The GOLO Diet Program is a popular approach to weight loss that became the most searched diet in 2016, according to a Google ranking.
But just because a program is popular doesn’t mean that it is effective.
Before you invest money in this (or any) diet program, take a good look at research, costs, and nutrition.
According to the company, the GOLO Diet was created by doctors, pharmacists, and nutritionists after doing “extensive research.”
The brand positions itself as a refreshing alternative to the traditional commercial diet industry, because it says that you don’t have to rely on calorie counting or diet foods to create weight loss.
The company says it has helped over one million people successfully lose weight.
The Truth About Weight Loss
Why is it hard to lose weight?
The truth is, Insulin Resistance is the root problem but the diet industry doesn’t want to talk about it. Why? because their programs and foods make it worse.
You can’t lose weight just by cutting calories, food groups or substituting foods with meal replacements.
Even if you lose some weight, you quickly gain it back and more.
Each time this happens, Insulin Resistance gets worse.
Losing the same 10, 20 or 50 pounds over and over again, crash dieting or restricting calories or food groups slows your metabolism, disrupts the hormones that control weight and increases your risk of serious health conditions.
If you have a slow metabolism you probably gain weight easily and have trouble losing weight despite dieting, you may have
Insulin Resistance. It’s not your fault, and you are not alone.
Willpower and effort will always fail if the strategy is wrong.
What Is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin is one of the most important hormones in your body because it directly affects metabolism, weight gain, aging and overall health.
Everyone needs good insulin levels to stay healthy regardless of age.
Insulin’s performance is affected by unbalanced diets which increase glucose levels and spike insulin levels causing excess glucose to be stored as fat.
Unhealthy insulin levels lead to Insulin Resistance, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and other serious health conditions including heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Insulin Resistance can also trigger stress and anxiety, cause fatigue, hunger and cravings, poor sleep quality and other symptoms all which drive emotional decisions like overeating, bingeing and cravings for fatty or high sugar foods.
If you experience any of the indicators of Insulin Resistance below, you need to take a different strategy so you can lose weight and keep it off, repair your metabolic health and get healthier.
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Excessive abdominal fat
- Hunger and cravings between meals
- Thyroid or other autoimmune disorders
- Pre-diabetic or type 2 diabetic
- Slow metabolism
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol or triglycerides
- Fatigue or low energy
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- PCOS or Fertility problems
- Low stamina
- On medications
Can you lose weight on the GOLO diet?
Basically, it’s unclear. As mentioned, GOLO cites multiple studies on its website as proof that the diet program really works—but the studies were paid for by the company and they weren’t found in the peer-reviewed National Library of Medicine database.
And while it’s important for weight loss to eat a healthy, balanced diet and monitor your caloric intake (and these basic weight-loss principles are what the GOLO diet seems to suggest), it’s important to be cautious about GOLO’s claims regarding insulin.
Should you try GOLO?
While there is some validity to the connection between hormones and weight, what about the fact that you can’t be sure exactly what you’re signing up and paying for until it’s “too late”?
“We need real fat from healthy oils, whole milk dairy, and lean proteins for your body to function properly,” says the GOLO website.
Your body needs healthy carbohydrates like potatoes, rice, beans, bread, pasta, and fruit to give the body an immediate source of energy.”
I hope those foods were allowed on the diet, but it still doesn’t answer the question of whether the whole program is balanced or nutritious.
Healthy is also a loaded word in the wellness industry and whether bread, pasta, or whole milk are “healthier” than other choices is a polarizing topic.
Until you buy the GOLO plan, you aren’t given exact amounts or details about the food.
My concern would be whether the amounts are appropriate for each individual or if it’s a low-calorie plan.
Anyone would lose weight on a low-calorie diet, but it wouldn’t be a healthy or sustainable way of eating.
This is from GOLO.com
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