The Plan works by lowering chronic low grade inflammation. When the low grade inflammatory response is lessened everything falls into place- health, vitality and optimal weight.
There are 4 basic variables for weight gain- not enough water, eating too much sodium, eating the wrong chemical combinations and eating foods you are reactive to. When you eliminate foods that are reactive you can increase your calories because your body is no longer having histamine/inflammatory responses which retard digestion and causes you to put on anywhere from .5 to 2 lbs in inflammatory response. The inflammatory response is NOT water weight. Water weight can be reversed within 24 hrs. Reactive response can easily stay 3 days and causes more than just weight gain-it kick starts whatever our latent health issues are as well as digestive issues (such as constipation, acid reflux, IBS etc).
Reactive foods also hasten the aging process, people on an anti-inflammatory diet quickly notice that skin, cognitive functioning, sleep and stress response are all improved. As you lower reactivity and weight, your immune and digestive systems will improve. Weight loss is most often very rapid with The Plan.
Sodium and water retention will make it easier for the inflammatory process to kick in. The Plan will teach you how to manipulate factors so that you can minimize this process. A diet that is too high in acid can also hasten reactivity- you will learn basics of acid/alkaline foods so that you can maintain a healthy balance.
There is only one other variable and that is health of the thyroid. Certain factors are involved which can retard thyroid health and low thyroid hormones will often not show up in testing- if you do not respond to the plan we switch to plan B which addresses thyroid health. Major factors that affect thyroid health are: genetic predisposition, iodine levels, SSRIs, birth control (especially birth control that stop a monthly cycle) and hormonal disturbances which increase estrogen production.
Each person is chemically unique- this is incredibly important to keep in mind. Foods may be healthy in a vacuum, but when combined with your individual chemistry can be quite toxic. Examples of highly reactive foods based on my research are- salmon, all shellfish with the exception of scallops, turkey, pork, eggs, Greek yoghurt, roasted nuts, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans, oatmeal….the list goes on. This does NOT mean these foods are bad for you- there is no good, there are no bad- this just means there is a high possibility that these foods will not work with your chemistry. The plan will help you to evaluate which foods make you lean and vital!