Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I've tried a lot of diets in the past but always end up gaining the weight back. How is your program different?
A: My approach focuses more on the psychology of permanent weight loss than on the diet itself. Sure, we spend time talking about what to eat and why--and you'll have plenty of assignments related to the food plan itself--but the majority of our time will be spent working on the psychological tools necessary to achieve lasting weight loss.
Q: I really want to do this, but I'm not sure I have enough time to do the reading and assignments.
A: I've tried to make Crash Your Diet as much of an immersion program as I could without moving you into my house! That means there are daily reading assignments and online submissions. Sometimes I will assign a video or an additional book for you to read. Changing lifelong habits takes time, energy, and commitment. If you're hoping to make permanent change in 15-minute phone calls, it's not going to happen. If you don't have an hour a day to devote to Crash Your Diet, I'd suggest reevaluating your priorities or waiting until you can make the full commitment. I don't want this to be another failed attempt!
Q: Is your food plan really strict? I'm afraid I'll feel deprived and then start bingeing.
A: Remember, the primary focus of Crash Your Diet is teaching you psychological and behavioral tools which will, over time, trump feelings of deprivation and binges. As you assimilate these tools into your life, you'll no longer have to use will power--which is in limited supply--to avoid eating unhealthy foods. I usually have to tell clients repeatedly, "Do the homework (every day!) and practice these tools. Over time, following this healthy, lifetime food plan will be a piece of guilt-free cake."
Q: Will I have to learn to cook? I hate cooking and don't have time to prepare my meals.
A: It's almost impossible to eat a meal out that's not heavy on disease-causing, high-calorie food. If you want superior health and long term weight loss, you will probably have to rethink your priorities a bit. Many people don't want to exercise--they don't like it and don't want to spend the time doing it--but exercisers realize the importance of it, so they accept it and move on. I will teach you how to streamline and simplify food preparation, but--unless you can hire a personal chef--following this nutrient-rich food plan will require some time and effort.
Q: What is high-nutrient food?
A: High-nutrient (aka, nutrient-rich) foods are those that contain a high number of nutrients per calorie. The nutrients I'm referring to are vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (plant-derived nutrients). This nutrient-rich way of eating is based on the most recent nutritional science. Study after study link these high-nutrient foods to lower rates of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Q: Do I have to be vegan to do Crash Your Diet?
A: My food plan does not require people to completely eliminate animal foods. However, I strongly encourage my clients to eliminate meat, chicken, fish, eggs, & dairy for the first six weeks in order to get over food addictions and retrain the taste buds. After that, animal foods may be consumed in limited amounts.
Q: I don't like vegetables. Do I have to eat vegetables?
A: The program is set up to aid you in slowly switching over to a high-nutrient way of eating so that your taste preferences have time to adjust without a major upset to your eating pleasure. Every veggie I ate growing up was battered and deep fried, so I had a hard time swallowing healthfully-prepared vegetables at first. Now I eat 'em all with gusto!