The Taylormade approach.
Let’s look at the Real Meal Revolution phases in a little bit more detail:
Observation will give you a clear understanding of your current dietary and health state of affairs, helping to identify the elements of your lifestyle that could be contributing to your weight and poor health. Though it will require some active work, you do not make any dietary changes during Observation.
Restoration is effectively a light introduction to Banting. You cut out all gluten, sugar and other refined carbs (even gluten-free grains). You also introduce food to heal your gut, what we call ‘Fertilisers’. Your carbs are not limited at this point, as the goal is to get you used to not eating junk, while you prepare your body and mind for the next phase while avoiding potential side effects.
Transformation is the liberating phase where you will likely lose the most weight and see the most dramatic improvement to your health. Here the same rules apply from Restoration, but now you drop your carbs down to between 25g and 50 total carbs a day, and you cut out half of the orange list. This is also known as the ‘Keto’ diet, or going ‘Keto’ because with carbs this low, you will fall into ketosis.
(Note that some people lose weight steadily enough during Restoration that they don’t ever need to enter Transformation.)
Preservation is not so much a phase as the rest of your life. Once the first three phases of Banting 2.0 have made a significant impact on your health, your weight and your life, all that is now required is for you to maintain your good eating habits. By the time you reach this phase you will have a clear understanding of your carbohydrate tolerance (insulin resistance) and your repaired gut biome will simply need regular fertilizing and watering.
(Note that some people may never reach the Preservation phase due to severe insulin resistance or other health problems; as a result, Transformation is effectively their preservation phase.)
A note on changing behaviour
Of the various adult learning methodologies available today, RMR agree with those experts who have found that the Jennings & Fuse 70:20:10 learning methodology gives the most effective, long-lasting results.
The justification for the Jennings & Fuse model is research that revealed that only one in twenty education programs include pre-learning and only one in ten include follow-up learning. Analysis of the adult learning programs that work the best showed that the most successful format was broken down into approximately 10 percent pre-learning (preparation and reading prior to the courses starting) and 20 percent actual learning (time spent on the course), with a full 70 percent dedicated to follow-up or ongoing monitoring and assessment.
(Coincidentally, this habit-forming or adult-learning ratio is identical to the ideal macronutrient ratio we aspire to during Transformation.)
Having dealt with thousands of Banters, these stats make perfect sense to RMR, with Observation equating to pre-learning, Restoration and Transformation to actual learning/doing, and Preservation to ongoing monitoring and assessment.
Until the next post I hope this gives you a clear view of the process. We will have a look at what RMR have found to help with your weight loss.