If you’re not drastically overweight, but you still have a bit to lose, we reiterate again, please
don’t expect miraculous, swift drops in dress sizes eating the S and E way. In the first month
or so, you may notice your clothes are looser, but you don’t see any changes on the scale. We
have helped several people who did not see actual weight loss in pounds well into month two.
Other mamas start our plan after flip-flopping from other diets. Some of them had lost 30
pounds or so on eating programs that were both unhealthy and impossible to live on. Substan-
tial drops of weight like these are almost always followed by a plateau. It’s the body’s way of
surviving and holding on to its fat stores for dear life.
If you’re starting S and E in a similar state, you may have to wait patiently for your body
to realize you are not going to deprive it of nutrition. Gradually, it will let go of its vice grip
on your adipose tissue. The scale will move eventually. If you find your clothes fit better, even
without a loss on the scale, this indicates that all the healthy protein is strengthening muscles and making a healthier body, fat to muscle ratio. This is a great sign. Keep at it. Your body will
let go of fat at its own pace.
Be aware that whenever you are losing weight, it never happens at a consistent pace. There
is usually a very frustrating rhythm that goes more like—little drop, big drop, no drop, no
drop, no drop, medium drop, little drop, big drop, no drop, and so forth. Your body will natu-
rally pause after each loss of about 20 pounds Let it regroup. Try not to get mad or sad and
want too much too soon. That mindset leads to defeatism where you may be tempted to go
back to your old ways rather than being patient and staying the course.
Keep the overall, long term goal in mind. You are establishing healthy eating patterns now
for your whole family. You are learning to include all food groups and understand the science
behind how each of them impacts your body.
Time to Intensify
If you have not seen sensible weight shedding by the three month mark, that would be your
green light to read Chapter 28 and get started on the One Week Fuel Cycle. Do the suggested
cycles, then start incorporating more Fuel Pulls into your own freestyling approach to S and
E. It will happen, Mama.
The Magic of Change
“Change ups” are what keep a metabolism fired up. Switching fuel sources between S and E
and then sometimes leaving them almost completely out with Fuel Pulls keeps your metabo-
lism hot and revved. Constantly consuming the same fuel over and over is a slim figure killer.
In short, you should burn glucose at some meals (E), fat at other meals (S), purely your own
body fat at certain snacks and meals (Fuel Pull), and don’t forget tandem fuel meals (Crosso
ver) as you get closer to goal in your journey. This way, no adaptation takes place. Even if you
don’t have a weight issue, a revved metabolism is important for more than weight issues. A
highly thermogenic body is healthier and more youthful.
Never Adapt! The Answer to Calorie Confusion
We disagree with the folk who say weight loss is all about calories. Energy in, energy out—
that’s been debunked. Constant calorie monitoring makes for a miserable life. But, as always,
there’s the other side of the argument which says calories don’t matter at all. This side believes
weight problems are purely about hormones, namely, insulin and leptin. Diets like Atkins and
paleo hold more to this theory.
We agree that hormones matter and make sure to incorporate metabolic hormonal princi-
ples into the core of our plan. We do this by preventing the over stimulation of insulin through
carb heavy meals. But, this is not the full picture either. Calories do matter in the end. It’s no
good to bury our heads in the sand and pretend they don’t exist. Nevertheless, people take the
wrong approach when they set a low daily number and try to shoot for it. While you shouldn’t
have to meticulously count calories, it is very important to change them up so your body does
not become too accustomed to a continual amount. Let this be your mantra: “Never Adapt!”
The beauty of our S and E plan is that not only do we have fuel change ups occurring
between glucose and fats, but we naturally have calorie change ups going at the same time. E
meals are usually lower in calories than S meals, due to their more lean protein content and
medium amounts of starches. But, that doesn’t mean they’re better. If you constantly stay on
a lowish calorie diet like many of our E meals offer, your metabolism will eventually adjust.
That’s no good, because that means you’ll have to end up eating less and less food or you’ll gain
And, it’s certainly not better, worse actually, to stay on extreme weight loss meals like our
Fuel Pulls. Too long a time eating extreme low-calorie meals like those and you’ll have to eat
like a bird for the rest of your life, or once again you’ll gain weight.
Staying on S meals only, which are naturally higher in calories due to fats, is another
metabolism dead end. Continual S meals for weeks, months, and years on end can be calorie
abuse! There is only so much high calorie food the body can take before it says, “Yeah, this is
good food, all this cream, peanut butter, red meat, and butter, but I don’t care how low-carb it
is, you’re stuffing it down my throat every meal so I’ve decided not to burn it up in retaliation
. . . so there!” The fact that fats are higher in calories is not a bad thing. Don’t get us wrong, we
love fats and creamy foods and want you to enjoy plenty of them. But, always remember with
calories at any constant, high or low, your very smart body will catch on.
Constantly counting calories to keep them low, or the opposite approach of calorie abuse
by eating constant fat-laden meals are polar extremes. There’s no balance in either place. We
wisely and happily meet in the middle by keeping to our mantra of “never adapt.”
These two opposing calorie camps can be likened to many extreme arguments, but after
some debate between ourselves, we agreed on using the example of two pregnant women. The
first opts to have a c-section for no other reason than because she only trusts in conventional
medical intervention rather than the natural flow and rhythm of her own body. The second
believes only in unassisted home birth, even in the face of a situation where the baby is failing
and she and her husband have no training on what to do. They’re both extreme camps and nei-
ther are sound mindsets. In reality, there are times where medical interventions like c-sections
are necessary and there are also situations where home births can be safe beautiful experiences.
Both sides of these arguments have valid points; both have some nonsense. The same goes for
extremes in calorie beliefs. We don’t have to pitch our tents on either side of the divide. Yes, calories count, but if we’re naturally changing up our fuels, we don’t need to be bothered with
constantly counting them.