This is the BEST weight loss program there is!
Before we start, let me say this very best weight loss program is designed for people with “flab genes.” For some people, though, it won’t necessarily work any better than the anti-inflammatory diet plan alternating with the AID keto plan.
This variation of my “AID”, my friends, is made for those of you who have stubborn pounds that just won’t come off, no matter what. What we’re going to do here is reduce the “efficiency” of your body’s ability to store fat.
This plan is for you if you have had a serum insulin and leptin measured, and you are aware it’s high, but no one ever told you how to deal with it appropriately.
This is for you if you follow a good diet plan, exercise, and don’t lose weight; or if it comes off painfully slow.
Finally, this is for you if what I just said is true and you can control carb/sugar binges.
If that is a problem, you need to increase your serotonin and dopamine so message me about how. Alternatively, many people find following this eating plan curbs their cravings. I hope that’s the case for you. Also, read the information in the article about amazing weight loss solutions. Note you will need a variation of the diet plan I use for most.
Evidence-Based Weight Loss Plan
Without getting into too much science, let me reveal to you this eating plan is based on research by the esteemed Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker; known for his publications on biotoxin (including mycotoxin) illness. There are others who have published extensive literature on the glycemic index, but he is “the guy” who figured out the biochemical pathways I’ll be discussing. Further, for a handful of people, what I’m going to call “flab” (sounds way better than obesity, doesn’t it?) is related to biotoxin exposure (I’ll discuss that later).
What is the basis for what I’m calling the best weight loss program?
It’s all about what your body “does” with carbohydrates. I’m talking about high glycemic carbohydrates which make your pancreas put out huge amounts of insulin and make your fat cells slurp up the newly manufactured fatty acids, made due to “insulin resistance.” This is a state in which your muscles and other organs don’t properly utilize sugars. Instead, you store them as fat, and your liver uses the fat to increase your cholesterol.
You might have heard about high glycemic index foods and perhaps even tried to limit them. I think it’s becoming well known that low-fat is “not the way to go” for weight loss. “High carb” is also a no-fly zone. However, I doubt you have heard about amylose, a starch found in certain foods. When it is broken down by salivary amylase, it puts high sugar right into your bloodstream and guarantees the manufacture of fatty acids which are stored on your hips and belly.
So what can I eat/not eat on this Low-Amylose diet?
The beauty of this program is, like the AID, you don’t count calories or exercise like a maniac. In fact, here’s a quick word about exercise. When it comes to losing weight, exercise is not nearly as important as what you eat. So, don’t kill yourself trying to exercise weight off. It’s futile and will just cause injuries and despair. Instead, do an enjoyable activity such as walking your dog on a daily basis.
Indeed, when you feel like it, get to the gym to build some muscle mass. But don’t worry about doing “everything at once.” When you start, just focus on what you’re eating, keep a food diary and a 2x/weekly weight diary. In addition, remove the “bad food” from your house please-ALL OF IT.
The Food List
Meat & Dairy
You can eat all meats and even a limited amount of dairy for protein. So that you don’t lose precious muscle, you are to consume a good 12-16 cooked ounces of meats or the equivalent in legumes, eggs, cottage cheese, whole fat yogurt and so on. Make sure the yogurt and cottage cheese are full fat too.
Low fat is the enemy. Why? How do you think they replace the fat? I’ll tell you. Hidden sugars such as HFCS, corn syrup, maltodextrins, and sucrose. Food manufacturers have been feeding us lower-fat but higher glycemic foods for over a decade now! No wonder the population is “growing!”
You can also eat all whole fruits other than high-glycemic, high-amylase bananas. Commercial fruit juices are full of insulin-spiking fructose, so if you’d like to drink some juice, you need to squeeze or “juice” your own. Vegetable juices are fine.
Speaking of vegetables, this is where it gets interesting. You can eat almost every single vegetable there is. However, a little-known fact is all vegetables which grow below ground are high in insulin-spiking amylose! The only ones that aren’t are in the onion family such as all types of onions, chives, and scallions. In fact, everyone thinks corn is verboten when it isn’t due to an amylose blocker built into the corn kernels themselves.
But, back to what grows beneath the ground that you cannot eat on this diet.
You cannot eat potatoes-white or sweet.
I know the sweet potato is a shocker, but if you love sweet potatoes, know that you can eat acorn squash which is a bit like a sweet potato to my taste buds, isn’t it?
You cannot eat beets. Most people are “fine with that.”
No rutabagas, turnips or parsnips.
Anyone who has eaten all 3 of these vegetables, please email me and let me know. Can anyone even form a visual picture of these three vegetables? If not, you won’t miss them, right?
No carrots. I know, I know, you’ve never seen a fat bunny rabbit but they don’t actually eat carrots now, do they?
Not a big deal to most people, but no radishes also.
If you are a radish-o-holic, I want to hear from you. I think you and 2 others could form a worldwide radish fan club.
Let talk about nuts for a minute.
No, we’re not going to discuss anyone in particular. I’m talking about food, not politics.
So, don’t hate me, but no peanuts and that also means no peanut butter. Live with this one because you’re going to meet your ideal weight finally. Best of all, you’ll be able to maintain your weight loss. You can get no-additive almond butter at a health food store. Feel better now? All other nuts are fine but don’t eat them by the bagful.
Finally, to expand on what I discuss in the anti-inflammatory diet, grains are treated as sugar.
Notably, sprouted grains are less glycemic but for those with “the genes” no grains are safe.
We’re talking barley, rye, wheat, and even oats.
If you’re worried about losing vitamins, then take B-complex. However, if you eat enough fruits and veggies, you’ll be fine. This won’t be as strict when you are in the maintenance phase, I promise.
The stats in clinical studies are 99% of people who lose a significant amount of weight gain it back but only 30% of those who have followed this “best weight loss program” eating-style gain it back. P.S. They lose it again with no issues, and I think they just overdo their sugar/amylose maintenance limits. Of course, I’ll discuss maintenance too.
Let’s review what you can eat and how to do this:
Substitute with full-fat yogurt and cottage cheese.
You can have nuts including the aforementioned natural almond butter.
You can eat another serving, or even two. Note: This is the minimum to avoid losing muscle mass.
Trim the visible fat from meats and choose lean cuts for weight and health.
You should eat 3 SPD of low glycemic index vegetables. This is everything other than what is prohibited, as noted above. It includes pretty much everything you’d put in a salad plus the cool stuff like olives and artichoke hearts. It also includes veggies such as broccoli, asparagus, and all other greens plus yellow/orange veggies such as bell peppers.
Tomatoes are great. Be cautious of hidden sugars in prepared sauces and soups. You can have more servings of everything. This is just what you need to eat. You can have things like lima beans and even peas. Since corn is allowed, you can even have popped corn as a snack! Also, I found some non-GMO microwaveable popped corn with no butter (add your own, don’t drown your popcorn) with the brand-name of Black Jewell.
Desserts can be things like a stevia sweetened baked apple with a dollop of real whipped cream sweetened with stevia. I’m not crazy about the additives in Jello. Come to think of it does anyone eat Jello if they are not a hospital patient? Is Jello considered food? I apologize to Jello fans. I just don’t think bouncy and wiggly things can also be foods. The terms bouncy and wiggly make me think of puppies, not food.
What about fast food?
If you are just plain addicted, you can get a burger but throw away the bun. If you take some brain protection beforehand (fish oils and acetyl l carnitine) you can even have a fountain diet soda; something I “forbid” in general so take it easy with brain-toxic aspartame.
What about alcohol?
You will not believe this, but you can have 2 beers or 2 4 oz. glasses of wine per day on this diet. Beer is processed such that the “grain effect” is fermented out and same with wine. Champagne is fine. Even an ounce of “hard liquor” is fine. Am I back in the will? ;-)
What were you saying about biotoxins?
You will find this to be “odd,” but if you have symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, cognitive (thinking) issues, joint pains and more listed in this website, you might have leptin and insulin issues caused by a biotoxin such as hidden toxic mold in your home. The research is clear, and there are many people with a total inability to lose weight who also have high cholesterol (the biology is associated) and a couple of other symptoms who go undiagnosed for years-perhaps forever.
Do I need anything other than this eating plan?
There is a small percentage of people who will not lose weight on this plan, and they know after the first 10 days. If you try this and you have not lost weight, researchers are putting patients on low doses of the diabetes drug, Avandia. To explain, the dose being studied is 4 mg 2x/day. This dose is not enough to lower blood sugar but is enough to fully suppress those fat-storing genes which are not fully suppressed by following this diet.
Then, when it comes to losing weight, we can lower leptin with some “integrative” natural appetite suppressants. We know that someone with low muscle mass has a reduced metabolic rate so you can get this diet off to a quicker start with safe and natural metabolism boosting supplements. You might want to have a consultation with a weight loss doctor like me who is familiar with this diet as well.
This is also how to lose weight during menopause and pre-menopause. In fact, it’s suitable during every phase of adult life other than pregnancy. It’s truly the best weight loss program for everyone, but especially those who have struggled in the past.
What about maintenance?
What you need to know is that you have a genetic propensity to store fat. Currently, we cannot manipulate genes so we cannot change that. I believe we will be able to do so in the not-so-distant future. You will not have to 100% give up sugar and amylose when on maintenance. But you will have to reduce your portions of the “forbidden” grains, sugars and amylose-containing foods to hold your weight where you want it to be. You’ll want to have a fasting insulin level done when you hit your ideal weight.
The rough rule of thumb is that 70 divided by your fasting insulin is the number of servings of glucose or amylose you can have per week. You can look up dietary guidelines for what a serving is. In general, it’s 1/2 cup of X or 4 ounces of Y. A whole pizza is obviously not one serving of bread. A slice of bread is a serving of bread. Knock yourself out in this phase with the rutabagas, turnips, and parsnips. Don’t forget those radishes, either! Let’s do the math to make sure you’ve “got it.” Your insulin level is 15. So, you can eat how many servings? It works out to 4.6, but you always need to “round down” so it’s 4. Also, it doesn’t matter when you eat them!
If you do this for a week and find that, for the first time in your life, you are really and truly losing weight, would you email me and tell me? I would love to know that this blog helped you. Speaking of help, why not share this on social media? Your friends haven’t heard of this yet, I promise you. There are some rules which apply to all weight loss plans.
Moderation is always the rule, even when I’m telling you there is no need to count calories. If there is bread and peanut butter in the house (get the cookies out!) you need to prepare for the end-of-the-day munchies. Make snacks in sealed containers. Make them truly appetizing; no celery sticks needed unless it is for that bunny I referenced earlier.
Furthermore, if you need help getting that leptin under control or quieting that raging appetite, you can always get our medical weight loss kit.