DR. POON' METABOLIC DIET SUPPORT GROUP FAQUpdated October 24, 2016Most of the answers to your diet questions in general, will be found inDR. POON'S METABOLIC DIET BOOK.It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase and read the diet book asit will clarify most of your questions regarding the diet and make doingthis program 100% easier. These FAQ's are here to help clarify commonquestions that may not be covered directly in the book, or that oftencome up in the support group. I've separated the questions into differentcategories in order to help keep them organized and easy to follow. Thecategories are: “Food Questions”, “Ontario Nutrition Store (ONS) /Support group questions”, and “Dr. Poon Diet Questions”.ONS Ontario Nutrition Store (the store at the clinic)Support Group Forum RulesPLEASE READ THE RULES AND THE FAQ BEFORE POSTING!!!New members must be invited by email as the group cannot be seen by anyone, linked to, orsearched for on Facebook. This group is moderated by the volunteer moderator Doug Poon.1. No profanity or insulting of any kind, towards other members, the clinic, ONS, or staff, will betolerated. It's a support group first and foremost, so be positive and constructive with yourcomments. If you have an issue with a post, use the "report comment" function to alert theadmin, or message Doug directly.2. All posts should be Dr. Poon diet related. If you want to post something that is not related tothe diet program, message [email protected] for permission first, or the post may bedeleted without warning. This includes things such as links, advertising, clothing sales, donationrequests, referrals to other programs, blogs, discussion topics etc. Posts of such a nature will bedeleted immediately without informing the poster.3. If you have a question about something, please use the search function (on the far right side ofthe page, there's a magnifying glass. Click on it, and enter your keyword) Often, the question ordiscussion topic has been asked already, and you can find your answer much easier by searchingfor your question, rather than starting another discussion. This will make moderating a lot easierand prevent the same discussions from coming up.4. Please do not post pictures or “cheat-confessions” of foods that are not allowed on the diet. Ifyou cheated and need support, please just say you cheated and need help or ideas. People may
not be expecting to come here to see pictures or discussions of foods that got them unhealthy andobese in the first place. This can easily trigger cravings. The diet does not advocate cheating atall, so we do not advocate cheat-days or going off-plan in general in this group.5. If there are any questions or concerns about individuals, posts, the program, ONS productsetc., that don't really involve the rest of the group, you can email [email protected] atany time.6. The forum is not to be used for seeking medical advice of ANY kind. If you are not feeling well,or are concerned about something health or medical related, please call your doctor or go to thehospital. We are not legally allowed to consult you over Facebook, nor are we trained to do soeven if we could.7. If you post recipes or pictures of your meals, make sure to put PHASE 1 or PHASE 2 directlyin the title, so that members know if they can try the recipe or not. It also makes it easier tosearch for recipes later on in the Files section.8. The diet book is also the best resource you can have. If you don't have the book, you should getit - it's the only thing you need to buy on the diet program. There is a FAQ at the top of the page.It has 20 pages of commonly asked questions that all members should read before posting in thegroup.9. If you want to join the SECRET Dr. Poon Diet Group on Facebook, with increased privacysettings, more activity and more info, please email the following info [email protected] 1. Your full name 2. Your clinic location 3. Your email addresswhere the invite from Facebook can be sent. Follow the instructions in the autorespondermessage once you send your email.10. Read the FAQ!FAQ - Table of Contents:1. Are we allowed coconut milk, coconut oil, or coconut?2. Are we allowed bean sprouts on phase 1?3. Are we allowed brussel sprouts on phase 1?4. Are we allowed avocado on phase 1?5. Are we allowed okra on phase 1?6. Is Quinoa allowed?7. Is almond or soy milk allowed on Phase 1?8. Are flax or chia seeds allowed on Phase 1?9. Can I have squash on Phase 1?10. Can we use palm oil?11. Are unsalted sunflower seeds OK to eat in phase 1?12. Can I have tomato, fruits or nuts on Phase 1?13. I hear a lot about the Pizza Nova Sauce. Where can we get it, and why since we are noallowed tomatoes on phase 1, are we allowed this? Why can't I make my own sauce with the
same ingredients?14. Is there any pasta I can eat for Phase 1? Can I eat Dreamfields pasta?15. Dr. Poon said no grain or dairy products, how come you sell noodles, bread and cheese inthe ONS?16. I know we're not allowed dairy products, so why are people posting recipes with cheese?17. Why are we allowed cream but not milk in our coffee?18. Can we have a bagel in phase 3?19. I know we can have Weight Watchers bread on Phase 2, can we have their other products?20. I've seen some Dream Bagels or Carbwise Bagels and breads at other low carb stores, canwe eat them?21. How much water do I need to drink a day?22. What is the best margarine to use for phase 1?23. Are artificial sweeteners safe?24. My package of Splenda says it contains sugar and calories, how come?25. Are all Splenda products the same?26. Are herbal or fruit teas OK?27. I was wondering if eating so much fish and red meats is OK, or can you ever overdue itwith the proteins, does it effect your cholesterol or hurt your liver or kidneys? Is there toomuch mercury with eating fish so often?28. Why can't I eat fruits on this diet? Where will I get my vitamins and minerals from? Whydo you allow processed foods, but not fruits which are natural and “good for you”?29. I can't find, or afford extra lean ground beef. What can I do? Can I use lean groundbeef?30. I'm eating a lot of vegetables, but don't seem to be losing much weight? The vegetablesI'm eating are part of the “unlimited” category. What am I doing wrong?31. Which salt is better? Half Salt, BioSalt or No Salt?32. I don't know what the proper serving size is for a product I bought at the ONS, can youtell me what the serving size is?33. I bought a product at the ONS that I don't like, what should I do?34. I found a product at another grocery store for cheaper than the ONS, will the ONS honourthis price?35. What are the restrictions for Phase 1 and 2 snacks or extra products?36. There are Atkins bars and Russell Stover bars at the ONS, can I buy other Atkins orRussell Stover products?37. I bought some Atkins bars, but the back nutritional label shows that the carbs are higherthan allowed on Phase 1 or 2, why are they allowed? How do they calculate “Net AtkinsCount?”38. I bought some chocolate, and there's some white stuff on top, what is it and is it safe toeat?39. Does the ONS ship products? What about the breads and donuts?40. There's a product I want to order, but it's not listed online, what should I do?41. I found this product in another store – can we have it on Phase 1 or 2?42. I'm looking through the “Files” section, but I can't seem to find a recipe, can you help me?43. Can you organize the recipes in the Files section so it's easier to see?44. Why are there so many different Support Groups on Facebook? Can my friends see myposts?45. Who runs the Facebook Support Group? Are the posts being monitored?46. How do I calculate the net-carbs of a product?47. I don't like my doctor, he didn't explain anything to me, what should I do? (in order):
48. I cheated a little bit / I had a big cheat, what should I do?49. Should I do a cleanse after I cheat?50. I can't make it to my appointment, what should I do?51. I'm getting leg cramps, what should I do?52. Why do they make me take off my socks when I weigh-in? They don't weigh that much!53. Why is my scale weight different than the clinic scale? Can I get one for my home?54. I just started and am having a hard time on Phase 1. I am hungry, have headaches, feeldizzy, crave sweets etc. I'm also having a hard time with my energy, especially when Iwork out. What should I do?55. I don't understand how many snacks and meals I'm supposed to have a day? What countsas a snack?56. I just started the diet, and I have a lot of extra energy, so much so that I can't sleep atnight, is this normal?57. I just started the diet, and I lose 7-10 pounds the first two weeks, but have lost nothing thispast week? What's wrong?58. I'm losing my hair, it's coming out much faster than usual, is this normal?59. Do I need to exercise on Phase 1?60. When am I done this diet?61. I see there is a seminar for “xxxxxx” location. Will there be one coming to “yyyyyy”location soon?62. I just started/restarted the diet. I'm not feeling hungry, but I do feel lightheaded ornauseous, what should I do?63. Should we be trying to find junk foods that fit within the program, or should we be tryingto eliminate non-essential foods from our diets?64. I recently got pregnant, or recently gave birth. Is this diet OK during pregnancy or forbreastfeeding?65. What are some treatment options for occasional constipation?66. What kind of supplements should I take?67. I'm eating a lot, but never seem to be full. What's better for increasing protein intake,eggs, protein shake or chicken?68. I don't want to eat egg whites anymore for breakfast, what can I eat?69. Why are only certain fats and oils allowed on this diet? What's the significance of Omega3 and 6? I heard Canola is bad for you, why do we allow it?70. I have PCOS, how will this affect my weight loss? Will it be harder to lose weight?71. My Friends/Family/Dietitian say that completely cutting out carbs is bad for my health,and that we NEED to eat some carbs for good health, especially the brain. Is this true72. In the maintenance stage are we allowed some bread or pasta or potatoes?Or should I start trying to reconcile myself to it?
1. Are we allowed coconut milk, coconut oil, or coconut?No. No Palm oil or palm oil products are allowed either. We recommend olive oil, canola oiland flax oil as your main oils. Coconut oil is almost 90% saturated fat. The 10% that isunsaturated is mostly omega-6 oil, and there is no omega-3 content. Omega-6 by itself isn'tunhealthy perse, as long as it is in a 1:1 (Preferably a 1:3 ratio) of omega-6:omega-3. Theaverage diet nowadays contains about 10-15x more omega-6 than omega-3, which causesinflammation. Adding more omega-6 in the form of coconut oil will cause further inflammatoryconditions, which include cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.To reiterate, omega-6 is fine, but the ratio of omega 6:3 is the issue, as we are on thigh high sidewith omega-6. By consuming oils that are also high in omega-6 and contain no omega-3, youwould be continually pushing the ratio in the wrong direction. We are already a bit low inomega-3 oils, which are anti-inflammatory and beneficial for cardiovascular health, in our diet,so skewing the ratio even more will add to the inflammation factor. Increased omega-3 isassociated with lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, which itself is an inflammation.There is something called the Inflammation Factor (IF), which “estimates the inflammatory oranti-inflammatory potential of individual foods, or combinations of foods by calculating the neteffect of different nutritional factors, such as fatty acids, antioxidants, and glycemic impact.How to interpret the values: Foods with positive IF Ratings are considered anti-inflammatory,and those with negative IF Ratings are considered inflammatory. The higher the number, thestronger the effect. The goal is to balance negative foods with positive foods so that thecombined rating for all foods eaten in a single day is positive.” The typical net daily IF target is50. Coconut oil has an IF of -1798!!!For comparison, cod liver fish oil has an IF of 16,539, meaning it is highly anti-inflammatory,which we can see due to its high level of omega-3 and omega-3:6 ratio (it has over 20x theomega 3 vs. omega 6!) Flax oil has an IF of 2297, olive oil is 1137, canola oil is 68, meaningthey are all anti-inflammatory and contain good omega-3:6 ratios. Peanut oil is -45, Palm oil is-117, so they are mildly inflammatory, and thus poorer choices. Read oils/508/2#ixzz2tDeaC7aZ 2. Are we allowed bean sprouts on phase 1?Yes. (4g net carbs per cup) 3. Are we allowed brussel sprouts on phase 1?No. 1 cup on phase 2 max per serving (5g net carbs per cup) 4. Are we allowed avocado on phase 1?No. It is not allowed on any phase of the program. It is very high in fat. Avocado's aren't thathealthy really. It's a lot of marketing that has made it seem as such. Are they healthier than mostjunk foods? Yes. Are they healthier for someone who is obese, or trying to lose weight, or whomay have certain medical conditions? Probably not.1 avocado contains 29g of fat. 247 of the 279 digestible calories per avocado comes from fat(89% of an avocado's calories come from fat!). So really, you are consuming a fat. It isrelatively low in protein (4g each) but does have some good fibre. The issue with avocados isthat while most of the fat is the preferred unsaturated fat, and some places cite it as a source of
Omega-3 in their list of benefits, actually this is a misrepresentation. While it does containSOME Omega-3, the majority of the unsaturated fats is actually Omega-6. Omega-6 isinflammatory, meaning it can exacerbate conditions like arthritis or even high blood pressure.Omega-3 is anti-inflammatory. We generally want more Omega-3 than 6 (best in a 3:1 ratio ofOmega 3:6), especially in any fat we consume (which is why canola and oli