Is it purr fect, or Pir FECT… can you tell what I mean? Well the point is simply, when we do the diets that we do, and we pick up a new program, should we follow it perfectly, or not? That is the question of the day, and I am going to give you the science behind why “perfect” should be your plan.
I know, this rings of a boring conversation. I tell you that you can never eat anything tasty again. You listen intently, consider the idea of it, then as soon as you are off to a fun party… or out to dinner, you say “well, I have been so good for the last week… month… etc. I have earned a cheat night, and I am sure it won’t hurt me.”
I must first agree. You DO deserve a cheat day. Staying committed to the 60 Day Plan for more than a week, is deserving of a cheat day. As long as you don’t mind ruining everything you have worked for. You see, in our diet, we aren’t trying to get you to lose weight. Sure, many people have that goal, but our goal is to perfect hormones. And though you could lose weight all day, and feel like you have done something really fantastic, it isn’t until you have created a balance in your hormones, that you have created a LASTING change from your efforts.
Why? Well, we are working to create a very sensitive insulin response. The complete opposite of insulin resistance. Now, lets stop for a second. You aren’t insulin resistant you say. So therefore you don’t need this. The question is, are you optimal? Are you at the polar opposite end of the spectrum from insulin resistance, do you have the function that gives you more hope for health, vs hanging on by a thread.
You see, the reality is, the medical model doesn’t even test your insulin. Seriously, look at your last blood test and find the insulin levels. They aren’t there. You have sugar. So your insulin resistance is measured by your sugar. The sad thing, is that your insulin will be elevated in most cases, for YEARS before your sugar finally elevates, and in most people, once the sugar goes up, if you don’t do this diet, you will be diabetic in no time. Why wait???
So perfection is needed, because the environment that is necessary for insulin and leptin (last post on Leptin is HERE) to be re-set to normal, involved an environment of NO drastic sugar increases in the blood. The sugar has to remain level, and relatively low, for an extended period. Each time it is bumped back up, the insulin receptors that were beginning to build back, are lost. They will not be replenished, and silently and quietly you will be backed up days, weeks, or even months on your progress path.
Is perfection hard? I don’t know… maybe. My wife and I are on it now, about three weeks so far, and perfection hasn’t been hard. But I know the rules, and i know the ways to make some tasty treats that fit the rules. I guess that is important. So, here it is, the 60 Day Diet in a nutshell.
1. No sugar, nothing that is sugar like, no honey, agave, maple syrup.
a. no artificial sweeteners
b. stevia is good, xylitol and erythritol are acceptable, but stevia is good
2. No Grains (corn and rice are grains)
a. Quinoa is good for a weekly meal
3. No root vegetables (small amounts of onion for flavor are ok)
4. No Legumes
5. Keep protein in check, unless you are one who naturally has high metabolism, then you should have a significant amount of protein.
6. Dairy is OK in moderation for most. If you show positive to caseine sensitivity, then NO.
7. Fat is good, just pick the right fat.
8. Berries, one handful, every day. No other fruit.
So, the nutshell is there. Study it, follow it, and get ready to jump into the 60 Day Turnaround in September. The registration will be up here soon – 60 Day Registration. Thanks, and remember to follow Dr. Marks blog on the 60 Day Story Here (he is already down 14 lbs… but does that mean he has good insulin function? No – not yet).
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E