7 Day Diet plan For Weight Loss and Improved Health
Getting Started Frequently asked questions about my 7 day diet plan.
What can Smoothies do for you?
My testers of this diet lost an average of 3.5 pounds while following this diet for a week. One of my testers actually lost just over 11 pounds! Some of the most common health improvements my testers noticed included:
Do I need to count calories to lose weight?
I don't think all calories are created equally. Some of the foods that we eat cause us to retain excess water and others help us feel fuller longer. If you are eating processed foods the chemicals can have any number of effects on your health and weight that you may be unaware of.
When people switch to a whole foods diet, they generally can lose weight without counting calories. However, some people like to know that if they've gone to the trouble of trying a diet they want to be sure they are going to lose weight. This 7 day diet is based on1400 average calories per day. 1400 calories should be enough calories for most people to lose weight. However it may be too low (or high) for some people. However it may be better to increase your exercise rather than decrease the calories in this diet further.
I don’t want to restrict my calories. Can I still follow this diet?
If you are a man, do workouts, have a physical job, are breastfeeding or require more calories than the average person or simply don't need to lose weight, then I would advise you to eat more food to add some more calories to your diet. You can make more Smoothie or snack on any type of fruit until you are full. Record everything you eat and if after 1 week you haven't lost any weight (and want to lose weight), cut down the amount you eat.
I prefer to advise people to eat to hunger levels rather than to calories and this is only possible when you are following a whole foods diet such as this one. If you are getting too hungry and are in danger of not being able to stick to the diet, eat enough fruit to keep you going until your next meal. I've never been able to stick to calorie controlled diets as I get very hungry and have been either pregnant or breastfeeding for the last couple of years so have needed extra calories in my diet anyway. I often eat well over my calories the first day on a new healthy diet until my body gets used to the food, but I always still lose weight as long as I'm eating healthy food. Once you have been eating whole foods for a while your body will naturally regulate itself and you will be full when you've had enough and lose your cravings for unhealthy foods. You will naturally lose weight this way but this 7 day diet plan is a good starting point to kickstart your weight loss. Avoiding refined sugar is the key to balancing your blood sugar levels, reducing cravings and reducing hunger.
Can I get all the nutrients I need from this diet?
My 7 day diet plan is balanced and contains all the vitamins and minerals you need to thrive.
We get Vitamin D from the sunshine and for good balanced health you will need to get out into the sunshine regularly. People tend to be able to tolerate the sun more easily when they switch to a whole foods diet, although I do recommend building up your exposure gradually and not going out when the sun is at it's strongest. If, however, you live in the UK and rarely see much sunshine then you may need to take a Vitamin D supplement.
We used to get enough Vitamin B12 from the soil but that has been so depleted that a lack of Vitamin B12 can affect vegans and meat eaters alike. Animals also struggle to get enough natural vitamin B12 from their food. So you may want to consider taking a B12 supplement too.
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