Ideally, the loading days should be three, but sometimes people load for only two days. The rationale behind this phase is that it helps you prepare your body for the next two phases. Failure to load properly as you begin the diet may give you problems in following the rest of the protocol. The foods eaten during this phase are aimed at increasing your body’s fat stores to prepare you for the low calorie per day limit during the weight loss (second) phase. To top up this preparation, drink purified or spring water throughout the day in the range of a half to one ounce of water per pound of body weight. Water is essential in optimizing your bodily systems.
- Example: If you weigh 225 pounds, then you should drink 112 to 225 ounces of water, which is 0.875 to 1.75 gallons.
In phase 1, the fundamental restriction is against processed and fast food meals. It is true that these foods contain carbohydrates, sugars, and fats but they are not healthy. The best source for these essential nutrients is from fresh and raw produce as well as pure white meat varieties. There are plenty of meat products that can be eaten during phase 1. Veal and chicken could form very tasty meals, yet healthy. Stay away from beef or pork sausages, hotdogs and hams. However, fish and seafood like shrimp, mussels, crabs and scallops are allowed. They benefit you with their high protein and niacin content while giving low calorie count.Carbohydrates usually form the bulk of our daily diet and during the loading days, you need to eat the healthy kinds. Whole breads without unnecessary sugar and fats are ideal. Other nutritious sources of energy include whole meal pastries. Dairy products are limited to the un-processed ones only. Yoghurts that contain probiotics and other processed components should be avoided.
Fruits are highly nutritious and are recommended during phase 1. These include apples, grapefruits, strawberries, oranges, lemons and other fruits that do not have too much fructose content. The great thing is that you can turn the fruits into shakes and smoothies and enjoy according to your fancy. This is an easy, healthy, and tasty way to take in your nutrition.