The science of fat...
Monday 08 November 2010
According to latest diet fad, BioSignature, the key to losing weight is to control your hormones.
The science-inspired method is based on the concept world-renowned Canadian strength coach Charles Poliquin’s discovered - after noticing trends and correlations in the athletes he was working with for nearly 30 years.
The system aims to reduce people’s body fat by addressing hormonal imbalances in order to sustain immune strength, achieve balance and feel your best.
It works by taking readings from 12 sites on the body that correspond to key hormones, such as the female sex hormone oestrogen and stress hormone, cortisol.
Hormonal imbalances can then be effectively managed through a combination of diet, exercise, a targeted supplementation program, and lifestyle modifications.
But rest assured, a PPC trained BioSignature practitioner will develop a plan for you based on your unique biological signature.
Speaking to the Metro, qualified BioSignature practitioner, Adam Stowell, said: “A simple supplement such as fish oil could be all you need to burn more fat and gain more muscle.”
But, Mr Stowell says that once the hormone is back on track your body will continue to maintain the balance on its own – you don’t have to take the supplements for the rest of your life!
Some professionals aren’t convinced by the method, such as GP Dr Anuradha Arasu, who told the Metro that there is a lack of evidence to support the theory, said:
“If a clinically relevant hormonal imbalance were suspected, it would need to be diagnosed and monitored with the use of specific blood tests.”
Despite this, DR Arasu said that BioSiganture could improve health by encouraging diet, lifestyle and training specific to the individual.
Interested in learning about your own body fat?
Women – a waist measuring more than 31 in (about 80 cm) indicates a slight health risk and a waist of more than 35 in (about 90 cm) carries a substantially increased risk.
Men – a waist measuring more than 37 in (about 93 cm) carries a slight health risk and a waist of more than 40 (about 100 cm) carries a substantially increased risk.
By Samantha Webster
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