Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need a book to benefit from membership. The book has all the recipes and principles behind the diet which you will need to read.  When we tested the diet, people said the one area they found hard was getting organised. So that's where membership can really help. The meal plan and shopping list functionality you get as a member make your weekly planning so much faster and easier, helping you stay on track. And once the food is in your fridge and pantry, you can use the book to follow the recipes (which are all pretty quick and easy to make).

As the tagline says, what starts as a diet becomes a way of life, so yes you can definitely go on TGD after you've lost all the weight you need to lose or you just want to eat healthily. Just eat a bit more of it and/or add to it with some carbs at night perhaps. 

How much weight you lose really depends on how much you've got to lose. If you have more than 20 kg, it's quite easy to lose around 3 - 5 kg in the first week. After that, between 1 - 2 kg each week for the next 4 - 6 weeks is a good result.  Once you have lost around 10 kg you can expect to lose 500g each week, which is a healthy, manageable way to lose weight and keep it off. Don't forget, everyone who's been on the diet really enjoys the food so you won't feel deprived; quite the opposite, most people can't believe how much happier they are eating a healthy diet compared to how they felt before they started the diet.  

Yes, that's the beauty of the diet. The whole family will love it, all you need to do is serve them slightly larger helpings and at dinner add some carbohydrate to the meal. For instance, in winter when you cook a whole chicken, the rest of the family can have extra chicken, gravy and roast potatoes and you can have the measured amount of chicken and gravy with no potatoes. 

The only time you might feel a little hungry on TGGD is later in the afternoon when many people's blood sugar levels drop. That 's why  I encourage you to save the second half of your daily smoothie to drink then. For the rest of the day and night you should be fine because, compared to many other diets you get to eat quite a lot. That's because vegetables are low in energy ( kJ's) and very nutrient dense. 

While you won't feel hungry, neither will you feel full and bloated. Many people habitually eat so much they feel full and uncomfortable. That's not healthy. On TGGD you'll learnhow much more comfortable you are when you don't do that. 

No, the diet is not expensive. Because you are eating seasonally you are buying fresh produce when there's lots of it and therefore cheaper, and because the meals are portion controlled you spend money buying too much food. Finally, in the words of someone who trialled the diet you'll be saving money because, "you're not spending money on all the crap"!  

Yes, of course. Just because you're on a diet doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself with friends. If you stick to the smoothie, breakfast, lunch and dinner meals you will find your energy intake will be well within the 6,500 kJ weight loss threshold. It allows you to enjoy coffee and the occasional glass of wine. When you're invited to dine out try to order within the parameters of the diet - that is, avoid carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and bread, and make sure that you get plenty of vegetables to accompany your meal. And finally, if you do throw caution to the wind and eat much more than you know you should, you can always compensate later with a fast day. Recipes for these are provided in the book.

Definitely not. I have made sure that all the recipes are super simple and most can be turned around within 30 minutes. If you've never cooked before, this is the diet that will teach you some basic cooking skills and healthy eating habits that will stay with you forever. 

You are most likely to be getting more nutrients than your body has had for years. A couple of my clients who tested the diet were not big fish eaters so I recommended for them taking fish oils to boost their Omega 3 intake. If you eat everything and try a variety of the meals you won't need to take supplements. 

Sure, there's lots of recipes you can choose from in the book. If you have a gluten intolerance, just swap the gluten products with a gluten free alternative and stick to similar quantities. Likewise with dairy, you can substitute the milk, yoghurt and cheese for a soy alternative. The diet is quite difficult for vegans however since main meals do rely quite heavily on meat, fish and poultry. Still, we did have one vegan on the trial and she did quite well.  

What a horrible term that is: forbidden! Just the idea of being forbidden to eat something makes me want to rebel. How about you think about what you are allowed to eat and focus on all the yummy meals in the book instead. Think of it as your choice.

There's a 6,500 kJ threshold; provided you stay within it, and you eat three meals from the book plus have your green smoothies, you can eat whatever you like. It's not a lot to play with but it is something.

Yes, of course. If you follow the recipes from the book you'll still lose weight but the tribe membership may make it a bit easier. We've built it all from the feedback we got from everyone who trialled the diet. Many of them wanted help getting organised by creating meal plans and shopping lists, and the people who lost the most weight were the most organised. Other people also benefited from the group support they got through the closed, membership-only, Facebook site, which is why we've included it in your membership. You don't have to join the tribe but it will help you - even if it's just to get started. 

No. My response to this question, especially to those who are very out of condition and who have a lot of weight to lose, is this ...

If you had an old car that had been left outside for years without any kind of servicing to either the body or the engine, you wouldn't take it for a burn up the highway. If you did it would probably breakdown. In the same way, if you have a lot of weight to lose, and exercise like a lunatic at the start, you could easily injure yourself or become discouraged and give up. Consider the first 4 to 8 weeks of the diet as your body service.  Once you've shed some excess weight then start to move your body beyond your normal day-to-day activities.  I'd suggest you try an activity you enjoy, otherwise you probably won't stick at it.  There's no point spending a fortune on a gym membership if you hate gyms. Even if it's just walking for 10 - 15 minutes a day, you can build that up over time. What's most important is to get your diet right.

As you continue you'll start to feel better, and as you start to feel better you'll want to (and you'll be able to) move more. Just take your time. Remember, what starts as a diet becomes a way of life. There's plenty of time to exercise. Let's get the internals working better first.    

That's a great question and you will need some basic kitchen appliances to get started.

To start, you'll need a good quality high speed blender. My preference is a Vitamix which, in my opinion, is the best around. It is a significant investment but come with a 7 year warrantly. You'll have it forever. Mine stays on the benchtop and is used at least twice a day. 

During winter I use a pressure cooker a lot to make stock as it saves time, money and loads of excess salt ( which you get from most bought packaged stocks). You don't have to have one of these but it will make life easier. 

My grillpan gets a flogging. It's made of cast iron and is super-heavy so I convince myself that I'm weight training while I cook. I'm multi-tasking!

A salad spinner in summer makes light work of washing and drying green leaves, and the best salad spinner I ever had was also the cheapest so don't worry about getting the top of the range. 

Other than that you'll a good quality chopping knife and a cheap plastic handled serrated knife should handle your cutting action, a couple of chopping boards, ( I have an extra small board to handle all the smelly stuff like onions and garlic).

As for pans a good starter kit would include a steamer with saucepan and lid, stock pot ( that's a large saucepan) a small milk pan and 2 fry pans, one small and the other large.

Throw in a couple of wooden spoons, tongs and serving spoons and you'll soon be cooking up a storm.  

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