This is the first half of notes from the latest Q and A. People had asked us for an easier way to digest the calls, so we are experimenting with this. We are also publishing this for the whole PEERtrainer community to see. We have a lot of people who are successful right away- and some for whom it takes some more effort. We are making a big effort to paint as realistic picture as possible, to show you the full range of results. The rest of the notes will be published tommorrow on this same post.
Question 1: A question from someone looking for help with hunger and belly fat:
JJ: If people are looking for something to help with their hunger and help with belly fat, the first thing, obviously, is do the Metabolic Booster Packs that we use with Appestacin, Satiecin, and Relora Plus. You know the results we've been getting with that.
Jackie: Oh, and people love it.
JJ: Love it. So I have that. I travel with it. And Relora Plus, if you're a stress bomb, oh my gosh, does that save me.
Jackie: Yeah, I use Relora Plus. It's a noticeable difference when I run out, and I have it right after... [laughs]
JJ: In fact, the whole family says things about it.
So that's the thing I would tell you is that's my starting point is that.
Question 2: Can you comment on staying motivated if the scale is not going down
JJ: I would love to know how long is the scale not going down for, obviously, because that's important. It brings up a bigger story and first off, again--motivation, inspiration, support and accountability are key for long-term success. Not only in weight loss, better health strategies and long-term weight management and long-term better health.
It's key to surround yourself with like-minded people. We know that people who are around, that like tends to draw like. If you're around people who have not such great health habits and are overweight, you'll tend to be so too.
You know I've always loved this community, it is so great. I really surrounded myself. In fact, my coach has called it your growth friends. I think whether it's growing to be healthier or to be more spiritual, whatever it is, you surround yourself with people with like goals. That's going to really support you, and then you get really clear on why you're doing this.
There are going to be some weeks where nothing happens, or maybe things get a little worse.
Then the next part is to realize that we're working in layers of weight loss resistance. The peer training fresh start plan is going to really versus the anti-inflammatory diet. Creating infinite Cortisol problems and inflammation that will make you hold to weight, gain weight, and crave the very foods that are hurting you.
Once you start to get through that you find the diet that really works for you and supports your health long term and you get going with your exercise, if things are clicking the way they should be you've got to start looking at other things that impact your weight.
We know genetics are a big impact here, but remember, genetics loads the gun and lifestyle pulls the trigger. So a lot of what we are doing in the peer trainer fresh start cleanse with exercise make those shifts.
The other things we have to look at in terms of weight loss resistance, and I know you really need to have programs in all these, are stress. Stress is so huge. That's why, I mean, I love the Relora Plus and, again, we will look at doing some things specific with stress. Stress, sleep, toxicity and beyond just "Hey, let's do a detox program" but like people who really have some serious chemical toxicity, they're very reactive people.
Hormone imbalance, either low testosterone for men or an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone for women and low testosterone for women, thyroid fatigue, low thyroid function, insulin resistance, gut problems like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or candida, these things can have major impact on your body's ability to lose weight.
So if you're finding that, "Gosh, I'm doing the food correctly, I am exercising" look at your stress, look at your sleep, and then you're going to have to go through these areas of weight loss resistance because your body is going, "Hey!"
Remember, it's not a bank account. It's a chemistry lab. You've got to have your biochemistry chugging along in order to be able to lose weight. Weight is just a symptom of other stuff not working here, you know, if you're not losing it.
Jackie: Yeah. I know it can be frustrating in the trajectory of losing weight. There are definitely weeks that I have gone...When I was losing weight after my pregnancy there was a week that I would go up a pound and I would say, "I can't believe it." It could have been that I had sushi the night before and was really retaining...
Question 3: "How do I lose weight specifically in the upper arms and thighs?"
JJ: You can't lose weight specifically anywhere. All you can do is tighten those areas up. I mean, let's create our own version of Spanx, which is muscle. But muscle is even better than Spanx because muscle holds everything together tight and boosts your metabolism and improves insulin sensitivity while it does it. So it helps you burn more fat, it elevates your metabolism, and holds everything tighter.
You burn fat systemically, and again, by having the thyroid function, by having balanced hormones, by having lower insulin, fasting, by eating right, by exercising, you burn fat systemically, but you can make everything look better with muscle. Does that answer the question?
Jackie: I love it. Make your own Spanx. Make your own Spanx. That's fantastic. It's true.
Jackie: OK. The next one, which I saw prior to this, "Very concerned. Logged into my food diary and it calculated my calories for yesterday. My first day of the cleanse. I'm at 887 calories for the day and I've run 346 with my workout. I cannot go through 14 days with less than 1,000 calories a day. Will this kill my metabolism? Also, be difficult to maintain my active lifestyle. I need advice."
JJ: Yeah. I'm trying to figure out why someone on the program is eating that few calories?
Jackie: That's what I said. The first thing I said when I saw it is I said, "This is not from the plate at all?"
JJ: Yeah, you're not eating by the plate!
Jackie: ...At all.
JJ: That's not what we have people do. We have people eat...I mean, just the shakes alone, my goodness. The shakes are 300-400 calories.
Jackie: I know. I was just about to say, "That would total...mine are 400 each."
JJ: Yeah. Mine are, too.
Jackie: So that would total 800 right there.
JJ: If you're doing this the right way - and you can always add a snack in, too - you're going to be in the 1200-1500 calorie range. We really don't focus on our calories. We focus on where those calories come from and ensuring that you're getting optimal nutrition there.
They shift up or down based on your personal needs. But something is wrong because that's not the program. So I don't know what's going on there.
Jackie: Maybe, just to also reiterate. There are those handouts, especially from the "Getting Started." It really gives you your shopping list. It gives you the plate.
It might be a good idea to maybe review what the best shake recipe that we give is and all of those things-- because you might start to see, "Oh, wow! I didn't realize I was supposed to do," I don't know, maybe, "The good fat," or whatever it is.
But it's just always a good idea to review that. So that you know that you are getting the plate and you're getting all the right mix of the nutrients.
Ellen: How long could you keep up the cleanse, only for two weeks or forever?
JJ: To be honest with you, you can eat. Sometimes I'll do two shakes a day. It depends on what's going on. A lot of times when I travel I do it, because I'll get into a hotel and it's like, "I don't want to have a whole meal." I might go get some vegetables and then have a shake.
I eat this way all the time. I don't eat dairy, gluten. I eat eggs now, occasionally, if they're OK for my stomach. I don't eat them every day. I don't do soy. I rarely do corn or peanuts. I try to really watch sugar. I don't eat desserts. I don't do artificial sweeteners. I do a shake every day and sometimes two.
It's something you can do for life. It's not hurting you. It's just going to help you.
Ellen: OK. I have a question that's related to something you said. I don't think of myself as somebody who eats a lot of sugar. I have, except for this morning, cut sugar out of my diet even with coffee. I've got a book that you recommended. What is it, "The 100 Greatest Foods in the World," I forget.
Jackie: Oh, Jonny Bowden's book?
JJ: Jonny Bowden.
Ellen: Right. He says that raw honey is a good food.
JJ: So, here's the deal with raw honey. You've got to realize, Jonny and I are really in sync, but you can put 10 of us nutritionists in a room and we will still get in a fight. I've yet to meet anybody out there who I agree 100 percent with.
Ellen: OK. I hear you.
JJ: We're never going to get 100 percent. Here's my feeling, "Honey is sugar and sugar is problematic." So there are issues with it. However, honey has some amazing qualities, if you're buying raw local honey it can be a homeopathic for you for allergies.
And in that sense, a little bit of it - a teaspoon, a half-a-teaspoon - can be therapeutic.
Elizabeth: Hi. I just want to say this is my second time doing it. I did it in May. When I did it in May, I got really constipated. I had a lot of problems with it. I lost a little weight, but mostly I really had a problem.
I did keep taking all the digestive things and that was even through a trip to Europe, which was pretty hard to do, the no gluten/no dairy thing. But I kept taking all the digestive stuff. Now, this time I've done it, and it's just been great. I haven't had any problems. And I'm at the lowest weight I've been in years, without drugs, which is great.
Jackie: Congratulations. Congratulations, that's great.
Elizabeth: Yeah, I feel great. And this is post-menopausal. So I feel great about that. But what I wanted to ask you, JJ, a couple things. Do you think that I, continuing since May to take all the digestive stuff, do you think that that probably is what's helping me get through this one better? Like maybe a lot of my digestive issues were addressed through taking those things?
JJ: Yeah. My sense is when you first started just with what you were describing as issues, is that you had gut dysbiosis that had to get handled.
JJ: I immediately went, "Huh. She must have had some gut dysbiosis, and that's your...you've got to heal your gut. So that's where things like the pump clear, enzymes, even extra Floramend prime, extra probiotics, maybe throwing in some extra glutamine in the shake and really focusing on that. Because the fact that your constipation cleared up, all that stuff, yay, and you're finally able to lose weight.
Because remember, if you have something like small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, you don't lose weight because you actually extract more calories from the food you eat and store it as fat. So if your digestion's off, everything's off.
Elizabeth: Now how much of the glutamine do you put in the shake? I haven't tried that yet.
JJ: A teaspoon. It ends up being about three grams.
Elizabeth: OK. And then I just wanted to say, I don't know if I heard it in this program or your other program, but every afternoon I do an Emergen-C with some magnesium in it, with some powdered magnesium in it. Is that OK?
JJ: Yeah. I use the Emergen-C lite, not the regular one. If you're just using one, it's fine, but I use the lite one.
JJ: And I'm a big fan of magnesium. I think it's one of those common things we are deficient in.
Elizabeth: Right, right.
JJ: So big fan of magnesium.
Elizabeth: Right. And one more thing. I cannot believe I can go six, seven hours without eating, with these shakes.
Elizabeth: I'm telling you, I do it at like six in the morning, I don't eat lunch until 1pm. I have another shake at 1pm. I'm blown away. So yay girls, thank you.
JJ: You are so welcome. But that also shows you, it's kind of a test. If someone eats and is starving right away, one of two things. They either did not eat correctly, they did not hit a hormonal winner, or they're a sugar burner, and they haven't trained their body how to use fat. And either one's a problem.
Elizabeth: Yeah. Well, the other thing too is I really see how much I use food, like when I'm bored, or when I'm...I'm not hungry. And I see how, in like four or five hours, I'm like, if I'm bored or trying to ground myself or something like that, it's just amazing how I'm starting to see, I'm not hungry. So I get a lot more done if I'm not trying to use food to fill in.
JJ: Well, when you stop eating the foods that are really addictive that cause cravings that we eat not because we're hungry but because "ooh." You stop looking at food that way.