A few weeks ago, I got a call from someone who’s been following my Metabolic Repair Protocol. He had been following the protocol for about three weeks and was frustrated that he wasn’t seeing any results: His fasting blood sugar hadn’t gone down at all and he was discouraged.
This is something I see all the time with my patients, whether they’re trying to get their blood pressure under control, ease joint pain, rein in their blood sugar, or lose weight.
They get frustrated when they don’t see results as quickly as they were hoping.
Especially this time of year.
February may be the shortest month, but for me it feels like it lasts forever. I hate winter, and I am so ready for it to be over right about now.
And in my experience, February tends to be the month many people give up on their new healthy resolutions. Primarily because they haven’t yet gotten the big “payoff” they were expecting—and the dreary, dark weather makes it much easier to get discouraged.
But if you are one of those people who resolved to lose weight this year…or bring your blood sugar under control…or just make healthier choices—about food or exercise or quitting smoking—now is NOT the time to abandon ship.
And there’s a very important reason why, which I’ll tell you about in just a moment…along with some important tips I give my patients that can help you over the “hump.”
But first, here are three things I tell my patients when they come in frustrated because they’re not seeing the results they hoped for:
- Slow is good
- Health is a priority
- Your body needs time to change and repair itself
And those changes and repairs may take longer than you expect.
The critical “tipping point” for results to kick in
Let’s say you are 30 pounds overweight, or have a high fasting blood sugar level. Or high blood pressure, or whatever the case may be.
Those things didn’t happen to you in six weeks. And no matter what you hear, they aren’t going to go away in six weeks, either.
In fact, six weeks in to any new regimen, you reach a critical “tipping point.”
You see, it takes that long to prime your body to make all of the metabolic changes necessary to repair the damage that’s been done over the years.
So, in many cases, you WON’T start to see significant results until well into the second—or even third—month of any new healthy behavior or supplement regimen.
That’s why it’s so important to stick with it.
Of course, there’s also another aspect involved in achieving any health goal…
Expectations—learn to manage them and the world is your oyster
This is the main reason people fail. They expect too much. They think lowering their blood pressure…or reaching their weight-loss goal…or reaching a healthy HbA1C level should be easy, or at least quick.
Well, let me tell you this—there are no magic programs or miracle pills. There is just hard work.
Yes, I can tell you what to eat for the best results. And I can recommend supplements that will help you get even more benefits from those efforts.
But if you think that advice is going to turn you into a superstar overnight, unfortunately, you’re only setting yourself up to fail.
Then there are the people who expect to fix all of their health issues at once. I have patients who want to start eating right and working out five days a week—while also quitting smoking. I tell them all the same thing: Don’t! They’re taking on too much and, again, setting themselves up to fail.
Instead, I recommend they do one of those things, master it, and then move on to the next change.
Here’s how to manage your expectations for two common health goals.
First of all, remember that any amount of weight you lose is good—even if it’s half a pound or a quarter of a pound a week. Down is the operative word.
I had one longtime patient who used to lose and put on the same 15 pounds. The reason? She would go to Weight Watchers meetings and get discouraged by all of the people who had lost so much more weight than she had. And then she would go home and eat to try and make herself feel better.
Finally, she decided to simply follow her own path, with no expectation of how much weight she should lose each week. She has now lost 60 pounds and is at her goal weight.
Balancing blood sugar
It’s important to remember that it could take a while to get measurable results.
Often, people will see their blood sugar drop within the first week of a healthy eating regimen. But other coexisting medical conditions, including diabetes, will determine how quickly your blood sugar responds.
Blood sugar management requires getting your insulin cells to kick back in, putting less sugar into your body, and helping your body relearn how to manage sugar correctly. Which also often involves taking supplements—and giving them the chance to take full effect in your body. That takes time.
For instance, I have one patient who is quite thin, but it has taken us one year to get her HgbA1c from 9 to 6.9—and she still isn’t happy because it’s not normal.
So, as with weight loss, it’s key to recognize that blood sugar management is highly individualized. If your doctor says you’re on the right path but your results aren’t what you would like, don’t be discouraged. You’ll reach your goal eventually.
That said, if you still aren’t seeing results after a few months, then you need to fine tune your plan. And you can start by looking at a few specific factors.
Reevaluate your diet
Start keeping a food diary so you and your doctor can see exactly what you’re eating.
Too often, a food you may think is healthy has hidden sugar or simple carbohydrates. The marketing experts are good at disguising sugar, so read labels carefully—for instance, any ingredient ending in -ose or -ol is a sugar.
Check your portion size
Gluttony will get you nowhere, even if you are eating healthier foods. And remember, if you are following my New Hamptons Health Miracle eating plan, you won’t be hungry in the physiological sense. If you’re feeling hungry, it comes from “sense memory”—meaning you think or feel you “need” to eat as much as you used to…but you really don’t.
On the other hand, are you eating enough? Many dieters, especially women, eat so few calories that their metabolism stops working.
Basically, when you don’t eat enough, your body thinks it’s starving. So when calories come its way, it stores them rather than burns them for fuel.
To counteract this, eat good, healthy fats like macadamia nut oil, avocado, and eggs—including the yolk. A chicken breast and a cup of coffee per day will also help your metabolism work efficiently.
Try a detox or cleanse diet
Enter “detox” into the search bar above (in the upper right corner) to read about my favorite ways to cleanse your body and jump-start weight loss.
And soon, I’ll have a special treat for my avid fans. I am writing a new book that will include a brand new cleanse diet. And I will share it with you before anyone in the general public knows about it. Stay tuned for that information.
Change your supplement regimen
As I said above, while there’s no proverbial “magic bullet,” there’s no question that the right supplements can absolutely help you reach your health goals faster and more efficiently.
So with that in mind, here are a few of the recommendations I give my patients if they’re not getting the results they should be after a couple of months.
- Increase your dose of GlucoLogic, my blood-sugar support supplement. The daily dose listed on the bottle is always lower than what I would recommend if you were sitting in my office. I suggest doubling the dose if you are still having blood sugar concerns despite following all of the dietary advice I just mentioned. You can order GlucoLogic by clicking here.
- Add Glycynergy Advanced. This is my other blood-sugar support supplement, and it’s a great way to get rid of the stowaway sugar that could be standing in the way of the results you’re after. And it can help optimize your liver function and help it detoxify as it should. Glucynergy Advanced is the only nutritional supplement that supports metabolic health in this unique way. You can order it by clicking here.
- Start taking my new MetaMulti Advanced. I designed this ultravitamin specifically to meet the needs of the metabolically challenged. It contains some brand new, breakthrough ingredients—like purple tea, benfotiamine, and the best, most bioavailable form of curcumin on the market. All of which will help support your efforts to reach a healthier weight and optimize your blood sugar levels. You can order it by clicking here.
- Add macadamia nut oil to your diet. The original secret of my New Hamptons Health Miracle diet is macadamia nut oil. It has more monounsaturated fatty acids than olive oil—not to mention a higher smoke point, which allows you to use it for any type of cooking. And just 1 tablespoon per day can actually boosts your metabolism. You can order it by clicking here.
Also, keep an eye out for my new secret. I’ll give you a hint… in my new book, I will reveal the power of a specialized type of amino acids.
And I’m working on a new formula that will deliver an optimal dose of them—along with a critical protein boost—in the morning and another in the afternoon for a metabolism double whammy.
I’ll tell you about it as soon as it’s available—so stay tuned!
Evaluate your physical activity
If you are not already exercising, it’s time to start doing something—even just walking 15 minutes a day.
Yes, I know it’s cold outside, but there are shopping malls where you can walk inside. Heck, even going to Costco is a workout in itself.
The bottom line is to DO SOMETHING. The simpler the better in the beginning, until you get used to it. And then the more the merrier.
If you are already exercising, but not getting results, then it’s time to step it up. Increase the intensity or the frequency of your workout, or both. The body gets used to the same old routine, so changing up your exercise regimen can help rev up your metabolism.
If you like to jog, switch to a step machine or add in some interval sprints. If you’re a fan of yoga, try Pilates for a change. You get the idea—now do it!
Bottom line, if you want to get healthier, the only thing standing in your way is you.
Don’t get discouraged, stick to the program, and if you don’t see external results right away, stick with it! And rest assured your body is seeing internal results. Eventually the two will come together.