7-Day Low-Carb, this book is was written by Drs. Rachel and Richard Heller and is touted as being the book for any low-carb dieter on any plan who needs help getting back on track – right now.
This is the book for the person who has let the holidays, a vacation or a bad meal choice spiral into a crisis or who are discouraged because they have reached an unwanted weight loss plateau.
The doctors give a 7-day meal plan to help get you back on track as well as tips to curb your carb-cravings, deal with saboteurs and identify hidden carbs and sugars.
First and foremost the Hellers explain that overweight people and people who have a sweet-tooth are physiologically different from naturally thin people and need to stop blaming themselves for their weight problems. By understanding what your body needs – and what it needs to avoid – to lose weight will only help you reach your goals sooner.
The diet plan that they propose helps to rebalance insulin levels, curb cravings and move the body back into fat –burning mode. Once this is done you can go back to your low-carb plan of choice with new insight into how to avoid common pitfalls.
There are 7-steps, to be added one each day. They are:
Add a low-carb protein to each meal and snack
Add on low-carb veggies and/or salad to lunch, dinner and snacks
Include a good portion of low-carb protein, vegetables, and/or salad in relation to high-carb foods you may be consuming.
Eat all of your low-carb protein, veggies and salad before you eat your high-carb food.
Eat low-carb snacks only. Save high-carb foods for meals.
Eat only low-carb foods at all snacks and at one meal.
Eat only low-carb foods at all snacks and at two meals.
After you successfully complete these steps over 7-days, you will be able to transition back into the low-carb plan of your choice. They also suggest that you avoid sugar substitutes like those found in diet-colas to help you stay on your diet plan.
Additionally, they admonish all low-carbers to eat towards the carbs in their meals. This way they fill up on protein and the lower starch carbs first. Finally, you can eat the higher starch and carb food on your plate. This will help you fill up and consume less of the foods that may be causing you problems. Plus, once the high-carb food hits your system, it will be so busy breaking down the protein and fiber you ate that it will more slowly digest the bad-carbs you consumed.