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There are plenty of corporate weight-loss programs around, but Lite For Life is a weight loss program with a difference: Its philosophy is based upon the work of Seale Harris, a diabetes pioneer who discovered hyperinsulinism (excess secretion of insulin related to insulin resistance) in 1924.
Using food as his only medicine, Harris developed a diet to help his patients control their insulin levels and their weight by eating to achieve stable blood sugar.
Lite For Life founder, certified nutritionist Maureen Sullivan, learned about blood sugar control while married to a man with type 1 diabetes. She discovered Seale Harris's principles in the late 1970s, while struggling with her own weight, and used them as the cornerstone of her diet philosophy.
According to the company website, she believes "that blood sugar management is for everyone, not just for diabetics or those threatened with diabetes; that learning nutritional blood sugar management techniques is within reach of everyone; and that eating for stable blood sugar can be enjoyable in and of itself."
There are ten Life For Life locations in Northern California, but the company expects to have 250 franchises by 2010. (If you want to buy a franchise, it'll cost you between about $80,000 and $198,000.) Each location features an on-site Lite Food Market, a miniature health food store where you can make wiser grocery choices than you might at Costco.
For about four hundred dollars you can join the program for eight weeks, during which you may see your counselor as often as you like. Clients reportedly lose fifteen to twenty pounds over the eight-week period. For more information, see the company website at www.liteforlife.com.
Aug 20, 2007
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