The 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet: FAQ

Get all your questions answered about the 21-Day Weight-Loss Breakthrough Diet here. Tune in Monday, January 2 for the complete plan!

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Embarking on the 21-Day Weight Loss Breakthrough Diet? Here are all your questions answered:

If I skip the healthy fats will I lose more weight?

The healthy fats included in this diet are all from the MUFA group. MUFA stands for monounsaturated fatty acid, which is a healthy type of fat your body uses both for energy and as a building block for many of the tissues in your body. They have also been shown to induce weight loss when paired with a healthy diet and lifestyle, so you don’t want to miss them! You can find MUFAs in nuts like walnuts, peanuts, or almonds; in pumpkin seeds; in avocados; and in olives and olive oil.

If I skip the snack will I lose more weight?

Although eliminating the snacks may seem like a good idea as it means fewer calories at the end of the day, don’t do it! The fact is having a healthy snack between meals will keep you satisfied for longer, and the sweetness from fruits and berries will satisfy your cravings for unhealthy sugary snacks. With snacks built into the diet, there is less temptation to "cheat," and this means you are motivated to remain on track and lose more weight!

Should I only buy organic?

We all know that all plants were created equal, but not all plants were grown equally. Buying organic produce means that you are reducing your exposure to harmful pesticides, and giving yourself a health boost while you lose weight! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) for the fourth year has warned that people who eat large amounts of kale, collard greens, and peppers should buy organic, as these vegetables were frequently found to be contaminated with insecticides toxic to the human nervous system. On the other hand, avocado, mango, cabbage, onion, and cauliflower all made the EWG's Clean Fifteen list, as they were least likely to hold pesticide residue even when grown non-organically.

How many nuts are in an ounce?

Nuts can be confusing when using them as a healthy snack. Typically the amount that would fit in a case of mints, or a comfortable handful is a good point of reference. Use this guide to nuts as a reference. This roughly amounts to:

  • 23 almonds
  • 4 walnut halves
  • 49 pistachios
  • 7 Brazil nuts
  • 18 cashews
  • 20 hazelnuts
  • 11 macadamia nuts
  • 28 peanuts
  • 19 pecan halves
  • 160 pine nuts

How should I measure progress? Is the scale the best way?

Although the scale is a good way to measure progress, it is not the only indicator that you’re losing weight. Monitoring your waist size and keeping an eye on how your clothes fit are also guides to check your progress. Some may see the scale move faster, while others notice that their clothes are fitting much looser, or they find themselves down a jean size. Lastly, others may notice that they have more energy, clearer skin, and less bloating. These are all clues that your body is doing better with cleaner, healthier eating.