By Ori Hofmekler, author of the Warrior Diet
We keep getting testimonials from AEDiet followers reporting of great weight loss scores already during the first week (Phase I) of the diet. Nonetheless, we also receive reports that indicate misunderstandings as to how to sustain weight loss.
For instance, a person who initially lost substantial weight while on Phase I of the diet reported that since moving to Phase II, the weight loss reached a stagnant point – what to do? Another person asked, “I’m eating only from the foods listed in the book . . . why am I suddenly not losing weight?” Or, “I’m losing weight but not as much as I lost last week, is there something missing in my routine?” The purpose of this newsletter is to clear some misunderstandings regarding the AEDiet and help remove obstacles that prohibited individuals from progressing.
One mistake that people often make is fail to adjust the diet to their specific needs. Each of us has a unique genetic predisposition and distinct affinity towards food. A food that benefits one person may cause an adverse reaction in another. The AEDiet book addresses this issue by guiding you how to create a personal database that documents what food works for you and what food doesn’t.
If, for example, you lose weight on Phase I Detox but are unable to lose as much (or not at all) while on Phase II High Fat, you may need to adjust your weekly routine accordingly. Since in this case Phase I has been working best for you, design your week in a way that will favor Phase I days over Phase II days. For example, 5 days Phase I and 2 days Phase II, or 6 days Phase I followed by 1 day Phase II, or simply 7 days of Phase I. Check how these routines affect your progress and adjust your database accordingly.
Note that if Phase I Detox yields maximum weight loss impact, it may be an indication that your body is still holding a high level of toxins and thus needs to keep cleansing itself and for that matter, as long as the level of toxicity remains high, the body may resist any other phase of the diet. At a certain point (after a substantial weight loss and cleansing) the body will be ready to shift into Phase II of the diet and surprisingly shed body fat like never before. If you’ve faced problems with Phase II previously, try to incorporate it gradually back into your routine (one day at a time). You may be surprised to find that after sufficient detox, your body will become more efficient in utilizing fat for energy and that’s exactly the point when Phase II will turn to be highly beneficial.
If, however, you were responding well to Phase II of the diet (keep losing weight) this could be an indication that your body is detoxified and that high fat days (with nuts and seeds as a primary fuel) should be your favorite days when designing your week. In this case try incorporating 5 days of Phase II with 2 days of Phase I or similar ratios and check how these adjustments affect your progress.
Adjusting the diet according to your personal condition is critically important, but avoiding mistakes is just as critical. Most common mistakes that people do relate to food combinations and timing of meals. Let’s start with food combinations.
You can have all the right foods in your meals but if you do not combine them properly, you may jeopardize your weight loss (check food combinations in the AEDiet book). For that matter, you should be particularly careful with the way you combine food during the morning and afternoon hours. This is when your body can burn fat most (morning and afternoon) and you must take advantage of this peak potential to lose weight. Wrong food combinations in the morning will suppress your weight loss right from the early hours of the day, and if you continue making mistakes with your food combinations, you may not be able to lose weight. Hell, you may even gain weight. The skill to properly combine foods is not part of the typical mainstream diets, but nonetheless it is a critical factor in weight loss.
The safest way to design your daily hours is to separate between the different foods that you eat during the day. Have only one food item at a time every few hours and you’ll most likely do well. Have one fruit at a time or one 8oz plain yogurt at a time, etc. The same rule applies to the Warrior Diet Meal Replacement, Warrior Milk or the EstroX Shakes. Have the meal replacement or the shake alone (one serving at a time). Do not mix or add anything.
As for the timing of the meals, the AED book shows you clearly that there are A.M. foods and P.M. foods. The A.M. foods are mostly light fresh and raw whereas the P.M. foods are more heavy and processed (cooked, broiled or grilled). The reason: light raw foods such as vegetables or fruits enhance removal of toxins with a minimum taxing effect on the digestive system, and to a lesser degree, so does a yogurt or a quality protein shake. This way, A.M. foods can help support removal of toxins and the breakdown of fat storage for energy. In practical terms, minimize your A.M. foods to mostly fruits, vegetables, and light protein (yogurt or a shake). Eat your cooked and heavy foods at night. Do not eat cooked fish or lentils in the A.M. hours, do not eat heavy foods such as nuts or seeds in the morning; instead have all these foods at night.
Use your common sense and experience. Do not fool yourself by following rigid instructions, always always check what works for you and what doesn’t.
Let’s clear up all the misunderstandings now. The holidays are coming soon and we’ll certainly guide you how to keep progressing while enjoying these great events with your family and friends.
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