4 Key Principles for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

Dr. Michael Lyon

Blood Sugar Support

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Why is it that we have such a problem with obesity? Why don’t we understand more about how to fix this problem? There seems to be no shortage of diets and weight loss programs. What seems to be missing is a natural way to put the body back in order that can be sustained and allow one to enjoy life and lead to healthy weight. Many people are desperate to find a solution. It is critical that this process begin with an attempt to understand the factors that are important in each case. Everyone is unique and everyone usually has a number of issues that need to be addressed in order for weight loss to be achieved and sustained. It is my assertion that a person will be better off by seeking to improve health than chasing weight loss goals. Seek to eat a more healthful diet. Seek to avoid foods that are high calorie and low nutrition. Exercise more often. These are lifestyle changes that must be in place if you want to have long term success. Do this stuff first. Then focus on a healthy weight loss strategy. The question then becomes “What is a healthy weight loss strategy?”

I don’t usually focus on weight loss products because it is difficult to find products with good clinical science. While supplements are critical for health and are important during weight loss, I think that there are few supplements that will lead to long term sustainable weight loss. There is an exception and that is PGX fiber. In this interview I will discuss sustainable weight loss with Dr. Michael Lyon. Dr. Lyon is an obesity expert. His focus in research and clinical practice is on the treatment of obesity, human appetite regulation, diabetes prevention and the nutritional management of chronic disease. He has designed and conducted numerous clinical trials and is currently the Research Director for the Canadian Center for Functional Medicine. As you will learn in this interview, he understands the challenges of obesity and weight loss.

Weight_LossDr. Lyon has developed 4 key principles that are the foundation of his weight loss protocols. The goal is to maintain satiety, the feeling of satisfaction and fullness that regulates the desire to eat.

  1. Eat for volume. Eat foods that fill you up and are low in calories, high in fiber and low on the glycemic scale. Reduce carbs and avoid refined foods.
  2. Eat protein. Especially for breakfast and then throughout the day.
  3. Eat mindfully. Think about the food you eat. Consider portions and types of food. Eat more slowly.
  4. Control blood sugar. Dr. Lyon uses and recommends PGX fiber. PGX is a unique fiber that will do three things for you. It will help to fill you up. It will help to normalize blood sugar and it will provide the fiber for normal bowel function. It is this unique PGX fiber that has become a critical key part of his successful weight loss program.

I have a previous interview with Dr. Michael Murray on PGX. Dr. Lyon and Dr. Murray collaborated on the book Hunger Free Forever. CLICK HERE to listen to that interview with Dr. Murray.

If you want to learn more about PGX and how to incorporate PGX into your weight loss program CLICK HERE to visit the website. At the website you can explore the science of PGX. There are also plans that you can follow that can get you started.  PGX is available exclusively in the United States through Natural Factors. PGX is available in powder, capsules and as an ingredient in several meal replacement products formulated by Natural Factors.

About Dr. Michael Lyon
Hunger_Free_ForeverDr. Lyon is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Food, Nutrition and Health Program. He is board certified in the field of Obesity Medicine through the America Board of Obesity Medicine. He is skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy and is a facilitator for the Canadian Mental Health Association. His focus in research and clinical practice is on the treatment of obesity, human appetite regulation, diabetes prevention and the nutritional management of chronic disease.

He has designed and conducted numerous clinical trials and is currently the Research Director for the Canadian Center for Functional Medicine, a multidisciplinary, university affiliated, clinical research institute that focusses on research into natural health products and nutritional interventions. He is also the Medical Director for the Medical Weight Management Centre in Coquitlam, BC. He has published several books including Hunger Free Forever with Dr. Murray, textbook chapters (including in the Textbook of Natural Medicine) and numerous articles in the peer reviewed medical literature. He was awarded Clinician of the Year by the Natural Products Association. Dr. Lyon is a competitive endurance cyclist and is an experienced helicopter and fixed wing pilot.

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Babies need the proper bacteria to enhance growth, development and immunity

Natasha Trenev

Digestive Support

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Infants are bathed in protective, beneficial microflora as they pass through their mother’s birth canal. As a result, babies delivered vaginally are bathed with friendly, protective Bifido bacteria. In contrast, babies delivered by caesarian section (C-section) become bathed in the bacteria from their environment–most often, they’re exposed to the bacteria on the skin of their mother and the bacteria in the hospital delivery room. When this occurs, babies lose out on the benefits that B. infantis supplies. They miss the natural boost to their defenses, and don’t receive the digestive support for their inexperienced gastrointestinal tract–not the best start to lifelong health.

Breastfeeding by a healthy mother further enriches an infant’s protective microflora and enhances an infant’s growth and development. For example, probiotic microorganisms set up attachment sites on the infant gastrointestinal (GI) wall to form a microbial barrier that protects against invasion from less desirable and potentially harmful microorganisms. B. infantis is a natural inhabitant of the intestines in human infants and also occurs in small numbers in the human vagina. In addition, it is one of the predominant bacteria in the infant’s large intestine along with other Bifidobacteria species such as B. bifidum, B. longum, and B. breve.

breast_feedingHuman breast milk evolved for three purposes:

  1. Supply the nutritional needs of the infant;
  2. Expose the infant to maternal immune properties;
  3. Shape the infant gut microbiota.

Breast milk is a fluid synthesized at the mother’s expense and shaped throughout evolution to nourish the infant and improve its rate of survival. Breast milk provides many benefits for the infant. For example, not only is breast milk the best food for the infant, but it also provides human milk oligosaccharides that stimulate Bifidobacterium infantis.

Many studies show that Bifidobacterium is a dominant genus in the intestinal microbiota of breast-fed infants. In some cases, Bifidobacterium takes up approximately 75% of total bacteria. The representation of Bifidobacterium is less observed in formula-fed infants, who have more of a diverse microbiota. The difference in bacterial colonization between breast-fed and formula-fed infants can be explained in great part by the non-essential components in human milk. The predominance of Bifidobacterium in breast-fed infants was first noticed over 100 years ago. It suggested that breast milk contained certain molecules that stimulated the growth of these bacteria, defined as Bifidus factors. In a 1980 German study, B. infantis was the predominant beneficial bacteria found in infants.

BifidobacteriumAlarmingly, since that time, researchers have found a decline in the numbers of B. infantis found in infants, including breast-fed infants. The difference of the microbiota of breast-fed healthy infants is demonstrated for its specific selection of B. infantis species and also to some extent B. bifidum. Basically, it appears that by the process of evolution and selection, breast-milk components favor the growth of B. infantis. Therefore, we should mimic what evolution has taught us and supplement with only B. infantis to enhance the infant gut microbiota.

Bifidobacteria, including B. infantis, have the following characteristics:

  1. Anaerobic bacteria (does not require oxygen for growth).
  2. Produce acetic and lactic acids, and small amounts of formic acid, from carbohydrates. These organic acids increase the acidity of the intestines and thereby inhibit undesirable bacteria.
  3. Optimum growth occurs at 98-105o F.
  4. Prevent the colonization of the intestines by pathogens by competing for nutrient and attachment sites.
  5. Assist nitrogen retention and weight gain in infants.
  6. Inhibit bacteria that convert nitrates to potentially harmful nitrites.
  7. Produce vitamins in the B-complex family.

As reported, Bifidobacteria and the specific substances they secrete can protect the intestinal mucosa in infants.  When the microflora of infants becomes disturbed from oral antibiotic therapy, vaccinations, convalescences or sudden weather changes, the levels of Bifidobacteria decline and lead to lower levels of digestive health. The use of a Bifidobacterium infantis NLS supplement can help with the nutritional restoration of the intestinal microflora. (The above information is excerpted from Life Start brochure by Natren.)

PubMed_2Here is a recent study reported on PubMed entitled “Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis: champion colonizer of the infant gut” CLICK HERE to read more.

About Natasha Trenev
Probiotic pioneer Natasha Trenev has been committed to formulating and manufacturing probiotics of unparalleled quality for 30 years. Natren has willingly subjected itself to the most stringent international manufacturing quality control process, undergoing extensive testing from raw materials to finished probiotic products.  The Trenev Process® uses a unique process to substantially increase the probiotic activity, while eliminating the need for additives. To listen to my previous interview with Natasha: CLICK HERE.



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