FAQs

About The Program

What is the main difference between this and other diet programs?

The Breakthrough Weight Loss System helps the body use unwanted fat quickly and efficiently. No other diet program can do this.

Is there any support/coaching available?

Yes! There is Accountability coaching included in every weight loss package.  Our personal accountability coaches have been on the program and kept their weight off.  They answer questions, keep track of your  progress and provide support. On Thursday nights, there is a 30-60 minute weekly call with Nan, the CEO, where people have an opportunity to ask questions, share what’s new and good in their lives and here helpful tips. We also have a private Facebook page for support, tips, and recipes.  Only Breakthrough clients are allowed on this page and only other members can see who is on the page. We have a terrific monthly newsletter and a yearly reunion Celebration.  All are welcome – call the office line for more details.

Why don’t people gain the weight back?

Quite simply, the body does not need unwanted or “adipose” fat to function properly. Once this fat is lost, the body has no need to replace it.

Why is Step 4 so important?

Once you are done with the low calorie portion of the program, it takes your body a minimum of 3 weeks to create a new “set point” to naturally help you maintain your new lower weight. During these 3 CRUCIAL weeks, you can NOT have spikes in the blood sugar levels; therefore NO CARBS (including alcohol) OR SUGAR during this time frame! This phase is IMPERATIVE to solidify your new lower weight.

How do I eat when I’m done with Step 4?

You’ll be surprised at how much less food you’ll need and desire when you have completed the program. You really need to listen to your body and STOP eating when you are satisfied (not stuffed). At this point, you do need to make better diet choices, such as eating 2 fruits a day, 1 serving of dairy (if that) per day, lots of green leafy vegetables, proteins, and good carbs (potatoes, root vegetables, whole grain products). Also, minimize your intake of processed, fast, and take-out foods.

Can I have regular food after my program?

Yes! You do not have to give up pizza, desserts, and other foods that you love. Obviously, you can’t eat this way all the time, but most people don’t anyhow. Follow the 90/10 rule: 90 % of your meals should be healthy and balanced, 10% should be “eat what you want.” So if there are 21 meals in a week, only 2 of them should be “eat what you want.”

If I want to stop after the 3 week minimum, when can I start another round?

We recommend at least 3 weeks, although 6 weeks is better. Taking a break from the program is great time to test yourself and see if you are still attracted to and use food in the same way you used to.

When is the best time to start my program?

Men can start the program at any time. The optimal time for women is the week after your period ends. (Note that this is the optimal time, not the only time).

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Restrictions

I’m a vegetarian, can I do this program?

Yes, we have a specific menu for vegetarians that can be e-mailed upon request.

Can I drink alcohol on the program?

No. Metabolically alcohol acts as a carbohydrate that adds only empty calories to your diet, and also makes it harder for the liver to detoxify and metabolize.

Why can’t I exercise as usual?

The loss of the stored unwanted fat is a slow process that happens mostly when you are at rest. Exercise requires the body to quickly call up energy for immediate use. Therefore, the fat you use for more strenuous exercise is coming from your normal fat reserves, and because your body wants your normal fat reserves at certain levels, it attempts to replace your reserves the next time you eat. As this diet is very low in fat, your body will continually try to fill the fat reserves and your weight loss will slow or stop because your body will not allow you to lose fat when it is trying to store fat. Also, the body releases potassium through sweat, and this program’s food list contains only a few foods that are high in potassium (tomatoes/salsa and cucumbers). Taking a potassium supplement will help replace normal potassium usage but may not replace the larger amounts of potassium used during strenuous exercise. However, you can do light exercise on a daily basis. Choose one of the following: 30-minute walk, light yoga, Zumba Gold (for seniors) or 10-15 minute workout with 5 lbs. weights. Sex is also an option, too.

Can I participate in the Breakthrough M2 Weight Loss system if I’m pregnant or nursing?

No, neither pregnant nor nursing women should ever follow a low calorie diet like this one.

Why can I eat unlimited salsa and not unlimited tomatoes?

The jalapeños, cumin, and chili powder in salsa help speed up the metabolism and neutralize the natural sugar in tomatoes.

Why can’t I get a massage?

The massage action interferes with the fat release process between layers of muscle and fat. However, if you want to continue to get massages, make sure you use oil-free massage products.
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Side Effects

Are there any side effects from the diet and supplements that are used?

Detoxification symptoms can occur within the first 24-48 hours of the low calorie diet, and constipation can possibly occur within the first two weeks. Both side effects are temporary. There are no stimulants or caffeine in the Breakthrough M2 supplements that can cause side effects.

What can I do about constipation?

Just because you haven’t “gone” in a few days doesn’t mean that you’re constipated. Let’s face it—if there’s not much going in, there won’t be much coming out. So unless you’re feeling bloated and uncomfortable, you’re probably not constipated. You can ward off constipation by drinking 2-3 glasses of room temperature water in the morning on an empty stomach. If you still get constipated, try the following:

  • Breakthrough M2 30 day Ultra Colon Cleanse & Detox- taken during the low calorie diet.
  • Drink up to 6 glasses per day of  water with psyllium powder. (This also helps you keep that full feeling.)
  • Take 250 mg of magnesium daily.
  • Drink a glass of herbal Smooth Move tea at night before bed.
  • Dissolve 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in 8 oz. of warm water.

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Special Medical Conditions

I have a thyroid condition, can I do this program?

YES! About 20% of our clients take Synthroid® or the generic version. Our thyroid clients have had great success, but they do lose weight a bit slower.

What if I’m a diabetic?

This is an amazing diet for diabetics! For most people, their blood sugar levels will stabilize within one week. All of our Type II diabetic clients who have followed the program properly from Phase 1 to 4 either eliminate their insulin dependency or dramatically lower their need for insulin medications.  Type I diabetics can also be very successful but they do lose slower.

What about my medications or hormonal replacement?

Neither the diet nor the Breakthrough M2 supplements interfere with the efficacy of your medications or directly change hormonal levels.
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Use of Other Supplements

Can I use my supplements/vitamins during the program?

For the first week, do not take any self-prescribed supplements, except for a colon cleanse, Whole food Multi vitamin, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. ALWAYS keep taking supplements prescribed by your doctor. This allows your body to get acclimated to the diet, reset itself, and then tell you what it needs. If, after the first week, you still experience ailments that your supplements helped alleviate, then start to take your supplements again. Oil-based supplements (Fish Oil, Vitamin D, E) are allowed.  We also provide B-12 and potassium a very important component to a low cal/ low fat diet.

What about the potassium and extra B-12?

You don’t need to start either of these until day three, the first low calorie day after your two high fat load-up days. It is water-soluble; therefore you cannot take too much. Potassium, on the other hand, is NOT water soluble—you can have too much or too little. Your body stores potassium and takes it as needed. If you have too much potassium, you might see hair loss or have heart palpitations. If you have too little, you will experience achy legs (not to be confused with leg cramps, which has been reported to be a very common side-effect from Lipitor®). The recommendation for potassium is 1 tablet every day with food.
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