The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

Weight Loss

Elaine writes:
I am constantly writing answers about weight and I wish some of the information would get to more than the person who is asking it. If you have been on the diet for 3 or more weeks and you are still losing weight, you have a choice: if you are healing (D is gone and there are other improvements), and you are still losing weight, you can give up on SCD and trade the weight for a return of the symptoms. Some people lose weight at the beginning.

However, if you are using lots of olive oil and butter and making many of the recipes and your appetite is good and you are getting better, the weight loss should stop at about the third week. If it does not and it upsets you, you will just have to go back to your other way of eating. Not all people have this problem; many start gaining about the 3-4th week even if it is just a bit. The reason you lose at the beginning is that your whole digestive system is changing from a bacterial digestive system to a human digestive system.

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