Friday, 20 February 2009

Dr Susan Jebb & Co. - an update

Not only does Dr Susan Jebb dismiss the idea that controlling carbohydrates is an effective method of weight-loss as "nonsense", she actually recommends very-low-calorie diets, and replacement meals such as Lighter Life with its 500 calories per day sachets of four replacements for meals per day.

Conclusion: VLEDs are a proven success in achieving significant short-term reductions in body weight. A subset of patients achieve long-term weight loss. There is evidence to suggest that meal replacements may make a contribution to the maintenance of weight loss in some individuals. Evaluation of integrated programmes using these methods for weight loss and long-term weight control is required.

Dr Susan Jebb, head of nutrition and health research at the Medical Research Council's Human Nutrition Research Unit, Cambridge, will tell delegates that the new foods have their place. "In theory, any low-fat,
low-calorie diet will lead to weight loss. But this is not always easy to
sustain. Functional foods, such as low calorie meal replacements, low fat or reduced calorie meals, are a useful option both to reduce weight and to keep it off. "

Dr Jebb even endorses SlimFast

There is clear evidence from formal clinical trials that people consuming SlimFast products do lose more weight than those following a conventional diet, and keep the weight off for longer if they continue to use the product. For some people, a SlimFast drink can be a convenient calorie-controlled meal, giving just 200 calories, perhaps instead of a 400-calorie lunchtime sandwich. The rate of weight loss will depend entirely on the total caloric intake for the day, so to be effective, this must be used sensibly as part of an overall dietary programme.

So would you like to know what goodies are in Chocolate-flavoured SlimFast?

Skimmed Milk Powder
Vegetable Oil
Thickeners (Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum)
Milk Proteins
Stabilisers (Sodium, Carboxy Methyl Cellulose)
Dipotassium Phosphate * [see below]
Cocoa Powder (10%)
Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)
Vitamins and Minerals
Antioxidant (Tocopherol-rich Extract, Sodium Ascorbate)
Modified Maize Starch
* Dipotassium phosphate is NOT approved for pesticidal use on food or feed crops. Therefore, plants and crops intended for food/feed use are not allowed to be treated for pests with products containing dipotassium phosphate as the active ingredient.

... or would you rather have a couple of hard-boiled eggs, a slice or two of ham and a big, leafy salad, with a spoonful of dressing on the side? Me too!

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