled, high in protein and low in GI to keep you satisfy for longer.

Phase two – Transform

Replace two meals with Nutrlmeal and
have a healthy meal. Replacing one or
two meals a day with a Nutrlmeal and
having a health balanced dinner means
making healthy food choices will remain workable. Plus, you’It get the
sheer pleasure of eating a delicious meal. Keep
your calories under control and
fill your plate with a rainbow of
colourful vegetables. plus fish, lean
meat or veggie alternative. Go for a
small handful of carbohydrates like
noodles. potato, rice or pasta.

Phase three – Maintain

When you feel more in control of
weight and of your eating habits
when you are on track, cut down
to just one Nutrimeal to maintain
manage your Weight, keep focussed
and help to ensure that the weight
doesn’t go back on. Grab your
favourite flavour for quick breakfast
or lunch or when time is tight or
when your waistbands are! It’s a great
way to get back on track if you’ve out
on a few kilos or to give yourself time to
get organized if your eating habits have
slipped or when you are pressed for time.

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