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Question:

I want to be able to go out at night. I am not going to eat only Nutrient meals every day - but I want to participate. However, I want to go out to dinner.

 Answer:

Please do, just record what you eat. We would love to see how things work for people who stick w/ the program 100% and for people who eat other things as well.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

 

Question:

This seems like such an easy way to eat with everything I need. Could I potentially do this for the rest of my life?

Answer:

You asked a terrific question about how long could you continue with the Nutrient Loading program and what else could you eat while doing that. We have published data from nearly 100 other people, who consumed Nutrient meals for three months. From them, I learned that using Nutrient Loading for three months is an effective and safe way to lose weight.

Given what you told me about your busy life and recurrence of weight gained after losing it, I would recommend the following for you:

  1. Use the Nutrient Loading program for three month. During that time, you don't need to eat anything else, but certainly can include healthy fruits and vegetables, and use some form of milk (e.g., soy, regular milk, almond), when preparing the Shakes. You should weigh yourself weekly to make sure that you are losing about one to two pounds each week.
  2. After three months, switch to the Nutrient Life program. It includes two Nutrient meals each day and a guide to healthy eating. Weight regain is almost universal and likely related to not getting all the essential nutrients. With this plan, you'll cover 2/3 of your nutrient needs and by eating a third healthy meal, you'll be all set in meeting your nutrient needs.
  3. If you find yourself regaining weight on Nutrient Life, switch back to Nutrient Loading until you lose the weight.

I hope this helps and am grateful for your participation in this program.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

 

Question:

I'm having a bit of a problem...The food is giving my baby and I a lot of gas....I'm nursing.

I had to buy him gripe water because the baby was so uncomfortable.  It's the only thing I've changed in my diet.  I was hoping  to use this system to help with my post-partum weight.  Do you have any suggestions?

Answer:

Thank you for your inquiry about the use of Nutrient meals to lose weight while nursing. I am sorry that your baby is uncomfortable, and as you stated, the only thing that you changed was to use Nutrient meals.

Because you are nursing, your nutrient needs are different than what Nutrient meals are providing, which are for healthy, non-pregnant, non-nursing individuals. I appreciate that you'd like to lose weight, but think it is best that you do not use our products until after you are done nursing.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

 

Question:

I have been looking at the ingredients in the food and I am curious why is there Soy in the products? 

I have been studying nutrients and ingredients in the past year or so and have heard from several different sources that soy is not good for us

I can't remember exactly what was said about soy and cancer but I actually stopped using products last year because the bars, etc contained Soy! ( something about raising estrogen) 

My mom had breast cancer and so I would like your feedback on this.

Answer:

You ask a good question, and one that we thoroughly investigated at Nutrient, before using soy protein in our foods. I have seen a lot of things online about how bad soy is, but none were substantiated by science.

We reviewed only scientifically published articles and concluded:

  1. Soy has the highest protein value, meaning that it is ideal for the body to repair itself and grow new muscles.
  2. People who eat a lot of soy have lower cancer risks. Soy protein, unlike meats, contains protective antioxidants and other compounds from the plant that protect you from getting cancer.
  3. Some doctors caution against using soy in women who have breast cancer or those with a family history. I suggest, given your family history, that you speak to your doctor.

For the general population, soy protein is a wonderful, vegetarian protein, which is why we are using it.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

  

Question:

Do you allow any other foods - fresh produce, chicken, spices or anything?

Answer:

We have provided a Healthy Food Guide (see attached)

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

  

Question:

I assume we are not drinking alcohol, but what about coffee?

Answer:

Alcohol, coffee, and anything else you want to eat or drink is fine, as long as it is recorded on the daily log.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

  

Question:

How about fitness? Our regular routine, or more or less?

Answer:

Any exercise, or no exercise is fine, but if you do, record the duration and type on the daily log. The focus is on the food and not providing guidelines for exercise but it is a good thing to do.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

 

Question:

Should I keep taking my daily multi-vitamin during The Challenge?

Answer:

The spirit of the Nutrient Loading Challenge is to consume five Nutrient meals each day. This provides you with more than enough vitamins and minerals, so no other supplements are needed either in beverages or as pills. If you want to lose weight, then the five meals plus six to eight glasses of water, tea, or coffee should suffice. If you are at a good weight, then you should still consume the five Nutrient meals and fluids. You may also want to consult Nutrient's guidelines of healthy eating to see what else you should include in your diet to keep your weight stable.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell

 

Question:

I'm experiencing some uncomfortable digestive side effects and seem to have painful gas and bloating. What should I do?

 Answer:

For any severe pain and continual gastrointestinal symptoms, please consult a physician. It is possible that you could experience occasional, mild, but uncomfortable, side effects like gas and bloating from eating Nutrient meals. These are likely to occur at the beginning of the Challenge but after a few days your intestine will adapt and the symptoms subside. Nutrient meals are loaded with nutrients including fiber, which you intestine may not be used to seeing. The best advice is to consume each Nutrient offering, including shakes and bars, slowly over 20-30 minutes. You may also want to have a glass of water with each meal, but if so, please drink that slowly and make it last at least 20 minutes.

Thank you, Dr. Stacey Bell