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What To Do To Replace Appetizer Diet?

from Jana Mitcham
April 13, 2006

We are currently in the process of reformulating the Appetizer Diet. In an effort to make this transition as smooth as possible, Vice President Jana Mitcham has created an alternative weight management regimen for you to use. We appreciate your patience and support as we constantly strive for improvement excellence in all of our product formulations.

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM JANA

Many of you have asked what you can substitute for Appetizer Diet; while we are reformulating. We want to assure you that reformulation will be completed in a few weeks.

I am happy to tell you that we have two products that will substitute quite nicely or you can use the two in combination. Which two products am I talking about? VitaFiber and Blitz Cookiess.

VitaFiber offers all of the fiber benefits of the Appetizer Diet and the Blitz Cookies offers both the fiber and protein benefits. Read the information below to find out why both of these amazing choices can help you manage your weight loss goals!

These choices allow you to choose from two effective appetizers: 1 ) VitaFiber, a delicious fiber drink, to be taken 15-30 minutes before your meal; 2) The Blitz Cookies, a delicious cookie, that offers the benefits of fiber and protein when taken 15-30 minutes before the meal. The key ingredients in both these choices:

  • Are delicious and taste pleasing
  • Help us keep it simple (no menus to plan, no calories, carbs, fats or proteins to count)
  • Helps you feel fuller, longer
  • Helps you feel satisfied with fewer calories
  • Helps reduce your cravings for fattening foods
  • Helps you resist binging
  • Helps reduce "dieters" jitters and shakes
  • Has a positive impact on normal cholesterol levels
  • Has a positive impact on normal blood sugar levels
  • Supports stabilization of metabolic processes
  • Help with proper elimination of wastes from the body
  • Has an impact on fat in your diet
  • Can be used with any weight management system

WHY DO THESE TWO OPTIONS WORK?

VitaFiber offers you a delicious fiber drink as an "appetizer" 15-30 minutes before eating your meal. This appetizer choice beverage is creamy and delicious and has only 20 calories! (Drink down quickly as it thickens quite fast.) It offers the weight management benefits of fiber, a love calorie, healthy appetizer, that can help you reach your weight management goals ? who could ask for more? But, "more" is what we give you with a second appetizer ? the Blitz Cookies (an 80 to 160 calorie option; depending on whether you satisfy your appetite with a half or a whole cookie) that offers you all of the fiber benefits plus the benefits of soy, and protein from both soy and whey.

These choices offer a combination of nutritional and educational technology that Vitamark International has chosen based on research into why most diets fail. By listening to the most common complaints that led people to abandon their diets ("it didn't taste good", "I didn't feel full", "it was too complicated", etc.) we formulated a simple plan, which takes into consideration physiological, psychological and emotional issues.

What are the key ingredients in both of these choices and why are they effective? Those ingredients that are in the VitaFiber are marked with (VF) and those which pertain to the Blitz Cookies are marked with (BC).

THE FIRST KEY INGREDIENT IS SOY PROTEIN(BC):

Recent research has focused on soy proteins impact on "fat storage" and lean muscle mass . Proteins are "linked chains of amino acids" which are unique and have specific functions within he body. Dietary protein (soy protein) is broken down into its amino acid counterparts in the body and later reconstituted to perform a specific task. One of the critical tasks that amino acids perform is to assist the body with converting fat to muscle and energy! Soy protein is especially desirable because it is comprised of every "essential" amino acid. Soy protein has been widely used in the fitness world. Research has focused on soy protein, which is rich in isoflavones and impacts fat storage and lean muscle mass support. Soy impacts insulin levels, which impact the storage of fat; thus soy may help the body store less fat! Add that to soy's ability to assist with lean muscle mass production, which helps burn fat and you have a powerful weight management tool. Other research points to soy's ability to assist your metabolic ability and make you feel fuller.

SOY IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR PROTEIN THAT CAN HELP YOU REACH &

MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS:

(Whey protein provides comparable benefit)

  • Impacts fat storage
  • Supports lean muscle mass
  • Supports metabolism
  • Helps you feel full
  • Helps you feel more energetic

THE OTHER KEY INGREDIENT IS FIBER(VF)(BC):

The two choices provide psyllium(VF)(BC), oat(BC) and guar gum(BC) fiber. We are familiar with the impact that dietary fiber has on our overall good health; but we may not be aware of its importance to weight management. Over the past two decades the studies relating the benefits of fiber as observed in target populations like primitive cultures and American Mormon and Seventh Day Adventist populations have been growing. These studies are establishing a relationship between the relative long lives and good health of these populations to their consumption of high fiber foods. The importance of fiber is now being recognized, appreciated and taught worldwide.

Just what is fiber and why is it so significant to our health and weight management? Fiber is not just one substance. It actually has "types" like soluble and insoluble, crude or dietary. It has even broader classifications such as cellulose, pectin, hemicellulose, lignin and gums. Denis Burkitt in his book, "Eat Right to Stay Healthy and Enjoy Life More?, defined fiber like this: "Fiber is the part of food which is not digested. Whereas fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are almost entirely absorbed in the small intestine, fiber passes through to the large intestine virtually unchanged. Fiber does not provide energy or nutrients, or materials for growth or repair. It is the only component of food that contains almost no calories."

FIBER IS IMPORTANT FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS:

1. Prevention Magazines book, "The Fiber Revolution" pointed out that fiber(VF)(BC):

a. satisfies the appetite

b. slows the digestion of food, so you are not hungry so soon

c. impacts normal cholesterol levels, fat storage, blood sugar levels and metabolism

d. impacts binge eating

e. impacts constipation. "Constipation is common among dieters because they are eating less food. Not only is constipation uncomfortable, but our weight-loss clinic at the New England Deaconess, we've found that less-constipated dieters have an easier time sticking to a weight loss regimen."

2. Betty Kamen, PhD. points out even more in her book, "New Facts About Fiber":

a. "Psyllium husk encourages good colonic microbial metabolism.(VF)(BC)

b. "Psyllium has the greatest bulking activity of the dietary fibers studied to date, making elimination smoother and more regular, and absorbing toxins on its journey..."(VF)(BC)

c. "Psyllium is tolerated by children and adults."(VF)(BC)

d. "Psyllium exerts beneficial force on your glycemic index--your body's response to foods with sugar."(VF)(BC)

e. "The result is progressive with each successive meal, and so accounts for the long-term beneficial consequences of the fiber supplement."(VF)(BC)

f. "One thing is certain: The higher the percentage of fiber in your diet, the lower the tape- measure reading around your waist."(VF)(BC)

3. Other fiber benefits:

a. Guar Gum impacts normal cholesterol levels, supports normal blood sugar levels and helps the obese with weight management; much the same as psyllium.(BC)

b. Other fiber research indicates that fiber may actually reduce the number of calories absorbed during the course of a day. Depending on the amount of fiber, it is estimated that between 30-180 calories per day may be blocked. Over the period of a year (if you are getting 15-30 grams of fiber a day), that could result in 3-18 pounds. (VF)(BC)

These choices offer all the benefits of fiber, which help you with your weight management program by: (VF)(BC)

- Helping you feel fuller longer

- Helping you feel satisfied when eating less

- Helping to reduce dieter binging

- Helping you set, reach and maintain your weight management goals

HOW DO YOU USE EACH CHOICE?

VitaFiber: Simply mix 1 1/2 tsp in 8-12 oz (more water will not thicken as fast) of cold water and stir vigorously. Drink immediately. Do this 15-30 minutes before the meal.

Blitz Cookies: Eat 1/2 to 1 cookie (based on individual needs, as you determine) 15-30 minutes before the meal.

WHEN DO YOU USE YOUR CHOICE?

You should eat/drink one serving 15-30 minutes (it is best not to exceed 45 minutes) before any meal.

IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE:

Eat a Blitz Cookie or mix up some VitaFiber and drink before each meal. And remember that the keys to healthy weight management are exercise, eating sensibly and getting adequate supplementation.

 

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