PGX® Helps You Lose Weight
For almost everyone, the math behind weight loss is simple: your body has to burn more calories than it consumes. There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. If you burn 500 more calories than you consume each day, theoretically you will lose one pound a week. It is for this reason that all sensible diets focus on a combination of exercise and calorie reduction. PGX® does not burn calories, but it can make eating fewer calories each day much easier for you, correcting your appetite and helping you decrease the size of your meals.
Correcting Your Appetite
Scientific research has now proven that there is a link between blood sugar and appetite. When blood sugar levels rise and fall many times throughout the day, a person tends to eat too much and become overweight. Low blood sugar increases appetite.
Blood sugar is important for health. Everyone needs the right amount of glucose (sugar) in their blood to maintain energy and power bodily functions. In fact, too little blood sugar is an emergency to the brain, which responds by creating hunger. By eating, the body restores its blood sugar to appropriate levels – at least until the next drop triggers hunger again. For people with a blood sugar imbalance, these urges to eat can be almost impossible to ignore and can add unwanted and unneeded calories to their diets.
The below graphs demonstrate the important role that blood sugar plays with regard to appetite and food cravings. Figures 1 and 2 track the blood sugar levels of an overweight woman throughout the day, using a continuous glucose monitor – first without PGX®, then with it. The “x” signifies how often her blood sugar levels dropped during the day and how often her brain sent out signals to eat to restore blood sugar levels. These food cravings explain why it is so hard to lose weight and keep it off merely by changing eating habits. As the second graph shows, regular use of PGX® smoothes the spikes in blood sugar. Unlike many "diet’’ products that aim to suppress appetite, PGX® corrects appetite by preventing the rapid rise and subsequent fall of blood sugar.
Reducing Meal Portion Size
Another well-established approach to calorie reduction is smaller meal portions, and here again PGX® can help! When taken with food and a glass of water, PGX® absorbs the water and mixes with the food, gently expanding in your stomach to increase volume. This additional volume provides a pleasant feeling of fullness that allows you to feel satisfied with a smaller meal.
But, to truly remain satisfied as you eat less, you also need to feel full for a longer period of time. PGX®, with its high-fibre composition, mixes with food to create a highly viscous fibre complex that reaches full viscosity 60-90 minutes after taking PGX with a meal. This gel matrix maintains its viscosity despite the influence of stomach acids, resulting in a slowed digestion process that keeps you feeling full and satisfied longer after meals.
Research Results: Using PGX® as a weight-loss aid has been assessed in weight loss programs conducted at the Canadian Centre for Functional Medicine in British Columbia. In each of these programs, participants received healthy eating guidelines and were encouraged to be more physically active, in addition to being asked to consume 5 grams of PGX® two to three times per day. Over 14 weeks the people that took PGX® lost between 4.93 and 20.55 lbs (2.24 and 9.34 kg) with an average of 12.74 lbs(5.79 kgs)1.
The weight loss consistently experienced on the PGX® program translates into a healthy weight loss of about one-half to 2 pounds per week over 12-14 weeks1.
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