FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need to detox?
Whenever you are reducing weight and breaking down body fat, it’s important to incorporate some sort of detoxification program. Your body fat stores many toxins inside fat cells, and when you break those down, toxins naturally enter your bloodstream and can actually make you feel sick if you don’t take steps to ‘mop them up’.
How fast will I lose the weight?
Your body will let go of its non-essential fat in the way it decides is best and at its own speed. Women generally shed between 7 and 10 kilos a month. Men can lose between 10 and 14 kilos a month. A few people shed from 3 to 5 kilos during the first week. Whether your own weight loss is ultra-speedy, slow and steady, or intermittent, this makes no difference to your success. Abnormal fat deposits diminish. Fat from double chins, potbellies and thick thighs are sometimes the first to go. Meanwhile the body continues to rejuvenate itself inside and out.
Won’t I be hungry?
If you have done Step 1 correctly, are taking the nutrients as directed and are following the program you should not be hungry. You may be hungry in the first week but this will pass. Remember you are also getting the physiological benefits from the fat that you are releasing. You may be releasing up to 4000 calories/day!
Why don’t we eat grains?
Many people who are overweight have a sensitivity to gluten that they may not even be aware of. This can cause all sorts of digestive disturbances, therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not consume any grains while on the program (this includes wheat, rye, oats or barley).
Can I use coconut oil to cook with?
Yes, you can use a good quality Extra Virgin Raw Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil is the healthiest oil we can eat. Use a pure, organic brand to make sure you are getting the best possible oil. Coconut oil comes directly from the plant source, not an animal source. Coconut oil can be used every day. You don’t need to count the calories in coconut oil. The oil is used for energy in our bodies and not stored as fat. Most fats are made up of fatty acids linked together in relatively long chains and are stored in our bodies for energy later. (Fat is basically stored energy in our bodies) So, most oils are fat stored in our bodies. Coconut Oil on the other hand is a shorter molecule known as a medium chained molecule. It is immediately burned as energy and does not store as fat in our bodies. Use 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil to cook protein (still use sparingly).
Most fats are made up of fatty acids linked together in relatively long chains and are stored in our bodies for energy later. Most oils are fat stored in our bodies. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a shorter molecule known as a medium chained molecule. It is immediately burned as energy and does not store as fat in our bodies. Use 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil to cook protein (still use sparingly).
Can I mix my veggies?
On step 2, only one kind of vegetable at each meal – no mixing. You can, however, always mix different coloured vegetables of the same type. For example, green leaves in a salad; red cabbage with green cabbage in a salad and green and red capsicum.
I am on medication for high blood pressure. Can I still go on this program?
Yes, the program works well with blood pressure medication. As you lose weight, be sure to have your blood pressure checked, as it is likely that it will come down and with your doctor’s advice, you may be able to reduce the amount of medication that you take to control your blood pressure. An excellent outcome would be if you managed to come off the medication completely.
I am a 45-year-old male and work a physically challenging job – will there be enough calories be enough to support my needs?
Just as the daily nutrition is the same in all cases, so the same diet proves to be satisfactory for a small elderly lady of leisure or a hard-working muscular giant. An obese body is always able to obtain all the calories it needs from the abnormal fat deposits, regardless of whether it uses up 1500 or 4000 per day. Of course, as you lose fat and build muscle your body will work so much better!
Can I exercise on this program?
Yes, however strenuous exercise is not recommended while on the very low calorie part of the program. In fact, it could stop your weight loss so stick to low key exercise only. You can do about 20 minutes of walking a day and a few sit-ups or push-ups if you feel they are needed. Exercise burns calories and therefore causes your hunger to increase. The combination of low-calorie intake and exercise could cause your body to go into starvation mode. This can negatively impact your stamina and commitment to the program. So, take it easy.
My 17-year-old daughter wishes to lose 25kgs. Is she too young to use this program?
In general, we say 18 years is the minimum age required for our program. Although with parental supervision, there is the option of someone just younger than 18 doing the program. Always check with your health professional but remember a slim body is healthier than an obese one.
Can you split up your fruits and eat them when you want?
Yes, you can eat them for breakfast or as a snack. Most don’t eat them with their meals so they will have a snack when they feel hungry. It is recommended you eat 2 x ½ fruit a day.
Is it ok to skip a meal or protein at one of my meals?
No, you don’t ever want to skip any of your meals. It’s important to eat all of your calories and especially your protein so that you only lose fat and not muscle.
I have completed one cycle (i.e. 40 days’ low calorie program and then 2-3 weeks on maintenance) …. And I am thrilled with the results (I lost 20 kilos) …. When can I do another cycle?
Complete one cycle (i.e. Step 1, 2 and 3), have a 2-week break, complete another cycle, have a 4-week break and so on. So, each time increase the break by a further 2 weeks.
I am a vegetarian. Can I still use this program?
Absolutely. However, it is easier if you eat some form of animal protein. Once you join the program, you will be provided with a full vegetarian program.
Can I take oral contraceptives and birth control pills on this program?
Yes. Continue using your birth control medications as instructed.
How does a diabetic benefit from the program?
Some diabetics who follow the program find that the program naturally stabilises their blood sugar. There could be an overall drop in fasting blood sugar after completing the program. Always seek medical advice and ask your health professional to monitor your progress.
How does this program affect cholesterol levels?
Cholesterol levels could fluctuate while on this program. For the majority of clients the cholesterol levels drop and improve.
Is cold & flu medicine okay?
Yes, as long as it does not contain sugar.