~Weight Loss Strategies Update 2006, Part 4

Life Extension Foundation Weight Loss Plan for Men

For weight loss, these easy steps can be taken every day:

  1. Before each meal, take one of the following:
    • 8–9 g of Enhanced Fiber Food Powder (flavored or unflavored) or
    • 8–9 g of High Lignan Flax seed powder or
    • 3–6 capsules of PGX soluble fiber blend
  2. Take 200–600 mcg of Chromium daily.
  3. Take 160–320 mg of Magnesium citrate daily before bedtime.
  4. Take 3000–4000 mg of CLA (with or without 1000 mg guarana) daily.
  5. Take 2400 mg of EPA/DHA with sesame lignans daily.
  6. Take 200 mg of 7-keto DHEA daily in the morning.
  7. Take 725–1450 mg of Green Tea extract (minimum 93 percent; caffeinated or decaffeinated) daily.
  8. Minimize consumption of foods cooked at high temperatures.
  9. Consume most calories early in the day (avoid late-night snacking).
  10. Reduce intake of high glycemic foods (breads, pasta, potatoes, fruit juices, sugary snacks).
  11. Reduce intake of saturated fats such as those found in beef and butter, and increase consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as fish.
  12. Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Once your blood test results are received, your physician might prescribe one or more of the following:

  • Testosterone cream at a dose to restore blood levels to those of a 25-year-old
  • Arimidex ® to reduce excess estrogen levels (typical dose is 0.5 mg twice a week)
  • Metformin to reduce excess glucose and insulin levels (dose range is 500–1700 mg daily)
  • Cytomel ® or Armour ™ thyroid to bring thyroid hormone levels into ideal ranges (typical doses for Cytomel ® are 12.5–25 mcg daily or higher)
  • DHEA to restore blood levels to those of a 25-year-old (DHEA does not require a prescription, but blood testing enables you to take an optimal dose. A typical dose is 50 mg daily for men.)


For individuals who want to learn more about using hormone therapy to lose weight and combat aging, read the Male Hormone Modulation protocol.

Life Extension Foundation Weight Loss Plan for Women

Before having blood work, there some steps you can take now to help facilitate fat loss. Consider implementing the following 12-step program every day.

  1. Before each meal, take one of the following:
    • 8–9 g of Enhanced Fiber Food Powder (flavored or unflavored) or
    • 8–9 g of High Lignan Flax seed powder or
    • 3–6 capsules of PGX soluble fiber blend
  2. Take 500–700 mcg Chromium daily
  3. ake 160-320 mg Magnesium citrate daily before bedtime.
  4. Take 3000–4000 mg CLA (with or without 1000 mg guarana) daily.
  5. Take 2400 mg EPA/DHA with sesame lignans daily.
  6. Take 200 mg 7-keto DHEA daily in the morning.
  7. Take 725–1450 mg Green Tea extract (minimum 93 percent, caffeinated or decaffeinated) daily.
  8. Minimize consumption of foods cooked at high temperatures.
  9. Consume most calories early in the day (avoid late-night snacking).
  10. Reduce intake of high-glycemic foods (breads, pasta, potatoes, fruit juices, sugary snacks).
  11. Reduce intake of saturated fats such as those found in beef and butter, and increase consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as fish.
  12. Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Once your blood test results are received, your physician might prescribe one or more of the following:

  • Natural progesterone cream if the ratio of estrogen to progesterone in your blood is too high (estrogen dominance)
  • Arimidex ® or some other aromatase-inhibiting drug if estrogen levels are too high
  • Estriol, BiEst, or TriEst if estriol, estrone, or estradiol levels are severely deficient
  • Metformin if fasting insulin levels are high, especially if polycystic ovary syndrome is present (The typical dose is 500–1700 mg a day. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome secrete large amounts of insulin, which usually causes uncontrollable weight gain.)
  • Testosterone cream in very low doses (150–300 mcg) if free testosterone levels are very low and do not respond to DHEA replacement
  • Cytomel ® or Armour ™ to bring thyroid hormone levels into ideal ranges (typical doses are 12.5–25 mcg a day and higher)
  • DHEA to restore blood levels to those of a 25-year-old (The typical dose is 15–25 mg a day; DHEA does not require a prescription, but blood testing enables you to take the optimal dose.)


For individuals who want to learn more about using hormone therapy to lose weight and combat aging, read the Female Hormone Modulation protocol.

Obesity Safety Caveats

An aggressive program of dietary supplementation should not be launched without the supervision of a qualified physician. Several of the nutrients suggested in this protocol may have adverse effects. These include:

Chromium

* Consult your doctor before taking chromium if you have hyperglycemia or type 2 diabetes. See your doctor and monitor your blood glucose level frequently if you take chromium and have hyperglycemia or type 2 diabetes.

DHEA

* Do not take DHEA if you could be pregnant, are breastfeeding, or could have prostate, breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer.

* DHEA can cause androgenic effects in woman such as acne, deepening of the voice, facial hair growth and hair loss.

EPA/DHA

* Consult your doctor before taking EPA/DHA if you take warfarin (Coumadin). Taking EPA/DHA with warfarin may increase the risk of bleeding.

* Discontinue using EPA/DHA 2 weeks before any surgical procedure.

Fiber

* Take fiber supplements with a full 8-ounce glass of water.

* Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily while taking fiber.

Green Tea

* Consult your doctor before taking green tea extract if you take aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin). Taking green tea extract and aspirin or warfarin can increase the risk of bleeding.

* Discontinue using green tea extract 2 weeks before any surgical procedure. Green tea extract may decrease platelet aggregation.

* Green tea extract contains caffeine, which may produce a variety of symptoms including restlessness, nausea, headache, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and rapid heartbeat.

Magnesium

* Do not take magnesium if you have kidney failure or myasthenia gravis.

Progesterone

* Do not take progesterone if you could be pregnant or are breastfeeding.

* Consult your doctor before taking progesterone if you have cancer of the reproductive organs.

Hormone replacement should be conducted only under the supervision of a qualified physician. The effects of hormone replacement must be consistently monitored to assess effectiveness and safety. Not everyone will be able to follow the aggressive weight loss recommendations made in this chapter. For example, men with prostate cancer should not take testosterone-boosting drugs. Your individualized report will warn you against certain aspects of this program that may not be appropriate for you. Your physician may identify additional aspects of the program that may be inappropriate for you.


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