Weight Management Myths Exposed
May 19, 2014
The ageLOC TR90 system is a breakthrough weight management and body shaping system that consists of three components: 1) innovative products, 2) a simple eating plan, and 3) physical activity recommendations. TR90 is aligned with the most recent nutrition and weight management and body shaping science, not the weight loss myths that are so common among conventional diets.
Myth #1: All weight loss is created equal.
Fact #1: The bathroom scale is unable to distinguish between fat loss (a desired outcome) and loss of muscle (an undesirable outcome).
All weight loss is not equal, nor is all weight loss beneficial; therefore the number on a scale should not be considered the ultimate measure of success. Instead, the TR90 weight management and body shaping program is focused on body composition (the proportion of fat and muscle). One of the negative consequences of conventional diets is that, although they typically lead to weight loss, including fat loss, they also lead to loss of lean muscle. Lean muscle is the most modifiable metabolically active body tissue in the body and therefore it influences the rate at which you burn calories. The greater the amount of lean muscle you have, the greater your “metabolic burn” also known as your “resting energy expenditure” or “non-exercise energy expenditure”. Therefore, loss of lean muscle leads to reductions in your metabolic burn rate which in turn may contribute to the yo-yo effect many experience when they diet1. So rather than placing the primary focus on the number on the scale, the TR90 program focuses on promoting fat loss, supporting lean muscle, positively influencing body composition and body shaping.
Myth #2: Genetics predetermine whether you will be overweight.
Fact #2: Studies confirm that body composition is primarily influenced by the expression of specific genes and gene pathways, rather than genes themselves.
Many people think because their parents or grandparents struggled with weight that they are doomed to struggle as well. This myth has been debunked by studies in sets of identical twins. For example, a Finnish research team led by Dr. Leena Peltonen evaluated gene expression levels in the fat cells of identical twins, in which one twin was a healthy weight and the other was overweight or obese2. Of course, because identical twins share the same genetic makeup, identical DNA, this ruled out the possibility that the mere inclusion/exclusion of a gene, gene mutation, or gene polymorphism could explain the differences in body composition between individuals within each twin pair. The interesting discovery that Peltonen and her team made was that differences in the expression levels of certain gene pathways appeared to explain the dissimilarity in body composition. This finding provides a rationale for additional research to investigate the effects of gene expression on body composition, and whether nutraceutical blends have the ability to target gene expression related to weight management and body shaping.
Myth #3: There is a magic pill for weight loss.
Fact #3: There is no magic bullet when it comes to weight management and body shaping. Lifestyle and dietary factors play an essential role in healthy weight management. Furthermore, diet and lifestyle directly impact gene expression of body tissues related to healthy weight management.
The TR90 program was designed to target all aspects of long-term weight management and body shaping, including a specialized eating plan and increased physical activity, both of which can positively influence gene expression. Although the false promise of rapid weight loss without being required to make changes to dietary habits, caloric intake levels or exercise may seem enticing, it is not scientifically sound. TR90 incorporates advanced products, a sustainable eating plan for life, and physical activity recommendations to give you an edge in your weight management and body shaping efforts.
1. Layman DK. Dietary Guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2009 Mar 13;6:12. doi: 10.1186/1743-7075-6-12. PubMed PMID: 19284668; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2666737.
2. Pietiläinen KH, Naukkarinen J, Rissanen A, Saharinen J, Ellonen P, Keränen H, Suomalainen A, Götz A, Suortti T, Yki-Järvinen H, Oresic M, Kaprio J, Peltonen L. Global transcript profiles of fat in monozygotic twins discordant for BMI: pathways behind acquired obesity. PLoS Med. 2008 Mar 11;5(3):e51. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050051. PubMed PMID: 18336063; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC226575