Here are two key reasons we eliminate all grains during the first phase of the diet. First, many women have sensitivities beyond gluten and they can easily discover these through elimination followed by testing. Secondly, a large population of women who struggle to lose weight – especially around their middle – have some degree of insulin resistance which is influenced greatly by the amount of type of carbohydrates they eat.
Not only are most women eating way too many high glycemic carbs like grains, they are also eating them in highly processed forms such as crackers, breads, pasta, cookies, and the like. When we remove these completely for 14 days, women are blown away at how quickly they lose excess water weight, burn fat, and begin to feel better. Their bodies are not only responding to the downward significant shift in both calories and carbohydrates, but also a significant decrease in preservatives and additives found in so many of our processed foods.
Our nutritional advisor, Patti Milligan, R.D., M.S., Ph.D. estimates that many women eat 300 to 350 grams of total carbohydrates each day. If you do the math (at 4 calories per gram), that equals up to 1400 calories of carbos! It is likely that most of those are not coming from fruits and veggies. In contrast, during the Elimination Phase, women eat about 80 to 120 carbs and those will come mostly from the two fruits and many vegetable sources. Once you transition to the Discovery and then Lifestyle Phases, your carbohydrate intake can increase a bit. However, to stay lean and healthy most women will do best if they stay under 200 grams of carbohydrates per day and make sure at least half of those are plant based rather than grains and sugars. We discuss in detail in the book.