Being fit and slim not only gives you a healthy outlook, it also plays an important role for a healthier, happier lifestyle. Being overweight or obese can put you at a higher risk of many chronic conditions, including type II diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, and heart disease. For a long-term, weight-loss solution, AIM provides a selection of whole-food concentrates and supplements plus a set of weight loss tools.
Lose weight while “eating”
The rule of thumb for healthy weight loss is to reduce your calorie input by modifying your diet and to increase your calorie output by exercising (see the AIM Weight Loss Guide). Feeling hungry all day long and not getting enough nutrients are common issues with many dieters. The AIM Weight Loss Pack can ease your concerns.
AIM Weight Loss Pack – AIM ProPeas™ (2 bags US/canisters CAN), AIM fit ’n fiber® (US) or AIM FibreBalance® (CAN), AIM GlucoChrom™
AIM ProPeas – a vegetarian protein derived from allergen-free field peas. Compared to conventional protein supplements, such as whey and soy, pea protein takes a longer time to digest, so it leaves you feeling full for hours. As well as being healthier than animal protein, slowly digested pea protein also increases the body’s metabolism by expending more energy for digestion.
AIM fit ’n fiber (USA) or AIM FibreBalance® (CAN) – fiber gives you a feeling of fullness and promotes bowel movements. It helps to curb your appetite and effectively move toxins out of the body.
AIM GlucoChrom – for those who are overweight or obese or have a chronic blood sugar imbalance, weight loss can be very difficult. GlucoChrom’s unique combination of chromium, vanadium, Gymnema sylvestre, and bitter melon can help in regulating insulin action and
maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, both of which enable weight loss.
Lose weight while “working out”
Starting a diet plan and an exercise program is not always as simple as making up your mind and just doing it. The AIM Weight Loss Tools give you ideas and guidelines on how to lose weight in a strategic fashion.
AIM Weight Loss Guide – instructions on setting weight loss goals, meal planning (including choosing the right foods), and exercising.
Get on the Ball AIM Workout DVD – weight loss exercises using the AIM Exercise Ball.
AIM Exercise Ball & Nutrition That Works! Blender Bottle – Handy tools to help you achieve desirable body weight!
Note: The Tools can also be purchased individually (see the price list and order form).
Are all calories created equal? Not necessarily.
Sure, 100 calories is 100 calories, but the make-up of those calories can vary. Fats, carbohydrates, and proteins determine the calorie count of every food. These are known as macronutrients.
In addition to macronutrients, there are also micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. These micronutrients provide improved health but don’t contribute to the calorie count. Many of today’s highly processed foods are not only absent of valuable micronutrients but are also high in empty calories from solid fats and/or added sugars. Let’s first look at a common snack:
Tortilla chips (24 chips) and salsa (4 tablespoons): 315 calories, 15 grams of fat, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of protein
The empty calories in this snack are not only lacking micronutrients, but 43 percent of those calories come from fat and only 6 percent come from protein.
Now let’s turn this nutrient loser into a winner:
Sliced Jicama (1 cup) and sals (4 Tbsp.): 64 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein
This snack has reduced calories and increased micronutrients (like vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber). For extra nutrition, add some healthy essential fatty acids from AIMega.
Now we’re left with the choice of eating more jicama or sticking with a comparable serving and losing a few pounds from the calorie reduction. To eliminate fats from our diet would be a mistake, so instead we need to eliminate unhealthy saturated fats from the tortilla chips and replace them with healthy unsaturated fats
like those found in AIMega.
More examples of empty-calorie foods include soft drinks, cake, cookies, sport drinks, ice cream, processed cheese, fries, burgers, and hot dogs.
Coca Cola (12 ounces): 140 calories, 0 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of protein
You can create a nutritious dessert with AIM BarleyLife®. Mix 1⁄2 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon of Dutch cocoa, 1 rounded teaspoon of BarleyLife, and 6 ounces of cold water in a blender. Since this recipe only comprises 3 percent of the protein we need, let’s add one tablespoon of AIM ProPeas™. This will crank up the protein by 3.5 grams. You’ve now created a dessert that will satisfy your cravings and load you up on macronutrients and micronutrients.