How to Shed Middle-Age Spread: Banish the Dangerous Spare Tyre in Just Six Weeks

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There comes
a point in everyone’s life when they start to expand around the
waist. For some, it’s an eternal battle that just becomes harder-fought
with age. For others, it is the first unpleasant realisation that
you can no longer eat what you like without spilling over your jeans.

Worryingly,
experts now understand that the fat that collects around the abdomen
has dangerous implications for our health – raising blood pressure
and cholesterol levels, and increasing your risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s
and even some cancers. It’s far more sinister than fat elsewhere
in the body.

But now, a
husband-and-wife GP team have come up with a diet plan that targets
this stubborn fat, stripping inches off the waistline and promising
to shift up to 20 lb in just six weeks.

The authors,
Dr Mary Dan Eades and Dr Michael Eades, have drawn on two decades
of experience running obesity clinics in the U.S. Not only will
you lose this dangerous fat, but you’ll do so drinking shakes made
with cream; and after the first two weeks, you are actively encouraged
to include oils and fats in your diet.

The plan has
been devised to force your body to use this harmful abdominal fat
as fuel, while at the same time re-training it to store fat in a
more healthy and slim-waisted way.

TRICKING
YOUR BODY TO SHED WEIGHT

Beating your
middle-aged middle is all about tricking your body into reversing
some of the harmful processes that lead to it.

Spread is caused
by a combination of factors, including poor diet, changing hormones
and certain medications.

The problem
with poor diet is that it can lead to ‘fatty liver’ – a condition
that affects one-third of people in Western populations.

While the exact
cause is not clear, excessive consumption of sugar and omega-6 fats
( polyunsaturated fatty acids found in vegetable oils) in modern
diets is thought to be to blame.

‘Fatty liver’
affects the organ’s ability to perform one of its primary jobs,
detoxification – the breaking down of harmful toxic substances such
as drugs, environmental pollutants and hormones.

Meanwhile,
the body is also coming under pressure from too much sugar in the
diet; and this, combined with stress, causes high blood sugar levels.
The body produces more insulin to mop it all up, but a fatty liver
can’t break it down as it should and it ends up as more fat in the
middle of the body.

Hormones add
to this. The female hormone oestrogen instructs the body to store
fat on the hips and thighs; but as levels decline with age, the
target for storage shifts to the abdomen.

Likewise, men
experience a drop in testosterone levels. And if they have high
insulin levels or a fatty liver, this can lead to more fat on their
breasts and bellies.

The problem
is not just one of aesthetics, either. The fat that gathers in and
around the vital organs in the abdomen is called ‘visceral fat’,
and it behaves very differently to ordinary ‘subcutaneous fat’,
which settles all over the body under the skin.

In fact, when
there’s enough of it, visceral fat can behave like an active organ
that responds to brain chemicals and hormones and sends out its
own chemical messages.

One of the
things it triggers is inflammation in the blood vessels – damaging
them and making it more likely for your blood to form clots, which
is bad news for the coronary arteries. Some scientists believe that
this, not cholesterol in the blood, triggers cardio-vascular disease.

The two Dr
Eades argue that middle-age spread doesn’t respond readily to the
old adage of ‘eat less and exercise more’. But with the right nutritional
tools, it can be quickly reduced.

SO HOW DOES
THE DIET WORK?

The diet kicks
off with a two-week programme of nutritionally-packed home-made
protein shakes. In the first week, they target the liver, reducing
its load by banning toxins like caffeine and alcohol and by encouraging
it to give up its accumulated fat reserves so it can function normally
again.

The shakes
are based on the principle that high levels of protein send a signal
to the brain and cells that you’ve been nourished. Basically, you
feel full despite the fact that you haven’t consumed many calories.

The shakes
also contain leucine, an amino acid found in meat, thought to accelerate
weight loss. Leucine also helps prevent or slow the loss of lean
body muscle which often occurs with rapid weight loss. (What dieters
often don’t realise is that you actually need muscle in order to
burn calories.)

Controversially,
the shakes contain saturated fat in the form of coconut milk or
double cream. The authors claim this is because saturated fat has
been shown to help the liver metabolise and burn any fat collected
there.

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April
7, 2010

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