The Total Wellbeing Diet: How it Works
It is amazing, but the Total Wellbeing Diet does not introduce any revolutionary approach to the weight loss. All the science of this new eating program is based on the well-known principle of the traditional nutrition: in order to lose weight one should receive fewer calories, than he spends. In other words: fewer calories in and more out. In the meantime, the recommendations of the Total Wellbeing Diet, which advocate the increased amount of protein in one’s menu and the reduced amount of carbohydrates, differ from the traditional diet.
So, let us investigate the way the CSIRO Wellbeing Diet ensures weight loss results and the changes that take place in the organism of a dieter due to following the rules of the said eating program.
As it was already mentioned, losing excessive body fat within the Total Wellbeing Diet is achieved mainly by means of the reduced calories intake. That is why the diet limits the portion sizes strictly as well as the amount of calories in every meal. Though the diet has 4 levels to meet energy requirements of different people, taking into account their constitution, activity and lifestyle, it is said that the average Total Wellbeing Diet meal should provide about 1350 calories. As the result, the body, which does not receive enough energy from food, starts using its internal resources of energy and converts stored fat into energy.
Usually every diet declares its ability to regulate the cholesterol level in blood. The Total Wellbeing Diet is not an exclusion from this rule. It is said that following the eating recommendations of the diet authors can result in the significant decrease of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (type LDL).
Triglycerides are formed in the human body when a person consumes more calories than needed. As the result, triglycerides are stored as body fat and can also be found in blood, thus causing not only obesity but contributing to many cardio-vascular diseases too. Consequently, any diet aims at lowering triglycerides; speaking about the Total Wellbeing Diet, the fact of lowering triglycerides was proved (at least in female patients) during the clinical test, fulfilled by the authors of the diet.
Promoting increased consumption of protein and products, rich in fiber, the Total Wellbeing Diet aims at helping dieters get rid of hunger and thus remain satiated for a longer period of time. Furthermore, fiber is very important to prevent degenerative diseases, certain types of cancer and digestive disorders.
Another key issue of the diet is the accent on eating products with low glycemic index. It is known that all the carbohydrates we consume influence the level of sugar in blood. However, carbohydrates with high GI and low GI should be distinguished. High GI carbohydrates significantly increase the amount of sugar in blood shortly after eating, while carbohydrates with low GI are digested slowly and do not cause rapid increase of blood sugar level. Research proved that the long termed increase of blood sugar level is the serious health concern; that is why the Total Wellbeing Diet recommends avoiding products with high Glycemic Index and opt for those with low GI.
Finally, the question of possible ketosis should be discussed within this article, since the Total Wellbeing Diet promotes reduced consumption of carbohydrates (about 40% in comparison to 60% in traditional Western diet).
Ketosis is the process, which takes place, when the organism does not receive enough carbohydrates, which are the major source of energy. In this case the body starts converting stored fat into energy for maintaining body function. This condition, characterized by the accumulation of ketones (by-products of fatty acids metabolism) in the body, is considered to be abnormal and may cause serious health threats.
The authors of the Total Wellbeing Diet say that ketosis does not normally happen when a person follows the diet. They explain it by the moderate and not low amount of carbohydrates in the eating plan. This seems to be true, because in comparison to such diets as Atkins or South Beach, the Total Wellbeing Diet is really moderate or even high carbohydrates eating program.
All-in-all, the moderate approach to carbohydrates consumption, sound recommendations on avoiding saturated fats and opting for fish, fruits and vegetables make the Total Wellbeing Diet rather attractive for all those, who try to achieve sustainable weight loss and long-term health benefits. At the same time, the diet accent on the proteins provides enough space for opponents to criticize this new eating program from Australia.