Cardiometabolic Syndrome

Last year, the American Medical Association labeled obesity a “disease.”  We at MindSet try to stay away from the using the word “obesity” or disease because they evoke a stigmatized condition of poor self-image, gluttony and illness and don’t do anyone any good. Moreover, all the names associated with “dieting,” e.g., obesity, diet, fat or epidemic, are viewed as negative and are often not accurate. There are many people who are defined as obese without diabetes or high blood pressure or cholesterol and are, in fact, very fit, e.g., football players. These names can also lead to people to starve themselves to look good at a high school reunion, can drive them to fad diets that are unhealthy and set them up for an ongoing cycle of diet failure.

Instead, anyone in the process of losing weight should understand how cardiometabolic or, more simply, metabolic syndrome, impacts weight. Metabolism is a biochemical process and is the rate at which your body converts food into energy.  Weight gain is the inevitable result of consuming more calories than are consumed. Metabolism naturally slows down as we age.

Metabolic syndrome is not a disease in and of itself. Instead it is a group of risk factors associated with being overweight– high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, insulin resistance and abdominal fat – all of which can slow the metabolic rate. Having one of these risk factors is not good. Having a group of these factors is a cause for concern.

According to the American Medical Association, 47 million Americans or one in six people have metabolic syndrome. It affects 44% of the population over 50 in the U.S. Insulin resistance is probably the most closely related factor in metabolic syndrome. The American diet is disproportionate in its share of saturated fats and sugars, which causes the pancreas to produce an overabundance of insulin, which stays in the system and puts the blood sugar level in a negative balance.

An overproduction of insulin also leads to hypoglycemia or low glycemia, which in turn induces constant sugar cravings and weight gain. Insulin’s primary function is to regulate blood sugar levels; however, it is also the hormone that facilitates the transport of fat (triglycerides) into the fat cells. Even worse, it “locks” the fat in the fat cell, preventing it to be used as a source of energy.  Now, because the blood sugar has dropped (and we can’t access the fat as a fuel source) it creates “sugar cravings’ and the vicious cycle begins again.  In other words, an overabundance of insulin causes weight gain. People with insulin resistance often have symptoms such as the inability to focus, sleepiness and abdominal bloating.

Metabolic syndrome can negatively impact on your health.

  • It doubles the risk of blood vessel and heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke
  • It increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes five times
  • It increases the risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome in women (POCS)
  • It increases the risk of certain cancers. After adjusting for other risk factors like age, the American Cancer Society established that metabolic syndrome and obesity account for 20% of all cancers. Cervical, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer have been statistically linked to metabolic syndrome. They also increase the risk of cancer morbidity.

To keep metabolism high and to decrease the risks associated with metabolic syndrome, the following lifestyle recommendations are typically made:

  • Decrease the amount of carbohydrates in your diet. Too many carbs increases blood sugars and are an important contributor to diabetes. By lowering carb intake, the pancreas will decrease the amount of insulin produced.
  • Alter the type of carbs taken in. By taking in carbs with lower glycemic index, e.g., from vegetables, oatmeal and legumes (essentially low complex blood sugars), rather than highly processed carbs from bread, sweets, potatoes and starchy foods, the body increases the absorption of glucose into cells.
  • Lose weight. Weight loss increases the rate of absorption of blood sugars by muscles as a result of improved sensitivity of the cells to insulin.
  • Increase physical activity.


Principles Behind the MindSet Protocol

The MindSet protocol teaches the body to learn to live off of the body’s own fat reserves. The body employs energy from three reserves: glycogen (carbohydrate), protein and fats. The body first burns its simple and complex carbohydrate reserves and, only when they are depleted, turns simultaneously to its protein and fat reserves for energy.  A person not in need of weight loss typically has approximately 1 to 2% of their body’s reserves from carbs, approximately 19% from their muscle mass and 79% of their body reserves from fat.

The body stores approximately three days’ worth of carbohydrates. Because of this, the MindSet Weight Loss Protocol has a beginning and an end. Until 100% of the weight loss goal is achieved, we restrict sugars (simple and complex). Why? Because, as long as sugar is being consumed, the body is not burning fat. It’s as simple as that. Remember, the first source of energy is derived from glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves. The main principle is to deplete the carbohydrate reserves completely in order to compel the body to turn to its fat reserve to burn calories.

How do we get the body to burn its fat reserves and not its muscle mass reserves, if both are depleted simultaneously?

First, by providing the body with foods that have a high protein value, complete with 8 essential amino acids, 97% absorbable, which make them biologically-complete proteins.

Second, by supplementing with multi-vitamins and nutrient-rich mineral such as calcium, magnesium and, all of which are key ingredients in muscle building, to replace those normally found in foods restricted on the protocol.


What can you expect as a MindSet client?

  • Quick weight loss without sacrificing muscle mass.
  • An understanding of how food affects and is utilized by the body, including what causes fat storage.
  • Improved skin tone by providing the skin nutrients it needs.
  • Utilization of stored fat for energy usually by day 4 — fat that contains chemical toxins.
  • Improved energy, appetite control and reduced cravings —usually on day 4 or 5.

In short, the MindSet protocol uses the body’s natural ability to heal itself and showcase its innate and ingenious powers.


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