If your January jolt of weight-loss motivation—beast mode at the gym, no carbs in the shopping cart, a self-imposed ban on booze—yields results that don’t match up with your all-out effort, you might not be getting close enough to the source of that stubborn spare tire.
“The underlying issue for someone who has trouble losing weight is an enzyme problem within fat cells,” says nutrition scientist and exercise physiologist David Plourdé, Ph.D., CEO and founder of the The Plourdé Institute in Lisle, Illinois. A compound called lipoprotein lipase determines whether fat cells create more fat cells (making you gain weight) or release fatty acids for the body to burn off as energy.
These chemical reactions are the cornerstone of Plourdé’s interdisciplinary approach to weight loss: His program teaches people how to use diet and exercise to correct problems with lipoprotein lipase and thus burn fat more effectively.
And it works. Men who enter the program have a 95% chance of losing 71 to 80% of their body’s fat weight (68 to 88 pounds)—that’s a hell of a lot of weight loss for a non-surgical approach.
Curious about what the Plourdé Method looks like in action? Here’s a quick overview of the four-pronged science-based approach.