Friday, January 19, 2018

Herbalife Nutrition Encourages Malaysians To Start Their Day Right With A Healthy Breakfast

Herbalife Nutrition has embarked on a healthy breakfast campaign to help raise awareness of the issue of obesity plaguing the country. With obesity levels in Malaysia at an all-time high, it is evident that awareness is vital to help inculcate better eating habits among Malaysians.

“The obesity rate in Malaysia has been steadily increasing over the years,” said Sridhar Rajagopalan, Sub-Regional General Manager, Herbalife Nutrition Malaysia & Singapore. “It is of the utmost importance that we start taking action to curb this problem, as obesity is associated with many negative health effects, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure – all of which reduce quality of life.” 

According to Dr. Julian Alvarez, a member of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, the first meal of the day is essential as it sets the tone for the day. Breakfast-eaters usually have healthier eating habits throughout the day, which results in a positive impact on their overall health, better weight management, as well as improved disease prevention from having the right nutrients. 

“The recommended amount of kilojoules that a balanced breakfast should provide is 15%-25% of the total daily energy intake. This range will vary according to the person’s age, sex, daily energy requirements and lifestyle,” he said.

“Skipping breakfast has been associated with poorer diet quality, increased central adiposity and cardio-metabolic risk factors. It can also lead to overeating during different parts of the day, whereas a quality breakfast, with the right amount of protein and other nutrients, can potentially enhance the metabolic and hormonal responses of individuals, and consequently decrease total kilojoule intake during the rest of the day,” he added. 

In line with Herbalife Nutrition’s purpose of helping people live healthier and happier, the campaign also encourages Malaysians to exercise more, and avoid succumbing to the trap of becoming sedentary.

“One of the key contributors of obesity in Malaysia, aside from food consumption, is the fact that we do not engage in as much physical activity that we should. In the past, playing football and cycling around the neighbourhood was just a part of daily life. However, with increasing urbanization, there have been significant lifestyle and dietary changes – leading us to gain weight and become unhealthy,” said Steven Chin, General Manager, Herbalife Nutrition Malaysia. 

“Whilst the obesity trends can be worrying, Malaysians need to bear in mind that there are ways in which they can combat this. By eating right, especially at breakfast, and through enough physical activity, a healthy active lifestyle can be achieved,” he added.

As part of this campaign, Herbalife Nutrition, the #1 brand in the world in meal replacement and protein supplements combined*, launched the Healthy Breakfast Pack at their annual kickstart Spectacular event with about 5,000 attendees. The Pack is made up of the Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Protein Drink, Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mix and Tea Mix. 

The Healthy Breakfast Pack makes an ideal combination as the low-glycemic Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Protein Drink provides quality protein, fibre and carbohydrates to kick start the day, whilst Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mix aids nutrient absorption as well as supports a healthy digestive system. To round it up, Tea Mix, which contains naturally occurring caffeine, serves as a low-calorie alternative to providing an energy boost. 
For more information, please refer to Herbalife Official Website.

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