Ultra Diet - Weight Management
Alpha Lipid SDII
- Alpha Lipid™ SDII™ is based on assisting your body in its natural process to burn fat instead of glucose or muscle tissue. Burning fat creates ketones in the body which are used as energy and can be measured (called Ketosis).
- Alpha Lipid™ SDII™ combines tasty protein supplement shakes, with a simple food management plan to reduce carbohydrate intake, attainable exercise regimes and useful tools and education. The complete package!
- It's time to forget about your old diet and join the thousands of others currently enjoying healthy and maintainable weight loss with Alpha Lipid™ SDII™
Not Just a Diet - but a complete health and weight management system
— Integral component of the Alpha Lipid™ Ultra Diet™ 2 weight management programme
— Provides 40 grams of protein per day – up to 66% of the daily requirement
— Supports blood sugar balance, satiety in between regular meals and healthy muscle mass
— Helps to maintain healthy weight as part of a weight management programme that
includes dietary changes and exercise
— Comprehensive blend of isolated non GMO soy protein (76.3%), ﬁ bre, vitamins and minerals providing:
9 essential amino acids
15 g (2 scoops) 4 times daily
Mix with 250ml of water – shake well to combine
This product is part of a weight management programme. Weight programmes should include (healthcare) professional advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. This is not a meal replacement and appropriate advice on diet is important.
Weight management programmes take time and personal commitment to be effective.
Weight Management - Focus on Your Health
Ultra Diet 2 is a complete weight management programme. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Ultra Diet 2 supports your body's natural ability to burn fat instead of glucose and muscle tissue.
Below is an article by Julie Wilson, a member of New Image Scientific and Technical Advisory Board, on the importance of choosing the right type of food to enhance the results of your weight management programme.
Are your hormones making you fat?
There is more to weight loss than the often publicised "energy in = energy out" equation; a low calorie diet alone is not enough, we need to make sure that our body uses the food that we eat for energy, and doesn't put it into fat storage.
If you're finding it difficult to lose weight, regardless of how little you eat and how much exercise you do, then it may be that your body isn't responding to your metabolism and appetite regulating signals, causing your body to store energy rather than use it. There are 3 major hormones involved in regulating these signals: Insulin, Leptin & Ghrelin.
When we eat the body releases the hormone insulin to assist in the uptake of glucose into cells to be used for energy. If we eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates and other simple sugars we have a high level of glucose for the body to deal with. The body responds by releasing more and more insulin. Excess levels of insulin make the body think that it is starving; this inhibits the body's ability to burn fat, stimulates the growth of new fat cells, increases appetite and reduces the desire to expend energy (exercise).Having high levels of insulin encourages storage of energy as fat.
Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells that tells the brain when to stop eating; thereby adequate levels are essential for the regulation of our appetite. Excess levels of insulin can block leptin signals to the brain, this means our appetite is not regulated and we continue to eat. Over time this leads to leptin resistance where the body loses the ability to receive or respond to the hormone signals. This results in poor appetite regulation and increases fat storage, particularly around the belly.
The hormone ghrelin is secreted by cells in the stomach and is involved in regulating our hunger signals. When our stomach is empty our ghrelin level rises, telling the brain we need to eat. Once we've eaten the ghrelin level reduces, signalling to stop eating. Some studies have shown obese people to have low levels of ghrelin, meaning that they may actually have only a small appetite indicating that there are other factors involved in their weight gain.
It is most likely because of high levels of insulin and leptin in the blood, as well as the body's resistance to these hormones. Although you aren't eating very much, when you do, the body thinks it is in survival mode and stores the food as fat for energy later on.
Here are the top 3 things you need to do to normalise your insulin and leptin levels:
Restrict dietary carbohydrates & avoid refined, simple sugars -
- Sugar, honey other sweeteners
- Rice, pasta, noodles, bread, crackers
- Potatoes, kumara
- Biscuits and cakes
- Bakery products e.g. pies, pastries, muffins, slices and buns
- Sauces e.g. teriyaki, BBQ, sweet chilli, tomato (often have hidden sugars)
- Soft drinks, alcohol, sports drinks, flavoured water
- Artificial sweeteners e.g. Splenda, diet drinks
- Dried fruit
Increase fibre - this slows the conversion of glucose & increases sensitivity to insulin
Vegetables, vegetables and more vegetables!!!
Exercise more - this enhances insulin sensitivity & aids weight management
- Move for at least 30 minutes most days
- Introduce more intensity as you become more fit
You see, it isn't fat making you fat. It's more likely related to a diet high in refined carbohydrates that is playing havoc with your hormones and causing your body to store rather than shed weight.
Studies have shown that the type of food you eat is more important than amount of food you eat. A diet low in sugar, grains and soda but high in non-starchy vegetables with moderate protein and good quality fats will help to balance your insulin and leptin and assist with ongoing health, wellness weight management.
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- 'Calorie Restriction Not Key to Increasing Life, Lowering Insulin Level is' (2010 March), Accessed 30 April 2010, Available: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/29/calorie-restriction-not-key-to-increasing-life-lowering-insulin-level-is.aspx
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- Rosedale R, Westman E, Konhalis J 'Clinical Experience of a Diet Designed to Reduce Aging', Journal of Applied Research, 2009 Jan 1; 9(4):159-165
Balancing your carbohydrate uptake
Forms part of the Alpha LipidTM Ultra DietTM 2 Weight Management Programme.
Enhanced formulation now with White Kidney Bean extract which supports the maintenance of ketosis by balancing the amount of carbohydrates absorbed from your diet. Gymnema, Fenugreek & Chromium support healthy blood sugar and healthy energy throughout the day. This formulation helps to manage sugar cravings and supports healthy weight management.
Suitable for vegetarians.
210mg Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) dry leaf
- Equivalent to concentrated extract 21mg
2,500mg White Kidney Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
- Equivalent to concentrate extract 208mg
600mg Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) dry seed
- Equivalent to concentrate extract 150mg
15.5mg Chromium Yeast
- Equivalent to Chromium 31ug
Adults: One capsule with water before meals 1–3 times daily.
Uriscan 1 Ketones Strip
Monitors ketones in the urine
Forms part of the Alpha LipidTM Ultra DietTM 2 Weight Management Programme
Easy to use
Instructions for use:
- Use with first void of the day before breakfast
- Insert the strip with the test pad into the mid-stream of urine, or collect a sample and dip into the sample only enough to cover the test pad
- Wait 60 seconds then compare the colour on the test strip to the colour chart on the container
- Ideal colour for the Ultra Diet 2 Programme is between 5 and 10
Ketone is a substance which is usually not harmful, when found in small amounts in the urine. Ketones are generated by the metabolism of fat as an energy source when dieting. Reagent strips measure the ketone levels in the urine, as an evaluation of fat metabolism. As well as this, if you have diabetes, you may produce ketones in your urine, whether you have type 1 or II diabetes. A person with type 1 diabetes is more likely to spill ketones in the urine, as they are more likely to burn too much fat. If you are diabetic and are burning too much fat, you may produce a lot of ketones and your diabetes may be out of control. If this is the case, please seek immediate advice from your health care professional.
When on a Ketogenic Fat Loss System, you need to ensure you are not eating too many carbohydrate rich foods, so you should test your urine ketones twice a day (i.e. before breakfast and before the evening meal) Ketone levels must be maintained between 'trace' and 'small' (0.5 - 1.5 mmol/l) If your ketone levels are greater than 4 (i.e., large) you may need to increase your carbohydrates slightly or reduce the amount of exercise you are doing. If you are not producing Ketones, you are probably eating too much carbohydrate food or you may need to do more exercise. Caution. If Ketone bodies reach levels above 4 mmol/l (I.e., high) you may not be eating enough. This can cause electrolyte imbalances and changes in pH (" ketoacidosis"). This can be damaging as it leads to muscle loss. Always drink lots of water and increase the carbohydrate until the Ketones are reduced to 0.5-1.5 mmol/l (i.e., trace to small)
Ketone bodies are by-products of the body breaking down fat reserves, when inadequate liver stores of glycogen are present. As these are toxic in large amounts to tissues, the body excretes ketones through the urine. Because of the toxic nature of extended ketosis (releasing large amounts of ketones over an extended period of time), levels of excreted ketones must be monitored daily. When a fat loss diet is being followed correctly the ketone levels should register in the 'trace to small' range on the Ketostix colour scale. By staying within this range or, 'in the pink', one is able to visibly monitor the by-products from burning fat, which is a great motivational factor for fat loss.
Keep out of reach of children. For testing urinary Ketone levels only. Important: Read enclosed directions. Store at temperatures between 15-30C and out of direct sunlight. Do not store in a refrigerator. Use within 6 months after first opening. Do not remove desiccant from bottle. Replace cap immediately and tightly.