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Evidence Based Hope

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Evidence Based Hope

Ever since the mirror was discovered, humans became very
concerned with how they appear to the rest of the world, and
few are totally content with the image reflected back to them.
A quick search on Google reveals that human beings have
tried countless different types of diets over the centuries in an
effort to improve their shape with the hope to appear more
attractive. Some of these diets showed a measure of success
while many more were down right dangerous or ridiculous. The
magic (permanent) solution to our shape challenge seems to
be as elusive (and as desired) as ever though.
What is the first reaction when you meet someone you haven’t
seen for a while and you notice they have lost weight? Most
people will want to know: Did they join a slimming club? Which
diet? We ask, because their success is our evidence that
perhaps, here is a solution we hope may work for us.
Lately, many dieters, believing that their battle with the scale is
over, place there hope on the “Banting diet” despite the fact
that scores of medical practitioners question the wisdom behind
a diet which is based on someone’s own interpretations of
certain medical literature, instead of sound scientific research.
In fact, many followers are ready to defend the advantages
of their HFLC diet vehemently should one try to point out the
possible negative effects on later health.
Rather than focusing on the arguments for, or against Banting,
there are a few wise questions to ask before following any diet
or weight-loss programme:
• Was any long term scientific research (at least 5 years)
done to compare the long term effectiveness off this diet or
weight-loss programme to another diet or programme?
• How does the mortality rate and possible side effects
compare to other weight-loss programmes?
• What metabolic implications are there in terms of glucose
and cholesterol levels when I follow this programme?
• Does the programme recognise that people’s bodies are
unique and that different people have different needs?
• Are the dietary principles backed by sound dietary
knowledge to ensure that I receive the maximum nutrition I
need to enhance my health?
• Does the programme address lifestyle issues as well?
• How will I be supported while I am trying to reach my goal
weight?
• What support will there be for me once I have reached my
desired weight so that I don’t fall back in my old ways?
• Can the principles of this programme be followed for the rest
of my life?
Need Evidence Based Hope?
Choose a weight-management programme that has proved
itself over many years. A weight-management club which
answers to all the above questions will be a secure option.

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