From FAT to FIT again – Transformation Challenge

YES, I did it and I achieved my goal. In just 12 weeks of this weight loss challenge, (January 4th-March 29th  2015) I lost 10.3 kg (23 lbs) of unwanted weight and I trimmed my waist circumference with 14 centimeters (5.5 inches)

In fact those are my results week by week:

Date Section Weight Waist
January 4, 2015 Start Weight 92 kg       (202 lbs) 106 cm
January 11, 2015 Week 1 86 kg       (189 lbs) 98 cm
January 18, 2015 Week 2 85.3 kg     (188lbs) 97 cm
January 25, 2015 Week 3 85 kg         (187 lbs) 97 cm
February 1, 2015 Week 4 84 kg         (185 lbs) 96 cm
February 8, 2015 Week 5 83.5 kg     (184 lbs) 95 cm
February 15, 2015 Week 6 83.5 kg     (184 lbs) 95 cm
February 22, 2015 Week 7 83.5 kg   (184 lbs) 95 cm
March 1, 2015 Week 8 83.5 kg   (184 lbs) 95 cm
March 8, 2015 Week 9 83 kg       (182.5 lbs) 94 cm
March 15, 2015 Week 10 83 kg       (182.5 lbs) 94 cm
March 22, 2015 Week 11 82.4 kg   (181 lbs) 93 cm
March 29, 2015 Week 12 81.7 kg   (180 lbs) 92 cm

 

RESET March 29 2015

Why I decided to do this challenge?

On my previous blog from January 2015, entitled ‘From Fit to Fat – My Transformation Challenge’ http://www.mariofit.ca/fit-fat-transformation-challenge/  I wrote how stress, medication for pain and nervous tension, affected my life, my health and my physical fitness. And as a result of those stressors, my blood sugars elevated, my blood pressure rose to unhealthy readings of over 140/90, my weight gain move up from 84 kg to 92 kg in only few months, and my waist measurement increased to 106 centimeters (42 inches). This constellation of symptoms made me a candidate for developing a pre-diabetic state known as Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X.

Having personal experiences and knowing that Usana Health Sciences is a True Health Company with clinical studies in Reversing of Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, I decided to restore my health and lose some unwanted pounds by participating into their Usana Reset Nation weight Loss Challenge and follow their protocol. See some clinical trials at the end of this blog.

And I have to admit that even with my knowledge in functional fitness and holistic nutrition, achieving this ambition and losing 10 kg, was not an easy task without exercising.

Yes, due to some re-occurring back pain and muscular stiffness (as a result of a car accident in 2009) I was not able to exercise during the first 8 weeks of my challenge, yet I was able to lose 7 kg of my weight just by changing my nutritional habits, as recommended in the USANA’s RESET™ Nation Challenge.

But when 4 weeks ago I also started to workout using a combination of moderate intensity weight training and functional bodyweight exercise program I personally designed for my recovery, I was able to achieve my goal and to lose an additional 3.3 kg.

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Why I set my goal to lose 10 kg?

And if someone might ask why my goal was to lose 10 kg and not six, eight or 15kg, I can surely affirm that before 2009, this was my ideal weight as a fitness professional and martial arts athlete. This was the weight that in the years 2005-2009, kept me extremely active, strong and in great physical condition despite my age of 47 (in 2009).

But what motivates me to participate into this challenge NOW was mostly a combination of many personal choices.

  1. First, I needed to restore my health which in the last year started to decline at a considerable speed and I wanted to win the big prize: The Usana Health Sciences all inclusive trip to Sanoviv Medical Institute (May 2nd-May 7th 2015)
  2. On the same time, I wanted to prove again and again that Usana Health Sciences is a True Health Company. In the past, as a Registered Holistic and Sport Nutrition Consultant in Canada, I was able to help many friends, athletes and other clients to improve their wellbeing using a combination of healthy nutrition, regular physical exercises and the use of Usana Health Sciences nutritional supplements.
  3. My next reason to win this challenge was to raise awareness to my fellow Romanian friends and compatriots, and to point out that Usana Health Sciences is indeed the True Health Company.

Once one of the top karate athletes in Romania (and than in Italy) I grew up as an eyewitness to the effects of malnutrition in many orphan children in Romania. And at that time I was unable to help at all. But in 2002, thanks to Children’s Hunger Fund (a Charitable Organization) and its long-time partner Usana Health Sciences, I have heard how they restore health to thousands of Romanian orphans for many years. This is why in 2012 I decided to ‘return the favor’ and to compete (at the age of 50) in the 2012 Karate BC Provincial Championships to raise funds for Usana True Health Foundation and Children Hunger Fund to be exclusively used for children in desperate need of food and medicine. For me as a USANA Associate, giving to Children’s Hunger Fund was more than a donation — it was a fight. And I would like to thank Usana and their True Health Foundation for recognizing me as one of their “Champion”. In fact in 2013, the management of Usana Health Sciences and True Health Foundation invited me in Salt Lake City to present to me the ‘Champion for Change Award’

4. And NOW the year of 2015, become my time to restore my health and bring back my well being. And thanks to Usana Reset Nation Challenge, I am on my way to get healthier and better physically, emotionally and financially.

And to conclude I would like to tell everyone:

YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH

More information about Usana Clinical Studies on Reversal of Metabolic Syndrome:

Un Program de Slăbit cu Rezultate Vizibile – Studiu Clinic

Vrei sa slăbești fără sa iți fie foame? Vrei o dieta care sa dea rezultate permanente? Vrei sa iți imbunatatesti sănătatea cardiovasculara? Atunci încetează sa mai calculezi caloriile și considera studiul clinic făcut de Universitatea din Colorado, Departamentul de Endocrinologie.

images25MTFVH7Este dovedit ca cei care sunt grași sau obezi, au nu numai problem de greutate dar și posibile boli cardiovasculare cât și boli metabolice in particular Sindromul Metabolic.

Sindromul Metabolic, denumit si Sindromul X, este o boala dobândita datorita unui stil de viata nesănătos.

Acest sindrom metabolic este caracterizat prin rezistentei celulelor la propria insulina, al hipertensiunii arteriale, al obezității și a nivelului crescut de lipide și zaharuri in singe. Acest sindrom ignorant de multi, va duce la diabet tip 2, si la complicatii cardiovasculare.

Ca urmare o persoana predispusa la acest sindrom, va trebui sa indeplineasca 3 din urmatoarele criterii:

  • Valori crescute ale tensiunii arteriale (>130/85 mmHg)
  • Valori plasmatice ridicate ale glicemiei a jeun (>6,1 mmol/l sau > 110mg/dl)
  • Obezitate abdominala (circumferinta abdominala >102 cm la bărbați si > 88cm la femei)
  • Concentrația serica scăzuta a HDL-colesterolului (<1.04 mmol/l la barbati si <1,29 mmol/l la femei)
  • Valori crescute ale nivelului seric al trigliceridelor (>1,69 mmol/l).

Chiar daca o persoana nu indeplineste inca 3 din aceste conditii, este dovedit ca un surplus de greutate acumulat in zona abdominala, este un indicator al dezvoltarii acestui sindrom. Dar nu dispera.

În 2005, USANA Health Sciences – o companie de suplimente nutriționale (care a luat locul întâii in lume pentru puritatea si potenta produselor oferite) – a creat un program de 12 săptămâni prin care a dovedit ca sindromul metabolic poate fi prevenit și chiar reversat printr-un stil de viata mai sănătos, o dieta glycemica mai redusa și exercițiu fizic moderat.

De fapt, folosind produsele USANA Nutrimeal (ca înlocuitor de masa cu index glicemic scăzut) și combinat cu USANA Essentials (un produs multi-vitaminic cu efect antioxidant – considerat numărul unu in lume) s-a dovedit ca in 12 săptămâni Sindromul Metabolic poate fi chiar reversat.

usana_reset_nutrimeal_banner[1]In 2008/2009, aceste evaluări științifice au fost re-evaluate la o scară mai mare, de un studiu clinic finalizat la Universitatea din Colorado Denver ( UCD ) . Rezultatele care au fost publicate în 2009 in Jurnalul de Obezitate , a confirmat faptul că o schimbare stilului de viață , care implică o dieta glicemic scăzuta , cu multivitamine / antioxidanți și cât și exercițiu fizic moderat (chiar și mersul pe jos) , poate îmbunătăți sau chiar reversa sindromul metabolic .

usana_essentials__92169.1353691843.1280.1280[1]Aici sunt rezultatele publicate:

  • Subiecții din studiul UCD au pierdut o medie 6 kg in 12 saptamani .

Dar si mai important a fost imbunatatirea semnificativa in masura de control glicemic , a sănătații cardiovasculare, a inflamatie interne cat si a statutului  antioxidant .

În medie , participantii la studiu au  realizat următoarele transformări ale măsurilor de control glicemic :

  • Insulina ca rezultat al postului a fost redusa cu 32 %
  • Nivelurile de insulină în timpul unui test de toleranta orala la glucoza (la 120 de minute interval)  a scăzut cu 44 %
  • Rezistenta la insulina , masurata prin indicele HOMA a scăzut cu 32 %
  • De asemenea, au fost , schimbări notabile în sănătatea cardiovasculare :
  • Tensiunea arteriala sistolica a scazut cu 6 %
  • Tensiunea arterial diastolica a scazut cu 8 %
  • Colesterolul total a scăzut cu 5 %
  • Trigliceridele (dupa post) au scazut cu 16 %

Factorii de inflamatie si statutul antioxidant au fost  de asemenea, îmbunătățiti considerabil:

  • Plasma Reservei Antioxidante ( PAR ) au crescut cu 20 %
  • Peroxidarea lipidelor din cauza stresului oxidativ , a scazut cu 29 %
  • Proteina C – Reactivă ( CRP ) , un factor al inflamatiei , a scazut 27 %
  • Nivelurile  de Vitamina E Alfa au crescut cu 30 %

Toate aceste modificări sunt conforme cu îmbunătățirle factorilor ce influenteaza sindromul metabolic cat și cu imbunatatiri semnificative in domeniul sanatatii cardiovasculare si metabolice .

Pentru cei interesati sa citeasca intregul articol publicat in 2009 in Jurnalul Obezitatii, va rog sa ma contactati cu adresa de e-mail sau telefon.

NOTA: In aceste studii clinice s-au folosit in exclusivitate produsele de calitate USANA Health Sciences:

USANA Nutrimeal este un inlocuitor de masa ce consta dintr-o combinatie de proteine, glucide, grasimi si fibre alimentare, specific formulat sa aibe un continut glycemic scazut si care sa poate fi folosit ca un substitut alimentar.

USANA Essentials, este un produs multivitaminic/multi mineral/ si cu efect  antioxidant, care a dovedit prin studii de laborator sa furnizeze niveluri optime de nutrienti  in formele cele mai biodisponibile pentru a obține niveluri sanguine adecvate unei nutriții sanatoase. Din acest motiv, USANA Essentials au fost evaluate ca fiind numărul unu in lume printre produsele multivitaminice.

Pentru mai multe informație despre produsele USANA, vizitati acest website: http://www.mariofit.usana.com/.

Recomand ca fiecare persoana interesata in produsele USANA, sa isi faca o evaluare de sanatate si nutritionala (GRATIS) care se gaseste pe acest website. Aceste produse sunt disponibile in 19 tari, inclusiv in Europa, si pentru Romania pot fi comandate din Olanda. Daca doriti sa comandati  si sa aveti o reducere de 20%, va recomand sa ma contactati personal prin text (001-604-725-9002) sau pe e-mailul de la Contact Me.