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Lose Weight, Move Better, Live Longer

A new year rolls in and the prevailing thought for many people is that it’s time to lose weight, start moving, and get into shape.

Dr. Jennifer Burch holds a model depicting the size, shape, and weight of five pounds of fat, to an appreciative Dr. Darius Russell, who has lost the equivalent of six such packages.

Dr. Jennifer Burch, who oversees activities in Durham’s Central Pharmacy and Central Compounding Center, understands that for many, shedding unwanted pounds can be a daunting task. “Most of us need a jump-start, something that will motivate us and keep us moving,” she says.

“From the time we’re born to around the time we turn 30,” explains Dr. Burch, “our muscles grow larger and stronger. But at some point in our 30s we begin to lose muscle mass and function, a condition known as age-related sarcopenia. People who are physically inactive can lose as much as three to five percent of their muscle mass per decade after age 30. And you still experience some muscle loss, even if you are active.”

Any loss of muscle mass is of consequence, she continues, because loss of muscle means loss of strength and mobility. “Sarcopenia accelerates around age 75 and is a factor in the occurrence of frailty and the likelihood of falls and fractures in the elderly. Symptoms of muscle mass include musculoskeletal weakness and loss of stamina. Reduced physical activity, in turn, further reduces muscle mass.

“A decrease in the concentrations of some hormones, including growth hormone, testosterone, and insulin-like growth factor, contribute to the development of sarcopenia.”

The primary treatment for sarcopenia, notes Dr. Burch, “is exercise—specifically resistance or strength training—exercise that increases muscle strength and endurance with weights or resistance bands. Research has shown that a program of progressive resistance training exercises can increase protein synthesis rates in the elderly in as little as two weeks.”

And, she adds, hormones play a role. “When a woman's production of hormones is diminished at menopause, we often recommend bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to increase lean body mass and reduce abdominal fat short term.”

The Method

Ever more frequently, Dr. Burch and her colleagues are offering several safe, highly effective weight loss programs as critical good health measures. “Excess weight is an especially difficult and dangerous burden, especially as people age,” she notes.

Dr. Darius Russell is a pharmacist, working with Dr. Burch, who is pleased to offer a personal endorsement. He lost more than 30 pounds in two months with the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method.

“This is an easy four-phase medically designed protocol that helps stabilize the pancreas and blood sugar levels while burning fat and maintaining muscle and other lean tissue,” he explains.

“It teaches us how to live off of the body’s own fat reserves. The body employs energy from three reserves: glycogen (carbohydrate), protein and fats—first from its simple and complex carbohydrate reserves and when depleted, it turns simultaneously to its protein and fat reserves for energy.”

Simple and complex carbohydrates can prevent weight loss, notes Dr. Russell, “since the body stores approximately three days’ worth of carbohydrates. And, because of this, the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method has a beginning and an end. Until 100 percent of the weight loss goal is achieved, we restrict sugars (simple and complex). Why? Because as long as sugar is being consumed, the body is not burning fat.”

Adds Dr. Burch, “The main principle is to deplete the glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves completely in order to compel the body to turn to its fat reserve to burn calories. How do we get the body to burn its fat reserves and not its muscle mass reserves, if both are depleted simultaneously? By providing the body with foods that have a high protein value, complete with eight essential amino acids, 97 percent absorbable, which make them biologically-complete proteins. A dieter will feel energized, look vibrant and feel strong.”

What to Expect

Based on decades of experience, with millions of participants in Europe, Canada, and the United States, the Ideal Weight Loss Program most commonly provides:

  • Weight loss at the rate of three to four pounds per week for women, and four to seven pounds per week for men.
  • Quick weight loss without sacrificing muscle mass.
  • An understanding of how food affects and is utilized by the body, including what causes fat storage.
  • Improved energy, appetite control and reduced cravings—usually on day four or five.