Transition off the diet:

  • Increase calories per day.
  • Increase protein choices.
  • Increase vegetable choices.
  • Add fruit.

Recommendations:

  • Use 2 Meal Replacements/day.
  • Drink a minimum of 2 quarts of water per day.
  • Start taking fish oil (500mg – 1000mg/day).
  • Start taking a multivitamin each day.
  • Continue using magnesium (as prescribed).

No Alcohol while you reintroduce foods. Your calories need to be spent on meeting your nutritional needs.

Calories:

  • You will increase your caloric intake by 100-200 calories. Increase to 1200 total calories per day if you were on 4 packets plus 1 meal on the Quick 20.

Protein:

  • You will need a minimum of 80 g of protein per day for women and 100 g per day for men.
  • Your protein choices will include meal replacement packets (0-2/day), poultry, fish, plain non-fat yogurt, non-fat cottage cheese, non-fat milk and eggs. Mix and match these items to get the amount of protein you need per day. Only consume ½ cup dairy the first 3 days.
  • Use a food scale or measuring cup to measure your lean protein choices.
  • See food list for Week 1 in the Planning Your Day worksheet.

Vegetables:

  • You will need 3-4 cups of vegetables a day.
  • You will choose from the list of vegetable choices on your food list for Week 1 in the Planning Your Day worksheet. Remember raw leafy vegetables do not count towards your 3-4 cups. However if you cook the leafy vegetables, like spinach, you do count it towards the 3-4 cups.

Fruit:

  • Add in up to 120 calories of fruit a day. This is typically 8oz of fruit.
  • You will choose from the list of fruit choices provided on your food list for Week 1 in the Planning Your Day worksheet.
  • Use a food scale to measure the fruit.