Q) What kind of a diet is the Slimdown?
A) The Slimdown is not a diet. Diets don’t work, and they never will. This is an eating program, not a diet. There is no fasting, starving, cutting out your favorite foods, dropping entire categories of foods, nasty protein drinks or pills. On this program, you learn to use real food in your favor to liberate your body’s ability to burn fat quickly. I show you how to eat the perfect combinations of muscle-building, fat-burning foods to ignite your fat-burning furnace. The best part is you will eat more food than you ever thought possible and lose more weight than you could have ever imagined. You end up eating 90 percent of the foods you love. They are prepared healthier, and they are eaten more frequently. No more dieting, and o more madness. On the Slimdown, you will feed your fat burning engine and send your metabolism on high!!!
Q) What is the difference between the 21-Day Slimdown and the 7-Day Sizedown?
A) The 21-Day Slimdown is a program you do for the rest of your life. However, there are times in life we feel a sense of urgency to lose weight quickly. It might be a beach vacation, high school reunion, wedding or a special date. Therefore, I created a unique program that allows you to lose a complete pant or dress size in less than a week without starving yourself. In the 7-Day Sizedown, I show you exactly what to eat, how to prepare it and when to eat it. By making a few subtle changes in your eating program and workout routine, the changes you see will be startling. The best part is I am there for you every step of the way to help encourage you to take it to the next level.
Q) How do I get started?
A) If you are reading this question, you have just made the biggest and boldest attempt you will ever make in becoming healthier, leaner and happier. On this program, you learn how to eat versus how to diet. You will never again allow food to control you or cause negative emotions or body image. The first step is to go one day at a time by using the 21-Day Slimdown. Each day you will learn just enough to promote you to the next day, and by the end of the third week you will have enough information to continue the program for the rest of your life. The tools I will provide you like the Cooking Guide, Healthy Meal Planner, videos, Exercise Guide, webinars, weekly blogs and more will keep you immersed continually in success mode.
Q) How long before I see results?
A) Results vary from person to person. I believe it takes as long as it takes. Some people may lose 30 pounds in 30 days, while others may follow the same program and lose 7 pounds in 45 days. It is important that we stay in constant contact, and this program is designed for me to be with you every step of the way until you reach your desired goals and beyond. I believe many people require clarification. For example, if I suggest that an ideal meal might be fish, rice and veggies, and you ordered it from a cafeteria, there is a good chance a perceived healthy meal is now no longer the case. Another example is nuts and seeds. These are good as a garnish, but eating them by the handful could stall your progress. At the end of the day, how quickly you see results is dependent on how closely you adhere to the program. Some who follow it at 65 percent may see amazing results, while others might have to follow it at 80 percent to see the same results. It is never about perfection, it’s about progress.
Q) How often should I weigh myself?
A) I have mixed emotions with this question. I haven’t weighed myself in 15 years including doctor visits. I just don’t want to know. Like many people, I allowed my mood to be dictated by a number on a scale. As a gym owner, I witnessed many people come into the gym in an upbeat mood only to hop on the scale, not like the number and immediately go from happy to miserable. Plus, weighing is only one form of measurement and doesn’t always tell the entire story. That being said, I have seen the scale be a good indicator to keep some people in check. My suggestion is to weigh yourself no more than once per week at the exact same time before your first meal in the morning. Keep in mind that if you have been a chronic dieter your entire life, transitioning to a healthy eating program might increase scale weight slightly while losing inches simultaneously. This could happen for a few weeks, and then all of a sudden the weight can start dropping off your body as you learn to feed muscle while starving fat and increasing your metabolism into a fat-burning machine.
Q) I have tried everything and nothing has ever worked. I lose the weight only to gain it back, and then some. Why will this program be any different?
A) The fundamental difference is this is not a diet. This is a way of life – an eating program in which you learn to create the ideal muscle-building, fat-burning meal with the perfect balance of lean proteins, starchy carbs, veggies and healthy fats, and hundreds of combinations to prepare them. Programs of the past did not have sustainability, and this program is designed for just that. You will never finish it; you will just keep getting better and better at it. The best part is I will be there with you every step of the way. Failure is not an option. Between the basic program, the blogs, newsletters, the ability to reach out to me and much more, you will know you are doing something so good for yourself. We use your past to our advantage by learning from our mistakes. Know this: you have never failed. However, you have been failed by fitness fad fraud, misinformation and misguided diets. Now it’s your turn to take control, and this program allows you to do just that.
Q) Is this program safe for a person with diabetes?
A) You want to feed your body the highest quality foods along with the perfect combination of lean proteins, starchy carbs, fibrous veggies and healthy fats. Spreading those meals out to be eaten every 2 to 4 hours is the single most efficient way for all people to eat, and in particular people with diabetes, be it onset or insulin-dependent. That being said, it is always best to check with your personal physician and consult with a dietitian or nutritionist to help ensure your success to the highest level.
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