A New Weight Management Program

Q In the book The Life Extension Weight Loss Program by Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, guidelines were given for using arginine supplements that recommended not eating foods high in glycemic index or high in protein for 3 hours before and 2 hours after taking arginine. The concern about high-glycemic index foods was that arginine is a GH releaser and GH blocks the effects of insulin. The concern about protein foods was that other amino acids (from the breakdown of protein) compete with arginine to cross the blood-brain barrier, thereby diminishing the amount of arginine that gets into the brain. But I no longer hear either of these things mentioned with regard to arginine use. Has it been decided that they really aren’t concerns?

ROBERT, Lincoln Park, NJ

A Refraining from high-glycemic foods before and after exercise is still a good idea, but the crucial point is not to eat protein within the time range specified. For an update on the evolution of Durk & Sandy’s thinking about arginine and related nutrients, please read “Putting More Power into Your Life” in the April, 2006 issue of Life Enhancement.

The Life Extension Weight Loss Program was published 25 years ago. It is amazing that so much of the information is still valid. However, Durk & Sandy have evolved a new weight management program, about which you can read in this publication. Please see the recent articles on their 21st Century Weight Loss Program and related subjects. See “Healthy Weight Maintenance Inhibits Testosterone Loss” (May 2007), “Cocktail of Selected Teas for Better Health and Weight Loss” (April 2007), “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program” (March 2007), “Arginine Helps Your Glucose Metabolism” (March 2007), “More Evidence that Alzheimer’s Is Type 3 Diabetes” (February 2006), “Life by Chocolate” (April 2007), “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program, Addendum to Part I” (March 2007), “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program, Part II” (January 2007), and “Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s 21st Century Weight Loss Program” (December 2006).

For yet more technical information, see “Losing Weight and Improving Your Health with a Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet” (June 2007), “Dietary Factors and Adiponectin, a Fat-Derived Peptide that Improves Insulin Sensitivity: Moderate Alcohol Strikes Again” (June 2007), “Suppression of Fatty Acid Synthase in Breast Cancer Cells by Tea and Tea Polyphenols” (June 2007), “Cocoa Reduces LDL Oxidative Susceptibility and Increases HDL-Cholesterol” (June 2007), “Additional Benefits of Caloric Restriction When Only Carbohydrate Calories Are Restricted” (February 2007), “Indigestible Carbohydrates Contribute to Improved Glycemic Response at Next Meal” (February 2007), “Recipe for Barley, Currant, and Herb Pilaf” (February 2007), “Effects of Acetic Acid (Vinegar) on Glycemic and Insulinemic Response to Food: Inhibitory Effects on Digestive and Other Enzymes” (July 2006), and “Blueberry Gingerbread Cake for Health and Great Taste” (December 2005).


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