Cohen Program | Fight obesity with proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle
August 29, 2012
The ladies behind Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre Philippines(from left) Barbara Young, Regina Rodriguez-Chuavon and Angel Rodriguez-Bandola
For most of us, losing weight is a major challenge and losing weight fast and keeping it off is even more daunting. Now, there is a safe and effective way to lose all the unwanted pounds without going through extreme procedures like liposuction or the risk of side effects from diet pills and injections.
The Cohen Program is an individually-tailored weight loss program that allows all types of people, such as housewives, busy executives, students, and even those who don’t have time to exercise, to lose an average of 8 – 10 lbs. in a month with food as medicine. The program corrects hormonal imbalance and is developed by Dr. Rami Cohen, MD, an international specialist renowned for his research on hormones involved in obesity and weight loss.
Dr. Cohen’s research identified HGH, insulin and serotonin as responsible for obesity. HGH preserves muscle tissue and breaks down fat; insulin which regulates blood sugar levels and therefore stops hunger pangs, and serotonin, which tells the body when it is full or satisfied. In people who suffer from “obesity syndrome,” the HGH level is low; unnaturally high levels of insulin are released, and serotonin is not discharged correctly. As a result, obese people constantly crave food and, despite how little or how much they eat, they still gain weight.
Rescina Bhagwani- before and after taking part in the Cohen Program
With the Cohen Program, Dr. Cohen personally develops an individually tailored Eating Plan. Each person undergoes a blood test and the results are used to analyze their unique blood chemistry. A personalized eating plan which triggers the body’s natural ability to shed off fat rapidly and safely is then developed to restore hormonal balance.
The Eating Plan consists of three meals a day taken in specific quantities from the basic food groups of protein, vegetable, fruit and carbohydrate. No exotic or expensive food needs to be purchased. The essential formula is the specific quantity and combination unique to each person.
The specialized Eating Plan is followed by a short, stabilizing Refeeding Program, to reintroduce rich foods without upsetting the balance created by the Eating Plan. This ensures that the weight won’t be regained once a patient resumes normal eating, provided that management guidelines are faithfully followed.
“The Cohen Program is not a diet, it is a lifestyle,” says Barbara Young, CEO of Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre Philippines. “Following the personalized program precisely will allow the body to correct the chemical imbalance naturally. The Cohen Program is also a safer, healthier and cheaper alternative to invasive procedures,” says Barbara, herself a beneficiary of the program.
Others who have benefited from the Cohen Program include consultant Rescina Bhagwani, fresh graduate Karen Gayle Sison and entrepreneur Jeffrey Tan. Prior to the Cohen Program, Rescina tipped the scales at 210 lbs. She lived a sedentary lifestyle and loved indulging in buffet meals. “My close friends and I would also dine at least twice a week,” says Rescina. Karen weighed 220 lbs., a result of her “eating here and there” lifestyle. In college, she says, “I practically lived fast food every day.” Compounding matters was that Karen “believed that every problem can be solved by making and eating food.” Just like Karen, Jeffrey loved to eat like it was a feast. Making matters worse was Jeffrey’s sedentary lifestyle, making him a hefty 291 lbs.
Eventually, the unhealthy eating habits of Rescina, Karen and Jeffrey began to take their toll. Rescina got tired easily and her blood pressure was always elevated at 170/110. Karen’s menstrual period became irregular and she was soon diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). “I suddenly was at risk not only for infertility but also diabetes and cancer,” says Karen. For Jeffrey, being overweight made it difficult for him to achieve even the simplest of tasks. “Picking things up from the floor or just tying my shoe lace took a lot of effort,” says Jeffrey.
Fully-committed to transform their lives for the better, Rescina, Karen and Jeffrey enrolled in the Cohen Program. In 10 months, Rescina shed 86 lbs, while Karen and Jeffrey lost 90 lbs. and 120 lbs, respectively within 8 months. Needless to say, they are thrilled with the results. “I.m out of medication for hypertension, I can play an hour of badminton or do yoga and not feel tired and I’m now ready to take physical activities for sustained health,” says Rescina. “My life became better. I started getting my monthly periods, I feel happier and livelier than I ever did before,” says Karen, while Jeffrey says, “I feel light, agile, everything feels easy to do. I even do 120 push ups each morning to complement my daily morning exercise.”
The life-changing benefits that Karen, Jeffrey and thousands of other satisfied Cohen graduates continue to inspire Barbara and her colleagues Regina Chuavon and Dr. Angel Rodriguez-Bandola. “The Cohen Program is very simple to follow. Food is the only thing you take. There are no injections, exercise, diet pills, meal replacements or special foods, simply the food already in your kitchen. Best of all, you don’t have to starve yourself on the program, as it is a balanced eating plan,” says Regina.
For Dr. Bandola, the growing rate of obesity-related diseases like diabetes and hypertension is a major concern. “As with any disease, prevention is always the best form of medicine and the Cohen Program therefore makes for a sound health investment,” says Dr. Bandola.
The positive results enjoyed by countless of other Cohen graduates spur them to continue to save and transform the lives of those affected by obesity. “We see our work at the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre Philippines as an advocacy. Our mission is to transform lives and help Filipinos adopt a healthy lifestyle. With 1 out of every 4 adult Filipinos overweight, we know that the Cohen Program will be able to help a lot of people. The Cohen Program is about spreading the message of hope and encouragement to those looking for a proven, safe and sustainable solution to obesity,” adds Barbara.
To know more about the Cohen Program, visit the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre at
, 10thFloorMedicalPlazaMakatiBuilding, Amorsolo cor. de la Rosa Streets, LegaspiVillage, MakatiCity. You may also log on to www.cohenlifestyle.com.ph, email email@example.com or call 502-1090, 501-5237.
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