The Scientific Research On Which the Unleash Your Thin Diet Program is Based
Unleash Your Thin is based on the latest cutting edge research regarding how humans burn fat.
What few people realize is that the research has never supported the idea that eating fat makes you fat or that reducing your fat intake will help you lose weight. Low-fat diets simply don't work as explained eloquently here by Dr. Walter Willet of the Harvard School of Public Health.
High glycermic carbohydrate restriction is the only scientifically-validated method for losing weight, which has always been the case, but most people don't know that given the misinformation that has been widely distributed. Controlled-carb diets are also a more effective way to lower triglycerides, increase HDL, reduce LDL, balance blood sugar, improve leptin sensitivity, and more.
Simply put, this is the diet human beings evolved to eat.
Unleash Your Thin also leverages new findings about how important the psychological component of weight loss truly is. To effectively change what you eat, you have to look at the behavioral, environmental, and psychological factors that drive you to eat unhealthy foods in the first place.
Lifestyle factors like community, having an accountability partner, setting goals, and carefully creating action plans to achieve those goals make a tremendous difference in weight loss outcomes, specifically in maintaining weight loss for the long term.
Here are a few keys studies on which the Unleash Your Thin program is something that can't be said for many of the other weight loss programs you'll find on the market today.
“Well it’s time to end the low-fat myth. The low-fat approach to eating may have made a difference for the occasional individual, but as a nation it hasn’t helped us control weight or become healthier. Why hasn’t cutting fat from the diet paid off as expected? Detailed research—much of it done at Harvard—shows that the total amount of fat in the diet isn’t really linked with weight or disease.”
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Harvard School of Public Health
The Largest Low-Fat Study of All Time Shows it Doesn't Work
The Women's Health Initiative Dietary Trial, the largest study of its kind ever conducted, started in 1993 and involved approximately 50,000 women from the ages of 50-79. With more than $415 million dollars in funding from the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, doctors were trying to ascertain the relationship between heart disease, some cancers, obesity and diet.
The researchers randomly assigned 19,541 women to a low-fat diet with the goal of having them reduce their fat intake by 18%. These women were provided individual counseling and group sessions to support them in this change. The other 29,294 participants were told to continue their usual diet and given generic diet-related educational materials.
After eight years of carefully watching these women, scientists reviewed changes between the two groups across a number of different parameters including weight, number of heart attacks and stroke, incidences of breast and colorectal cancer, and more. The results were profound.
The low-fat diet had zero impact on weight loss outcomes. Women in both the control group and the low-fat diet group weighed the same before and after the study.1
And, as the New York Times reported, "The largest study ever to ask whether a low-fat diet reduces the risk of getting cancer or heart disease has found that the diet has no effect..."2
Reviewing Diets A to Z3
In 2007 researchers from Stanford University published the results of their "A to Z Weight Loss Study." Their objective was to answer a simple question: What diet works to help people lose weight? To find the answer they chose four different diets that have been touted in the media for their ability to help people burn fat.
What Diet Works to Help People Lose Weight?
300 pre-menopausal, overweight women were randomly assigned to follow one of these programs for a year.
- Extremely low carb
- Very low fat
- High carb,
The extremely low carb group lost significantly more weight (approximately ten pounds over the course of the year) than any of the other groups and they also experienced metabolic effects that were comparable with or more beneficial than the other participants.
The low-fat diet preformed the worst of all the diets tested.
WITHDRAWN: Advice on Low-Fat Diets for Obesity4
In 2008 the Cochrane Collaboration—an international team of medical scientists and researchers who are renowned for the thoroughness of their meta-analyses of medical research—officially withdrew their support for low-fat diets as a method for losing weight.
Understand that Cochrane is one of the most respected science organizations in the world. No serious scientist or medical researcher would outright reject an opinion handed down after one of their meta-analyses.
This announcement should have been headline news as it turns everything conventional medicine tells us about weight loss on its head.
Online Support Communities Dramatically Increase Weight Loss Results
Want to lose weight for good? Community support--even online community support--is essential.
In 2010 the Journal of Medical Internet Research5 published a fascinating study that concluded participants who frequently accessed an interactive behavioral website designed to promote weight-loss maintenance had more success keeping the weight off long term.
348 participants were encouraged to log into a website where recorded their weight, developed short-term weight loss goals, created action plans, and learned how to better manage their habits. These are many of the same steps you do during the first week of Unleash Your Thin.
Over the course of the study, all of the participants lost about the same amount of weight. However, at two year follow up those who chose not to use the website had regained every pound they lost.
On the other hand, participants who consistently used the website throughout the 30-month study were able to keep off more weight for longer. They retained 44 percent of their initial weight loss--impressive results for long-term fat reduction.
More Evidence for the Power of Community
In a recent study out of Purdue University, scientists applied statistical methods to compare data from all of the published studies that compared weight loss programs which included partner support and those that didn't.6
While the studies varied in terms of the kind of support people were encouraged to give each other, one finding is crystal clear: People who work to lose weight with a partner are 95% more likely to drop weight and keep it off over time.
These are but a few of the most powerful studies which prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt that Unleash Your Thin works.
1 Howard BV, Manson JE, Stefanick ML, et al. 2006. Low-fat dietary pattern and weight change over 7 years: the Women’s
Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial. JAMA. 295: 39-49.
3 Gardner C, Kiazand A, et al. 2007. The A to Z weight loss study: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 297: 969-977
4 Summerbell CD, Cameron C, Glasizou PP. 2008. WITHDRAWN: Advice on low-fat diets for obesity. Jul 16;(3):CD003640.
5 Funk KL, Stevens VJ, et al. 2010. Associations of internet web use with weight change in a long-term weight loss
maintenance program. J Med Internet Research. 12(3):e29. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1504.
6 Black DR, Gleser LJ, Kooyers KJ. 1990. A meta-analytical evaluation of couples weight-loss programs. Health Psychology. 9(3):330-47.