As with all phases of the plan, the Loading Phase is important and should be done properly.
What Is The Loading Phase?
This phase is 2 (or 3) days of eating a good amount of good foods. What it is not, is a “gorge” or “pig-out” as has been popularised in recent years. Some people do over-eat and report feeling nauseated and unwell…there is no need for that.
How Long Should It Last?
Two days is sufficient, but three can work well and sometimes if Life gets in the way of the planned start after 2 days, then adding that 3rd day is no problem at all.
What Is The Purpose Of It?
Many people wishing to lose weight have tried to with a variety of diets. Sometimes their body can be left with a shortage of the good fat we all should carry (structural fat that is essential for packing and cushioning around organs, vertebrae, soles of our feet and more; and normal fat reserves that are readily accessible by the body when energy is needed and nutrients within the intestinal tract are temporarily insufficient (ie a short bout of illness may cause us to draw usefully on these reserves the way nature intended). The two (or three) loading days may start that top-up process of our needed fat, plus provide adequate nutrients to take the body into and through the first few days of the VLC phase at which time the nutrients stored in the abnormal/stored/locked away fat are released along with those fat stores.
What Happens If I Do Not Do It?
As clearly explained in Dr Simeons’ manuscript, bypassing this step comes with the increased chance of being quite hungry for the first week or more of the VLC. Feeling hungry and weak is not a good start and likely with some folk to have them abort the plan within the first few days. A correct Loading avoids this.
p.36 of Dr Simeons’ manuscript: “….It is usually at this point that a difference appears between those patients who have literally eaten to capacity during the first two days of treatment and those who have not. The former feel remarkably well; they have no hunger, nor do they feel tempted when others eat normally at the same table. They feel lighter, more clear-headed and notice a desire to move quite contrary to their previous lethargy. Those who have disregarded the advice to eat to capacity continue to have minor discomforts and do not have the same euphoric sense of well-being until about a week later. It seems that their normal fat reserves require that much more time before they are fully stocked.”
What Do I Eat On Those Days?
Actually, just about anything you like!
But the sensible approach is to eat healthy foods; include healthy oils; avoid junk foods with trans fats.
The exception to avoiding junk food is a psychological one if you wish to make a “ritual” of sitting down to “the last piece of chocolate cake I will be having for a few weeks” or similar.
So, foods to consider create an almost endless list but can include any vegetables, any meat, any dairy, any fruit, avocados, nuts and “healthy oils” include coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil etc. Trans fats are unsaturated fats that the body finds hard to digest. They are generally man-made and made by adding hydrogen* to a liquid fat thereby turning it into a solid which has a longer shelf-life. Whilst they have been linked to heart disease and increased unhealthy cholesterol and decreased healthy cholesterol, you might like to do your own research on that topic. Trans fats are often used in fried foods but also found in dough-nuts. pastries, biscuits, pizzas, crackers and margarine.
*consider understanding and avoiding foods with labels that include “hydrogenated fats” (ie = trans fats)