I’ve used Mark Hymen’s “Ultrametabolism” program in the past, but I think I’m going to do Philip Maffetone’s Two Week Test instead. Since I’m using his physiology program and I’m using Mark Allen’s triathlon training program based on Maffetone’s principles, I should make it a clean sweep and use him for the nutrition program. If I don’t start to see the results, I can always change.
In the Two Week Test, he pulls out foods that put the body into a sugar-burning zone and focused on foods that put the body into a fat-burning zone. If you feel better and more energized at the end of the 14 days, you are carbohydrate-intolerant. In other words, there are carbs in my diet that are pulling me into a sugar-burning, low energy zone.
Here are the foods that I can eat during the two week test:
- Eggs, unprocessed cheeses, heavy (whipping) cream, and sour cream
- Unprocessed meats including beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, fish, shellfish, and others
- Tomato, V-8 or other vegetable juices such as carrot juice
- Water (Thank God!)
- Cooked or raw vegetables except potatoes and corn
- Nuts, seeds, nut butters
- Oils, vinegar, mayonnaise, salsa, mustard, and spices
- Sea salt
- All coffee and tea (if I normally drink it and, oh yes, I do)
The foods that I am avoiding during the test are:
- Bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, cereal, muffins, chips, crackers, rice cakes, and similar carbohydrate foods
- Sweets, including products that contain sugar such as ketchup, honey, and other prepared foods
- Fruits and fruit juice
- Highly processed meats such as cold cuts, which often contain sugar
- Potatoes (all types), corn, rice, and beans
- Milk, half-and-half, and yogurt
- So called healthy snacks, including all energy bars and drinks
- All soda, including so-called diet types
Alcohol falls into the okay and avoid categories, but I don’t drink, so that’s not an issue. I also have a fundamental belief that if you want to lose weight, you should lay off the sauce.
When I describe the program to people, invariably I get the comment: “Oh, you are doing Atkins.” Please note that all cooked and raw vegetables are part of the program. I will actually eat more salads during the program than off the program. The hardest part of this seems to be the mid-day snacks. So often I grab a piece of fruit which I can’t do under the program.
For those looking ahead, at the end of the two weeks, I slowly add back in different carbohydrate categories to see if I can identify those that start to affect my mood. Should be fun, fun, fun!