CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — A recent human clinical study showed that 88% of adult Americans are metabolically “unfit.” And Joel Bikman, a longtime nutrition executive and co-founder of a new science-based health company, knows just the culprit.
“It’s simply our diet,” Bikman said. “We’re eating the wrong kinds of foods in the wrong quantities, and it’s making us not only fatter, but sicker.”
Where we’ve gone wrong
This downward trend in health and weight ironically got a big assist from the U.S. government, which had been on the search for a way to “fix” the nation’s diet for some time. Backed by one dubious study, they eventually introduced the infamous “food pyramid” that drove a dramatic increase in the consumption of refined, unhealthy carbohydrates.
“For the first time in history, we had a government telling us what to eat,” Bikman said. “Encouraging us to eat far more refined carbs and not enough healthy fats, and our weight and health have only suffered for it.”
The results on the nation’s health and weight have been dire. Since the government first set dietary guidelines in 1977, the food industry has completely shifted the types of foods they produce to our overall detriment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the weight of the average adult American today is nearly 30 pounds more than that of the average adult American in 1977.
The modern plague of insulin resistance
Bikman learned that perhaps the biggest issue with our diet change had to do with the hormone insulin, which, put simply, tells our body what to do with energy from food. While insulin is responsible for the support of hundreds of systems in the body, it is primarily known to regulate glucose levels in the blood.
“Our bodies must have insulin to operate properly, but our modern diet is so rich in carbohydrates that it leaves us flooded with insulin almost non-stop,” Bikman said. “And when that happens, you become insulin resistant, which is a very bad thing for our health and weight.”
Bikman says that research shows more than half of adult Americans are already insulin resistant, with it growing rapidly throughout the world.
“In general, insulin resistance makes almost anything that could go wrong with your body much, much worse,” he added. “Worsening brain health, metabolic health, heart health and more; insulin resistance turns things tragic for people in short order.”
The insulin resistance quiz
Do you think you or a loved one might be insulin resistant? Answer the questions below:
Do you have more fat around your belly than you’d like?
Do you have a family history of heart disease?
Do you have high blood pressure, or does eating salt affect your blood pressure?
Do you have high levels of blood triglycerides?
Do you retain water easily?
Do you have gout?
Do you have patches of darker-colored skin or little bumps of skin (skin tags) at your neck, armpits or other areas?
Do you have a family member with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes?
Do you have/had gestational diabetes or PCOS (for women) or have low testosterone (for men)?
If you answered “yes” to any two questions (or more), you almost certainly have insulin resistance.
Food: the culprit and the cure
If a person believes they have insulin resistance, Bikman advises that they should consult their health care professional. However, there are definitive steps we each can take to become more insulin sensitive in our own homes.
“As my scientist brother always says, ‘Food got us into this mess, and it’s food that will get us out of it,’” Bikman said. “The easiest and best thing to do is to start limiting intake of carbohydrates immediately. Of the three macronutrients, carbs are the least necessary for the average adult and the most problematic for those struggling with metabolic problems. The health and weight challenges we’re seeing today are mostly because of that misguided shift in diet.”
The “fat” secret
In fact, Bikman says that increasing the consumption of healthy fats may be the most important change you can make, supporting metabolic health, brain health and more.
“Our ancestors knew that fats were the most nutrient-dense substances they could eat,” he said. “They provide you with needed nutrition for your brain and body, they help you feel satisfied, curb your desire for sweets and even help train your body to burn excess body fat.”
“However, it’s important to get a wide spectrum of healthy fats, from short-, medium- and long-chain sources,” he added. “It’s not about taking a shot of MCT oil or a big pat of butter and calling it a day.”
“You have competing mindsets on protein with very little legitimate science behind the arguments,” Bikman said. “Protein is essential, especially as you age, but it should be consumed in conjunction with fat, just as is found in nature.”
The best types of protein, Bikman said, are whey, egg whites and collagen. He emphasizes that those have the highest biological value, offer the most complete essential amino acid profile, and support lean and toned muscle, healthy joints, cartilage and bone health.
The essential boost to your diet
To help people achieve their best health quicker, and especially to assist those that don’t always have time to eat healthy, Bikman and his co-founding team of metabolic, nutrition and industry experts recently created HLTH Code Complete Meal.
Bikman says these carefully formulated meal shakes are designed to optimize health, including weight management, gut health, brain health and even hair, skin and nail health. HLTH Code Complete Meal features an optimized, science-backed blend of protein, collagen, healthy fats, apple cider vinegar, probiotics, fiber, vitamins and minerals – with no added sugar or any artificial ingredients.
“Based on scientific and competitive research, we believe that HLTH Code Complete Meal is truly a breakthrough in meal replacement shakes,” Bikman said. “Our customers tell us they’re the best-tasting and most filling shakes they’ve ever had, and they help keep blood glucose low for most people, which is absolutely essential.”
HLTH Code Complete Meal is made in the U.S. and at a Current Good Manufacturing Practices-certified facility that is registered with the Food and Drug Administration.
Keeping hunger at bay (the right way)
When it comes to eating, Bikman says it’s easy to consume plenty of calories and still feel hungry. This is because the calories consumed are not the right types of calories to provide essential nutrition. He refers to this as “mis-nourishment,” and he says it’s ruining many people’s health.
“Each HLTH Code Complete Meal shake is packed with optimized amounts of these ingredients to leave you feeling full and energized for hours,” he said. “Yet, it’s more convenient and affordable than virtually any meal you could make or buy.”
Bikman says the shakes are quick and easy to make. Just add two scoops of Creamy Vanilla or Chocolate Macadamia Complete Meal Powder to 8 ounces of cold water and shake or blend. For general wellness, he recommends replacing one meal daily. To reset your health or for weight loss, replace up to two meals per day.
“(I’ve) been using HLTH Code for about two weeks and I feel healthier, having more energy and having less cravings – love this product!” said one reviewer.
Another reviewer shares, “I started losing weight quickly because I have found that I no longer eat between meals, I do not ‘crave’ carbs and I’m automatically doing intermittent fasting, not purposely but because I just don’t get hungry.”
Yet another review said, “I’ve been drinking this for five months to break my intermittent fast, and I’m in my best shape and down 21 pounds. I can’t recommend this enough! Plus it has a great flavor! What’s not to love?”
Does HLTH Code also make weight loss easier?
Bikman said the best health starts with the right blend of nutrition. Better insulin sensitivity, increased energy, feeling more vibrant, a stronger immune system, a clearer mind, improved gut health and an improved appearance are some of the benefits from improving one’s nutrition.
“The comprehensive benefits of HLTH Code Complete Meal are especially helpful if you’re trying to lose weight,” he continued. “Weight loss is rarely easy. There has to be the right changes in both hormones and caloric balance to signal to the body that it’s time to start burning, not storing, fat.”
Bikman adds that based on the best available studies on human metabolism, in addition to exercise, HLTH Code Complete Meal helps people lose weight without the need for counting every calorie.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed
If you’re concerned about trying something new and making changes to your nutrition plan, don’t be. Bikman stands by his HLTH Code Meal Replacement products and is willing to guarantee your satisfaction.
“You have nothing to lose (except those extra pounds) and everything to gain in terms of wellness and confidence,” he said.
Indeed, if you’ve been looking for improved wellness and healthy weight management, then HLTH Code Complete Meal Replacement may well be your answer. For exclusive savings on your first order, visit getHLTH.com and enter the discount code SGN at checkout.
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