Infrequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do you discourage eating carbs by supper?
A: Limiting carbs is important for dieting. Of all the meals and snacks, supper is the one that the body least desires carbs.
Q: Why do we eat more on Shabbos?
A: On shabbos people get about double the amount of calories that they get on a regular weekday. I carefully calculate the amount of calories you need to average each day, and then assign more for shabbos and less during the week so that you average the amount of calories you need. The obvious benefit of that is that it makes the diet more sustainable. Another benefit is that I believe that when you eat more on shabbos and less during the week, it's better for your metabolism (This is called "calorie shifting." It's not proven yet scientifically, but I believe it's only a matter of time).
Q: I get constipated often. Is there anything I can do diet wise?
A: Yes. Try one or more of the following suggestions. Limit or avoid bananas. Eat dried prunes/apricots/figs/dates. (4 dried fruits are a snack except the large medjool dates - 2 are a snack). Eat fresh summer fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots). Eat more raw vegetables. Drink more water. Increase physical activity.
Q: I heard that if you skip meals, especially breakfast, you go into "starvation mode" and not lose weight. Is that true?
A: No. The less you eat, the more you lose. For someone to go into starvation mode they would have to severely restrict the amount of calories they eat, every day, for a very long time.
Q: Why are other people able to eat normally and stay skinny?
The overwhelming majority of the time, if someone is skinny it is because they naturally eat less. They may eat unhealthy foods, but over the course of their week, they end up eating less calories than overweight people do. There is a minority of people who eat a lot, and stay skinny, but thats about 2 percent of the population.
Q: Why are raw vegetables free and cooked vegetables not?
A: Cooking changes the nature of the vegetable. It is still dietetic, but it isn't free. Also, If you look closely, most cooked vegetables wouldn't be free even if they were raw.
Q: What does it mean if a food is "free"?
A: "Free" means that the food is extremely low in calories, and it is simply not worth keeping track of it. Even if one were to eat an unlimited amount, it won't affect the scale.
Q: Whats the difference between 'free" and "free" with meals?
A: 'Free" foods won't cause weight gain, even if you eat non-stop a whole day. It is like drinking water. However, "free" with meal foods are very low in calories and if you're careful to limit them to meal times, they won't cause weight gain. However, if you were allowed to eat it 24/7, it would.
Q: Will I be hungry on this diet?
A: If it's the first week of your diet, you may be hungry because your body is not used to eating normal healthy food. If you are still hungry after week 1, It's is because you are not listening to the diet. (Particularly if you are cheating on sweet foods, regardless of if it is real or fake sugar). Simply follow the diet for a week and you won't be hungry. Drinking enough water can help as well.
Q: If I'm on maintenance, may I come every other week, or once a month?
A: No. The purpose of the program is to assist you regardless of what phase of the diet you're on. In fact, many people find maintenance to be more challenging than dieting. I am here for you every week until you feel that you are ready to continue on your own. I want you to train yourself to not need me. If you were to have appointments less often than once a week, then you're not fully on the program, and you're not fully on your own either. If you do decide to go off on your own and you see that you need to come back, your always welcome to. But it should be for 4 weeks in a row.
Q: Am I allowed tehina on the diet?
A: Yes it counts as a lite dressing
Q: Does drinking water actually help with weight loss? (Other than that it fills you up).
A: Yes, slightly. It helps the body convert dietary carbs as well as stored body fat into energy.
Q: If I exercise will I gain weight from putting on muscle?
A: No. Muscle weighs more than fat, but when you exercise, you burn a lot more fat than you put on muscle. The reason why some people gain weight when exercising, is because they also eat more calories. Think about it. If you did not eat extra, where would that extra weight come from? The most fundamental rule of physics is that mass can't just magically appear from nowhere.
Q: When is the best time to exercise?
A: Almost any time, but not immediately after eating as that will interfere with digestion and not immediately before bedtime because that will interfere with sleep.
Q: What is the best type of exercise?
A: Cardio will cause the most calories burned but really any type of exercise is good. By far the most important thing to consider is what exercise works the best for you. It has to be sustainable.
Q: Is flavored seltzer okay?
Free. Just stay CLEAR (pun intended) of companies that manufacture soda without food coloring, and try to market it as flavored seltzer.