In considering the TLS® Weight Loss Solution, how important is calorie counting?
The TLS Weight Loss Solution is based on low-glycemic eating and portion control, not calorie counting. Therefore, each person, regardless of size, can follow the system to achieve optimal results. The TLS Weight Loss Solution is based around eating the right kinds of foods to help nourish and fill your body. Counting calories is not a priority when you follow the TLS Weight Loss Solution.*
Are fat free and low fat foods the solution to being overweight?
These foods can definitely play a part in an overall effort to lose weight, but consuming them will not undo a myriad of other dietary downfalls or make up for a lack of physical activity. Successful weight loss and weight maintenance depends on achieving the right mix of diet and physical activity. To lose weight, you need to take in less energy (eat fewer calories) than you expend (or work off) through physical activity. Combining dietary modifications to reduce calories and fat with a consistent physical activity plan is the most effective way to lose weight. Also, focusing on eating a wide variety of lower-GI foods is a great way to appease the senses, as well as gain a greater range of vitamins and nutrients in the diet. When you consume an assortment of foods, eating healthier becomes easier and more gratifying. Fat free and low fat does not always mean low calorie, and these foods are usually not very satisfying.
What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates, protein and fat are the body’s three main sources of fuel. All three of these sources contain calories; carbs and proteins supply four calories per gram, and fats supply nine calories per gram. When the body burns a calorie – whether from a carbohydrate, a protein or a fat – energy is released. Carbohydrates, however, have the distinction of being the body’s predominant and most efficient source of energy. What roles do carbohydrates play in the body? Different types of carbohydrates are processed differently by the body and, consequently, have different effects on blood glucose levels. The glycemic index, or GI, ranks carbohydrate-rich foods according to their effect on blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates provide the body with the fuel it needs for physical activity and proper organ function. The best sources of carbohydrates – fruits, vegetables and whole grains – deliver essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and a host of important phytonutrients. The digestive system handles all carbohydrates in much the same way; it breaks them down (or tries to break them down which is the case for fiber) into single sugar molecules, since only single sugar molecules are small enough to cross into the bloodstream. It converts carbohydrates into glucose (also known as blood sugar) because cells are designed to use this as a universal energy source.
The glycemic index measures how fast and how high blood sugar levels rise after consuming foods that contain carbohydrates. White bread, for example, is a high glycemic index food and is converted almost immediately to glucose, causing blood sugar levels to spike rapidly. Brown rice, in contrast, has a low glycemic index and is digested more slowly, causing a steadier and overall lower change in blood sugar levels.
As I lose weight, will the elasticity in my skin adapt to the weight loss?
When you lose weight as body fat, you maintain the muscle, and over time through exercise most people find that their excess skin will adapt to their new body and tighten up. It is important that you exercise to improve your muscle mass and tone, and help target body fat loss as well.
Do I have to exercise to see results?
As with most weight loss supplements, this product was designed to be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. This is the best and proven way to lose weight. Exercise and healthy eating are essential for optimal results.
Are reduced-fat foods always low in fat?
These types of food are lower in fat than the original, but that does not necessarily mean they are low fat. To know the facts, read the nutrition label and compare the fat content of two similar products with the same serving size.
How are different carbohydrates metabolized in the body? When a food containing complex carbohydrates – oatmeal, for instance – is eaten, its high fiber content prevents it from quickly leaving the stomach. This results in a feeling of fullness. The food then moves into the small intestine where the two types of complex carbohydrates – starch and fiber – separate from each other. The starch portion slowly makes its way toward the villi, which are the fingerlike projections of the small intestine that absorb nutrients. By this time, the starch has been broken down into glucose and is ready to be transported to the blood. When the glucose enters the blood, your blood sugar level rises. This, in turn, causes the pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that allows glucose to be transported to the cells. When glucose enters the cells, some of it is immediately used as fuel, some is stored in the muscles and liver as reserve fuel, and any remaining glucose is transferred into fat. As glucose is distributed throughout the body, blood sugar levels begin to fall.
A very different scenario occurs when a food containing simple carbohydrates is consumed, such as a sugar-sweetened soft drink or a square of fudge. Because foods with simple sugars have little or no fiber to slow their movement through the stomach, it is rapidly transported to the small intestine. Once there, the starch is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, causing a rapid surge of glucose into the bloodstream and resulting in a spike in your blood sugar level. Soon after, the pancreas, in response to the increase in blood sugar, releases insulin, which immediately begins the task of moving the glucose into cells, resulting in a drop in blood glucose levels. How does TLS® CORE Fat & Carb Inhibitor support weight management? In the weight loss game, starchy carbohydrates can really pack on the pounds. Starchy carbohydrates can also trigger leptin resistance. Starchy carbohydrates lead to higher blood sugar levels, increasing insulin causing the body to store fat.
When you work towards your weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals, TLS CORE Fat & Carb Inhibitor works as hard as you. TLS CORE Fat & Carb Inhibitor contains the active ingredient, white kidney bean extract. White kidney bean extract inhibits the enzymes that normally breakdown starch into glucose within the small intestine. White kidney bean extract uses a calculated approach to affect the utilization of carbohydrates once they enter the body. As a result, the absorption of glucose from carbohydrate-rich foods, such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta is inhibited. This gives you an advantage by minimizing the effects of surplus carbohydrates that are waiting to be converted into fat within the body.*
TLS CORE Fat & Carb Inhibitor contains GreenSelect (Green Tea Extract Phytosome), a caffeine free extract from green tea leaves combined with phosphatidylcoline from soybean. Green tea is known for its ability to inhibit the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Research has also shown that green tea polyphenols promote a healthy metabolism. GreenSelect, in a recent study, was shown to promote weight loss and reduction in BMI. *
Why is there a soy allergen for this product?
The soy allergen is required because lecithin from soy (non-genetically modified) is used in the creation of the phytosome complex in the GreenSelect® Phytosome®. This ingredient combines an extract from green tea leaves with phosphatidylcholine from soybean to allow for enhanced bioavailability. There is no added soy protein in this product. This is a highly purified phytosome complex and a high food grade material.
Are there any warnings/contraindications associated with this product?
If you are currently using warfarin (Coumadin) or any other antiplatelet/anticoagulant drugs, are using prescription drugs for diabetes or have an ongoing medical condition, consult your healthcare provider before using this product. If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, monitor blood glucose levels closely when using this product. Wait at least four hours between taking TLS CORE Fat & Carb Inhibitor and any penicillin family antibiotics. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this product.
Should I not take TLS® CORE if I’m on Coumadin (warfarin) or prescription drugs for diabetes?
The label contains several warnings about the use of CORE, including warnings about using CORE in conjunction with the use of warfarin and prescription diabetes drugs. The warning doesn’t advise people using these prescription drugs not to not take the product, but it does advise them to first consult with their healthcare provider. A specific warning for warfarin is included on the label because catechins (components of green tea) may have anti-platelet activity. Similarly, some of the ingredients in prescription diabetic drugs may lower blood sugar. As always, if you are using prescription drugs or have any type of ongoing medical condition, you should consult your healthcare provider before using CORE, or any other dietary supplement product. For additional warning information for this product, please see the complete product warning indicated above.