Weight loss after six weeks using Nutrient Optimiser
The results of the challenge demonstrate the positive benefits of quantitatively optimising nutrient density and satiety and potential benefits of the Nutrient Optimiser to create sustainable improvements in diet quality, and thus health.
- Participants were able to significantly improve their diet quality over the first two weeks which led to a reduction in body fat and blood glucose levels.
- The average of 5.1% loss during the six weeks.
- There was no significant difference in the rate of weight loss for people who identified as insulin resistance vs insulin sensitive.
- Users who were part of the prize pool lost twice as much weight.
What is Nutrient Optimiser?
Nutrient Optimiser is an automated nutrition program that considers biometric data, goals and current food intake to provide personalised recommendations to optimise a user’s nutrition and lifestyle habits to improve metabolic health markers including body fat, weight, blood glucose and energy levels.
The Nutrient Optimiser includes a range of tools that enable users to progressively improve their diet to align with personal goals, including:
- weight loss,
- blood sugar management,
- weight loss & blood sugar management,
- lean bulking,
- nutritional ketosis,
- therapeutic ketosis,
- nutrient-dense maintenance, and
- endurance athlete/bulking.
The Nutrient Optimiser is a web-based program that can also be set up on a user’s mobile phone home screen to look and feel like a native mobile app.
Participants were given the opportunity to enter a free challenge between 2 January 2019 and 10 February 2019, focusing on weight loss and blood sugar management.
Participants aiming to lose weight were provided with a meal plan optimised for nutrient density and satiety. Participants whose primary goal was to reduce blood sugar used a lower insulin load meal plan.
Participants were also educated and encouraged to make use of the various tools embedded within the Nutrient Optimiser to incrementally improve their current diet by adding in new foods and recipes.
While the Nutrient Optimiser onboarding process provides an indication of calorie requirements, the primary focus was on food quality. A range of foods and meals were rotated to ensure that participants obtained adequate levels of all essential micronutrients.
However, in line with the intended design of the high satiety meal plan, calorie intake decreased as a consequence of the food choices rather than actively restricting calories.
A common response from participants was that they were too full on their assigned meal plan and had to drop snacks or meals.
To increase motivation and adherence, users were given the opportunity to participate in a prize pool (USD$50 per person). Proceeds were shared with the winners in each of the three categories.
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Weight loss progress was calculated based on the average of the first three measurements (2 to 4 January 2019) versus the final three measurements (8 to 10 February 2019). Photographic evidence of start and finish measurements were shared in the Nutrient Optimiser Facebook Group and/or uploaded into the platform to verify data.
Huge congratulations to our winners.
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Magdalena dropped 14.5% of her body weight during the competition period (and 18.5% between her highest and lowest weight recorded from the start of using the platform). Magdalena was very active in the habit tracking and currently holds the number two position on the nutrient density leaderboard (check out her full nutrition fingerprint report here).
Coming in at number 2 in the weight loss category is Nick who lost 10.9% of his body weight during the six-week competition (and 12.4% between his highest and lowest weight logged since starting with the Nutrient Optimiser platform).
Paul lost 9.3% of his body weight during the competition (and 10.5% between his highest and lowest weight recorded using the platform).
As well as taking out the number three position in the weight loss category, Paul also made fantastic progress with his blood sugars!
Weight loss achieved
The average loss for all participants was 5.1%. The chart below shows weight loss vs time across all participants.
Of 103 participants who recorded start and finish weights, 101 lost weight Two people gained a small amount of weight.
The average rate of weight loss was 0.76% per week during the competition.
It seems that 0.5% is a reasonable minimum rate of loss for most people. A weekly weight loss of 1.0% or more per week is possible. However, a continued loss of more than 1.0% per week may not be sustainable and may cause a rebound in appetite.
Insulin resistant vs insulin sensitive
Through the onboarding process, people were given the opportunity to identify as insulin resistant or insulin sensitive. We wanted to understand whether there was any difference in how people responded to the high satiety nutrient-dense meals based on whether they identified as insulin resistant or insulin sensitive.
There was minimal difference in the rate of weight loss based when they focused on the nutrient-dense high satiety foods recommended by the Nutrient Optimiser.
Prize pool vs free
The chart below shows the weight loss of the participants in the weight loss stream broken up based on whether they were part of the prize pool. As shown in the chart, there was a 2.9% absolute difference in weight loss between the two categories over the six weeks. People who participated in the prize pool were less likely to drop out and lost approximately twice as much weight. People who were committed enough to participate in the prize pool tended to achieve much better results.
The chart below shows the change in weight for the ten people who lost the most weight with nearly 12% of their body weight lost during the six weeks.
These results demonstrate improvements in energy and significant amounts of weight loss by focusing on helping users improve their micronutrient profile.
- On average, users lost 5.1% of their starting body weight over the five-week at a rate of 0.75% per week.
- People who identified as insulin resistant lost weight at the same rate as everyone else.
- People who participated in the prize pool lost twice as much weight.
You can also join the Nutrient Optimiser Facebook Group to ask questions and see some amazing meals.
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