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    Question:

    How do I know if my current weight and body percent fat match my setpoint?

    Answer:

    You will know if your current percentage of body fat matches your setpoint if it is easy to stay at the size you are now, even when your three full meals are accompanied by a few extra fats and sweets.

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Question:
    Since I just lost 50 pounds on a 1200 calorie diet, is my weight equal to my setpoint?
Answer:
    Do you feel that you could go on vacation and eat a lot of high energy choices until you are completely full and not gain? If your answer is no, then your setpoint has raised while your weight has lowered. Because your body perceives a degree of starvation, but not an extreme famine, you will probably gain weight only “10” times faster than before your diet on the same amount of food that used to cause you no weight gain at all. If you fasted your weight off, you would gain it back at least 20 times faster because of your muscle loss, water loss, increased fat storing enzymes, lowered metabolism, reduced energy level, cravings for fats and sweets, and your body’s increased ability to store fat on fewer and fewer calories. All of these factors apply to any degree of dieting to a lesser or greater extent. Eating 1000 to 1200 calories in a meal (not in a day) is not that uncommon for someone who has been living the program for several months. It’s hard to imagine anymore that some people are eating 600 calories or less in a day and still walking and talking. You will either faint or die under those calorie shortages and the process is sheer torture.

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Question:
    I’ve been a dieter for 20 years. For the last four years, I’ve lived on two protein drinks and a small salad a day. That’s it! I exercise six days a week as an aerobics instructor. My cholesterol is over 100 points too high, I’m on high blood pressure medication and my fatigue and depression levels are very extreme. I’m 5’4″ tall, 116 pounds, size 9, with cottage cheese thighs and I’m gaining weight on two protein drinks per day. What will happen when I begin followng the EAT & Be Lean program? 

    Answer:

    Here’s an example that matches closely to your own. Six months into the program, Eileen (one of our graduates), experienced a normalization of her blood pressure and cholesterol levels and her depression and fatigue were practically non-existent. She also gained 20 pounds and increased from a size 9 to a size 12. Eight months later, in less than two months, she dropped from a size 12 to a size 5 and lost 24 pounds. Initially, she probably had a 150 pound setpoint with a 116 pound weight. As soon as she began to eat to full satisfaction on water, veggies, grains, fruits and proteins, her weight began rising to meet her setpoint, while her setpoint came down to meet her weight. They met at 136 pounds. Her body stayed there until it perceived full caloric and nutritional satisfaction. After 20 years of dieting, it is amazing that Eileen’s body perceived enough reduction in negative stress to release 24 pounds of fat in only 16 months. Eileen says that she eats six times more food than she has eaten in 20 years to attain and stay at a size five. She feels wonderful. What is the alternative? Total misery!

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Question:
    Does it always take quite a few months before you start losing body fat? 

    Answer:

    Here’s another perfect example. Jeanelle, whose story is explained in chapter six of the EAT & Be Lean™ Success Formula manual, mirrors her stpoint. She weighed 325 pounds and had dieted nearly all of her life to get that obese, but stopped dieting four years prior to beginning this program. As soon as she began the program, she started losing weight and inches. She has dropped from 325 pounds to 160 pounds in 15 months, from a size 50 to a size 10. She looks beautiful at 38 years old, has no visible signs of sagging skin and is the mother of four children under the age of six.For more information refer to the EAT & BeLean™ SUCCESS FORMULA manual and audio course.

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Question:
Protein
    Is milk with cereal enough protein in the morning, or is an egg or something like that required? About how much should be included in lunch?
Answer:
    Milk, being a dairy, is protein (of course), but it generally contains things that can cause problems in the body. It will easily count as the protein on cereal for breakfast, but make sure you at least use fat free milk and get it from a source that assures you that there are no growth hormones given to the cows. An egg will always work, too, but just make sure that you use only one yolk in your 3 egg omletes and alter the days to use the eggs. Louise Rich turkey bacon is also a wonderful source and low fat to boot! As far as how much protein, you’ll need to get a feel for that by using your success sheets and remaining within the 10%-15% protein for the day. I usually teach that a person (including a man) shouldn’t have any more meat during the day than is the size of a woman’s palm.

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Question:
    Is splenda an acceptable sugar substitute?
Answer:
    Splenda is not an acceptable sugar substitute. Splenda, also known as sucralose, is an artificial sweetener which is a chlorinated sucrose derivative. Pre-approval research showed that sucralose caused:
  • Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage)
  • Enlarged liver and kidneys.
  • Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
  • Increased cecal weight
  • Reduced growth rate
  • Decreased red blood cell count
  • Hyperplasia of the pelvis
  • Extension of the pregnancy period
  • Aborted pregnancy
  • Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights
  • Diarrhea
    An excellent sugar substitute is Stevia. It is safe, does not cause an acidic response in the body and tastes wonderful. You can get it at most health food stores, at www.dellamaes.com or many places on the internet.

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