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If you have been diagnosed with any health conditions, it is imperative that you check with your healthcare provider(s) before starting any new dietary or exercise programs. The best way to describe the plan is to explain that you will be starting a diet that removes all processed foods, reduces refined carbohydrates and sugars, and instead focuses on lean meats, vegetables, and fruit. See additional questions below for issues related to specific health conditions.
Yes, with clearance from your healthcare provider(s). A whole foods diet that focuses on complex vs. simple carbohydrates has been shown to be effective for promoting healthy blood glucose levels. If you are taking medications, they will most likely need to be adjusted during this program with the help of the prescribing provider. If you have been prescribed insulin, you must present a note from your doctor stating that they have approved this plan for you and that they will monitor your medications closely and adjust as needed.
Yes, with clearance from your healthcare provider(s). A whole foods diet that focuses on complex vs. simple carbohydrates has been shown to be effective for promoting healthy blood pressure. If you are taking medications, they will most likely need to be adjusted during this program with the help of the prescribing provider.
Not exactly. The strategies will most likely result in members going into a ketogenic state, but this is due to reduced caloric intake and reduced simple carbohydrate and sugar intake, versus the ketogenic diet which causes this by promoting consumption of a high amount of fat for daily caloric intake. The ketogenic diet is therefore a "high fat" diet. Our 6 week program teaches eating low fat, then we promote eating a reasonable amount of healthy fats for the maintenance phase.
We believe in "knowledge, not products". There is one supplement included with the program that is in liquid dropper form and provides some basic vitamins and amino acids. Otherwise, this plan does not require handfuls of pills or gritty shakes to choke down. We teach you how to nourish yourself with real, whole foods purchased wherever you do your grocery shopping.
Depending upon the individual, their goal may be to lose more weight than is possible during the initial 6 week program. For these people, we recommend cycling onto the maintenance phase (the "forever diet") and then cycling back into one of our future 6 week program groups. This has allowed some of our members to lose over 70 lbs total over the course of a year.
We consider the 6 week program the release phase and after that, the sustain phase. Before the 6 week program is complete, we provide instructions for methodically moving into the maintenance phase as to help identify any food intolerance or allergies that might be present. The foods recommended for the maintenance phase are similar to the 6 week food list, but adds in previously excluded foods such as dairy, beans, and grains. It also allows for the occasional sweets and treats, but does so in the context of the individual's health goals and doing so with the intention of enjoying oneself (and not out of boredom, food addiction, impulsive decisions, and as an unhealthy coping mechanism).
That depends on you. We do our best to provide everyone with the tools and the mindset to make these lifestyle and diet changes sustainable over the long term. People generally feel so good after the 6 weeks that they don't want to go back to the way they were before. We truly believe that what we teach is a long term strategic health plan that is doable by almost anyone. If you take the time to learn all of the materials, participate in the group calls, are active in the FB group, and reach out for help when needed, and then continue to be active in the community beyond the 6 weeks, we see no reason why anyone couldn't keep working towards their goals (if not yet reached) and stay there. We teach strategies to help members identify if things are going off track and how to get back on track before too much progress is lost. WE WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE THAT REACH OUT FOR HELP AND NEED A JUMP START TO GET BACK ON TRACK.