Most South Africans embrace the warmer temperatures of spring and summer with excitement, but for those who have comfort eat during winter, the mere thought of peeling off the layers leads to an immediate sense of panic. They frantically look for the latest fad diet, miracle slimming drug or quick weight loss solution. Drug manufacturers are in tune with this typical weight loss psychology and hence you will suddenly see many advertisements for fat burners, weight management solutions and testimonials of women who have miraculously lost large amounts of weight! Advertising agencies are geniuses when it comes to selling empty promises. Deep down every overweight person who has struggled to lose weight, no matter what the cost is, knows that there is no such a thing as a miracle drug. Nothing can ensure weight loss while a person is still consuming thousands of calories in the form of cakes, breads, chocolates, chips etc. A successful weight loss program has to encompass lifestyle modification, supplements to ensure optimal nutrition, an eating plan and something that will alter or stimulate metabolism.
The good news is that progress has been made and medical solutions have been found to assist in weight loss. The most interesting discovery in recent years is the role leptin plays in causing obesity.
Why are certain people fat?
Leptin is a hormone that is produced in the fat cells and regulates adipose metabolism. High leptin levels in the brain, will lead to a stimulation of the adipose metabolism and a decrease in appetite. When leptin levels in the brain drop, appetite and hunger increase and the metabolism slows down with the result that whatever is then consumed will be converted into fat and stored in the body. People with a tendency to obesity, have low leptin levels and no matter which diet they follow, they always gain all the weight they’ve lost, because the leptin levels in the brain remain low.
A medical solution that leads to an increase of leptin levels seems to be the answer for many people who have been struggling to reach their ideal weight. The Body Renewal Program has been hailed as a medical breakthrough - not only because people succeed in loosing and maintaining the weight loss, but more so because it only targets “abnormal” fat, while essential fat stays intact.
The human body contains three kinds of fat: •Structural fat which cushions our organs and is vital for normal organ functioning and protection. •Normal fat which acts as an energy reserve. •Abnormal fat is the accumulation of body fat which is in excess in overweight individuals. Unfortunately this kind of fat is stored and locked away and therefore not readily available in a nutritional emergency as an energy source.
The lipotrophic (HCG) injections, which are the integral part of the Body Renewal program, help mobilize the abnormal fat which has accumulated over time. This slows down the 'trigger' of the lipostat through the stimulation of the hypothalamic-hypophyseal-hypothalamic axis, thereby decreasing the patients' cravings for food and unlocking the excess abnormal fat in the body. This prevents the rebound XXeffect that can occur after any traditional weight loss program. It also neutralises Protein-Thyrosin-Phosphatase (PTP1B) - the enzyme which inhibits the action of leptin. The permeability of the fat cell wall is increased as well as the osmolality of the broken down fat and saturated fatty-acids resulting in enhanced excretion of broken down fat.
The Body Renewal program includes a low GL (glycaemic load) eating program with interesting menu suggestions. If the eating program is strictly adhered to, 400 grams of fat can be lost each day and thus the amount of days it takes to lose the abnormal fat can be calculated. People loose between 8 and 12 kilograms a month, generally find it quite easy, and feel good with high energy levels and an elevated mood. Many of the Body Renewal followers have tried numerous other well known diets but find this to be the magic one that actually works. Follow up appointments are scheduled every two weeks when a booster will be administered and weight monitored. At these follow-up sessions clients can have their questions answered and encouragement and support is offered. Body sculpturing treatments like those offered by Skin & Body Renewal centres have been shown to enhance weight loss efforts. The 3 D Body Renewal program is one of the most effective body shaping solutions available and involves combining five clinical applications to move resistant fat, tighten and rejuvenate the skin to ensure an overall stunning look.