Fit is the New Thin: Caitlin Lawrence

Shared by Caitlin Lawrence, AIM Preferred Member

I was born at a normal weight but with a big appetite. I remember dieting from an early age without much success. Although my mom was always into health foods and we were notoriously known as “the healthiest family in the neighborhood,” my weight tended to make people to think otherwise.

My mom was introduced to AIM products when I was about 14. She began forcing the whole family take greens and fiber. As a result of the healthy diet and AIM products, my brother and I rarely got sick. When we did have an illness or surgery, our recovery time was much shorter than average, like the time I had to have my stone-filled gallbladder removed.

When I entered university, I lived in residence for two years and my food choices became increasingly worse. I gained weight, became extremely depressed and anxious and did poorly in school. I suffered terribly from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), to the point where I’d have to eat two hours before going out because of the attacks that followed meals.

I finally decided to move back home and attend community college. My first year went well, but my food intake was still unhealthy. My weight ballooned to 230 pounds, and I was extremely unhappy and self-conscious about my body.

I made up my mind that 2013 was the year for me to make a change, so planning for my weight loss and health gain journey began. On April 28, I started Weight Watchers and began exercising five times a week while working full-time at a fast food restaurant. By December, I dropped to 165 pounds but reached a plateau that I struggled to break through.

I decided to try an elimination cleanse that worked dramatically for my mom, who had strug­gled to lose weight her entire life. The main com­ponent was filling your body with beneficial and nutri­tious food. It was at this point in my life that AIM products became vital to my journey.

My weight has fluctuated over the last three years, but three things have remained consistent: my exercise routine, my healthier food choices and the inclusion of the AIM products in my life.

Since I am lactose intolerant, have IBS and don’t have a gallbladder, I am unable to consume milk products and find it difficult to digest fats, particularly those found in deep-fried foods and meat products. I rely on the ProPeas for protein boosters because I do not eat much meat.

I love to start my day with a smoothie that contains ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and CoCoa LeafGreens. I have taken BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend capsules in the evening for the past eight years, but since attending the AIM Celebration in Toronto, I am now taking the Garden Trio in the morning and for lunch instead. I’m looking forward to reaping the benefits of this inclusion.

Other products I rely on include FloraFood and PrepZymes to help absorb and digest fats, AIMega to provide good fats for brain and skin health and Composure to relieve anxiety and depression.

I’m happy to say that I’m maintaining a weight of 140 pounds and haven’t felt better. My IBS and anxiety still like to rear their heads from time to time, but I am able to control them for the most part through a controlled diet that includes AIM products. While losing weight and gaining health are largely based on determination and drive, I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am today without AIM.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Fit is the New Thin: Mélanie’s Story

It is important to note that maintaining an ideal weight for your body composition goes well beyond being skinny or thin. It’s about being fit. It’s the new thin in wellness.

Over the years, many Members (The AIM Companies’ distributors) have managed their weight by using a variety of AIM products, including BarleyLife, ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and GlucoChrom. A selection of recent testimonials comprise the “Fit Is the New Thin” series, beginning with a personal success story from Mélanie Villeneuve, an AIM Group Builder who lives in  Quebec with her husband and their two daughters.

Weight Loss Made Easy

As a working mom with two young girls, I need a lot of energy. But I had been experiencing health issues: stomach problems and mostly feeling tired all the time. I had poor nutritional habits and was overweight. I wanted to take charge of my health.

In September 2017, I started using AIM products, learning about their benefits for my family from AIM Director Sylvie Adam. I began by taking BarleyLife Xtra every morning for a month because I wanted to try one product first on myself and see if I felt any different.

After only four days, I noticed an increase in my energy levels, better digestion and reduced bloating. And at the end of that first month, I had lost 8 pounds.
Since then, I’ve been eating healthy, alkaline, raw food along with taking additional AIM products: the Garden Trio, which my girls love, ProPeas, fit ’n fiber and GlucoChrom. When I weighed myself four months into this lifestyle change, I had lost 30 pounds … and I’m keeping it off!

I couldn’t keep this a secret just for myself, so I’m promoting this healthy lifestyle and building an AIM business in the process. I began by telling family and friends about AIM nutrition. Some people didn’t recognize me after my weight loss. I look healthier, happier and fitter.

AIM makes it easy to introduce good nutrition to your routine, and you can start by changing one thing at a time. I know that I am now at my best to take care of my family. I’m full of energy, so I can do whatever I want. And I’m also ready to help people who want better health.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like BarleyLife and Herbal Fiberblend and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

Fit Is the New Thin!

If people buy into “model” images in fashion magazines, then ultra-thin is the ideal body type. But if emaciated skinny is the look a woman is striving for, then she is likely headed in an unhealthy direction.

Going gaunt for guys is the same detrimental journey although, comparatively, more male models project strong, toned body types. It’s a contradiction in body images. To further illustrate this conflicting “model” example, a study in the UK showed that female mannequins used to model clothes in stores were underweight human sizes . . . but not the male mannequins. This represents another good reason not to buy into unhealthy body types.

The fact of the matter is that a person can be thin but not necessarily fit or healthy. At the same time, people can be overweight for their height and physiology due to their musculature but fit and healthy overall. Fit is the new thin, the idea being to focus more on health and fitness than on the number that pops up on a scale. This is a goal that can lead people in a healthy and successful direction.

A Fit Way to Manage Weight

In making an attempt to get rid of pounds that you no longer want to carry around, the most important thing to remember is that you have to burn more calories than you consume. Eating large amounts of high-quality, nutrient-rich, plant-based food fills you up with natural fiber but without high calories or fat. Making this one lifestyle change will make a huge difference in becoming lighter and fitter, not to mention, healthier.

Exercise Your Weight

Moving to better food and moving physically are a win-win weight-loss combination for fitness. Even a little exercise goes a long way. If you are a newbie, ease your way into walking, swimming, etc. to give your body a chance to slowly adapt. Get addicted to your exercise routine, to the point that you crave it. You are actually  capable of craving exercise instead of ice cream. It all begins with a decision to make a change.

AIMing for Fit Is the New Thin

Supplements have often been associated with exercise and weight loss. Just like any lifestyle change, making the right choices that help not hinder you are important to your physical goals. AIM has a lot of right choices.

fit ’n fiber

It’s in the name. Fiber helps to make you fit by contributing to your weight loss goals. It reduces your calorie intake by making your stomach feel full: fiber swells up as it absorbs liquids, taking up more space in the gastrointestinal tract. Supplementing with fit ’n fiber not only increases the “feeling full” factor, it provides prebiotic food for the friendly bacteria in your microbiome.

ProPeas

Pea protein is an ideal, plant-based supplement for contributing to lean musculature. One serving of ProPeas gives you 12 grams of protein that takes around four hours to fully digest, so, like fiber, you feel full for longer periods of time. And each serving is only 60 calories, which contributes to the “burning more calories than you consume” goal for losing weight.

Available as individual products, fit’ n fiber and ProPeas can also be purchased in product combinations: Weight Loss (USA and Canada), Lean Team (USA only) and CoCoa Smoothie Pack (USA only). The Weight Loss combo also includes GlucoChrom, which enhances the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.

On a final note, supplementing your plant-based food intake with a variety of choices in AIM greens adds so many easily absorbed nutrients without a lot of calories. For example, a serving of BarleyLife is only 15 calories. When it comes to nutritional support for your “Fit Is the New Thin” journey, AIM is on your side.

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The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like GlucoChrom and CoCoa Smoothie Pack and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

 

The Probiotic and Prebiotic Connection

Over the years, The AIM Companies has stressed the importance of good gut bacteria known as probiotics. The latest research is now confirming the significance of prebiotics—types of fiber that good bacteria eat—establishing that these two go hand in hand to improve and maintain good health. AIM offers healthy sources of both: FloraFood probiotics and fit’ n fiber prebiotics.

You and Your Gut Microbiome

All of the microorganisms that make up your gut microbiome (or microbiota) can be thought of as a nurturing and protective army. Your microbiome helps to keep you alive by performing many important duties, such as digesting food, absorbing nutrients, forming short-chain fatty acids (primary nutrient of cells lining the colon), producing vitamins and defending you from disease-causing pathogens.

Many of the pathogens your gut battles against are types of bad bacteria. These bad guys are believed to be factors in the onset of inflammation, obesity and a variety of chronic diseases by overpopulating your microbiome until they are out of balance with your good bacteria.

Consuming probiotics in FloraFood help to keep your gut in a balanced state. And with the latest research showing that probiotics thrive by eating prebiotic fiber that you cannot digest, AIM has a duo of products that supports a balanced microbiome.

FloraFood Probiotics and fit’ n fiber prebiotics

As a source of probiotics, FloraFood contains three types of good bacteria: Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum. Each capsule delivers 3 billion good bacteria that back up your nurturing and protective army.

To help feed this army, the fit ’n fiber formula includes three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers a significant amount of food for probiotics: 8 grams of prebiotics to feed FloraFood’s 3 billion good bacteria, helping them to grow and reproduce exponentially to ensure a balanced microbiome.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like FloraFood and fit ‘n fiber and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

The Good and Bad Bacteria Balance

There’s a bacterial balancing act going on inside your gut microbiome: the microorganisms in your intestinal tract. And you want them to be dominated by good bacteria (probiotics) that keep you healthy.

Overpopulated, bad bacteria can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other bowel disorders as well inhibit the absorption of nutrients that your body needs. When you consider that your digestive system houses over 100 trillion bacteria weighing in at around four pounds, it is vital that the good outweigh the bad.

 Support Your Microbiome with FloraFood and fit ’n fiber

FloraFood provides a supplemental population of probiotics (good bacteria) for your gut microbiome. Each capsule of FloraFood probiotics contains 3 billion colony forming units to help outnumber the bad. And fit ’n fiber delivers prebiotics (food) for those probiotics to thrive and reproduce in your gut, the core of your disease-fighting immune system.

Know Who Your FloraFood Friends Are: Lacto, Bifido & Bifido

So what are the three types of good bacteria found in FloraFood that supplement those in your gut microbiome?

One of the main species of good bacteria that populates your gastrointestinal tract is also in FloraFood: Lactobacillus gasseri. This species creates a variety of organic compounds that inhibit unfriendly bacteria. One of these compounds is lactic acid, which creates an unsuitable intestinal environment for the bad to breed.

Along with the resilience to survive a journey through stomach acid on the way to the intestines, L. gasseri is the stickiest of all lactobacilli when it comes to adhering to intestinal walls, allowing it to effectively colonize and protect you against disease-causing pathogens.

The other two FloraFood friends are some of the very first microbes to colonize the human gastrointestinal tract and belong to the Bifidobacterium species: B. bifidum and B. longum.

These probiotics have been shown to:

  • provide nutrients by breaking down non-digestible, dietary carbohydrates
  • protect against pathogens by competitive exclusion (beating out the bad guys)
  • modulate the immune system
  • confer positive health benefits

Taking Care of Your FloraFood Friends with fit ’n fiber

Research has shown that good bacteria feast on undigested dietary carbohydrates defined as prebiotics, which help them to flourish in gut microbiome.

Fit for probiotic feasting, fit ’n fiber contains three types of prebiotic fiber: acacia, konjac (glucomannan) and guar gum. Each serving delivers 8 grams of prebiotics to feed probiotics, helping good bacteria grow and reproduce exponentially.

To help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your microbiome, supplement with FloraFood probiotics and keep them well fed with fit ’n fiber prebiotics.

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products like FloraFood and fit ‘n fiber and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Fall or Spring into Weight Loss

This year in the Northern Hemisphere, spring arrives on March 20, meaning the end of winter is in sight. In the Southern Hemisphere, March 21 is the first day of autumn, so the beginning of winter is on the way. Whatever the season, this is typically the time of year when a New Year’s resolution to lose weight loses ground (or grinds to a halt).

Unfortunately, shedding pounds and keeping them off isn’t easy for most people. There are so many diet plans to choose from and often difficult to maintain. Yet the truth about putting on weight or losing weight is about balance: calories in versus calories burned.

The type and quantity of food and drink consumed daily determine the calories in. Body metabolism and physical activity determine the calories burned. What if one simple dietary change could be made to lower caloric intake yet not make a person feel hungry all the time?

Filling Up with Fiber

If you or anyone you know has been struggling to lose weight, eating fiber-rich foods and taking AIM fit ’n fiber to maintain a high-fiber intake can help to take off pounds, keep them off and keep a person healthy.

The results of a study published in 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that “a simplified approach to weight reduction emphasizing only increased fiber intake may be a reasonable alternative for persons with difficulty adhering to more complicated diet regimens.”1

Eating a variety of fiber-rich foods, especially fruit, legumes and vegetables, keeps your stomach feeling full without an overload of calories to burn off. And the nutrient-rich, plant-based choices are healthy for you as well.

To further increase your intake of this essential carbohydrate, supplemental fiber from fit ’n fiber can be taken as a snack or even a meal replacement espe­cially since it delivers both insoluble and soluble fiber. A 2016 study conducted at the Uni­versity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign determined “Soluble fiber beneficially impacts metabolism, and supple­men­tation may be a feasible ap­proach to improve body composition … ”2

So getting more filling fiber can be a simple change to help get the change in weight you desire.

1 Annals of Internal Medicine®, accessed January 3, 2018
2 The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, accessed January 3, 2018

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

Testimonials should not be construed as representing results everybody can achieve.

Fiber & Weight Loss Simplicity

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people, especially when they attempt to follow complicated “diet plans” that end up not being effective in permanently taking off the pounds.

So how about keeping weight loss simple and effective by introducing more fiber into your diet? A 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine® demonstrated that increasing fiber intake only may be “a reasonable alternative for persons with difficulty adhering to more complicated diet regimens.”

Fiber: The Low-Calorie Carbohydrate

Yes, fiber is a carb although your body does not easily digest it. That means it goes through your digestive tract without increasing blood sugar.  And along the way, fiber cleans the intestinal walls and bulks up waste to create soft stools that are eliminated in bowel movements. Drinking plenty of water goes hand in hand with increasing fiber intake, enhancing its effectiveness.

Another great thing about this low-weight carbohydrate is that it is plentiful in healthy whole foods, such as fruit and vegetables.

Fiber Full Foods

When you fill up on fiber-rich foods, your stomach gets full, which tells your brain (and you) to stop eating. That’s where the simplicity comes in.  And because most fiber goes undigested, you stay full for longer periods of time.

Eating an apple or a baked potato with the skin left on gives you fiber. Or suppose you chop up a variety of fresh, colorful veggies and snack on them instead of a bag of cookies or chips. You’re getting whole-food nutrients including a load of fiber, all without a lot of calories. Fewer calories means less weight gain. And again you’ll feel full much longer than after a cookie or chip binge, so you’ll eat less.

How Much Fiber?

According to the Institute of Medicine, the daily fiber requirement for an adequate intake is 25 grams for women (age 19 – 50 years) and 38 grams for men (age 14 – 50 years).  For women aged 51+, 21 grams is considered adequate while men in this age group need 30 grams daily.

Getting even more fiber may be a preventative measure. For example, rural South Africans often have more than 50 grams of fiber in their daily diets compared to African-Americans who average only 15 grams per day. A notable result of the high-fiber intake is that chronic diseases such as colon cancer are much rarer [PubMed Central® (PMC)].

A high-fiber intake goes way beyond just simplifying a weight loss program as it may contribute to blood sugar regulation, LDL cholesterol reduction and lower risk of chronic diseases (SAGE Journals).

Supplemental Fiber from AIM

For additional help with weight management, Herbal Fiberblend and fit ’n fiber are two supplemental fiber options that can help add to your “food” fiber intake.

If you want to begin with an intestinal cleanse, start by taking Herbal Fiberblend because along with psyllium fiber, it provides detoxifying herbs that will help to get your weight loss goal off to a cleansing beginning.

For an everyday fiber supplement, take fit ’n fiber to get more of this low-calorie, stomach-filling carbohydrate into your diet as a simple step toward losing weight.