There are two methods for starting the diet. Some people are comfortable with sudden change, others with gradual change. The two different methods for starting the Anti-Aging Plan are geared to these two categories. The first, sudden method we call Rapid Reorientation; the second, slower method we call Gradual Reorientation.
Briefly, with the Rapid Orientation method, we suggest that you eat only nutrient-rich low calorie meals for the first four weeks. This may be quite a radical change in your diet depending on your life style. All "empty" calories, virtually any food that is not nutrient dense should be eliminated. You will also need to monitor the nutritional value and calories of your meals with something like our THE DIET PLANNER software program. Limit your daily intake of calories to 1800, and make sure that all of your Recommended Daily Allowances are included. This will get you off to a good start, change your eating habits, and, unless you are quite a small person, induce substantial weight loss.
The Gradual Orientation method eases you into this life-style change slowly. Rather than diving in and following the Plan rigourously every day; eat a nutrient-dense meal one day the first week, two days the second week, and so on. The rest of the day choose low calorie, healthy foods, but do not limit your intake. You may find that you lose weight by simply changing the quality of the foods you eat. In any case, by the end of two months you will be on a nutritient-dense diet. At this point, having transformed the quality of your diet, you may choose to begin to limit calories.
Whether to limit your calories, and by how much initially, is a personal decision. Going for longevity on the Anti-Aging Plan requires caloric limitation. We advise, however, that you view this as a life-style change, and not a quick-fix program or a diet. With the Gradual Orientation method, test out your estimated daily calorie allowance. Over the two month period, weigh yourself once a week. You may need to adjust your calorie intake if you lose weight too quickly. More than 1% of weight loss from your set point per month could be too much. Your body needs time to adapt for maximum benefits. Once you are launched on a nutrient-dense low calorie diet, you may chose to begin to limit your calorie intake.
Any person can physiologically adapt to this level of limitation and experience no physical hunger provided that nearly every calorie eaten is a nutrient-rich calorie. And what calorie level should you aim for eventually? Many people want exact guidelines, especially when it is a question of amounts and possible limitation of amounts. But there is no exactitude in the realm of human nutrition. Programs that identify you by your size, weight, exersise level, sex, etc, and then recommend a calorie level are misleading. The truth is, your personal body weight is not an average of a lot of bodies. Great individual variation exists, relating, for example, to metabolic efficiency.
To reach your set point, with the Gradual Orientation method, take a year to reach your new weight. With the Rapid Orientation Method, you will lose weight quickly during the first month. Then, modify your calorie intake to lose weight gradualy, over a long period. For more specific information, please refer to BOOKS.