Thanks for the kind words everyone! We are all VERY happy !!!
"Looking at your menu, to be it seems to be similar to the Body For Life eating plan (looks like you've been doing a lot of lifting too!). Is that what your plan was based off of or did your Doc put this together for you?"
The diet I put together was based on Dr. George Blackburn's protein sparring modified fast... I did not like taking all the protein supplements these low calorie diets are made up from, so I figured out a way to get the nutrient breakdown from real food. My mom followed my program cause she hated the supplements, my wife on the other hand finds the supplements to be convinient so about half her diet is made up from Dr. perscribed supplements. I have recently read about the 'body for life' program and believe in some of it's components while there are other parts of it I don't really like. In the end I guess you could say I tried to take various components from the many types of diets that are out there and combine them into a diet that I felt worked for me... Here's some info about Dr. Blackburn's diet... this guy really know's his stuff... but he never really tried to market his research
George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of obesity and clinical nutrition.
-medical degree from Kansas Medical School
-doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
-currently holds the following appointments and positions at Harvard Medical School:
1)S. Daniel Abraham Chair of Nutrition Medicine
2)Associate Professor of Surgery
3)Associate Director of Nutrition, Division of Nutrition
4)Director of Nutrition Support Services
5)Chief of the Nutritional/Metabolism Laboratory
6)Director of the Center for the Study of Nutrition and Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
-President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity
-immediate Past President of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition.
-Fellow in the American College of Surgery
-Chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Nutrition, and the Scientific Advisory Committee for Shape Up America! (Koop Foundation).
The protein-sparing modified fast (PSMF) diet was developed in the 1970s by George Blackburn. Blackburn, found that patients required 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of ideal body weight in order to maintain a positive protein balance, rather than the 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram that was recommended by the US Department of Agriculture . Although some high-level athletes can consume on the order of 500 grams of protein per day during high-intensity competition, it is difficult for some people to consume adequate lean protein without consuming excess calories, or to eat lean meats or fish at each meal. One solution is the development of a formula that provides a complete, nutritionally balanced diet. A formula-only plan can ensure that the patient obtains all necessary protein, vitamins, and minerals, while losing weight on a plan that can provide as little as 800 calories per day. Protocols may be supplemented with coordinated nutritional bars and/or some self-prepared foods. A physician or other knowledgeable health care professional should supervise use of nutritional formulas.
THE KETOGENTC OPTION: The Protein Fast through the induction of triglyceride catabolism, encourages the oxidation of free fatty acids at the hepatic level and provokes the famous physiological phenomenon of compensated acidoketosis that BLACKBURN called KETOGENESIS. The constant and controlled presence of ketone bodies in the body shows the perfect adaptation of the human system when subjected to a fast supplied with a precise amount of amino-acids.
As long as the human body has an excess of fat that should be eliminated through ketogenesis and mainly through the Protein Fast, the effects of ketogenesis persist during this diet and supply the body with most of the energy it needs.
All these metabolic reactions that take place during the Protein Fast and that Blackburn carefully described in his many books and articles, are absolutely safe.
As a matter of fact, this method is based on strict scientific data and its application should be made according to a precise protocol.
The Protein Fast has specific advantages that no other diet offers whether it is the low-calories or the dissociated diet.