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This is a common complaint and there are several reasons why this is the case. Check to see if any of these is you.
1. The average weight loss target is 1 lb. per week. Many, if not most of you, will have experienced a greater weight loss especially join the first few weeks. Sometimes you will hit a series of short-term plateaus. The secret is to count the weeks you have been on the diet and divide them into the pounds lost. Usually it’s well over 1 lb. per week. So you're on target and don't fret, your weight loss will start again.
2. You need to check to your serving sizes of green light foods. Look particularly at serving sizes on the few products that have been specified in the book such as potatoes, pasta, rice and nuts, and check you are following the guidelines. With all other green light products ensure moderation is your guidelines. A 500 g tub of cottage cheese at a sitting or 12 apples a day is clearly not moderation. Be honest with yourself and review what you are currently eating.
3. Falling off the wagon. A situation which we all experience occasionally is quite acceptable. However falling off several times a week is not. The occasional deviation is not only acceptable, but encouraged as nothing is less motivating than a straitjacket. Don't make a habit of it or you will move off the plateau in the wrong direction. One reader wrote that his only indiscretion was a couple of peanut butter snacks a day. That "indiscretion" was delivering about 1 lb. per week to his waistline so no wonder he was on a plateau!
4. Your clothes often feel looser before you read it on your scales. There is often a time lag between loss of inches and loss of pounds. Check your clothes out first and the pounds will inevitably follow.
Whether losing weight is your concern or not, you will find that the G.I.Diet is simply the ideal way to eat. If you do not want to lose any more weight, just go straight to Phase 2 where you can eat both green light and yellow light foods.
The G.I.Diet was designed above all not only to be a healthy way of eating but also to reduce the risk of major diseases such as heart, stroke, diabetes, colon and prostate cancers.
In many ways the word “diet” is unfortunate as it has become associated with weight loss rather than just a way of eating. The G.I.Diet is intended to be the way you will eat the rest of your life; a healthy, active and long one.
There are many readers’ stories about the effects of the G.I.Diet on general health and key health indicators. Manydiabetics have written about their success in controlling their blood sugar resulting in a reduction or even elimination of their medication. There are also many similar stories from readers about lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol and lipids. Check the Readers' Experiences section of this site for more stories.