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Welcome to the second edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter that has several aims in mind. We want to provide you with helpful information on reversing Insulin Resistance as well as keeping you up-to-date on the latest weight loss research. To speed-up your success, we also include practical advice on diet and exercise.

Losing weight is not a race. It's about persistence and progress. Altering the existing habits of your body and lifestyle will take time - and support.

Research shows that any lifestyle change is more effective when support is involved and we at Insulite Laboratories support your efforts every step of the way. Let's reach our goals together.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do."

- Mark Twain

Who knows what you're capable of achieving?


Menu Change May Reverse
Widening Waistlines

The release this month of Morgan Spurlock's documentary "Super Size Me" comes hot on the heels of a decision by McDonald's that could help curb America's obesity epidemic.

Spurlock gives a first-hand film account of the dangers of a fast-food diet by gorging himself exclusively at McDonald's three times a day for a month. Visiting the chain's restaurants across the U.S., he gained 25 pounds and damaged his liver in the process. While no one in their right mind would follow Spurlock's example in real life, the decision by McDonald's to phase-out Super Size french fries and drinks seems, at least in part, to be an acknowledgment that most American diners no longer scoop large amounts of food into their mouths without thinking about the consequences.

McDonald's says the driving force was "menu simplification" and that "not very many Super Size fries are sold." That said, we create our own first line of defense by choosing what to eat each day. The more people who change their eating styles towards healthier choices, the more fast-food restaurants will have to change their menus to accommodate those styles. Perhaps the next question heard from behind the fast-food counter will be "Are you sure you want fries with that?"



Lowers Cholesterol with Other
Health Benefits

Obesity in hypertensive patients is associated with unhealthy lipid levels and Insulin Resistance, both of which are improved by weight control.

In a study of 63 overweight patients being treated for hypertension, the subjects were randomly assigned to one of four alternative regimens for 16 weeks: a daily fish meal (3.65 grams of omega-3 fatty acids), a weight-loss regimen, the two regimens combined or a control group.

Overall, weight decreased by an average of 12 pounds, fasting insulin was lower and glucose levels were down following an oral-glucose tolerance test. The greatest decrease occurred in the group that had the fish and weight loss regimen combined. This group also showed a 38% decline in serum triglycerides (TG) and a 24% increase in HDL cholesterol.

Omega-3 fatty acids have diverse effects on mechanisms underlying antherosclerosis, including a decrease in TG and an increase in HDL.

SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999 Nov; 70 (5): 817-825

DR. MARY'S VIEW:     "The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flax seed oil are essential to reversing Insulin Resistance."

Cardiovascular disease and weight gain are both hallmarks of Insulin Resistance. This study shows an effective strategy for reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease by improving your lipid profile (increasing your HDL cholesterol and reducing your TG).

Additionally, the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish was shown to reduce fasting insulin and blood glucose - two things that must happen in order to reverse Insulin Resistance.

Most Americans are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, found not only in fish but also in flax seed oil. Taking a nutritional supplement of omega-3 fatty acids is just as desirable as eating fish and should be added to the diet of any person who is trying to reverse Insulin Resistance.

Dr. Mary Shackelton is the Medical Director of Insulite Laboratories.


Myth: Skipping Meals is a good way to lose weight.

Fact: Your body needs a certain amount of calories and nutrients each day in order to work properly. If you skip meals during the day, you will be more likely to make up for those missing calories by snacking or eating more at the next meal.

Studies show that people who skip breakfast tend to be heavier than those who eat a nutritious breakfast. A healthier way to lose weight is to eat many small meals throughout the day that include a variety of nutritious, low-fat and low-calorie foods.


Q. Is the Insulite System just another high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet?

A. No. This is a System of elements that, when followed carefully, will over time completely eliminate the need for "diets." This is not an Atkins or Protein Power look-a-like plan. While protein is emphasized on this plan, carbohydrates are not excluded. The Insulite System includes not only a Nutrition program but also Supplement and Exercise Plans as well as a Support Network.

Our Nutrition Plan recommends a healthier balance of protein and carbohydrates (e.g. vegetables, fruits) than that which the majority of Americans currently consume. It is carefully designed to keep your blood sugar stable so that you are hungry only at mealtimes, you are satisfied easily and your energy stays constant throughout the day. Additionally, the specialized supplement program "instructs" or "reminds" your insulin and glucose how to work together for the prevention of weight gain.

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"I started using Insulite 14 months ago and have lost 35 pounds. I have been able to keep my blood sugar more balanced and continue to lose weight at a steady pace that will be lasting and not just a quick fix. Thanks a million!"
- Deborrah U, Golden, CO



Taking a gradual approach to shedding extra pounds is the best way to proceed as rapid weight loss can cause reduction in muscle tissue rather than fat tissue. You reduce your body's ability to burn fuel and increase your chances of gaining weight by losing muscle tissue, which is more metabolically active. Health risks are significantly lower with gradual weight loss.

Aim to lose a pound a week.
The safest and most permanent way to lose weight is to take off no more than 1/2 - 1 pound a week. Gradual weight loss is most effective so the body can slowly normalize to a lighter weight. This is the best way to avoid the dreaded "rebound effect" of weight loss and gain.


"Nothing happens until I make happen."

- Scott Wilson

The power of positive thinking is amazing. Think of this phrase when
you next want to achieve something.


As you increase your exercise regimen, keep in mind you can easily add movement to your daily routines. As you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, it becomes a natural and beneficial part of your day!

TERRYCLOTH TONER: Getting out of a bath or shower, grab your towel and step onto a secure bath rug or mat. Place your feet facing outward one-and-a-half shoulder widths apart. Slowly lunge to the left, bending your left leg while straightening your right. Towel off and repeat to the right. Start with 10 sets and increase by 2 sets each bath time.

Refocusing on your goals. Don't beat yourself up if you're having trouble sticking to your diet. Remember what Scarlett O'Hara said at the end of "Gone With the Wind": "After all, tomorrow is another day."

Forgiving yourself is the first step when your diet goes poorly, according to Howard Rankin, clinical psychologist and author of "Inspired to Lose" (Stepwise Press 2001). Start out fresh the next day.

Other tips for getting back on track:
  • Review your expectations and goals. Have they stayed the same or changed? Are you expecting too much too soon? Are you putting too much pressure on yourself?
  • Make goals that are long-term rather than short-term. If you are beginning a weight loss program, consider what results you want to have one year from now, rather than a month from now, and work towards them.
  • Increase your metabolic rate and this may even improve sleep.

You are well on your way to achieving your desired weight loss goal and the healthy lifestyle you deserve.

Remember that persistence is the key.
We at Insulite Laboratories are commited to your success and your well being.

We're here to help you. Please contact us with any questions or to order the Insulite System at

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