The 21 Day Challenge

I have written before in previous blogs about how I am always experimenting on myself to test out the safety of products before we recommend them to patients. The latest test lasted 21 days and was extremely beneficial for my waist line. I dropped six pounds and lost four inches of unwanted belly fat on our new healthy lifestyle system now offered at FYZICAL - Naperville.

The 21 Day Challenge is a program through Transitional Life Systems (TLS), which is a part of our advanced science-based nutraceuticals called nutraMetrix. We have been utilizing these products with great success for almost three years. I went into the program with a friend of mine who was looking to improve her health. She lost 13 pounds and is looking forward to many more on her transition to the Rapid Results program (one of the five program choices available). It was very helpful to go through this with a partner, as we were able to text little comments back and forth or share recipes during the three weeks that we found to be helpful.

TLS is a weight management system that has been in place since 2005 and has scientific studies to back up the results. It focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles and training individuals that increasing one's metabolism helps reform the body to lose fat and to increase muscle. The system itself is predicated on four factors:

  1. Low glycemic impact eating
  2. Exercise - moving one's body
  3. Supplementation as needed
  4. Education (which is available either in book form, in person, or on-line).

The idea of using the low glycemic index was popularized by the late Dr. Shari Lieberman, who had a PhD degree in Clinical Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She was instrumental for importing the glycemic index from Australia to the United States. She was a nationally recognized expert in the nutrition field, was featured on many TV shows and was a spokesperson for employing the index as a method of assisting people is achieving a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lieberman was the individual that helped establish the TLS System.

There are several things that I appreciate about the TLS Weight Management System. What I really liked about the program is that you eat your own food and a lot of it, so I was never hungry and gained energy from the added nutrients I was putting in my body. I never had to count calories or points; just monitor my servings. It is a completely customizable system that is geared towards the motivation and the needs of the individual client. A prospective client can take a Weight Loss Profile either at our office (in paper form) or on-line. Based on the responses on this form, the system will suggest several different alternative lifestyle programs.

A great resource provided by nutraMetrix to assist with the process is a free website that can be found at

The Products

The 21 Day Challenge Kit can be ordered on-line and is delivered right to your door with no shipping charges. The kit costs $149.95 and contains the following:

  1. A Challenge Guide that explains how to implement the program
  2. A 30 serving supply each of "Isotonix" products (a daily multi-vitamin and a product known as OPC 3, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplement)
  3. A 30 day supply of CORE, a specific TLS product that helps with body reformation, reducing cravings and is a carb and fat inhibitor
  4. The NutriClean seven day detoxification and cleansing system
  5. Two canisters of nutrition protein shakes which are in powder form, one chocolate and one vanilla, that assist the client with weight loss or body reformation. (I have never been big on drinking protein shakes but I have to say these were both quite tasty and really helped reduce the stomach growls that usually start with me around 10:00 and 3:00. I have since kept up the habit of one shake a day and have mixed it into other smoothies and recipes.)

One other additional product I recommend my clients order is a printed spiral bound manual entitled "Create Your Own Success, TLS Health Guide and Journal", which costs $24.95. Research shows that any weight loss program is more successful when you document throughout the day what you are eating. This journal provides spaces for this as well as areas to log completed exercises and questions. It provides 12 chapters of reading materials that teach you how to read labels, handle stress, improve metabolism and many other lifestyle skills that will help you become a healthier version of yourself in 12 weeks. I have really enjoyed logging things every day and I am quite surprised when often I cannot come up with something to write in the space that says "One thing that I did for myself today". Walking the dog and going to a child's game does not count.

Sadly, like most working moms, we are often the last ones to take time out to do something relaxing for ourselves. I have slowly tried to incorporate baths into my routine, thanks to another great product I am now a believer in and one that we carry at the clinic called Medicine Springs Mineral Therapy. See for details.

There is a host of on-line TLS recipes found on Pinterest boards and Facebook pages which have almost 24,000 followers. These were fantastic resources for me as I was trying many different ways to prepare vegetables. Another great help came in the form of a local chef who owns her own catering business. She is Chef Christy and has a fantastic website called I ordered several soups and salads from her at the beginning of my detox week which helped keep me in line over the week and they were all delicious. She has since come up with a menu for anyone going through the 21 Day Challenge with approved foods made into delicious soups, salads or smoothies at a very reasonable price.

My Client's Success Story

I have been gathering the success stories of 12 clients participating in the Challenge right now. One of the first participants sent me a nice comment after his Challenge was over that I would like to share. He has lost over 25 pounds in 21 days and more importantly started running for the first time in years. He states, "I decided to go for a run today. First time jogging in several years, It was awesome, I wasn't sore. I didn't feel my gut busting through my own skin and had none of that bleeding throat sensation I usually have after a long hiatus from running. I literally just ran along feeling pretty darn good. Simply amazing. I hope that others can experience what I have experienced. It feels awesome and after several frustrating attempts to get in shape on my own, I am psyched this actually worked. I have literally worked my ass off for 6 months before and while I got stronger, I lost no weight and still had a lot of extra fat. Now that I have slimmed down I am going to start working out a little more intensely and see what happens. Some people from work didn't recognize me when they saw me at a social function this past Saturday."

Client testimonial

Although, I don't like sharing photos of myself, for the sake of this blog and to show "before" and "after" photos, I am. Thanks to my daughter's photography skills and creative app you are able to view a nice collage of my results.

Thanks also to Sid and Deb DeLair who have been instrumental in educating me about the nutraMetrix products and the TLS system. If you are interested in filling out a weight loss profile to see if TLS is the right system for you, drop me a line at You can also read more about the products in the 21 Day Challenge and the research behind it by clicking on this link

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Love Your Life (LYL) - Mary