Low carb, keto, intermittent fasting, smoothies, sugar free, whole food: How do we know which weight loss program will actually deliver results?
It’s dizzying trying to sort out all the options and claims. What works? What doesn’t? Who can you trust?
Despite all the fads, not much seems to be working. The number of people considered overweight worldwide has nearly tripled since 1975. In the United States alone, more than one-third of adults are considered obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. And the average American gains two pounds each year.
Working with scientists
That’s what Amway researchers did. When developing and improving its weight management program, the company looked to Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.
Pennington Biomedical is a worldwide leader in weight loss science and is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It has more than 25 years of clinical research in weight management.
“When we began looking to understand more about helping people achieve their weight loss goals, the scientists at Pennington Biomedical rose to the top of the list as being world leading experts in the field,” said Paul Seehra, director of Global Discovery for Amway.
So, what is the result? Amway and Pennington Biomedical collaborated to create the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program, which educates and guides participants on portion control, healthy food choices, eating patterns, and tracking your food and weight daily using a free smartphone app.
The app collects their information: age, gender, height, starting weight, goal weight, daily weight and food choices. Using that data, it creates a SmartLoss™ Graph for each individual, which not only tracks their performance but predicts their weight over time if they follow the plan.
Built with an algorithm that accurately calculates what an individual’s weight loss progression should look like over a six-month period when adhering to the plan, the SmartLoss™ Graph accounts for the biological processes that impact energy expenditure and the dynamic changes that occur during weight loss, such as aging, metabolism and caloric intake.
A digital weight loss coach
This sophisticated equation allows the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program to deliver personalized feedback through the app by comparing an individual’s weight loss progress to their SmartLoss™ Graph. If the progress isn’t matching the personalized graph, the program will deliver specific messages and suggestions to help the user get back on track.
“Not everyone loses weight the same way, but if you are staying within the zone of success, you’re very likely on track to meet your weight loss goal that you have set,” said Kerry Grann, a principal research scientist at Amway.
Grann worked with Pennington Biomedical to translate the center’s research on effective behavior change techniques to use in the free BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ app.
“We have a lot of lessons learned about how to talk to people in the app in order to motivate them,” she said. “In this program, we really help you build your knowledge and your skills with real-time feedback, so you can understand how to lose the weight and also keep that weight off.”
Building a healthy eating mindset
The program is designed to help participants meet their weight loss goals while encouraging a healthy eating mindset, all based on leading scientific research.
Rather than counting calories, the program asks participants to log their food. As they progress with daily tracking and weigh-ins, the app becomes a personalized coach, offering tailored suggestions and tips for food choices, movement and exercise, hunger curbing techniques and more.
It also demonstrates how BodyKey by Nutrilite™ meal replacement shakes, bars and snacks can work with the program.
There are plenty of fad diets for losing weight quickly, but the science-based approach of the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program isn’t one of them, said Dr. Matt Runyon, a senior principal research scientist at Amway.
“It’s a lifestyle change,” he said. “To lose weight, and more importantly to keep it off, you need to first learn the necessary skills, then turn those skills into healthy lifestyle habits that last a lifetime. The BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program helps individuals do just that.”