Common Questions

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Regular whole milk may be used in your coffee between 12pm and 6pm on your milk days. Non-dairy creamers are not allowed because they are not zero calorie and they all contain sugars and/or corn syrup solids which do not comply with the chemistry of the program.

The body cannot tell the difference between thirst and hunger. If you experience hunger after 6 p.m. try drinking more water.

You may have sugar-free gelatin any time (as long as you make it yourself). Please note, however, that sugar-free Jell-O pudding is not allowed at any time. You may also make ice pops from Crystal Light and/or any flavored drink that’s allowed 24/7 and enjoy that in the evening.

You may have up to 6 pieces of sugar-free gum and/or sugar-free candy any time of any day. For candies, no more than 10 calories each per piece.

No. Special Day protocol is only for very special occasions such as your daughter’s wedding, grandmother’s 90th birthday, grandchild’s christening, etc. Special Day protocol is still time off the diet – it is a guided way to go off plan, but is not part of the program itself. Use of Special Day protocol will slow down the weight loss for the week.

The 1½ lbs vegetable allowance is raw weight. As a reminder, you are not required to eat the entire vegetable allowance – eat until you are satisfied.

No. However you may use vegetable stock or vegetable broth. Up to 8 oz may be used “free” (i.e., not counted as part of your 1½ lbs of vegetables). Over 8 oz, 2 oz of stock = 1 oz of vegetables. For your convenience, there is a vegetable stock recipe on the web site.

You may use vegetable bouillon to flavor soup or to sauté vegetables but you should not drink it. Bouillon cubes are problematic due to their high salt content. We prefer you use vegetable broth or vegetable stock.

No. It is not healthy to have 3 days of either protocol in a row, as it is breaking up the nutritional balance of the program. Get right back on track by continuing with your normal cycle of food as if nothing happened. When you are feeling stronger about the situation, look back and learn a lesson about why you cheated – this way, the cheat wasn’t wasted time.

Approximately 10% of our clients experience some light-headedness during the first ten days to two weeks of the program while the body is going through detoxification. The program is cleansing your body of refined sugars resulting in the normalization of blood sugar levels. This is very healthy, but if it happens quickly it may cause light-headedness. A spoonful of honey in a cup of hot tea and you’ll have relief in 5-7 minutes. If you have high or low blood pressure and are experiencing light headedness or dizziness, please speak to your consultant about the proper protocol to address your medical situation.

No. Most condiments contain vinegar, which will neutralize the chemistry of the program. All spices and seasonings are allowed.

Dijon mustard may be used in very small amounts as part of a recipe. For example, you may use a small amount of mustard as part of a salad dressing recipe to be used over many salads. A ¼teaspoon in a recipe used over many salads is the maximum.

Acupressure points go dull after 9 days. If you are unable to make it to one of our office locations but do not want a gap in your program, you may temporarily join the Long Distance Participation program. Contact the office with your current weight and either an email address or fax number. We will furnish you with a bead placement diagram and instructions for placement. You may move your current beads to the new location and secure with new bandaids. Please note, you will incur the normal office visit charge for this service.

Yes. On occasion, the bandaids used to secure the beads will fall off. You may replace these with any bandaid cut to size. It is rare to lose the beads themselves.

We prefer you do not have any type of juice on a fruit and vegetable day. It takes ½ lb - 1 lb of vegetables to make one 8-oz glass of V8 juice. As you are not having solid foods on milk days, we prefer your body has the opportunity to chew solid food on vegetable days. V-8 is allowed as an ingredient in making salad dressings as long as the dressing is spread out over several salads.

You may not use Greek yogurts such as Fage as they contain cream, not just whole milk. When in doubt, check the ingredient list--if you see the word “cream,” the answer is no. Please note, some whole milk yogurts such as Stoneyfield Farms market themselves as having "cream on the top." Again, check the ingredient list--often these do not have cream in them at all, it’s just a marketing tool.

With the exception of the first two weeks of the program when your body is going through detoxification, you may use the zero-calorie cooking sprays SPARINGLY. We prefer you avoid ICBINB spray as it contains soy, but it is allowed.

When you crave salt and salty foods, it’s typically a sign that your body is dehydrated. Drink more water to alleviate the dehydration. To satisfy the salt craving, have some salt -- lick your finger, dip in salt, lick the salty finger. Then drink some more water.

While we cannot always vouch for how you will feel during initial detox (first 10 days to 2 weeks), exercise is allowed. However, if your body is telling you to slow down during this time, you should listen to your body. The only prohibited exercise is body building (very high weights with low repetition). Body toning (lower weights with high numbers of repetition) is absolutely allowed. All other exercise is allowed. Please see our Exercise Protocol here.

No. With dehydrated fruit it is difficult to determine how much comprises a single serving (i.e., one cup of raw fruit). It is permitted if you are dehydrating the fruit yourself and, therefore, can control the serving size.

Yes. You may have up to 2 “On The Go” packages per day (any time of day). The calorie content in Crystal Light indicates traces of sugar, which is why we limit its use.

Cayenne capsules or Capsaicin capsules (which contain cayenne) will help warm you up from the inside out. Maximum is 100,000 H.U. (heat units) per day.

No. Cool Whip is not allowed as it contains corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup.

Pre-packaged hot chocolate is NOT allowed (unless you find a 0-calorie brand we are unaware of). You may make hot chocolate using Walden Farms or other 0-calorie sugar-free syrup. On a milk day between 12 pm and 6 pm you may use milk to make the hot chocolate. At other times you may make hot chocolate using the syrup with water.

You should use 0-calorie, sugar-free chocolate syrup rather than cocoa. You can use unsweetened baking cocoa but you are limited to 2 tablespoons per day MAX. If used outside of 12pm to 6 pm, 1 tablespoon replaces 1 piece of sugar-free gum/candy.

No, soy is NOT allowed. Instead of soy sauce, you may use BRAGG Liquid Amino, which can be found in most health food stores (Whole Foods carries it). Bragg Liquid Amino has no calories and tastes quite similar to soy sauce.

No. An acupressure point is almost the size of a dime and the beads are quite small. That's why were are able to offer the program long-distance--placing the bead precisely in the center is not required. The head is not exactly symmetrical and as we can feel the points, we put them in the "epicenter" of the point. This will often feel more skewed than when you look at them visually.

The body is searching for nutrition between 12pm and 6pm. The combination of the nutritional balance of the food protocol and the use of the acupressure allows us to trick the body to ignore the reduction of calories. Therefore, the body does not "need" to defend itself and does not go into starvation mode. You still require energy to function. The body turns to its own stored fat for that energy and you reap the amazing results. Please note, this is not a ketotic diet. If you eat outside of the designated hours, the body will begin to recognize the caloric intake rather than nutritional value and the body will begin to go into starvation mode as the caloric intake is so low. The body will instead begin to cannibalize itself using not only fat, but muscle, organ mass and negatively affect your metabolism.

Sweet-N-Low brown sugar is permitted but not unlimited. Once a week for a recipe is fine. Splenda brown sugar cannot be used because it contains actual brown sugar.

We list them in recipes as a fruit and they should be considered a fruit.

Following are the guidelines for maintenance during the holiday (note these are guidelines, rather than rules):

  • Hours are extended 12 noon – 8pm. If you are eating past 8pm, make sure that you finish eating at least 2 hours before you go to bed.
  • A total of two servings of fruit (i.e., two cups). We recommend you have a Granny Smith (green) apple around 12 noon as one of your fruits.
  • 1 ½ lbs of vegetables and up to a total of 5 – 7 ounces of protein preferably turkey, chicken or fish (please note that heavier proteins such as beef might give you an upset stomach).
  • Fill up first on the veggies and protein. After that, if you would like to taste other things do just that – taste and be sensible (i.e., not a whole plateful).
  • One glass of wine or clean alcohol (e.g., vodka tonic, scotch and diet soda, no juice).
  • You will find your sense of satisfaction comes quickly.Listen to your body and stop eating when you feel satisfied. Paying attention will stop you from overeating – your old habits are still there but not if you say NO.
  • After the holiday, your first two days are milk / yogurt days, then two fruit / veggie days, etc.

Our goal during the holiday is to maintain your weight; we are not concerned with weight loss during this time.

Happy Holiday!!!

Please contact your AccuWeight Consultant or to discuss strategies and protocols for extensive business travel.

Exercise is encouraged but not required. Exercise can help improve heart and lung health and it promotes muscle and bone health. Fat is the layer covering the muscle, so with fat loss and toning, you’ll look twice as good! Exercise will not accelerate your weight loss.

  • body toning
    (several sets of 10-15 repetitions)
  • aerobics
  • sports
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • spinning
  • power walking
  • jogging
  • running
  • yoga
  • hiking
  • pilates
  • dancing
  • body building
  • (using excessive weights where you are physically limited to 8 repetitions or less) 

    BEFORE exercise
    Dissolve 1 tsp of honey in 8 oz of hot tea or hot water. Drink this 20-30 mins in advance to put a floor under your blood sugar and leave enough time to urinate prior to exercise.
    DURING exercise
    Bring 1 liter of sports level electrolyte enhanced water. This is what you will sip during exercise to ensure proper hydration from the exertion and perspiration.
    AFTER exercise
    Within 1 hour of completing exercise, finish drinking the liter of electrolyte water you used during exercise.

    Helpful tips:
    • If you prefer cold drinks, for blood sugar make iced tea or lemonade! Boil 32 oz of water, dissolve in 4 tsps of honey. Steep any flavor tea bag or for lemonade add ReaLemon or True Lemon to taste. Place in refrigerator. Makes four 8 oz servings.
    • For hydration, make sure electrolyte water is not labeled “electrolytes added for taste.”
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    You should feel as good as ever while exercising on program. If you are not feeling right during exercise, please contact your consultant for further guidance.


    During the first 2 weeks of the program (initial detox), you may fatigue more quickly than usual. Listen to your body and end the exercise for that day. Continue your regular regimen on the following day and continue to pay attention to your body’s fatigue level. You will notice the fatigue disappearing as the pancreas and liver adjust to each other on the program.


    Protocol for Illness
    (to avoid build up of mucus)

    1. Until you are feeling better, every day is a fruit / vegetable / salad day:
      • 2 fruits
      • Up to 1 ½ lbs. of vegetables and salad
      • Add up to 5 – 7 oz. of fish or chicken each day
    • Note: it is ok to use chicken broth during this time (no noodles!)
    1. You should drink lots of fluids to keep properly hydrated. Unless instructed by your physician, continue to avoid juice.
    1. When you are feeling better, your first two days back on the program should be VEGGIE days. This will allow your body some additional time to heal without dairy potentially increasing the mucous in your system
    1. Then return to the normal cycle of 2 days milk and yogurt, 2 days fruits and vegetables, etc

    If you do not want to take a break from the program, please speak to your consultant about trying one of the non-dairy alternative milk protocols.

    Please note, when ill or on antibiotics the body will have a tendency to retain water. This is temporary and will pass. The protocol for illness will temporarily slow the weight loss, but if you follow the guidelines you will not gain.

    Feel Better Soon!


    Lactose Intolerance is a deficiency of the lactase enzyme needed to digest lactose (milk sugar).
    Those with Lactose Intolerance may be able to digest small amounts of dairy products without assistance, but the symptoms will begin to reveal themselves with higher levels of dairy, such as the levels required while on the Accu Weight‐Loss Program.

    To ensure proper nutrition while on the program, it is CRITICAL to address Lactose Intolerance if you are experiencing symptoms. Please note, symptoms will typically appear on milk days, but may occur on your vegetable days as well. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • “Brain Fog”
  • Bad taste in your mouth especially on milk days
  • Thick white or black coating on your tongue
  • Your options for addressing Lactose Intolerance are as follows:

    1. Use lactase enzyme supplements on milk days. The most widely available brand is Lactaid ( Lactase enzymes are sold over the counter and are typically located near the antacids. Follow the instructions on the packaging. Should some symptoms continue to appear, you should consider increasing the dosage (for most brands, the standard dosage is to assist digestion of approximately 8 oz of dairy).

    2. Switch to lactose free milk. The most widely available brand is Lactaid ( Note WHOLE milk is in the RED container.

    3. You may use a combination of the above, i.e., use lactose free milk at home and use lactase enzyme supplements with yogurt and/or when you use regular milk outside of the home.

    4. Use an alternative milk protocol (ask your consultant for more information)

    Please notify your consultant if you continue to experience symptoms of Lactose Intolerance so we may assist in addressing the situation.


  • Protocol for Medication

    Many medications cause water retention. This will slow the scale, but not the fat loss. It may take 7 - 10 days after you finish the course of your medication for the water retention to pass. Focus on the change in your body and the inches lost and you will continue to see your success.

    If you are on medication which requires you take it with food outside of the normal program eating hours of 12pm - 6pm, do the following:

    milk day
    • does your medication specifically indicate no dairy?
      • if no, have 2 - 3 oz of milk or 1 TBSP of yogurt with your medication
      • if yes, have ½ hard-boiled egg with your medication

    vegetable day
    • does your medication specifically indicate no potassium?
      • if no, have ½ banana with your medication
      • if yes, have ½ apple with your medication
    As long as you do not eat more than the recommended amounts, your body will only recognize the food you've eaten as a buffer and it will not compromise the program or slow your weight loss. Eating excess amounts will confuse the chemistry of the program and will slow your weight loss.

    Feel Better Soon!


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