A positive attitude, determination, exercise, and counting
calories: are these the key ingredients to successful weight loss?
Not always. There are many reasons why going on a diet doesn't
always produce the hoped-for results. For example, unlike what many
people think, in most cases cutting calories is not enough to
achieve weight loss goals.
An alternative solution that does not rely exclusively con
counting calories focuses on other equally important parameters,
which are not always sufficiently emphasized. These parameters
include the glycemic index and the glycemic load (GL), which
measure the effect of food on blood sugar levels; potential renal
acid load (PRAL), which estimates the alkalizing effect of food;
and oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), which estimates the
antioxidant properties of food. Being able to assess the combined
effect of the factors on a given diet plan can make the difference
between achieving long-lasting, mental and physical balance and
well-being and the frustration of undergoing deprivation only to
achieve uneven results.
"What's important is to balance micro- and macro-nutrients in
order to obtain weight loss, if necessary" - explains Edoardo
Debelli, a nutritionist and co-founder SBS srl. "According to this
approach, a plate of whole-wheat pasta, farro, or even potato
gnocchi, flavoured with sautéed vegetables and a teaspoon of
extra-virgin olive oil, is far preferable to the 70 grams of plain
pasta prescribed by traditional diets. Eating such a meal at lunch
makes it possible to fill up on antioxidants and keep blood sugar
levels low and weight under control".
SBS srl - Scienza Benessere Salute is a start-up by Innovation
Factory, AREA Science Park's business incubator. It makes its
market debut with "Innovation Diet", a professional software that
helps nutritionists and dieticians formulate personalized diet and
nutrition plans, which can also take into account the results of
genetic tests, in order to provide more accurate responses to
specific individual needs.
"As a professional in this sector - Debelli points out - I
analyzed the various solutions currently available for the medical
treatment of nutrition-related problems and realized, together with
my partner Francesca Ruggiero, that many of the key parameters for
a healthy diet are not taken into consideration in weight loss
plans, neither alone nor in combination. We believe the moment has
come to redress this shortcoming, and thanks to our work with
Innovation Factory we think we have achieved our goal".
How to use Innovation Diet
On the basis of the patient's anthropometric data, medical
history, and diet habits, the nutritionist or dietician chooses the
desired type of diet (e.g. low GL diet, zone diet, genetic
diet, vegetarian diet, sports diet, weight maintenance diet, etc.)
and obtains a nutritional profile covering a week or a month. The
micro- and macro-nutrients for this nutritional profile are then
automatically factored in. The software makes it possible to
fine-tune the diet plan, by manually adding changes to reflect the
patient's tastes or the advice of the nutritionist/dietician, for
instance by adding more antioxidants or alkaline-forming foods. In
the case of genetic diets, the plan will automatically eliminate or
add the foods that are most suitable to the patient's genetic
Innovation Diet provides an array of options such as low GL
diets, genetic diets, zone diets, vegetarian diets, etc., depending
on the specialization chosen by the nutritionist/dietician.