Benefits of a Seasonal Metabolism Reset
Weight gain is common during the cold winter months. This can be due to overindulging on heavier, calorie-dense meals or less physical activity as we try to escape the cold. As we welcome spring and the sun starts shining again, it is a great time to give your metabolism a seasonal reset and drop some unwanted kilos.
A metabolism reset is the result of a dietary strategy such as a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). Several studies show that two weeks on a VLCD every quarter can assist with:
- Increased insulin sensitivity
- Stabilising blood sugar levels, and
- Improving blood fat lipid profile
A VLCD is a 800-900 calorie program which is low in carbohydrates and designed to induce mild nutritional ketosis. This is a state in which our body switches from using sugar (glucose from carbohydrates) as a primary energy source to using stored body fat. A metabolism reset & VLCD like our Be Rapid Program can be just what you need to either stay on track of your eating into a new month, reset your motivation to eat healthier whole-foods, or to lose a couple of kilos rapidly.
The benefit of losing a couple of kilos rapidly may encourage you to continue on a sustained weight maintenance journey or give you the motivation you need to keep going on a weight loss journey. After using a VLCD diet strategy for a period of two weeks, it can be followed up with maintenance dietary strategies like a low carbohydrate diet based on the science of the CSIRO in combination with a Mediterranean style diet.
Our Be Rapid program is an easy answer to your metabolism reset needs. In two weeks, you can expect to see a 2-5kg loss – after which time we recommend staying on the program for additional 6 weeks, followed by a weight maintenance program. Our Be Lean programs or meal bundles are perfect for this.
To find out more, visit us in store or call our dietitians on 1300 263 257.
* Individual results may vary.
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