THE CENTS*ABLE DIET

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a dieter expect consitant weight loss? Yes. Women will lose on average 3-5 lbs, Men 5-7lbs per week. If the protocol is followed without any deviations and weight loss is not achieved in any given week it is due to one of the following reasons: Consumption of more then one restricted food per day / Skipping a meal / Not consuming required amount of vegetables / Consuming too many vegetables that are high on the glycemic index / Salad dressings with hidden sugars / Consuming foods that are not allowed (see Cents*able diet plan for details) / Pre or Peri-Menopausal women or normal menstrual cycles will experience water retention that will mask weight loss for approximately one week each month. The following week she will be back on track.

Why is it important to go through all four phases of the diet plan? We introduce more real food in Phase 2 to “help bring the gut (digestive process) back on line”. If we just jump into eating 4 “real meals a day” after Phase 1, many people will get bloated, cramp up, etc. In Phase 3 we introduce complex carbohydrates in the morning meal only “to help bring the pancreas back on line”. If we suddenly add carbohydrates , the pancreas will be “shocked” and probably over-produce insulin like it was before the protocol. This could result in rapid weight gain. So, with the pancreas, we want to slowly let it get used to producing the right amount of insulin in response to the carbohydrates we eat. 

What do you mean restricted item? Some items are resticted on the Cents*able diet (see you plan for details). Only one restricted item can be eaten each day (if you choose). These items are higher in carbs and thus eating more than one will hurt your results. This changes as you go through the later stages of the plan.

Can I have my 2 cups of veggies in your plan and still eat a large salad in addition? Yes. Lettuce is unlimited per the plan so you can have as much as you want. However, try to stay with Romaine or spinach as they have more nutrients than Ice berg lettuce.

What if I’m full do I still have to eat everything in your plan in the meal? Yes. You need the correct nutrients and sometimes less is not more as you can gain weight by not eating enough of the right foods.

Can I cheat a little? No, you can not! ...or to be more precise “not if you want results”. You should know that the body stores no more than three (3) days’ worth of carbohydrates in your body. The goal of the protocol is to empty the body’s reserves of carbohydrates so that it can begin to burn its reserve of excess fat If you keep cheating you'll never touch the fat reserves.

My friends say I should eat a balanced diet and this is not healthy? Balance means you stay the same. So you eat that once you get to your target weight. Since you ate an “unbalanced” diet to gain the weight it stands to reason you need to eat an “unbalanced” diet to lose it. This will change as you go through the phases of the diet.

Do I have to use the Vitamins in your plan? Yes. Since you are eating an “unbalanced” diet you need to take the vitamins to give your body badly needed nutrients.

Is this diet safe? Yes it is! However, I suggest you talk to your doctor before starting any diet plan for your specific health needs. I checked with own doctor before starting and he encouraged me to try the diet.

Why are some Vegetables restricted to twice a week? Some vegetables have more natural sugars and need to be limited on the first stages. You can enjoy all of these as you progress though the phases.

Why can't I eat fruits on the first stages? While fruits will not ake you gain weight they can slow down and even prevent you from losing weight. Therefore it is necessary to resticts these until later stages of the Cents*able Diet. However, you will be able to enjoy these as you progress.

Why is diet soda discouraged? Some diet drinks (Crystal Light for example) are mixed with water and these are acceptable. Many others (flavored Aqua-fina, Dasani, etc.) contain alot of phosphoric acid. This is a very strong acid and will play havoc with the body’s bicarbonate buffering system. The same goes for diet sodas…particularly the “brown ones”…Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, root beer, etc.). Flavored seltzers are usually OK, just read the label and make sure it is carb-free and contains no phosphoric acid. A more acidic blood does not carry oxygen as well. Using sugar-free, carb-free drinks and diet sodas will not compromise your weight loss (providing you drink extra water if these drinks contain caffeine, remember an extra cup of water for every cup of coffee you drink, same thing here) the dieter who chooses to use these products alot, will not receive all of the wonderful benefits of the program.

Can a dieter expect consitant weight loss? Yes. Women will lose on average 3-5 lbs, Men 5-7lbs per week. If the protocol is followed without any deviations and weight loss is not achieved in any given week it is due to one of the following reasons: Consumption of more then one restricted food per day / Skipping a meal / Not consuming required amount of vegetables / Consuming too many vegetables that are high on the glycemic index / Salad dressings with hidden sugars / Consuming foods that are not allowed (see Cents*able diet plan for details) / Pre or Peri-Menopausal women or normal menstrual cycles will experience water retention that will mask weight loss for approximately one week each month. The following week she will be back on track.

Why is it importnt to go through all four phases of the diet plan? We introduce more real food in Phase 2 to “help bring the gut (digestive process) back on line”. If we just jump into eating 4 “real meals a day” after Phase 1, many people will get bloated, cramp up, etc. In Phase 3 we introduce complex carbohydrates in the morning meal only “to help bring the pancreas back on line”. If we suddenly add carbohydrates , the pancreas will be “shocked” and probably over-produce insulin like it was before the protocol. This could result in rapid weight gain. So, with the pancreas, we want to slowly let it get used to producing the right amount of insulin in response to the carbohydrates we eat.