Weight Management and a Balanced Lifestyle
For the longest time we have known that energy expenditure and calorie intake are factors to consider in weight management. The combination of what we consume and what we spend on energy can’t be overlooked. It is also important to know the causes of weight gain. Here is a study by Dr. Angelo Tremblay of the Laval University in Quebec, listing those causes.
- Lack of sleep
- Eating disorders
- Low calcium intake
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Genetics and heredity
- Endocrine phenomena
- Stress and mental work
- Medical phenomena such as alcohol and drug abuse
- Lack of protein, vitamins, micronutrients and minerals
This list makes us think and reminds us of the importance of establishing good educational strategies in a weight management program. Remember to inform the customer that bad sugars contribute to increased insulin levels and promote the storage of bad fats, mainly on an abdominal level. Therefore you need to promote the ingestion of good sugars.
Another issue is the contribution of your protein intake which should be eaten at every meal while adding dietary fiber such as vegetables which are favourable to the intestinal transit. Some people also forget about eggs, especially the egg yolk, which contains antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins that may contribute to the production of hormones and work to burn excess fat. In conclusion, different cases will always be considered in your program in order to
achieve a healthy balance.
For the longest time, berries have had their place in our daily food choices. We recognize them as being excellent antioxidants and great at detoxifying. Furthermore, they offer us a wide range of vitamins that are essential to our health.
Today we will focus particularly on the strawberry and raspberry. Strawberries are small fruits that supply us with large quantities of vitamin C and fiber. Their role as an antioxidant creates anti-inflammatory effects, which is a huge benefit for people suffering from cardiovascular disease and who are at risks of arteriosclerosis. The presence of ellagic acid, that is at the origin of the antioxidizing properties, seems to have an impact on the synthesis process of melanin (skin pigmentation among others) as well as on bad cholesterol. Additionally, we find these properties in abundance in the raspberry, which counter affects the oxidation of bad cholesterol in the blood. The increased oxidation in the blood stream results in reduced inflammation and protects the intestinal cells.
Carbohydrates found in Berries
Berries Carbohydrates Fibres Calculated Carbs
Blueberries (½ cup) 11,0g 2,0g 9.0g
Strawberries (7 whole) 6,0g 1,9g 4.1g
Rasberries (½ cup) 8,0g 4,2g 3,8g
Blackberries (½ cup) 7,0g 4,0g 3,0g
In your program, you can suggest berries in Phases 1 (OPTION 2-3) as well as in Phase 2 (TRANSITION) and Phase 3 (MAINTENANCE). Why not choose berries low in
carbohydrates and add them to your menu? Finally, take the time to check your SMOOTHIES!
Pro Energy’s Strawberry and Banana contains strawberry powder and Wild Berry Splash contains raspberry powder