An important new study examines how some foods feed your fat and other foods feed your body. It turns out that not all calories are created equal. In fact, some are a lot worse for you, leading your body to store more fat and make you feel hungrier. Now you can learn how to feed your body so that you’re nourished and energetic.


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At the Trim Down Club, we don’t believe in counting calories. When you are eating the right foods for your body, you don’t have to. Here are two sample 1660-calorie menus to demonstrate why this is true, and why we say NO to calorie counting:

Here’s what 1660 calories from McDonald’s looks like:

  • Big Mac: 550 calories
  • Medium Fries: 380 calories
  • 16 ounce Strawberry McCafé Shake: 690 calories.

And here’s that same 1660 calories, in 3 meals and 3 snacks:

  • Home-baked, high-gluten bread, about 100 grams: 150 calories
  • Shropshire blue cheese, 30 g: 120 calories (great toasted on bread)


  • Large homemade hamburger on whole grain Kaiser roll, with homemade spicy tomato sauce full of onions and parsley, about 500 calories
  • Pickled beets, about a cup: 105 calories
  • Yellow bell pepper, about a cup: 20 calories
  • Sweet potato, carrots and butternut squash, also about a cup, in a thin ginger sauce: 90 calories
  • 10 Syrian green olives, 45 calories


Morning and Afternoon Snacks
  • 50 pistachio nuts, about 160 calories, divided between the following:
  • 1 nectarine, 60 calories
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, 80 calories


  • Spicy Moroccan Lentil Soup, 1 cup, about 250 calories


Final Evening Snack, eaten as dessert after the soup
  • A small square of poppyseed cake with chocolate frosting, 80 calories

Now, you already know which option is healthier for you. But which option will keep you satisfied, feeling fuller longer? It’s that full menu, broken up into 3 meals and snacks—even though you get the same amount of calories in just one serving from that McDonald’s meal.

There are two main reasons:

  1. The carbs in the McDonald’s fries, bun and shake are not the carbs in beets and sweet potatoes. There are more simple, refined carbs (which the body readily converts to sugar)  in that McDonald’s meal than there are in that entire day’s menu.

  3. The World Health Organization is suggesting that no more than 5% of our daily energy intake—about 100 calories, or 25 grams, with 4 grams of sugar to a teaspoon—come from sugar. Yet there are approximately 400 sugar calories in just that shake.

Bottom Line: Just because it has more calories doesn’t mean it’s more filling!


Are You Feeding Your Body or Your Fat?

We’re all individuals and we gain and lose weight differently. Our age, our sex, our activity levels, whether we’ve had children, our genetic heritage—all of this matters. And for all of us, calories in vs. calories out is a fundamental equation. It’s a simple fact that if we take in more calories than we expend, we will gain weight. How much weight we gain, the type of weight we gain, and how quickly we gain it depends on all those individual variables—and something else that we are only starting to recognize…

All calories are not created equal.

This is so important that we’d like to say it again:

All calories are not created equal.

What your body can do with a calorie depends on that calorie—including how quickly it can be converted to glucose, the body’s preferred energy source.

Our master fat-storing hormone is insulin. If we produce too much insulin, all else being equal, we stockpile more fat than someone who doesn’t—or someone who produces too little insulin.

Of all the foods we can eat, sugars and simple, refined carbohydrates that can easily be metabolized into glucose, trigger the most insulin production. That’s because high blood sugar is very dangerous for your body; above a certain level, it is actually toxic. Once a usable amount of blood sugar is stored as ready energy in your muscles and liver, your body stores the rest as fat, both as an energy reserve and as self-protection.

Now, an article just published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that the more fat we carry, the more our bodies store calories, especially glucose-based calories, in our fat and as fat. Since those calories are locked away from our metabolism so we can’t use them as fuel, two things happen. Our metabolism slows down and our brain tells us to eat more. In other words, all these calorie-rich foods (especially sugars and simple, refined carbohydrates) provoke metabolic changes that make us both fat—and hungry.

We are biologically programmed to respond to food cues by eating as much as we can, especially if that food is rich in sugar, fat and salt. (Our ancestors who didn’t gorge on these things at every opportunity generally didn’t survive.) And modern processed foods are carefully optimized with sugar, fat and salt and then advertised to us with every trick in the book—so it is almost impossible not to gorge on them.

Bottom Line: You May Be Hungry Because Your Body Stores Calories as Fat to Protect You From High Blood Sugar


So How Do I Lose All This Fat?

Stop eating sugar and refined carbs that your body easily metabolizes into glucose. Of course, you practically have to be Sherlock Holmes to track all this stuff down, because manufacturers know that if they tell us how much sugar is in the food we’re eating, we won’t buy it. Any food that is naturally “high fat” labelled “low-fat” (or something similar) is bound to have tons of added sugar in it—to make it edible. If you’re accustomed to eating a lot of sugar—especially added or concentrated sugar, in the form of something like juice, rather than fruit—cutting it from your diet can trigger acute withdrawal cravings. Sugar is actually addictive and it lights up the same receptors in our brain that cocaine and heroin light up. Although whether we prefer Oreos to cocaine is not a question that can be ethically answered in the lab, sugar is known to be the “secret” ingredient that manufacturers use to make us overeat—even when we know we shouldn’t and don’t really want to!

However, once you cut sugar, it becomes easy to lose weight—without counting calories. This is why:

Protein and volume make you feel full. Most of us are used to eating an amount that makes us feel full that is based on fats and refined carbohydrates. Fat has more than twice the calories per gram (9 per gram) of carbohydrates and protein (4 cal /g). Protein is a much more stable source of energy than carbs, so it takes longer for your body to feel hungry again. Although everyone is slightly different with different tastes, your way of eating should be based on veggies, unrefined grains, fruits, lean proteins, with some fats to help satiate you. When you eat like that, it’s hard to overeat. Yes, you may have to reduce your portion sizes (you also may not have to) especially when you’re dealing with fat, but you don’t have to count calories. You do have to understand how what you’re eating affects your body. The Trim Down Club will teach you how to do just that, in straightforward, practical language. More about that at the end of this article.

When you shift to a high-quality diet, your body can use those calories to fuel you: your muscles, your brain, the fat your body actually needs. You’re not forcing your body to store calories as fat in order to protect you from high blood sugar.

Bottom Line: Eat to Fuel Your Body, NOT Your Fat

How Solid is the Science?

The JAMA article builds on previous research, some more than a century old. This research includes a recent study finding that people are more active on low-carbohydrate than low-fat diets that include the same amount of calories: in short, although there were fewer calories in the low-carb diet, the body could make better use of those calories. Another recent study found that rats gained significantly more fat when they ate a diet high in refined carbohydrates than they did when they ate more calories on a diet high in complex carbohydrates—which take longer to digest.

However, the processed-food industry has a huge stake in convincing us that all calories count—equally. They will do everything they can to defend their profits, including push back against the idea that our bodies can handle some types of calories better than others. Simple, refined carbohydrates, which have historically been very rare in the human diet but are now a huge portion of our diet, are probably at the bottom of that list.

If you can—meaning, if it’s safe for your metabolism—experiment on yourself for a week or two. See how you feel when you eat a diet high in refined, simple carbs, as compared to a diet in which you eat very few of them. Monitor what happens to your body. A bread-and-cheese toast will likely keep you going all morning, while that same bread with butter and jam, full of sugar, may have you hungry again in less than two hours.

The Trim Down Club Menu Planner makes this easy for you to do by producing custom menus based on the foods you enjoy that are also good for your body. We take a balanced blood sugar approach so that you eat small meals throughout the day and never feel like you are starving. Click here to learn more.

Bottom Line: Try This Yourself and See How You Feel!



Ludwig DS, Friedman MI. Increasing Adiposity: Consequence or Cause of Overeating? JAMA. Published online May 16, 2014. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4133.

World Health Organization. Food Safety Sugar Consumption. Published online 5 March 2014.

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  1. Hi. I’ve started to cut out sugar completely and keep carbs like oats, grains etc to an absolute minimum. I find that my energy levels are a lot higher and I feel a lot more clear minded when I eat only very little carbs. I even started taking a blood sugar balancing supplement to help with that. The problem is, I don’t want to eat a lot of meat either and I don’t like soya. do you have any recommendation as to how to increase protein? My friend warned me of the phytic acid present in nuts and seeds…I want to find more plant based protein sources. What do you think of plant based protein powders like hemp or sprouted rice?

    • Hi, Julia, and welcome. It’s great to read about your progress 🙂 We generally prefer whole foods over protein powders, but of the latter, your choices are among the better ones, especially if they contain B-vitamins to process the protein. They can help in a pinch, but food is still generall better.

  2. Hi….been on this program for about one week and have lost 2 lbs. IAM never hungry and sometimes feel like I am cheating when I am doing the program correctly..I believe i will succeed in this new lifestyle….too bad I didn’t, find you sooner as I am 72 yrs. Old ,but as they say better late than never……I do miss ice cream …..any suggestions????? Thanks for your caring about other!!!!!!

  3. HI, im Annette, this is the very first time I have ever been on a weight reduction programme. My problem being I dont like a lot of variation in food, Therefore im very limited on what to eat. The only meat i eat is chicken and fish is battered cod. I dont like butter or cheese productd either. I have a sweet tooth, and however much fruite i eat I still get the sweet cravings please could u help. Could you tell me on how much carbs fats and proteins i should eat each day, Thanks

    • Hi, Annette, and welcome. First, you may do best using the Personal Menu Planner so that you can select the specific foods you like and disregard the rest. You can also repeat meals and even whole days once you find a menu that particularly suits you. Second, you need about 70 grams each of protein and fat and 170 grams of carbohydrates each day.

  4. I do appreciate the menu planner, but I would also like to know what it’s based on, so I can choose meals on the fly. I don’t want to have to figure out exchanges, but is there a relatively simple foundation to keep in mind?

    I already try to stay away from processed foods, my downfall is sugar. I basically need to eat in a way that will keep the cravings at bay.

    I have been suspecting for a while now that the reason for them is that, in an attempt to lose weight, I have not been eating enough food. Because they started the very first time I tried to diet. I try to satisfy the cravings with fruit and sweet potatoes, but I think I was sabotaging that with not enough other good food to keep me from getting hungry.

    Anyway, the other thing I’m confused about is eating foods at the right time. It was mentioned here that everything can be switched around, as long as you eat exactly what’s on the menu over the course of the day…such as switching the evening egg with the yogurt/fruit or having the sweet part of a snack with a meal and just having the protein part of it as the actual snack.

    So it doesn’t seem to actually matter, what time you eat things, and maybe not even the combinations. I am only on my first day, and I can definitely see how it could work very well while I have my menu list.

    But what if I don’t have access to the foods on it for one meal, like I am at someone else’s home. What information do I use to create a meal? Just try to get a few ounces of protein and whatever combination of whole grain carb/veg/fruit that is available?

    Or is there something to avoid?

    • Hi, rlynnt. The basic principle for meals is to combine a protein with any carbohydrates, and try to have a fruit or vegetable serving during at least 5 out of the 6 meals; portion sizes are generally about the size of your fist (or the palm of your hand without the fingers); and try to get in at least 3 calcium-rich foods/beverages each day (yogurt, tahini…). Hopefully that can help you on the fly and when you find yourself away from home.
      As for the timing, as long as you eat at similar times each day and don’t load up the most toward the end of the day when you’re least active and about to retire for sleep, yes, you can switch things around to make it all comfortable and to fit your lifestyle.
      Things to avoid are primarily refined, processed foods with too much sugar and artificial ingredients – exactly what you described.

    • Hi, cjgeoG. There are tons of exercises you can do sitting. In the Body Mind Inspiration Superpack (in “My Downloads” above), there are some videos you may find useful. If you would like more information, please do repost. As you start, remember to be patient with yourself and work your way up.

  5. I just started the Trim Down program three days ago. I find that I am preparing and eating the meal, clean up and then start looking at the next snack items. Does my body need to get used to the meals and the chemistry it is going through?

  6. I just began the trimdown club program. I have not been historically fat. In fact, I was a former athlete. Now, at age 65, I only want to lose the extra 25 pounds that have slowly increased my weight (especially around the belly). Through the club, I am learning some very important facts about healthy eating as I pursue this quest.

  7. It’s important to take into account what the food industries are really up to, like putting their hands in our pocket books simply by finding a need and filling it – which is through CHEAP and CONVENIENCE foods. It’s clear that “doctoring up” sawdust with a sweetener can be easily marketed to the unsuspecting public as “fiber” these days. However, by not falling prey to the food giants, and taking our lives back into our own hands, we can protect ourselves. Thanks to the dedicated people of Trim Down Club, who are helping people find their way through information such as this (that can be verified) and putting together this entire wonderful site that only costs a ONE TIME, nominal fee – but provides a LIFETIME of support and access!!!

  8. I started April 27 and I am determined to do this. I nee to get rid of 30 pounds. Then I will be back to normal. Getting headache from the pollen in GA. Still trying to concentrate on the food menu. I can do this!

  9. Hi, Booleypup. We actually have a fair number of recipes with a variety of cheeses. When you enter the recipes area, type “cheese” in the search box, and you will see them. We used to favor raw cheese, but many of our Clubmembers were concerned about food safety. You are welcome to use it if you have a reliable source. Either way, we encourage organic pastured dairy products.

  10. it all sounds rather complicated and difficult to understand, i think u need to break it down to what exactly we should or should not be eating ? as no sugar just means none in tea\coffee cakes or sauces in tins or sachets. ?

  11. I know that this information is true without having to test it as I think back on my bodies craving after eating the sugars and simple carbs. My body would definitely crave for much more in a very short space of time and it would be totally opposite when I eat the complex carbs with good proteins and fruit and vegetables.

  12. Wow, I guess I never realized what I was eating. This was very eye opening. I cook at home for most of our meals, however there are those on the run days we just grab and eat. Looks like maybe not so much anymore. I do want to know something though, doesn’t our body need some sugar? How much sugar would that be in a weeks diet and the best way to intake it?

  13. Hi, Kathy, and welcome! I don’t know if others are in your spot, but in general the diet with a stoma depends where it is located. It is very important for you to use the Menu Planner application to build your menus rather than the Ready-to-Go menus, because the application lets you choose the foods that work for you and avoid the ones you don’t.

  14. I have just joined the club, so ,I would like to know if anyone has a stoma like me and what menus they follow, as a lot of the menus have foods that I have to avoid ,because they don’t agree with my stoma and I can’t have consume
    Them . Kathywhar 59

  15. Hi, Markwho. The trick is in reading the labels – it seems like a lot of work at first, but you get to know the products after a while. Just make sure they are actual foods, with the only chemicals being added vitamins and minerals. In addition, many of the foods in the Menu Planner lists are “instant” themselves, such as sandwich fixings, organic prepared foods, and of course, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and yogurts.

  16. I love the fact that I can eat and cut weight, my problem is I don’t have time to make my meals. Is the a short list of store bought goods that the club or members might have that I can work with.

  17. I have been trying to lose weight forever and am so excited about this plan. I don’t like to have to decide what to eat or how much. I saw a comment that somebody posted about to much to eat. I love to eat so I am excited that I can eat that much. I can’t wait to get on the scale cause it keeps going down. My clothes are fitting so much better and I am about ready to tuck in my shirt! Thanks so much for the plan and also the one time fee.

  18. Very interesting reading. Fortunately for me I have never had any problems with weight but now as I get into the 50s my body is starting to build some fat around the hips & stomach area. I have always eaten everything but all in moderation – I love food! So I thought I’d see if there is truth in eating the right combination of foods at the right time and if in fact you can drop weight without killing yourself at the gym. I started the Trimdown regime without even feeling the change – I just made better choices at the supermarket. In 3 weeks I dropped 2.5kg and I’m really amazed! It actually does work – without any major effort. Thanks !

  19. Hi, Jehebenstreit. Fluff is marshmallow without gelatin, and it actually is enjoyed in the US (a vital ingredient in all-American crispy rice squares). It’s not usually recommended here because it is basically pure sugar, but the suggestion below was to combine it with peanut butter, which will slow the sugar’s impact.
    As for beans and cornbread, that’s actually a wonderfully healthy combination (if you use whole corn/grain flours, of course), and if you’re having trouble making it work, please do repost here and I will bring it up with the tech team.

  20. Lori and Sharon; what is fluff? Being as this is from Britian, I guess, I don’t know about fluff. And the computer menus don’t know that we hillbillies eat our beans and cornbread together in the same meal Good wishes to us all from the Ozark Hills..

  21. Hi, Millie. You absolutely can eat spaghetti and Bolognese sauce – we just recommend that you try whole grain types and avoid the white and refined types. If the taste and texture are too odd, you can mix half-and-half or whatever you need to get used to it.

  22. Hi, Sherril. You and so many other people! Since you’re starting with a knowledge of what makes for good meal-planning, it looks like it’s a matter of finding time management avenues that work for you and reminding yourself that it really is worth the time and effort. Perhaps find a way to make it all fun so that you look forward to it. If you are finding yourself in a time crunch, perhaps start with cooking in “bulk” on less busy days and freezing individual portions for quick reheating, etc.

  23. Hi, Lorne. Unfortunately, both types are best avoided. Even if the juice is not from concentrate, it may have the fiber strained out, contain added chemicals as preservatives, and/or have been in transit or on the shelf too long to have all of its original vitamins. It is really best if you make it yourself from fresh fruit (or get it fresh-squeezed from a juice stand).

  24. I need to lose 50 pounds. I was raised to eat organic and healthy foods and was never over weight before I was married. I struggle with the planning and preparation of meal planning and will revert to what is quick and simple to save time. How do I change these habits?

  25. My problem is simple; I eat too much. I struggle with serving size. One slice of SWG bread with a teaspoon of Trader Joe’s cream cheese and a piece of fruit will only satisfy my hunger for maybe an hour. Complicated with this is an internal mental tape constantly playing “tastes so good; eat more, eat it again!” Which I can resist for the morning, through lunch, into the afternoon, but fail miserably at dinner time and at night. So while I’m eating healthy, I’m also eating 3 to 4 times the recommended portion sizes and I can’t seem to stop. I’ve been successful in the past for a few months at a time, and at one point for almost two years. But in each case I’ve slowly slide back into over eating again. My constant failure is so … awful. Depressing. I don’t know how to permanently break the cycle, and at this point I’m thinking perhaps it’s impossible for me to permanently stop this terrible cycling. I’ve joined the TDC, and I’m reading … getting ready to try again. Wish me luck.

  26. Hi, c2amigambler. You can definitely continue, but I suggest to add some protein to your breakfast, i.e. a tablespoon of chia seeds to your shake. Also, note that the amount of fruit is quite high, so you can consider it part of your later morning snack, and just focus on the protein there.

  27. Hi, Kimba. Did you find the sample menus? Have you started using the Menu Planner to generate menus that fit your needs? If you are stuck, please do repost (or for tech questions, ask for support through the “Contact Us” link below).

  28. I have a green smoothie for breakfast every day at 4:30 am. It contains 2 handfuls of spinach, 1/2 banana, 2 handful of frozen blue berries, and 2 handful of frozen cherries. Fill with tap water and smooth. Its excellent, can I still drink this?

  29. I haven’t gottn started yet I would really like to have a sample diet to follow Im pretty stupid at this I work form 4 am to 3pm in afternoon so I work in hospital on my feet a lot I do a lot of walking after I get home I’m exhausted so that’s an example if you can help I would be greatly appreciated thank you so very much


  30. Hi, Heatherj. Welcome and congratulations! We do like to push salad or other vegetables, so they do tend to appear with just about everything except desserts. If you haven’t already, please be sure to visit our Menu Planner application so that you can select the foods you like and swap out foods to ensure the combinations suit you in your finished menu.

  31. Just joined after getting desperate about my ever increasing ‘belly fat’. I cannot believe all I have to eat during the day !! So much food. I am sticking to this eating plan like crazy…this is only day 4 but have lost 1/2 a kilo. I am Australian, and guess I can even get used to baked beans and salad….some combinations are hilarious, but I am going to hang in there. 🙂 I hope NOT to feed any more fat !! Cheers !

  32. Hi, Julie1955. If you like banana, some people deal with the craving by freezing ripe bananas, lightly thawing (10-15 minutes) and then blending them with a splash of vanilla extract. You can also make smoothies with fruit and milk, then freeze them in popsicle molds.

  33. I personally swear I went thru withdrawal when I cut the sugar from my diet. but in almost 2 weeks it has seemed to subsided. I do use sugar substitute in my coffee and lemonade but other than that my sugar comes from natural forms such as fruit. Driving by the fast food places doe not bother me but I do love ice cream and have been craving some. any ideas out there? when you are a food junky it is hard to be a recovering addict and that is where I am. thanks for the information will put to good use

  34. That is scary that sugar lights up the same receptors in my brain as cocaine or heroine. In such a quiet, accepted way they are just as deadly, especially for anyone with a serious health problem. I suspect it will help me cut down to classify sugar with chemicals that are used to exploit people.

  35. Hi, BettyChuck. Good for you!!! You definitely do not need to eat/drink any dairy or go heavy on grain products to succeed in this program. It looks like the best solution is for you is to use the Menu Planner menu-building application – there you can select the foods you want to appear in your menus, and avoid those you don’t. It also takes into account your specific needs and preferences, so be sure to select “non-dairy” in the bottom right area of your profile (you can access this by clicking on your name at the top of any site page).

  36. Hi, I have just joined Trim Club and desire to lose breast and belly fat. I already eat mostly raw, organic and non-refined foods, exercise moderately, and have for several year, yet there is still undesirable fat in these areas.
    I do not like or enjoy milk products which are on most menus or most grains.. Is it necessary to use those nutrient based foods to be successful?
    My normal daily caloric intake consists of a fruit and spinach smoothie for breakfast and lunch, snacks of nuts, dried fruit or a small piece of jerky between meals, and a lean meat combo vegetable and rice or potato for the evening meal.
    I am looking forward to following the menu plans to obtain success.
    Any suggestions in the meantime?

  37. Hi, lynnec57, and welcome. Our Menu Planner items have descriptions that are as inclusive as possible, to cover multiple locations and tastes. If you use lactofree milk, that’s fine – do the best you can. Note also that you can use lactase drops with a high-quality regular milk (example: With regard to the combination of beef baked beans and salad, we do encourage you to include vegetables or fruits at every meal,which is one of the improvements we encourage Clubmembers to make to be able to get recommended amounts of produce each day. That particular combination is one of several that we have seen in UK hotels, restaurants, and cafeterias. If it isn’t to your taste, please do take advantage of the swap function – just click on the item you wish to change, and a dialogue box will pop up with a list of nutritionally equivalent options from which you can choose.

  38. Hi. have just started and have found the menus have some very strange combinations. eg beef baked beans and salad! Also here in UK our normal milk isn’t fortified as it is in the states. I have lactose intolerance so generally use lactofree products but as I said they are not fortified or organic. There are no organic lactofree cows milk products here. Fortified replacements are available but not nearly as palatable eg soya milk. can you help.

  39. Hi, Eileen, and welcome. Water is the best, of course. If you get tired of plain water, we encourage plain/soda water flavored with squeezes of citrus and natural sweeteners (you can read more about these here In the Main Program Guide, there is a section on beverages (you can get this in “My Downloads” above). Milk and beer are both options in the Menu Planner application, and are find with planning – milk is, of course, encouraged for its calcium content. Coffee and tea are considered “free” beverages if they are not sweetened with sugar or whitened, and so don’t need to be accounted for in your menu. Naked is actually not something we encourage as a beverage – we would rather you puree the fruits and vegetables yourself without any artificial additives. If you would like to plan for these, I suggest you use the Menu Planner application so you can make your own selection.

  40. Hi, just joined…Did I miss something? What are we drinking here? I drink tons of water, but with meals, milk or beer. I can go decaf coffee for breakfast or loose leaf caffinated tea??? Is there any way to switch a snack with a beer? Ha Ha. i enjoy a drink called Naked. Pureed fruits & veggies. Very pure. Am I to be helped? I need to loose for back heath. Thanks, Eileen

  41. Greetings. Just joined and am in the process of getting started and organized on my diet. My question to you is this…I have 5 citrus trees in my yard and from January to May I have wonderful oranges, grapefruit , and lemons to enjoy. Is fresh juice OK to drink?

  42. Hi, Jody. Just do whatever is comfortable for you, including repeating meals and days throughout the week, and rearranging meals – as long as you get the same amounts of the various food groups, so that your nutritional needs are met. If you make the menu comfortable and appealing, you have a better chance of following it long-term and getting and maintaining results.

  43. Hi, 853blakeland. For those reasons, we recommend selecting “ancient grains,” including original wheat types such as spelt, emmer, einkorn, etc. They are still grains, so 100% would still be 100% whole “grain,” just not whole “wheat”.

  44. I have been reading from DR.William Davis, Wheat belly, I have listened to Dr.Ozz say it is alright to eat 100% whole grain wheat, Dr.Davis says all wheat because of genetic changes to all wheat, what am I suppose to believe?? It does scare me to think about the changes to our food system with the genetics. Would Spelt flour, not from the new wheat grain, but from the older grains used before the genetics changed, Be a better choice then 100% whole graiin?

  45. Hi. I just joined yesterday and completed my first menu. However, I have to say it is so varied by food product and with the current menu plan, my food bill would double with what you are asking me by buy. I would like to see the menu planner more interactive so I can change it on the system vs having to print and rewrite. As an example, my last snack of the day is an egg which doesn’t sound appealing at all. However, I could change that to the yoghurt and fruit. If the menu were more interactive I could change it on the sytem and print a correct menu planner. I am also pretty active during the day and am not always home to sit down and eat what the menu planner wants me to eat.

    • New today, just signed up.

      The two I thought I heard: Processed Tofu & Soy and the last one is GM (Genetically Modified) Corn

      Still trying to find my way around and checking things out. Anything I should be checking out above all else?

  46. This is really interesting reading. I lost 2.5 stone approx. 2 years ago, however I am still storing fat on my abdomen. I am struggling to lose this. I run twice a week, 6 miles each run, and I do 3 x 6am bootcamp classes in between. I have 2 days off from exercise a week. I need help with planning my food with very simple menu options. Please help.

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