SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS

Weight-loss powders, so-called formula diets, help reduce weight quickly. Clinical studies have shown that these can be used successfully with type 2 diabetes and that the symptoms can even disappear permanently. In such cases, the medical profession talks of clinical remission.

The body’s sugar metabolism is impaired in diabetics. Possibly permanently. However, if those affected monitor their blood regularly and adhere strictly to their doctor’s advice, it is usually possible to get the metabolism back to normal.

According to a study of type 2 diabetics, medical telemarketing coupled with a change in eating habits can help them reduce their blood glucose and – a pleasant side-effect – lose weight.

Overweight type 2 diabetics with a high level of insulin resistance can reduce their insulin requirement and their blood glucose (HbA1c), and lose weight, using Almased’s meal replacement product Vitalkost, which is low in calories and rich in protein. That is the result of a preclinical trial carried out by the West-German Centre of Diabetes and Health (WGDZ) of the Association of Catholic Hospitals Dusseldorf (VKKD).

Professor Stephan Martin, Senior Consultant for Diabetology and Director at the West-German Diabetes Clinic and Health Centre (WDGZ), in an interview with My Health broadcast by RTL on 25 April 2016.

PRACTICAL ADVICE

Studies show exercising early in day is particularly beneficial.
There are many well-known sayings which claim that making an early start in the morning is the best time of day for being successful, such as ‘the early bird catches the worm’ or ‘early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise’. Other idioms like ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ or ‘first come, first served’ are in the same vein. It has led many athletes to ask themselves whether this also applies to physical activity. Is exercising early in the day the be all and end all or is it, as those who are not morning people would be inclined to say, more a case of the devil finding work for idle hands?

Routine workouts boost physical activity.
Is having a set routine good or bad for you? For some people, the word routine is synonymous with boredom, habit and a lack of ideas. People talk more about bad habits than good ones. Those who have a set routine and act in a safe and reliable manner based on their experience are regarded as being proficient. On the other hand, the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is credited as having said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal”. A US study now suggests, however, that always exercising at the same time of the day can help you become more active. And it is well known that physical exercise keeps you fit and ensures you have a healthy body weight.

Removing pester-power items from near the till leads to healthier shopping behaviour.
In the retail industry, the term ‘pester-power items’ is used to refer to products placed in the checkout zone of supermarkets, and for good reason. Children waiting at the checkout are often so strongly attracted to the sweets placed there that they pester their unnerved parents until the parents put the desired product in the shopping trolley for the sake of peace. However, it is not only children who find this sales strategy irresistible: many adults also have difficulty ignoring items on display in the checkout zone. The problem is that the majority of the products on offer are extremely unhealthy – not least because they are very high in sugar and calories in many cases.

Light from display screens in particular impairs sleep.
To prevent overweight and obesity, it is not only necessary to have healthy habits such as a balanced diet with enough relevant nutrients and physical activity. Other basic conditions like having the correct lighting in the bedroom must also be right, so that superfluous pounds or kilos do not creep in overnight. A US study has now made this clear. According to the study, artificial light not only disturbs sleep but can even make people fat. This is especially true for women, as scientists from the National Institutes of Health in the US state of North Carolina discovered.

Losing weight also requires a change in diet.
Exercise is healthy and sport makes you slim. Fortunately, many people are now following this advice from doctors and health organisations. Frustration quickly sets in, however, if the pounds do not disappear as had been hoped for or expected despite having a personal fitness plan. A study by US researchers has made it clear once again that to lose weight successfully or maintain a healthy body weight it is necessary not only to exercise but to also have a balanced diet. The scientists concluded that a reduction in body weight cannot be achieved without having a diet to go with it. That is why a combination of physical activity and Almased always achieves the best results when losing weight.

And it lowers the risk of secondary diseases.
Advertising for weight-loss products often promises large reductions in weight within a short period of time. This sometimes leads to overoptimistic expectations and all too quickly to disappointment when they are not fulfilled. Particularly in the case of people who are markedly overweight, this then easily leads to them losing their motivation to persevere with a diet. Losing weight more slowly but continuously is in any case healthier and generally more sustainable than using so-called crash diets. That is why the well thought-out and coherent Almased concept also focuses on an optimised, healthy diet in order to reduce weight and control it lastingly in the best possible way. Such an approach is usually more successful than lifelong dieting with a frustrating yo-yo effect. In addition, studies show that even a small loss in weight can result in significant health benefits. They also show that losing weight by an amount in the single-digit percentage range can already reduce the risk of illnesses associated with overweight.

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