by Dr. Lawrence
May, M.D., FACP, Chairman of Herbalife’s Medical Advisory
Q: Most of my favorite foods are carbohydrates!
Will I ever be able to eat them again if I’m on the Thermojetics®
Gold High-Protein, Low-Carb Program?
A: Once you’re on your way to reaching your
target weight, you can start to have a few of those carbohydrates
you used to crave, but the key is to reintroduce them in small steps.
To keep your
weight off for good, certain carbohydrates should continue to
be restricted. This doesn’t mean you can never have a baked potato
or a plate of spaghetti again, but it does suggest that products
made with white sugar, white flour and certain root vegetables
should be a rare culinary event. You can phase in potato skins
and whole-grain pasta once you’re on maintenance.
As you increase carbohydrates, concentrate on small
fruits with the highest antioxidant power such as blueberries,
grapes, strawberries, plums, peaches and apricots. Leave behind
the bananas, mango, papaya, pears, melon and pineapple.
Q: I tried a high-protein, low-carb diet once before
and it made me weak, dizzy and nauseated. How do I know I won’t
feel the same way with the Thermojetics® Gold High-Protein, Low-Carb
A: Before starting the Thermojetics® Gold High-Protein,
Low-Carb Program, make an appointment with your family doctor
and have a physical to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
If you are in good physical shape, the symptoms you describe may
simply be caused by your body going through a carbohydrate withdrawal.
Your body should adjust to the new fat-burning metabolism within
a few days and the symptoms should disappear. Make sure you’re
drinking plenty of water because water loss accompanies the first
few days of carbohydrate restriction. Many people find eating
small, high-protein snacks every few hours as opposed to three
larger meals a day helps as well.
Q: How long can I safely continue the program?
A: As long as you supplement your eating plan with
the Thermojetics® High-Protein, Low-Carb products and vitamin
supplements, and you ensure an adequate fiber intake, you can
continue the program until you achieve your weight-loss goals.
Q: Won’t snacking between meals make me
A: Eating small amounts frequently throughout the
day actually helps speed up your metabolism so that you continue
to burn calories. The recommended Thermojetics® High-Protein,
Low-Carb healthy snacks, including Roasted Soy Nuts with Cardia®
Salt and the Bars, have the added advantage of not upsetting your
insulin balance. Unlike a candy bar, which gives you an immediate
energy rush but soon leaves you feeling drained, the Thermojetics®
High-Protein, Low-Carb healthy snacks help maintain steady blood
sugar levels and keep you feeling energized.
Q: I’m a vegetarian. Can I still follow
the Thermojetics® Gold High-Protein, Low-Carb Program?
A: Certainly. Except for the Cream of Chicken Soup
Mix, all Thermojetics® High-Protein, Low-Carb products are suitable
for lacto-vegetarians. You’ll need to be sure to eat adequate
quantities of protein in the form of tofu, soy milk and soy cheese.
You should also watch out for the carbohydrate content of these
items. The Thermojetics® Gold High-Protein, Low-Carb Program is
not, however, suitable for vegans because many of the weight-management
products contain dairy.
Q: Isn’t fruit low in fat and calories?
Can’t I eat fruit while on the Thermojetics® Gold High-Protein,
A: Yes, but sparingly, as most fruits are high in
fructose (a natural sugar), which raises insulin levels and encourages
the body to store fat. Peaches and plums are acceptable fruits
because they have a low glycemic index, but keep to one of these
fruits every other day.
Q: Can I use commercial salad dressings
and sauces on the Thermojetics® Gold High-Protein, Low-Carb Program?
A: Be careful about using these products because
many contain hidden sugars and should be avoided. Read the product
labels carefully. Be aware that you can easily create many flavorful
sauces and dressing by using olive oil, vinegar, spices and herbs.