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Weight loss: How can continuous glucose monitoring put an end to diet failures?

Those diets that restrict calories, macronutrients or food groups? They're fads.

Traditional strategies are usually ineffective for sustained and healthy weight loss. Dieting rarely leaves you feeling good, does it? Simply put, the key to losing weight rests in a well-balanced and nutritious diet. But there aren’t any shortcuts to getting there –that balance is created by continuous and informed decisions over time. Veri was created to help bring you out of the darkness of not knowing, and to help you make those decisions by looking at your personal response to what you eat in real-time.

Who turned the lights on? Seeing is believing.

Functionally, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) keeps an eye on the blood sugar levels in your body. In doing so, Veri literally turns on the lights - both in our brains, and with personalized information, showing you hidden sugars and their effects on you. Veri reveals which foods help you feel your best.

Tracking your Meal Scores and your Metabolic Flow on the Veri App gives you a deep understanding of which foods are healthier for you specifically.  Learning about your body and eating habits with Veri could help you avoid things that are perhaps marketed as healthy, but are in fact metabolically damaging because of their high added sugar content.

The hidden stuff inside. Sense a theme here?

Yes, glucose is one of the factors central to maintaining a healthy weight.  Many of the food items we buy at the grocery store and at restaurants are highly processed, with high sugar content, and abundant in processed carbohydrates. (1) These foods have a relatively low amount of fiber and complex carbohydrates, which are the key nutritional components that help to keep glucose levels steady in our body. Sugar is hidden under many different names, including healthy sounding names like agave nectar and organic honey. (1,2) Therefore, it is very hard for us to know how healthy or unhealthy the food we are eating really is.

Sugar x Time = Trouble

Over time, if our glucose levels are consistently elevated due to our diet, then insulin production remains constantly high as well. (3,4)

This can cause our cells to become less responsive to insulin, which is called insulin resistance. This means that we need more and more circulating insulin to drive glucose into our cells. Eventually, insulin resistance can lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes, some of the most common chronic health diseases in the world. (5,6)


It’s basically why diets fail: they give generic advice without taking your personal metabolic response into account. (7)

Say farewell to fads and failures?

What’s not to love in that sentence... Wouldn’t it be just delicious to take control of our bodies and our health, and find a unique balance that works for us? That’s the magic of continuous glucose monitoring with Veri. We believe so strongly that the future of health and wellbeing is personal and preventative. We like to think of it as a 6th sense that’s going to take each and every one of us light years ahead in our own journey to optimal wellness. In our next blog post, we’ll explore how Veri’s 6th sense helps you understand the difference between a good carbohydrate and a not so good one, and how that might impact your ability to lose weight or keep it stable.

References:

1. Fuhrman J. The Hidden Dangers of Fast and Processed Food. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2018;12(5):375-381. doi:10.1177/1559827618766483

2. Aller EEJG, Abete I, Astrup A, Martinez JA, Baak MA van. Starches, Sugars and Obesity. Nutrients. 2011;3(3):341-369. doi:10.3390/nu3030341

3. American Diabetes Association. Nutrition Recommendations and Interventions for Diabetes: A position statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2008;31(Supplement 1):S61-S78. doi:10.2337/dc08-S061

4. DeFronzo RA, Tripathy D. Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance Is the Primary Defect in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2009;32(Suppl 2):S157-S163. doi:10.2337/dc09-S302

5. CDC. Obesity is a Common, Serious, and Costly Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published June 29, 2020. Accessed August 26, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

6. Cai X, Zhang Y, Li M, et al. Association between prediabetes and risk of all cause mortality and cardiovascular disease: updated meta-analysis. BMJ. 2020;370:m2297. doi:10.1136/bmj.m2297

7. Zeevi D, Korem T, Zmora N, et al. Personalized Nutrition by Prediction of Glycemic Responses. Cell. 2015;163(5):1079-1094. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2015.11.001

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