Questions? We have answers below to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Eat Live Thrive Diet. If you do not find the answer to your question here, please submit it on our private FaceBook group page.
It is important to know that slow, steady fat-burning is better than losing weight too quickly. Many studies have verified that the female body goes into “protection mode” and slows down fat burning when if a woman loses more than one to two pounds per week. For those close to their ideal weight, two pounds per week may create a similar response. Measuring the full scope of your success by the scale is unhealthy. Choose to evaluate your progress by how your clothes are fitting and how you feel more than what the scale is saying. Weight loss should continue during the Discovery Phase where you’ll realize which foods are causing you weight gain and experience other health issues. Some of these discoveries can change your life in very positive ways.
Yes! As you will learn in the Eat Live Thrive Diet, many women who gain weight around their middle and cannot seem to lose it are experiencing some level of insulin resistance. The diet will help you unlock the mystery of which foods are holding you back. You will also discover your personal carbohydrate threshold and how to improve your insulin sensitivity so that the only muffin top in your life will be found on the top of one of our delicious, grain free muffin recipes!
As you advance through the first phase of Eat Live Thrive Diet, your cravings for these types of foods should naturally diminish. To support you through that progression we have included some delicious recipes that help satisfy those starchy and sugary cravings. For example, our Snickerdoodle muffins are a favorite as well as our Chocolate Bliss Squares and many more!
High glycemic foods are those that range from 70-100 on the GI (glycemic index). Moderate GI ranges from 56-69, and low range is 55 and below. High glycemic foods such as bread, pasta and potatoes should be eaten in moderation and are metabolized best if combined with protein and fiber. While on the Elimination Phase of the ELT Diet, you will naturally reduce moderate and high glycemic foods. In the Discovery and Lifestyle Phases, we will give you specific guidelines so you can continue to lose weight or maintain the weight you have already shed while adding a few starches back into your diet in moderation.
Not only are most women eating way too many high glycemic carbs like grains, they are also eating them in highly processed forms such as crackers, breads, pasta, cookies, and the like. When we remove these completely for 14 days, women are blown away at how quickly they lose excess water weight, burn fat, and begin to feel better. Their bodies are not only responding to the downward significant shift in both calories and carbohydrates, but also a significant decrease in preservatives and additives found in so many of our processed foods.
Our nutritional advisor, Patti Milligan, R.D., M.S., Ph.D. estimates that many women eat 300 to 350 grams of total carbohydrates each day. If you do the math (at 4 calories per gram), that equals up to 1400 calories of carbos! It is likely that most of those are not coming from fruits and veggies. In contrast, during the Elimination Phase, women eat about 80 to 120 carbs and those will come mostly from the two fruits and many vegetable sources. Once you transition to the Discovery and then Lifestyle Phases, your carbohydrate intake can increase a bit. However, to stay lean and healthy most women will do best if they stay under 200 grams of carbohydrates per day and make sure at least half of those are plant based rather than grains and sugars. We discuss in detail in the book.
Eat Live Thrive Diet is for all women. We welcome women of any belief system or background to journey through our program and to join our community. While our Christian faith is important to us and we share a few biblical principles and teaching – we believe they are relevant to all women no matter what their belief.
The primary focus of this book is focused on helping women discover a new way of eating and a healthier lifestyle that not only leads to lasting weight loss, but a more energetic and ageless body. We truly believe you can turn back both the scale and the clock.