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Why am I getting headaches? You may experience headaches during the first few days on the Protocol - especially those who are insulin-resistant or those who have been eating carb-heavy diets in the recent past. High levels of insulin tell the kidneys to hold on to sodium and excrete magnesium and potassium. Upon starting the Protocol, carbohydrate levels are dramatically reduced causing insulin secretion to drop dramatically. Now the kidneys will function normally and will excrete excess sodium. The excess water in the body then follows sodium's lead and is also excreted usually resulting in a significant reduction in blood pressure. This can lead to headaches, a feeling of light- headedness or dizziness upon standing up. The scientific term for this condition is orthostatic hypotension. Clients on prescription drugs for hypertension must be advised to watch for these signs. In most cases, in order to ensure Client safety, the Client's Physician will need to lower dosage or discontinue the medication completely. If you experience headaches while on Ideal Protein, increase the use of Sea-Salt and make sure you are getting enough water. Usually 1/3 teaspoonful of Sea-Salt in 8 oz. of water will alleviate a headache within 15 minutes. NOTE: If you experience headaches later in the Protocol, it is simply a sign of dehydration, increase your water intake and the headache should pass. How much water must I drink and does it include tea and coffee 2 Litres a day not including tea and coffee.Over and above the 2 litres it is recommended that you have a cup of water for ever cup of tea or coffee you consume. Why must I take your supplements when I already take my own? The supplements are mandatory while you are on the Protocol because the diet is imbalanced and you are not absorbing the usual nutrients. If you were taking supplements prior to starting the Protocol you may continue to take those supplements in addition to the supplements we supply. The supplements are matched to the Doctor derived program. Why is this different to other diets? The protein weight loss method treats weight issues at its source. By the time you reach your weight loss goal, you will have transformed your body's ability to metabolize sugar by re-educating your pancreas to produce only the right amount of insulin needed, no more. The protocol aims at reducing carbohydrates and fats, not protein. In so doing, it preserves muscle tissue and protects vital organs to secure their proper function. In other words, you will lose fat, not muscle. The protocol features up to a whopping 20 grams of protein per portion, twice as much as most of the competition and is a high biological protein, complete with eight (8) essential amino acids, that recreates 100% of the biological value of a complete protein for maximum assimilation and absorption. The weight loss protocol is less toxic than other protein diets because it features less saturated fats, no trans-fats, no aspartame, no Mono sodium Glutamate (MSG) and no Genetically-Modified Organisms (GM0s). Why do I have to add salt to my food? The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Guide) recommends that people consume 2,300 mg (approximately 1 teaspoon) of salt, per day. That quantity is often exceeded by the mere presence of the bulk of industrial foods consumed each and every day in North America, including breads, pastas and cheeses, all saturated with salt. That's why most doctors tell their patients to away from salt, generally speaking. With all that salt, you need not add more salt to your food. The Ideal Protein weight loss method has none of these industrial foods. And even if choices of the Ideal Protein envelopes are salted, you need to add sea salt to your diet: lightly sprinkle your vegetables and your protein source, whatever it may be, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs or tofu, with sea salt to ensure that your body has all the sodium it needs to function properly. What if I am hungry? If you feel hungry during the first few days on the Protocol, you may eat up to five envelopes per day (one Restricted plus four Non-Restricted Foods). After a few days the hunger should disappear due to the production of ketonic bodies. NOTE: If you continue to feel hungry during the protocol, you are encouraged to schedule a review of your Weekly Food Journal with your coach to identify where the problem areas are. Some of the most common causes of hunger are: skipping a meal; not eating enough vegetables or water; or eating too many carbohydrates. NOTE: If you are following the Protocol correctly, you should not be hungry. What can I take for constipation? Natura Digestive Enzymes and probiotics are highly recommended for dieters prone to constipation or diarrhoea. Please discuss this with us so that we can find the best solution for you. What sweetener can I use? Sucralose is a sweetener derived from sugar cane. Splenda is the brand name for Sucralose. It tastes like sugar but, thanks to a process, Sucralose has zero (0) calories and is not assimilated by the body, which means that it has zero (0) impact on the blood and its glycemia. Xylitol and erythritol. There are many different types of sugar alcohols, some are more easily absorbed (Xylitol) and some are absorbed very poorly (erythritol). If they are absorbed, they can affect blood sugar. As a rule of thumb, divide the grams of sugar alcohols by 2 and consider that the number of grams of carbohydrates that are being consumed. If you have 13 grams of sugar alcohol in the mints (13 / 2 = 6.5) + 1 other carb = about 7.5 grams of absorbable carbs. If you decide to eat a serving of this on phases 1 & 2 don't have any restricted foods" that day. Stevia is a sweetener derived from herbs and shrubs. Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose and is suitable for use in a low/restricted calorie diet. What sauces can I use? Any of the Walden Farms products as well as soya sauce, mustard, tamari and Franks red hot sauce . No Balsamic or red wine vinegar Why can’t I exercise while on phase 1? Dieters on the protocol are on a very low caloric diet, yet their body is actually "getting more calories" then they were prior to starting our protocol. Why? Because they are burning (using their fat stores) fat. They are getting about 900 Kcal’s per day from the foods they are eating (on Phase 1) but if they lose 4 lbs per week (on average) 4 x 3500 Kcal/lb of fat means 14,000 Kcal/week, divide by 7 equals 2000 Kcal’s per day. They are actually consuming 900 Kcal + 2000 Kcal’s = 2900Kcals per day. Understand their bodies must make the necessary enzymes to fully burn the ketonic bodies that are produced from fat metabolism (beta oxidation). It takes about two weeks for this to happen. During the first 3 weeks, your body is getting the necessary "enzymatic machinery" in place so it can use 100% of the ketonic bodies (for cellular fuel) your body is producing from burning the fat. In the first couple of weeks, it cannot use all of them and you breath them out (acetone breath), "pee them out" (ketostix turn purple when you dip them in your urine) or you excrete excess ketones in your faeces. If your blood sugar gets too low during this time period, the proteins we supply and the muscle you have can undergo gluconeogenesis and glucose can be produced. If you increase the glucose demand (i.e. exercise vigorously during these first 3 weeks) you will increase gluconeogenesis markedly. This CAN result in muscle loss, SOMETHING WE WANT TO AVOID!!!! If you MUST exercise during the first 3 weeks, please do it lightly, (1/3 to 1/2 your normal intensity) or not at all. Here's the beauty of the program: During this literally are "peeing out calories" without having to exercise!!! You will lose the same amount of weight, but will not risk losing muscle. This is not about calories in - calories out, it's about hormones and metabolism. They were fighting a hormone (Insulin) war before and you can't exercise your way out of that, the hormone always wins. After the first 3 weeks, you may exercise, but please keep in mind: Do not get overly tired and supplements are a must! (serious cardiac problems can result; arrhythmias, tachycardia, etc.). Keep well hydrated. If you are exercising you must increase your water intake. Is the protocol safe? The protocol is safe for everyone, except those with a dysfunctional liver or kidneys. Diabetics Type I should only do the alternative diet and women who are pregnant or breast feeding should only use the protein foods to supplement their diet. How is the protein weight loss method different from other protein diets on the market? The method treats weight issues at its source. By the time you reach your weight loss goal, you will have transformed your body's ability to metabolize sugar by re- educating your pancreas to produce only the right amount of insulin needed, no more. The Ideal Diet aims at reducing carbohydrates and fats, not protein. In so doing, it preserves muscle tissue and protects vital organs to secure their proper function. In other words, you will lose fat, not muscle.
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