We are all so different. If Danna burns more calories than she eats, she sheds fat and her weight goes down. Not so for Robyn. Like many (perhaps most) women over forty-five, she is highly sensitive to grains. But unlike many women, Robyn is not insulin resistant, so she can eat a normal amount of carbohydrates and still lose weight. She just can’t include many grains or legumes because her body hates them and revolts by triggering digestive symptoms, water retention, mental fogginess, and weight gain.
|God has provided us with a sophisticated healing system. Focus on the building blocks of what he has provided, such as sound nutrition, exercise, sleep, attitude, and prayer.
—Mark Stengler, NMD
Counting calories does not work for Janice. Fortunately, the Eat, Live, Thrive Diet does.
Like the three of us, you are unique. So what are your dietary stumbling blocks? These can be difficult to figure out on your own. The ELT Diet can help you discover the foods that are holding you back from reaching your goals.
The Reality of Weight Gain After Forty-Five
Women over forty-five are often faced with these issues when it comes to weight loss:
- a lower carbohydrate threshold, which declines steadily with age
- insulin resistance, which increases over time and promotes diabetes
- unknown food sensitivities
- hormonal imbalance
- slower metabolism due to muscle atrophy
After the age of thirty, we lose the ability to utilize and burn carbohydrates as well as we did when we were younger. The decline is slow and insidious and can go unnoticed into our forties and perhaps fifties, but it is happening. Foods that we once could eat are now causing undue inflammation in our bodies and are disrupting our digestion, joint health, and metabolism.
The ABCs of the ELT Diet
If you want to be lean and healthy, look younger than your birth certificate indicates, and have the energy to embrace life fully, you must nourish your body with real food. Our diet plan will help you not only burn fat and drop pounds but also rev up your energy. It also provides a nutritional foundation to slow down and perhaps even reverse some of the aging process.
Our ELT Diet and Lifestyle Plan is designed to Activate your metabolism and promote steady weight loss Balance your blood sugar and cravings Cleanse your body of toxins and decrease inflammation Our eating plan is especially effective for mature (ageless!) women who’ve experienced continued difficulty losing weight on portion- or calorie-controlled diets. It is strategically designed to promote a robust metabolism, which enhances fat-burning capability no matter one’s age.
Figuring Out Good and Bad Foods
After years of coaching women, we have seen the greatest breakthroughs when specific troublesome foods are eliminated for a period of time and then reintroduced strategically based on the body’s response. Most women have no idea that they have a sensitivity to certain foods because they’ve not identified a direct correlation between the food and its negative effect on their bodies.
Some women don’t remember what it’s like to feel great. They have no clue that removing certain foods and adding others can help them look and feel years younger. Just imagine turning back your biological clock by simply eating the right foods for you.
An Almost-New Body Every Eight Years
God designed our bodies with perfect blueprints that tell them what to do with the fuel we give them. They know how to build new blood cells, skin, muscles, bones, and so on. In fact, our bodies are constantly regenerating. We slough off dead skin cells hourly and replace them with new ones. We regenerate red blood cells within 120 days. We even build an entirely new skeletal system over time.
Just as you cannot build a brick house out of straw, you cannot build a healthy body out of chocolate chip cookies and potato chips. The quality of the skin, bones, muscles, and cells of your body depends on the quality of the building materials you choose to supply, meal after meal! You truly are (and will be) what you eat.
Beyond Gluten Sensitivity
Many have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon, and for good reason. It is estimated that much of the Western world is showing signs of being highly sensitive to an overabundance of processed wheat products. These include commercially made breads, pastas, crackers, packaged sauces, salad dressings, and, of course, desserts.
Even when true sensitivity is not an issue, sugar addiction, carbohydrate overload, and toxic buildup (from all the commercially processed foods) can send our bodies into a downward health spiral. Strategically eliminating food culprits and testing each to determine our reactions are key in discovering the ideal diet for our bodies.
Therefore, if you have cut calories and still not lost weight, reduced all fat and gotten fatter, exercised your tail off and the fat hasn’t budged, watched the fat around your middle increase over the past decade, gained and lost and gained and lost, then it’s time to turn your attention to the type and quality of foods you eat regularly.
Insulin Resistance and Beyond
Excessive carbohydrate intake and insufficient carbohydrate metabolism (in other words, insulin resistance) are at the root of many women’s weight issues. Patti Milligan believes the average woman consumes about 300 to 350 grams of total carbohydrates per day. That amounts to almost 1,400 calories in carbohydrates alone, which is about 82 percent of a woman’s total caloric needs for one day.
Your body must maintain a very narrow blood-sugar (glucose) range at all times. Blood-sugar spikes occur when you consume more carbohydrates than necessary to meet immediate energy requirements. When this happens, the excess glucose produced must be promptly transported and stored elsewhere.
An individual is considered to have insulin resistance (IR) if he or she has three or more of the following markers:
- blood pressure ≥ 130/85 mm Hg
- fasting glucose ≥ 100 mg/dL
- HDL cholesterol ≤ 50 mg/dL
- triglycerides ≥ 150 mg/dL
- waist circumference ≥ 35 inches