The Two-Week Test

If you have some or all the signs and symptoms of carbohydrate intolerance, the next step is to evaluate how your body functions without high amounts of carbohydrates. The Two Week Test begins with a period of time in which your insulin levels are moderated because your carbohydrate intake is decreased. Based on your signs and symptoms, this can help determine if you are carbohydrate intolerant, and if so, how to remedy it. I must emphasize that this is only a test, and it will only last two weeks — you will not be eating like this forever. And most importantly, this is not a diet. You should not be hungry as you can eat as much of the non-carbohydrate foods as you want, and as often as you need.

I developed the Two-Week Test almost 25 years ago. Thousands of people have used it to get healthy, lose body fat and significantly improve human performance. Others have found it the best way to jumpstart their metabolism because it quickly shifts the body into a high fat-burning state. Still others have reduced or eliminated medications they once required. For many, it has turned their lives around. Of all the tools I’ve used through my career, the Two Week Test continues to surprise me — at how a person can go from one extreme of poor health to great health in such a short time. It’s simply a matter of removing a major stress in a person’s life and allowing the body to heal and function at a very healthy level.

It is not the purpose of the test to restrict calories or fat. It merely restricts moderate- and high-glycemic carbohydrates. Nor is its purpose to avoid all carbohydrates, or go into ketosis like other diet regimes. And, there’s no need to weigh food or count grams or calories. Just eat what you’re allowed, and avoid what should be avoided for two weeks

Let’s discuss all the aspects of the Two Week Test, and at the end of the chapter I’ll summarize them so you have a concise list to follow.

Before you start the test, ask yourself about the signs and symptoms of carbohydrate intolerance described in the previous chapter. Write down the problems that you have from this list, along with any and all other complaints you have. This may take you a few days as many people are so used to certain problems they can’t recall them all at once. This is very important because after the test, you will review these complaints to see which ones have improved.

Next, weigh yourself before starting the test. This is the only instance I recommend using the scale. During the test you may lose some excess water your body is holding, but you’ll also go into a high fat-burning state and lose body fat. I’ve seen some people lose only a few pounds during the test, and some 20 or more pounds. This is not a weight-loss regime, and the main purpose of weighing yourself is to have another sign of how your body is working, especially after the test

Before you start the test, make sure you have enough of the foods you’ll be eating during the test — these are listed later in the chapter. Go shopping and stock up on these items. This requires a little planning, so make a list of the foods you want to eat and the meals and snacks you want to make available. In addition, go through your cabinets and refrigerator and get rid of any sweets in your house, or you’ll be tempted. Remember, many people are addicted to sugar and other carbohydrates, and for the first few days you may crave these foods.

Planning is very important. Make sure you do not go hungry during the test! Schedule the test during a two-week period that you are relatively unlikely to have distractions — the holidays or times when social engagements are planned can make it too easy to stray from the plan. There are many foods to select from so you don’t ever need to go hungry. Eat as much of the allowable foods as you want — there are many of them. Don’t worry about cholesterol, fat or calories, or the amount of food you’re eating. This is only a test, not the way you’ll be eating all the time.

Plan to eat as much as you need to never be hungry. This means planning your meals and having snacks available. Most importantly, eat breakfast within an hour of waking.

Following the diet for less than two weeks probably will not give you a valid result. So, if after five days, for example, you eat a bowl of pasta or a box of cookies, you will need to start the test over.

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