Originally Posted by 262mom2three
I know for Phase 2 there is a reason for the 3 servings of each, as the body is now deprived...just wondering how long I can go on Ph 1.5 without completely depriving my body of the benefits of the good carbs.
Phase 2 recommends 1-3 grains/starches & 1-3 fruits per day. PH2 re-introduces these two food groups with the suggestion to begin with one of each to see how your body responds. Some people stick with just the one and others find 2 or 3 servings of each or both group still results in continual weight loss.
PH1.5 in an unofficial phase that many who are in the one grain/one fruit most days have coined. I am in that group and have been on PH1.5 since Nov2008. Most days I have one fruit and one grain and occasionally, I will have more. It is what works best with MY body. YMMV
Also, PH1 does not completely deprive your body of good carbs. Remember, you are getting good carbs in veggies, dairy and your beans/legumes. It's just that you get more carbs in PH2 with carb-dense grains/starches and the sugar in fruits.
I would suggest moving on to PH2 with just one serving of grains/starches and fruits for a week or two and then try adding an additional serving of each and see how your body responds. Personally, being able to have my steel-cut oats or slice of whole-grain bread made a HUGE difference in being able to stick with the diet. The fruit...well, I eat it because I should.