Category Archives: the 6 diet

Losing weight on 3300 calories per. day – yes really!

Let me tell you a little about my new client’s weight loss. After just 2 weeks on a Rebalance programme, he’s lost 5lbs, has literally had to tighten his belt, and feels great. Here’s the best bit…he’s eating 3300 calories per. day!

It’s not – and never has been – about calories. It’s about what those calories are made of – and always has been.

Fad diets come and go. I read this morning that the 5:2 Fasting Diet is trying to re-enthuse dieters by offering 200 calories per. day more. All those poor folks who have restricted themselves to just 600 calories for 2 days per. week, are now being told they could have achieved the same benefits on 800 calories, according to this report. Dr. Mosley, the chap advocating this joyless approach for some 5 years now, admits it makes people feel cranky and irritable, and that, actually, he’s been wrong about just how restrictive a diet needs to be.

The problem with fasting, and long term calorie restriction is that it puts your body into a “starvation mode” that makes it hang on to fat. Have you tried to diet and found by week 3 or 4 it gets harder and harder to shift just a little weight? The fallacy of fasting is made clear in a new study at the University of Sydney in Australia. The research team confirms:

“Having a few ‘days off’ from a diet can help stop your body from going into starvation mode, where the body slows down its natural burning of kilojoules, desperate to survive what it believes to be a famine.”

So if 600, or even 800, calories are too restrictive to enable someone to lose weight without finding themselves entering into starvation mode, how many calories are right? There is no single answer to that. MemeThe number of calories right for an individual is the number of calories right for that person! There is no-one-size-fits-all where nutrition is concerned. This is where Rebalance excels. We help you identify your own unique needs, and develop your own unique eating plan to meet those needs. Every time someone does this properly it works – that’s 100%. My client’s body requires 3300 calories per. day: this avoids starvation mode; delivers all his nutritional needs; encourages his body to release 2 lbs of fat per. week consistently. How many calories are right for YOU?

Click here, and start working it out. Our programmes work, are easy to follow, and are free to you.

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12 Healthy Days of Christmas

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If you’re up for a sing-song this just about works to the normal tune for the 12 Days Of Christmas, [don’t sing the bits in between brackets!]:

On the first day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me a healthy dose of Omega 3 [to find out why – click here]

On the second day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [research for benefits of green tea – click here]

On the third day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [why 3 mins standing every hour could be beneficial – click here]

On the fourth day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [The RebalanceDiabetes Programme is based on a unique combination of 4 crucial dietary principles – and you can find out about them all for free – click here]

On the 5th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! [100% cocoa of course!] 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3.

On the 6th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [the 6 diet is available worldwide on Amazon – link to .co.uk here or to .com here]

On the 7th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [The RebalanceDiabetes Programme online provides a full 7 hours of video-based information to help you get the results you will love! – click here]

On the 8th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [how sleep affect diabetes – click here]

On the 9th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [there has been a lot of research for gestational diabetes in 2015 – click here for a summary of findings]

On the 10th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 10 minutes walking, 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [5 mins walking twice per. hour benefits blood sugar balance – read here]

On the 11th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 11 whole walnuts, 10 minutes walking, 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3  [benefits of walnuts explained here]

On the 12th day of Christmas Rebalance gives to me 12 weeks of support, 11 whole walnuts, 10 minutes walking, 9 happy months, 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours of information, the 6 diet book, 5 CHOCOLATE BARS! 4 dietary principles, 3 minutes standing, 2 cups of green tea, and a healthy dose of Omega 3 [follow The RebalanceDiabetes Programme for just 12 weeks to achieve amazing results!! – click here]

Lyrics by Elaine Wilson, in a moment of festive madness! Research, products and services also by Elaine Wilson, especially for you at all times.

I wish you a very happy and healthy festive season!

Elaine xx

Whatever is next – RebalanceDiabetes is right here for you!

shelovesyork2December 1st 2015 and – with International Diabetes Awareness Month 2015 closed – I’m reflecting on what we’ve achieved and, crucially, what’s next.

I started the month calling for everyone affected by diabetes to #standtogether. And I ended the month repeating that call because, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter whether you have Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, take insulin, or not, are prediabetic, care for someone living with diabetes, or are just interested, there is an awareness mountain to be climbed.

Throughout November I’ve shared my awareness film The Silent Killer, shown on Times Square on World Diabetes Day; a fabulous offer to enable you to join The RebalanceDiabetes Programme (the first comprehensive diet and lifestyle programme for diabetes available online) at a massively discounted rate; brand new RebalanceDiabetes success stories to motivate and encourage; breaking news stories; and I shared a preview of the latest stats around diabetes. These latest stats are available for download today – get your copy of the Exec Summary of IDF’s latest Diabetes Atlas – click here.

The new diabetes years starts here. RebalanceDiabetes is ahead of the game, has always been ahead of the game, and I plan to stay there. You can be assured I’ll be doing everything I can to help YOU get the best from your health, feel great about yourself, enjoy life.

I genuinely don’t believe that diabetes has to win, I don’t believe the gloomy predictions have to come true, I do believe RebalanceDiabetes is the best solution. I’m with you every step of the way!

Here’s to a great year – starting NOW!

Elaine x

 

 

 

Don’t get depressed. Get motivated!

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Day 29 International Diabetes Awareness Month: as ever new stats are released each year about now.

The seventh and latest “Diabetes Atlas” will be released for download by the International Diabetes Federation on Tuesday 1st December.

Again this year they will make depressing reading – the figures are continuing to look worse.

I have a preview to share with you:

  • 415 million people are now diagnosed with diabetes
  • That’s 1 in 11 adults now living with diabetes
  • By 2040, it is predicted the number of cases will rise to 642 million
  • That will be 10% of the adult population
  • Deaths are now running at 5 million a year
  • One person dies from diabetes every six seconds.
  • 1 in 7 births is affected by gestational diabetes

It’s crucial we don’t bury our heads in the sand and pretend these figures don’t matter or will go away if we simply ignore them.

Let’s harness our feelings about them to generate a motivation to turn them around. What about if next year we can say there’s an improvement?

It’s only impossible if we collectively decide it’s impossible! We will not give up!

 

Diabetes diet dilemma?

health choicesThe World Health Organisation are calling for action. The International Diabetes Federation are calling for action.

The number of adults being diagnosed in the UK has increased by 65% in just 10 years. The number of adults headed for diabetes in the USA is almost 3 times that of the number of people diagnosed at this time – a massive 86 million people!

Governments around the world will not tax sugar. David Cameron, we know, has opposed a sugar tax, saying he believes there’s a better way.  Do you know what? I think he could be right. I think there probably is a better way – BUT it would still risk him falling out with his chums at Tate and Lyle. So all in all I’m pretty certain he isn’t looking for another way! And it seems the International Diabetes Federation are also sceptical about world leaders’ determination to do anything, according to this article at least!

And then it seems that ordinary people living with diabetes are so confused by conflicting or unclear dietary messages that they don’t know what to do to help themselves.

I’ve spent years building The RebalanceDiabetes Programme. It’s helping people just like you take control and improve their health and wellbeing. You don’t have to be confused. Simply pick a way that has been already shown to work and follow it! Don’t be distracted by other people’s confusion – just get your head down and do it for you. You’ll be glad you did!

Click here right now and get started!

 

 

RebalanceDiabetes protects YOUR body composition – and why that’s crucial!

Fat measurementYour body composition is essentially a map of what you are made of on the inside, and it’s inseparably linked with your health and well-being.

Links between body composition and disease have been recognised for centuries – Hippocates, the father of modern medicine noticed as long ago as 460 – 370 BC that people carrying body fat were more likely than lean people to die suddenly.

2000 years on that might not be as true today with our modern medicines, but nonetheless body composition is still considered to be a really important indicator of health.

An article written in 1968 mentions the first steps being taken to be able to measure body composition – until then the only way to know someone’s body composition was by dissecting their bodies after death. Hmm lovely!! The same article talks about the first stages of understanding that different kinds of food have different effects on body composition.

Today, the study of body composition has advanced to the point where we recognise that weight loss is not the same as fat loss, and can be extremely detrimental to health. That’s because when we lose weight we usually lose healthy lean tissue – and sometimes lots of it! A Danish research study showed that, on average, when a man loses weight about 41% of that is healthy lean tissue instead of fat. For women the amount of lean tissue lost is about 35%. More-over, when weight is regained, the vast majority of it is fat – the healthy lean tissue is not always replaced. This means that yo-yo dieting has been linked with devastating changes to body composition – swapping healthy lean tissue for body fat over time. The Danish study showed that when people gain weight again, up to 85% is more fat!

The need to protect lean tissue when trying to lose weight is clear, and so clear it’s one of the underpinning aims of ‘the 6 diet’ and the RebalanceDiabetes programme. We’ve ensured, time after time, our clients achieve good fat loss, and I’m delighted to share that we’ve been successful yet again!

Violet is in her 13th week of the programme, and we’ve compared her before and after body composition tests. The results show that every single lb she has lost is body fat!. In fact it’s better than that – she’s actually increased her healthy lean tissues by a tiny amount! See for yourself – the before and after print-outs below:

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Violet’s first test (1 week after she started the eating plan) shows she had 105.1 lbs of lean tissue and 59.9lbs of body fat.Now, 12 weeks in, she has 105.4lbs of lean tissue and 45.6lbs of body fat.

According to the Danish study, she might have expected to lose over 5lbs of healthy lean tissue – but she has retained every single ounce, and more!

RebalanceDiabetes has 100% protected her healthy lean tissue.

Even though I say so myself – that’s incredible, amazing, fantastic!!

If you want to lose some weight in the healthiest way, drop me a line today: elaine@rebalancediabetes.com. If Violet can, what’s stopping you?

Why is Chinese dietetics relevant to your diabetes?

Lunar-New-Year-2015-Year-of-the-GoatXin Nian Kuai Le! Gong Hei Fard Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

This week, February 19th, is the start of the year of the goat/sheep. So I think this is an appropriate time to celebrate why I devote a whole chapter to Chinese dietetics in my book ‘the 6 diet’.

I was amused to see a review of ‘the 6 diet’ on Amazon recently:

When most of the information provided is scientifically supported I see no need to rely on some ancient Chinese gobbledy goog to validate the content. For me this destroys the author’s authority on the matter and goes some way to putting a hole in her credibility too.

Does this mean that Chinese dietetics is “gobbledy goog“? No, of course not. Here’s why:

Whenever you pick up a book about Chinese medicine, dietetics, feng shui, etc. it’s important to understand why the language will seem strange. That’s because it generally dates to a time, many centuries ago, before the world had any modern scientific understanding of physiology or the language to go with it. That’s not to say when you dig below the language the theories are not relevant – they are. Chinese medicine is essentially a paradigm developed by close observation of the minutiae of cause and effect: if I do this, that will occur, if I eat this, the effect will be that…etc.

Whilst our scientific knowledge has evolved significantly in the past 2 or 3 millennia, our biology hasn’t. If we expose ourselves to a given stimulus, the effect it has on us will very likely be the same effect it would have had on our ancestors. For example, if we eat wheat, or dairy, or raw food, or any food item actually, it will probably still affect us in the same ways that it affected the Chinese ancients who developed the wisdom that we can still draw upon today. If you have the mind to see through the linguistics!

Let’s take wheat as our example here.

DSC_2583In Chinese dietetics wheat is mysteriously classified as a “damp food” – i.e. it contributes to the accumulation of “internal dampness“. The key is understanding what internal dampness might correlate with in terms of physiology and pathology. Internal dampness is seen as a property in which a person might feel clogged up, sluggish, stodgy, heavy. Internal dampness is simultaneously associated with fatigue, lethargy, flabbiness, bloatedness, weight gain: hmm! not untypical of some aspects of insulin resistance or diabetes?

Today, in modern clinical practice, we increasingly associate wheat with these symptoms. Just as the Chinese ancients wrote! We know that wheat – typically in bread – so often causes us to feel bloated. People with actual allergies experience this more severely, but increasing numbers of people report some level of dietary “intolerance”. Scientifically we know that gluten, a protein in wheat, is a major culprit of digestive discomfort. In fact it’s such a common – and modern – phenomenon that the NHS website dedicates an area to wheat intolerance. Today we can add into the mix “lectins”, compounds recently identified in wheat as a causal factor of internal inflammation – and a possible factor in the development of insulin-dependent diabetes according to some research.
bananaSlicesFor many centuries, the Chinese have associated an excessive consumption of fruits with obesity. Modern science nods in the same direction: today we know that fructose, the sugar naturally occurring in fruit, is linked with the accumulation of visceral fat. The fat belly most commonly associated with visceral fat is seen as a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Bananas are another food item classified as “damp” in Chinese dietetics. Today we know they’re the most starchy of all the fruits and few weight loss diets would recommend bananas!

With just these 2 simple examples we can see that Chinese dietetics may sound like “gobbledy goog“, but it’s increasingly “scientifically supported“. That makes it as relevant now as in 3000 BC!

One prediction for this Year of the Goat is that it will be good for health. Here’s to YOUR health!

How many calories?

So how does a diet of about 1100-1200 calories a day sound to you? Possibly a bit restrictive? Like you might go hungry? Impossible? Whatever it is for you HOLD THAT THOUGHT!

Did you see an article in the press recently about foods and snacks that contain a massive 2000 calories? If not here it is! We are now surrounded by readily available foods and snacks that contain so many calories it’s mind-blowing. And we have completely lost sight of what is normal/reasonable/do-able?

Take a ‘treat’ at Costa as an example – you have to love that they are very open about the calorific values of their productsmenu attached here:

1 Chai Latte massimo size (667 calories) and 1 portion Layered Carrot Cake – well carrots are vegetables right? (617 calories) – that’s a whopping 1284 calories and it’s only a snack!!

1 Raspberry & White Chocolate Cooler medio size (517 calories) and 1 Raspberry & Almond Square – well fruit and nuts are good right? (445 calories) – that’s a calorific-budget-blowing 962 calories!!

1 Long Jing Green tea (5 calories) and 1 Mini Rhubarb & Custard Tart (133 calories) – a manageable now-and-again-treat at 138 calories!

It’s all about choices…and being a little bit savvy.

So that 1100-1200 calories-per-day-diet? What’s it to be?

This?:

(actually one large burger & fries blows the budget slightly at nearly 1300 calories!)
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Or this?:

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Because, believe it or not, these menus are both about the same number of calories.

To begin to find out how you can enjoy 4 or 5 plates of food, together with a hot chocolate drink, each day sign up for the next FREE RebalanceDiabetes seminar – click here!

How to make your New Year Resolution a roaring success!

happy-new-year-2015-gold-1380The Telegraph recently carried an article that claims January is the worst month of the year to start a new diet or fitness routine. I couldn’t agree more!

Logically we are on a hiding to nothing if we try to make a one-step change from all the excesses of December to, what is often, a somewhat ascetic approach to life in January. It just doesn’t make sense. We have a hoard of goodies left over from the Christmas and New Year festivities – and even if we resist our own stash of sugar, some kind person will bring their surplus sugary stuff into the office in the hope that everyone else will consume it for them! We have the after-party emotional anti-climax to deal with while we get back into our usual routines – oh joy then to think of a spot of self-deprivation! And to top it off we’re in the middle of winter with not a hint of spring in sight – yet we fool ourselves that we are going to stick to the occasional cold lettuce leaf or yoghurt when what our bodies actually need to thrive is hearty warming winter food (think soups, stews and casseroles!)

So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a whopping 92% of new year diet and fitness resolutions fail within just a few weeks. Like the ohso short-lived new year fireworks, they might start dazzling well but they’ll quickly fizzle out!

taipei-cnySo could there be a valid reason why Chinese New Year happens in the middle of February? You bet!

The snowdrops are out, and the crocuses, daffodils and tulips are well on their way. The trees are showing a touch of new green colour. With our own sap rising we start to truly feel that spring is indeed on its way! With winter on its way out we experience hopeful anticipation for the rest of the year ahead. As the nights get much more noticeably lighter we even spring-clean our homes in readiness for a fresh start.

THIS is a great time to start a new diet and fitness routine, as the Telegraph article confirms.

The Chinese have always thought so – so why has it taken us a few thousand years to finally come to the same conclusion? Hmmm!?

So what about January? Well it’s a fantastic time to make our resolutions and plans for a positive change – starting in February! It’s a fantastic time to get our ducks in a row to ensure real success as spring approaches. It’s a great time to research how and what changes we’ll make.

It’s no accident that the next FREE RebalanceDiabetes seminar is most timely on 26th January 2015. If you are determined to make a successful positive change for you and your health then this is especially for you! I’ll give you lots of help to decide how you can spring to success in the Chinese Year of the Goat.

If there’s one action you can still usefully take in January it’s to BOOK HERE NOW!

Is it necessary to give up sugar?

Have you read the article by a lady diarising her quest to give up sugar?  It’s enlightening because it highlights the extent to which a person can become addicted to sugar.

So is it actually necessary to give up sugar?

I would say it really depends on whether or not you are truly addicted too.  Can you imagine a heroin addict, a habitual smoker or an alcoholic improving their lot without completely kicking the habit?

On the other hand, we all know people who don’t succumb to the temptations of the deadly white and sweet stuff.  People who would have no trouble at all contemplating a future without sugary foods.

Like everything else dietary and lifestyle related – there really is no one-size-fits-all answer.

So here’s my recommendation: put yourself to the test.  See if cutting down works for you.  Test whether or not you can adapt to less without having to cut it out all together. For me it’s definitely all or nothing – giving in to a little temptation inevitably means giving in to a lot more very quickly!

One thing that really helps is knowing which foods can help to make you feel satisfied for longer, or help to banish sweet cravings or the need for other carbs – but that’s the next stage.  The first step is always the hardest to take, and i this case that means learning your own limitations.

Can you comfortably limit yourself to just one chocolate, one biscuit, one piece of cake? Let me know how you get on…