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An Interveiw with Anne de Wees Allen

SMART: Dr. Allen, can you describe your low-glycemic research for us?

DR. ALLEN: Surely. Let me first say that we believe the low glycemic approach to weight control represents a new wave in the diet revolution - it's really future science that is available now. In a few years I believe that everyone will be utilizing the glycemic index methods of controlling body fat. In the past few years science has made tremendous gains in understanding how the human body metabolizes food. The old formula was "calories in-calories out". This over-simplified approach to weight loss is exemplified in the poor results achieved.

Understanding thermogenesis, insulinogenic sugars, the regulation and role of Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL) in adipose tissue, and the glycemic index of foods allows for the design of simple, yet effective fat-loss methodologies. These state-of-the-art methodologies include bioengineered food and drinks, which are what I call Edible Computer Chips.

Let's look at what HASN'T worked in the industry;

1. Calorie Restriction - a proven failure. These diets allow about 800 calories per day. Some of them only allow 500 calories per day. If you ingest less than 1200 calories per day, the body believes you are starving, metabolism slows way down to compensate, and your body says "Quick, store fat!". Additionally, on a low calorie diet, a lot of what you lose is muscle, not fat! And muscle is the very thing you don't want to lose because fat is incapable of burning itself. It must go through the muscle mitochrondria to burn. So, what happens is, the very mechanism you have for burning fat is shut down.

2. Low fat diets - These diets restrict fat so drastically that the brain automatically sends out constant signals which cause you to crave foods high in fat. So, you end up thinking about food all the time, and then become lethargic and depressed until you give up and start over-eating on high-fat foods. Certainly, a diet with regulated fat intake (less than 30% of daily calories from fat) is healthy. But diets which focus on weight loss from restricted fat intake require extremely low intakes of fat. This causes the body to do everything it can to stop you.

3. Aerobic exercise - Exercise is necessary for a health body, especially as we get older. But trying to burn calories via exercise alone is very inefficient. Example: Jane Fonda, exercise guru, publicly admitted that she became bulemic because she was exercising constantly and STILL could not keep her body fat levels low enough to look "physically fit". Another example: look at the famous football player "Refrigerator Perry". He exercises with his team every day, from 4 to 10 hours a day; a gruelling schedule, but he carries a high amount of excess body fat. How can that be if he exercises almost all day long? Because exercise alone is not an efficient way to burn excess calories.

SMART: Why do some people lose weight easily and other don't?

DR. ALLEN: Some people have slow metabolisms, some have fast metabolisms, some of us are Ectomorph body types, and some are Endomorphs. Much of it is genetic. So obviously, the three methods commonly used won't work for everyone. And it is very frustrating when someone is following any one of these programs and not getting the desired results. They become upset and disappointed with them-selves, when it's not their fault. Just look at the odds - 95% of all diets fail. Does that sound like cur rent methods are successful?

SMART: So what does work?

DR. ALLEN: Tools that enable us to control and reprogram our bodies include thermogenesis, the glycemic index, and ingesting bioengineered foods, drinks and supplements. Those methods balance out our systems, instead of wrecking havoc with them.

SMART: Are the thermogenic products currently on the market safe to use?

DR. ALLEN: That depends on who formulated them and who manufactured them. Some marketers are simply calling products "thermogenic" when they actually have NO thermogenic agents in them. Unfortunately, most people aren't familiar enough with the research to know which are valid thermogenic agents, and which aren't. One of the goals I have is to see to it that people get the information they need in order to make their own informed decisions. Ephedra herb, also known as Ma Huang, is one of the valid thermogenic agents.

SMART: Why do you put chromium in your products?

DR. ALLEN: Government researchers report that 9 out 10 Americans tested consume LESS than the minimum estimated safe and adequate dietary intake for chromium established by the National Research Council. Food processing is cited as the primary reason for shortages of chromium in the food supply. Chromium is referred to as the master regulator of insulin - a potent metabolic hormone involved in protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Insulin promotes T3, the thyroid hormone that increases the rate the body burns calories, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in controlling the appetite and curbing sugar cravings. Chromium is an essential nutrient in bringing balance to the body.

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