What you can expect from UltraMeal Whey by Metagenics:
Provides 15 grams of purity-certified whey protein from a proprietary blend of whey protein isolate and predigested hydrolysates.
Suitable for lactose-intolerant individuals.
Provides a convenient and satisfying meal option of only 140 calories.
May help promote a healthy immune system and boost antioxidant defenses.
Supplies a full complement of vitamins and minerals, including high potency B vitamins and calcium, for comprehensive foundation nutrition.
Comes with a Quick-Start Guide or a more comprehensive Patient Guide for complete program guidelines.
Available in delicious Natural Vanilla and Natural Dutch Chocolate.
Protein is second most abundant substance in our body, only water is more plentiful. Protein makes up our muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair and body fluids. Bone growth is dependent on protein. The chemical messengers that coordinate our body's activities, hormones, and the chemicals that speed up physiological reactions, enzymes, are made of protein. Our genetic material is the blueprint that instructs the cell how to produce the proteins that make life possible. Proteins are composed of amino acids, linked together by peptide bonds. When we eat protein the body must break these bonds in the digestive tract. Then single amino acids, or amino acids in short chains, are absorbed into the body, where they are reassembled into whatever substance the body needs.
Protein powders can be used for many different health and performance enhancing purposes. Recently high protein diets have made protein a popular supplement for weight loss. Protein slows the rate at which sugar enters the body. By avoiding spikes in blood sugar protein minimizes the storage of sugar as fat. Individuals with blood sugar imbalances, like diabetes and hypoglycemia, will benefit from protein's regulation of blood sugar. Protein also builds muscle tissue, which burns more energy than other body tissue and can lead to weight loss. Athletes, people who perform physical labour and anyone who is physically active requires protein to repair their tissue and build more lean tissue. People who are recovering from illness or long periods of inactivity require protein to rebuild their body tissue. The immune system is dependent on protein to make cells that protect our body. Frequent colds and flus and chronic infections are signs that the body may need more protein.
Protein powders offer a quick and easy way to ensure we are getting enough of this vital substance.
When you eat healthy food you enjoy in healthy quantities, combined with a fun exercise, weight loss is less of a challenge. Ensuring that you are getting the right nutrients and keeping your blood sugar levels stable with the right supplements can help...
A person is considered obese if their weight is twenty percent over the normal weight for their age, sex, build and height. Unfortunately 80 million North Americans fall into this category. Many medical conditions are brought on or worsened by excess weight.
They include: joint problems caused by the need to bear excess weight, circulatory disturbances, depression, diabetes, gallbladder disease, heart disease, hernias, hypertension, infertility, kidney disease, sleep apnea and skin infections.
Yo-yo dieting also leads to obesity by making the body more efficient at storing fat and altering normal appetite signals. Emotional factors, such as grief or stress, can contribute to obesity by the use of food as a coping mechanism.
Medical conditions that lead to obesity include hypothyroidism, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and candida. The use of medications, such as antidepressants, cortisone and oral contraceptives, may cause obesity by increasing appetite or decreasing metabolism. Pregnancy causes weight gain in order to provide nourishment for the fetus and nutrient stores for breastfeeding. It is normal and should not be limited as long as the woman is eating a well-balanced diet. Genetics also plays a role in determining your body type and metabolic rate.
Dietary advice with regard to weight loss is plentiful; just go into your local bookstore. The caloric theory states that: If you take in more calories than your body requires it will store them as fat, if you take in less calories than your body requires it will metabolize energy stores to make up the difference. The key is to alter your caloric intake by only small amounts and increase your metabolism. Skipping meals or starving yourself actually slows the metabolism by telling the body that food is scarce. Exercise is essential in order to stimulate the body to burn fat and build lean tissue.
Other theories believe that you can eat as much as you want as long as the food contains less fat and no simple sugars. The diet should also contain vitamins and minerals that are necessary for fat burning such as vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin E, lecithin and essential fatty acids.
Another theory believes that hidden food allergies can lead to obesity. Irritating food proteins cause small amounts of inflammation, as the body attempts to neutralize the irritants, and can down-regulate metabolism. Eliminating the most common food allergens, milk, wheat, corn, eggs, chocolate, soy and yeast, can be an important part of weight maintenance in some individuals.
The reason that there are multitudes of weight loss theories is because everyone is an individual and what works for some will not work for others. The key is to look at the maintenance of normal weight as a lifestyle change, not just as a diet that will be over in a given amount of time.
This article will explain general healthy eating habits and nutritional supplements that can enhance weight loss. See a health professional to ensure that there are no medical conditions that are causing you to gain weight. Then detoxify the body to make sure it is working to capacity. See the article entitled "detoxification" for more information. Have a positive mental outlook and deal with stress effectively. Start moderate exercise that is maintainable in your daily routine. Remember healthy weight loss is no more than 2-4 lbs weekly.
Water is a very important nutrient because it flushes waste products from the body and prevents dehydration. Drink 2L of filtered water or herbal teas daily. A large part of your food intake should be whole grains and vegetables because they are rich in nutrients, and enzymes, and help to stabilize the blood sugar. Increase your consumption of tofu, legumes, nuts and seeds. Vegetable protein is lower in saturated fat than animal protein. Nuts and seeds are good protein source and contain essential fatty acids. These fats actually increase the metabolism of stored fats. Use unrefined, cold-pressed nut and seed oils made from flax seed, walnut, hemp seed and pumpkin seed. Water-soluble fibre, like pectin, psyllium and inulin, are found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fibre is an appetite suppressant and binds bile to prevent the reabsorption of fats in the intestine.
Healthy eating involves avoiding lots of food that is easily available in our society. Limit your intake of white flour products, processed foods, junk foods, candies, fried foods, hydrogenated fats, simple sugars and alcohol.