With the Ultrasimple diet by Mark Hyman, there is an
interesting theory to weight loss. Dr. Hyman suggests that the problem with
long-term weight loss are two key issues: toxicity and inflammation. For
example, when you hit a plateau it is believed by Dr. Hyman that you simply
aren’t healthy enough or that you're too toxic.
You are healthy enough for an initial weight loss drop but to overcome the difficulty of long-term weight loss you need to battle toxicity. Restricting calories isn’t the recipe for long-term weight loss, that leads inevitably to failure. What leads to success is getting rid of your toxic load.
From Dr. Hyman’s diet you may experience increased energy, you may lose puffiness in your face and around your eyes, and you skin may even glow. “Your senses may be heightened. You may sleep better, have fewer allergies, and more mental clarity. Your joint and muscle aches may disappear and all your digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome and reflux, may vanish.”
The plan is a 7 day detoxification program. Dr. Hyman wrote
another book that was an 8 week plan but many people complained about having to
devote a full eight weeks to the diet. During the seven days you will remove
all the inflammatory and toxic foods and substances (especially sugar and the
common food allergens), these foods will be replaced with anti-inflammatory and
detoxifying foods and behaviors. Patients of Dr. Hyman have reported no hunger
cravings so you don’t have to worry about starving to death.
From the "How inflamed quiz" I scored an 87, which placed me at a moderate imbalance. The worse category results from a score above 100, making me not completely shot-out. I’m not too happy about my score. I’m a bit skeptical because I don’t think food can fix some of the problems I’ve had for some time now but I may be wrong.
If you want to lose weight it is important that you reduce your toxic load. The toxicity that your body has thwarts your efforts to lose weight the following ways:
· It impairs two key metabolic organs (the liver and the thyroid)
· Damaging the mitochondria (the site of energy metabolism)
· Harming brain neurotransmitter and hormone signaling that affects our appetite
· Increasing inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which promote weight gain.
High quality protein is one source that allows for detoxification. The protein is needed for the liver to synthesize what is called glutathione. Glutathione is the body’s most important antioxidant and detoxifying molecule. Glutathione is wasted from chronic exposure to toxins.
Good protein sources are beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains and lean organic animal products. Whey protein should not be used for the seven day detoxification although Dr. Hyman doesn’t think it’s that bad.
Phytochemical are another source of detox. Phytochemicals come from dark-colored plant foods such as cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower), green tea, watercress, dandelion greens, cilantro, artichokes, garlic, ginger, rosemary, turmeric, citrus peels, and even cocoa.
Heat therapy in the form of using a sauna has beneficial effects for the removal of toxins. A case report is about an obese person unable to exercise. This obese person still lost 38.5 pounds, decreasing body fat from 46 percent to 35 percent after 10 weeks of sauna therapy.
Where is the inflammation from? What causes it? Well sugar, high doses of the wrong oils and fats, hidden food allergens, lack of exercise, chronic stress and hidden infections all trigger a deep-seated unseen inflammation within our cells.
To sum it up, being fat means you are living an inflamed lifestyle. Tone it down! I have many diets reviewed and available for you at 2CreateABody, if one doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, try another one, hopefully the next one will be the last diet you'll ever need!
The main cause of inflammation according to the ultrasimple diet is due to food allergies, or
delayed reactions to the foods we eat. There are specific foods that are
difficult to target as the cause of the allergy. This is due to symptoms arising up to
72 hrs after ingestion.
The foods that should be avoided during your 7 day period and that should improve your inflammatory score are gluten (wheat, barley, eye, oats, spelt, triticale, kamut), dairy (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt), corn, eggs, soy, nuts, nightshades (tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, eggplant), citrus, and yeast (baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, and fermented products like vinegar).
These foods should be avoided for up to 12 weeks while your immune
system recovers. Then you can slowly reintroduce them into your diet one at a
time to see exactly what they are doing to you. When you reintroduce one of the
allergy-provoking foods wait 3 days after consuming it to see how you feel.
Make sure to eliminate these things one-week before your detox: caffeine, processed and refined carbohydrates and sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated (trans) fats, processed, packaged, junk, or fast foods and alcohol.
Make sure to eliminate all sugar, sugar alcohol such as
sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame,
etc. Natural sweeteners like Stevia (although this may be fine in the long run,
in the short run it stimulates sweet cravings and will sabotage your efforts),
alcohol, caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas, except for green tea), citrus fruits and
juices (except lemon juice, unless you are allergic to it), yeast (baker’s and
brewer’s, fermented foods like vinegar), dairy products (milk, butter, yogurt,
cheese), eggs, gluten (it may be hidden in many foods, including anything containing
wheat, barley, eye, spelt, kamut, triticale, and most oats), corn, beef, pork,
lamb, or other meat except organic poultry, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes,
eggplant, bell peppers), peanuts, refined oils and hydrogenated fats such as
margarine, and almost every processed food in the super-market.
Even foods labeled “trans fat free” can have 0.5 gram per serving according to the new government regulations. Stimulants (these include decongestants, diet pills, ephedra and yerba mate), all flour products, processed foods or food additives (check labels carefully), fast food, junk food, any foods that come in a box, package, can or are commercially prepared that are filled with chemicals, preservatives, and other unnatural ingredients to make them shelf-stable.
Our bodies are polluted with toxins from the environment and foods we consume. Part of the battle of weight loss is detoxifying ourselves so that we don’t plateau from our efforts. Being overweight and obese is a chronic inflammatory condition that needs to be relieved.
Certain foods cause allergies unbeknown. These foods need to be eliminated along with a few other foods that contribute to toxicity. By eating the suggested foods in the Ultrasimple diet and by drinking the Ultrasimple Broth we can relieve ourselves from our inflammatory conditions and associated symptoms. Not only will our inflammatory score decrease we will lose up to 10 pounds in 7 days.
I definitely think Dr. Hyman is onto something with his diet. He has tested it throughout part of his career on patients and has a track record of success stories available to you from his website.
The anti-inflammatory diet has been taught to me in the past and is effective at reducing things like chronic pain. The diet has been around. Dr. Hyman has a twist to the anti-inflammatory diet with his Ultrabath and Ultrabroth which he explains in his book.[2CreateABody] › [Dieting] › The Ultrasimple Diet