Revealed: The secret to losing weight and keeping it off
(BPT) - Losing weight — and keeping it off — isn’t easy, and one of the main reasons is that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all, guaranteed-to-produce-dramatic-results diet.
Just because your BFF lost her baby weight by cutting out carbs doesn’t mean you will. Your genes, blood markers and lifestyle all play a big role in what works and what doesn’t when it comes to winning the battle of the bulge. When you’re ready to make some smart changes, it can be hard to know what will actually make the difference when it comes to avoiding the yo-yo dieting syndrome that’s all too common.
Arivale, a Seattle-based scientific wellness company, is disrupting the billion-dollar weight-loss industry by marrying genomics, lab markers, technology and personalized behavioral coaching to help more people become successful losers. “Your health is impacted 60 percent by lifestyle, 30 percent by genetics and 10 percent by interactions with health providers,” explains Arivale CEO and co-founder Clayton Lewis. “Our program focuses on the 90 percent — lifestyle plus genetics.”
When it comes to weight loss, understanding your genetic predisposition can help jump-start your efforts, he says. “For example, many people — including 68 percent of Arivale members — are genetically predisposed to increased weight gain from high amounts of fat in their diet — even healthy fats like avocados and nut butters,” says Lewis. This may explain why diets like the Paleo, Dukan, South Beach and Bulletproof that focus on fats and proteins and call for drastic reductions in carbs may not work for everyone.
“Your genes may tell you whether you are predisposed to gain more weight than others when eating fats or carbs,” explains Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, one of the team of 60 Arivale Coaches who are committed to their members’ weight-loss success. “Yes, limiting sugar and increasing vegetables are key for a healthy weight-loss diet, but genetics also influences our ability to taste sweet and bitter flavors, which can impact our preferences for sugar and vegetables and our ability to feel full.”
The Arivale difference starts with blood samples taken at a local lab and analyzed for 3,000 gene variants and over 40 blood markers. Then you’ll have an in-depth phone consultation with an Arivale Coach — a registered dietitian or certified nutritionist with 200 additional hours of training in genetics and behavior-change science — who will walk you through your data and recommend the best actions you can take to optimize your weight-loss efforts. It’s a one-on-one relationship with someone who’s willing to go the extra mile to build a personalized plan that works for you. So, if you want someone to text you every day to check in or prefer an email once a week, or you need a killer recipe for low-carb lasagna or veggie burgers, your Arivale Coach is available. Your coach is supported by genetic scientists, physicians, clinicians and researchers who work behind the scenes to review your personal data and flag any lab values that could require a follow-up with your healthcare provider.
“We design a personal plan that will take your body, goals, blood type, genes and lifestyle into account. Pairing data with one-on-one lifestyle coaching will empower you to take action,” says Hultin. “We can see what is working in real time and make tweaks to help you overcome weight-loss plateaus along the way, so losing weight and keeping it off can become a reality.”
To find out more, visit https://www.arivale.com/weight-loss-2.