Nutritional Supplements and Weight Management
By Jose Reinhart, M.D., Member, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board
June 10, 2016
Overweight and obesity are now a truly universal problem.
According to a recent study published in the Lancet, 18% of men and 21% of women around the world will be obese by 2025 if current trends continue. And the alarming findings don’t stop there:
• From 1975 to 2014, global obesity has more than tripled among men and doubled among women.
• There are more than 266 million obese men and 375 million obese women in the world.
• Over one in eight adults are now obese, a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975.
• The United States and China have the highest rates of obesity.
Overweight and obesity result from an imbalance between daily caloric intake and consumption. A suitable alternative, which is expanding throughout the world, are nutritional replacements, which are scientifically prepared formulas that allow replacing meals throughout the day; these supplements contain a variety of beneficial nutrients.
For example, a high-protein nutritional shake, with appropriate amounts of carbohydrates and micronutrients (such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements), and with a low caloric content of about 200 calories, is the best alternative to replace a normal breakfast that contains approximately 600 calories.
For an overweight or obese person who consumes a poor diet and gets insufficient exercise, a nutritional replacement can be used to replace two meals a day. By replacing two meals a day with a nutritional replacement, a person can reduce their daily caloric intake by 600 to 800 calories a day. This can help to reduce body weight at a safe rate of weight loss of one to two pounds per week.
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