Coming off of the Straight 60 (60 Day Turnaround) is just as hard as starting it. Well, harder. If you want to do it right that is. I say this because actually starting isn’t that bad, you get motivated, you start. I have people do it all the time. But coming off of it, well, most come off before they plan, by simply cheating and quitting. My goal is to be sure that IS NOT you!
However, coming off of it, if you want to truly maintain the value that you have achieved through your strict diet, is important. The reason lies in the sensitivity that has been built up in your insulin receptors. The whole point of the diet is to get to a level of sensitivity in your insulin receptors, that will allow for healing of your leptin, that will allow for function of just about every hormone in your body to improve. The problem is that if you begin spiking blood sugar again, you lose the gains that you made.
Don’t spike your blood sugar. Period. You are all more in control than that, the problem is you don’t realize it. And the problem is that you find the excuse of “I don’t know what to do after I finish the diet” to easy. So, because I usually have about 15% of participants at the LAST meeting, compared to 120% at the first meeting (yes, about 20 out of 100 walk away after the first workshop); I am going to give you the last meeting material right now.
Treat all glycemic servings, as glycemic servings, and therefore do not combine them in the same meal, and do not combine multiples in the same day if they could cause your blood sugar to elevate and stay elevated. That is the spirit of the rule, now I’ll give you the letter of the rule.
A dessert, the bread from a sandwich, a bagel, a banana, a bowl of cereal, a portion of rice, an ear of corn, will all be looked at as a glycemic serving for this exercise. So you should not have two of the aforementioned foods in the same meal, nor should you have them throughout the entire day separated by less than 4 hours of time. Otherwise, you will raise your blood sugar, keep it raised, and begin undoing the incredible work that you have achieved over your 60 days.
I have commonly had patients tell me – “I know its working, because I have re-introduced all the foods that I wasn’t eating, and I am still losing weight, months later”! Great. Now keep it tight. remember what got you here. For one of three of you successful participants will push to far, begin eating cookies ( you need to realize a cookie, is grain – which turns to sugar, and sugar, which is sugar, which is why cookies, cake, and other baked goods that are heavily sweetened are some of the worst offenders. If the plan is to eat cookies, you should probably have no other glycemic foods that day).
The point is that if we are truly trying to change our lifestyle habits, then change our lifestyle habits. I’ll interview Dr. Mark who is here on vacation with me in Hilton Head. I don’t think he is doing awful, but I think compared to what my wife and I are doing in our one week hiatus, his needs refinement. Especially because he is heading right back on it. In reality, that should be more motivation NOT to break it, not fueling desire TO break it. Make sense?
I have been around this rodeo a thousand times in the last decade plus. I have seen many stories, I know the outcomes. I do not call myself green, not at my own actions and responses, nor at yours. Trust me, now that you have the rules, refer to them. Otherwise, you won’t be committed.
When I say, my commitments are greater than my feelings at this moment, I do know that only TRUE commitments will win. Anything else becomes frivolous, and you can easily talk yourself out of frivolous.
60 Days. Join me in saying, My commitments are greater than my feelings at this moment.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E