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3/10/13 7:39 P

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I was at the book store today and came across that book. I'm wondering what others thought of it. When I was looking at the food plan portion, there were things I wouldn't eat. What would you do then? Do you have to follow each meal exactly??

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3/7/13 6:14 P

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how was it?

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3/7/13 6:09 P

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I've never heard of the petite advantage diet, but the name inspires interest. Please share your experience, if you've tried it.

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2/22/13 9:46 P

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I have never heard of this diet. But I am following the 17 day diet Just started today. and doing intermittent fasting 1 or 2 days a week also.

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2/8/13 1:16 P

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I read the book and have made some changes over the last week. I've lost 2 lbs, which is great for me! I'm 5'2" and currently 126 lbs. I'm hoping to get below 120.
I've also been following a 1100, 1100, 1600 calorie cycling pattern, boosting my lean proteins and cleaning up my food choices. I'm not following the recipes in the book, but on my 1100 days, I eat 400 cal for breakfast, 300 for lunch, and 400 for dinner. On the 1600 cal days, I eat 500 cal for breakfast, 400 for lunch, 500 for dinner, and 200 for snack.
I exercise on a regular basis and love to run, but have upped my strength training and am seeing a big difference. I'm also drinking more water, which has shown improvement in my hair and skin, too.
I just tried the Gravity Straps for the first time today. They are tough! It was hard to follow the exercises in the book, but the little booklet and DVD from Bob Harper that came with the straps was VERY helpful. I like that you can make the exercises easier or harder, depending on your stage of progress.

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1/7/13 9:32 A

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Is anyone still following the diet? I am interested in learning about your experiences. It looks interesting but I want to know if it's something anyone is able to follow long term.

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12/30/12 1:35 P

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I'm starting the diet on Jan. 1. I bought the straps to do the exercise but I've pulled a muscle in my back so that will have to wait until my back heals. I'll post when I begin the diet.

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11/16/12 8:51 P

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I have read his book and started the diet and I have no idea how people feel full on it as I am starving, starving. I like some of his ideas in his book but I question that he doesn't have any maintenance plans, it's all about just losing. But anyways, it is my hunger on this diet and I am not sure why when everyone else seems really full. Anyone else have this problem?

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10/17/12 7:48 A

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I'm not doing his exercise plan, but I'm trying to follow his eating plan. I did four days of his plan and instead of continuing with the 21-day plan, I'm repeating week 1 just because I have leftovers.I haven't followed the plan exactly, but I'm eating lots of fish and seafood, chicken, reduced fat cheese, beans, etc. In 10 days, I've lost 7 lbs. I was stuck all summer long trying to eat healthy and not losing a pound. I'm eating about the same calories as I was all summer, but for some reason, these foods are working.

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10/15/12 12:19 P

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Trying the sweet potato recipe tonight!
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10/15/12 12:18 P

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I was down 7 pounds the first week too but gained 2 back due to my weekend eating. My belly is much flatter than a week ago. I like this diet because it helps to control the bloat and I feel so much lighter on my feet now. I plan to make the sweet potato recipe tonight.



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10/14/12 2:02 P

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Hi Im on day 7 of the petite advantage and love it. so glad I found a forum. I am down 7 lbs in the first week. Obviously alot of water weight but glad to see the scale move. Love the 30 minute workouts using the TRX or gravity straps (same concept). My abs are flatter for sure! I find the eating to be really good and havent really disliked anything. Im not a big fan of any sterak other than filet so the flank steak wasnt super good to me but wasnt horrible either.

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10/10/12 1:34 A

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the team. I'm 5'3" and started reading the Petite Advantage book. As I began reading I was very skeptical but then remembered a time when I lost alot of weight and remembered that the majority of my time at the gym was weight training. I think this book has alot of good advice. I'm still reading, but it's nice to know I can come and chat with you ladies about the book and what works for all you petites!



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9/22/12 11:48 A

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I don't think the point of the theory is to NOT do cardio. What he means, is that you shouldn't kill yourself with cardio and ONLY cardio thinking it is the key to weight loss - strength training is even more important! Of course cardio is healthy for a ton of reasons and can help you lose weight, he just suggests focusing on strength instead. Like, slamming yourself on the elliptical for an hour a day is not the right answer - strength training mixed with some cardio is the way to go.

(anyway I basically stopped following the plan because I didn't really like it... but I think there are a lot of good concepts behind it... I just need to come up with my own, better meals, haha)

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9/22/12 9:30 A

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Thanks for the explanation, RTCT. Interesting. That has not been my experience for myself over the years. Exercise is absolutely crucial for me to lose and maintain. And my daily walks are also great for my mental and physical health. :-)

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9/22/12 8:56 A

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You're not supposed to do cardio, because apparently it can cause you to gain weight, instead of building lean muscle (which causes your metabolism to increase). I'm not sure I agree with this theory (or want to), because I love walking.


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9/21/12 8:38 P

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So, wait... Why aren't petites supposed to do cardio?

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9/21/12 10:07 A

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So I started the Diet about 2 weeks ago and have lost 4 lbs which is great because I usually only lose 0.5-1lb a week. I haven't done any exercise in the last 2 weeks due to a foot injury, so I can imagine that I may lose more if I did. I have not used the meal plan exactly, but have modified it using it's principles. I mainly stick to the percent protein/fat/carbs breakdown he notes in the book and have been doing the calorie cycling. Being able to eat 1600 calories on every third day really makes sticking to the diet much easier. On some of the 1100 cal days, I've been so full from the suggested foods that I haven't been able to finish it all. One of the most important things I did was buy a inexpensive food scale- It really is an eye opener to portion size.

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8/30/12 1:53 P

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Yes, I'm following the Petite Advantage Diet plan. I just started it one week ago, and I really like the meal plan part a lot (except for the fact that most of the lunches need to be cooked-sort of impratical for those of us with busy lives!). I was never a big breakfast eater, so eating a huge breakfast definitely took getting used to, and eating a small dinner really was strange for me at first. However, I am staying full all day, and I've lost my after dinner and evening snack cravings, which I'm thrilled about.
One of my favorite lunches is the Mexican sweet potato...I just microwave a sweet potato for about six minutes, then stuff it with 1/2 cup black beans, some chopped onion, salsa, and about 2-3 Tlb. of fat free plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream). Oh, I also add some chopped up cilantro. This is one of the lunches that could easily be prepared ahead of time, ie. the night before & then just reheat in the microwave the next day.
I have not started the exercise routine that is recommended in the book though...I currently am having neck and lower back issues, so for now, weight training is out for me. I do like the idea of the resistance exercises though, just don't have the right equipment yet. So, for now, I am walking on the treadmill (and outdoors). I know, I know...Mr. Karas says that us petites shouldn't be doing cardio., but I do love walking, so for now, that's what I'm doing.
So, I'd love to hear from anyone else who's on this plan! And, I'd also like to hear how those of you who find the (cooking) lunches impractical, what you are substituting.
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While looking for some information about this diet, I found the Arthritis Diet, by the way, I believe there is a diet for EVERYTHNG and ANYTHING in this world. the only problem is that you have to stick with it.

Anyway, I have OA (Osteoarthritis) and a result of that I have to slow down in certain exercises, some of them I love some of them I don't hate them but I don't like them either (squats or lungings).

Few of the food that I most avoid or at least consume less of them are:

eggplants (good inprotein), tomatoes (my weakness - LOVE THEM!!!), potatoes (not sweet potato), sweet and hot peppers (caspicum foods), dairy fat or dairy products, bake goods.

Those high protein diets like Atkins, The Zone and the South Beach I've tried the three of them, ouch, supposedly not good for people with OA.

Sodas any type or any kind including diet sodas.

Recommendations:

Fruits high in vitamin C (beside oranges, kiwi, peaches, mango, apple, papaya, cantaloupe, strawberries)

Veggies high in Vitamin A (collards, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach)

Fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, trout, herrings) - sources of Omega 3.

Unsalted nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pumkin seeds)

Grains (lentils, chickpeas, brown rice, whole wheat bread)

And for anti-flamatory ( turmeric, ginger, garlic)

And this information is ONLY to help to reduce inflamation and pain.

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As for me I will give a try for three weeks which is the "recommended" trial diet to see any improvements, I'll keep you post it.

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8/21/12 6:38 P

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I just finished reading the book Petite Advantage Diet. What I got out of it is the advantage of strength training, but I won't give up walking a mile a day with Leslie Sansone. As healthy eating, I will stick close to the Joel Fuhrman GOMBS diet.

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8/21/12 3:42 P

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Ok... so after a couple of days of trying to follow his plan, not sure how closely I'll be sticking with it, but I do think it's taught me some good things.

Cons:
-I wanted to give eggs a go and they just really don't sit well with my stomach (though actually I liked having a hard boiled as a snack, it was breakfast scrambles that made me feel icky) and they are such a big part of his plan. As I mentioned earlier, I also don't eat red meat so I was already having to make adjustments there
-Wastefulness - I had already made some adjustments to waste less, but yes, some of what he has you buy grocery-wise would get wasted if you didn't do this, and might even if you did. Also, I don't think the week 1 grocery list was quite right - though I had done some of my own double checking based on the adjustments I was making
-Expense - yes, some kinds of fish especially, and other things on his list are a bit expensive
-I do think some of the calories counts were a little weird/off - like strawberries were way low and blueberries were way high when compared to the sparkpeople tracker? - but I just used what he had as a guideline, ie: have x number of calories of blueberries and strawberries (combined) in that case.

Pros:
-I do think there is something to his basic principals of calorie cycling, front loading, high protein, lots of veggies, good whole grains when you have them, etc. Yes, this is a little bit of a "duh" but still.
-The two days I did follow him almost exactly, I really didn't have a problem with hunger, despite the low calorie count. I did not, however, find the meals were too big... haha (I was worried when making them that they would be too small and was happy to find they were not)
-His meals did give me some ideas for things to make, and I did find some of them quite tasty, though I certainly seasoned more generously than he did (ie: turkey meatball meal).
-Also- buying for his meals forced me to have healthy food in the house! I made up a really tasty riff on his broccoli-tofu bowl last night with broccoli, brown rice, leftover ground turkey, cheese, etc - which is only very loosely based on one of his lunches, but I wouldn't have thought of if it weren't for his plan and the ingredients I had on hand because of it.

-I really can't attest yet to if it is helping me lose weight or not (I have bingeing problems, and unfortunately binged over the weekend/went off the plan, and also don't weigh in until tomorrow) but it definitely helped me with some good eating over the last week.

Am I going to try to stick with the plan? I'm not sure, but I'm going to keep exploring his meals as a source of inspiration to hopefully come up with my own meal plan over the next couple of weeks.

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8/21/12 2:08 P

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http://www.everydiet.org/diet/petite-advan
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8/21/12 11:53 A

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Is the Petite Advantage a sparkdiet or is it just another diet book?.

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I went off the Petite Advantage program. I felt like I was TOO full. I'd eat breakfast at, say, 9am, and then not want lunch until 3 and dinner until 8. And who the hell wants to cook that late? It just wasn't a practical plan for my mom and I (who I did the plan with.) I can't eat spicy foods because of a sensitive stomach (mild IBS) and barely tolerate fish. And then my Gravity Straps didn't work on any of the doors in my house--they all open towards me. So I threw in the towel and have actually been losing more since then.

Anyway, what is everyone's opinions on Karas' stance on cardio/aerobic exercise? (For those who haven't gotten that far in the book/plan, he basically says it's evil and a great way to burn muscle instead of fat, and gain weight.) I do think everyone should incorporate strength training into their routine, but no cardio seems a bit much. Though I do admit, my heart rate gets way up when I do weights and such--anaerobic, I guess.

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8/15/12 11:47 A

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Hey Petite friends - new to the team and forums pretty much in general - posted a lengthy intro on another team here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_me
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470316 - but relevant to this topic as I am starting the Petite Advantage diet today and want see how it works for me! I plan to season the heck out of his recipes, and make some small adjustments (for example, I don't eat red meat - and I don't love eggs, but as those are such a big part of his diet I'm going to give them a try and see, and if not- guess it's a lot of greek yogurt (which I eat a lot of already anyway) for me!) but I want to follow it as closely as possible because I have never tried a strict meal plan before. I have been dealing with binge-eating for a long time and want to see if having some strict rules for a few weeks will help get me started on a path to success!

I have also previously had a nutritionist recommend high protein and front loading, though I did not do a very good job following it at the time, so the parameters of the diet seem to make sense to me. Not sure if I will be doing his exercise plan or not - I currently do a variety of classes, but I know I need to do them on a more regular basis - and maybe I will add his stuff to the mix.

Anyway, I started with a variation on his day 5 yogurt breakfast (fage, protein powder, strawberries, walnuts) as I need to go grocery shopping this afternoon! I also figure I should get vanilla protein powder before I have to make a mango shake, haha... right now I have chocolate, though to anyone complaining how things taste - it is really quite delicious mixed with yogurt, walnuts and strawberries! Hopefully I'll be able to make some other good tasting meals as well...

Best!
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8/11/12 4:42 P

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BellsPark - how much exercise do you do? in a week period.

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Hi- Just joined spark people and just bought the Petite Advantage Diet book. Today was my first day on the diet and when entered the foods on the food tracker my protein, fat, and carb ratios were WAY off from what was in the book! Has Anyone else had this issue? emoticon

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Sorry if this has already been answered...

What is the Petite Advantage Plan and are the daily calorie minimums different than the standard 1200 minimum calorie rule?? Has it worked for any REALLY short ladies that you know?

I am 4'10" and 1200 calories is more than the recommended caloric intake of 900 calories for my height according to "calorie to height" charts. I suppose my brain and other internal organs are about the same as a 5' woman, but my muscle and bone mass would certainly be less -- so it seems logical that I would need fewer calories than the SP recommendation for women 5' tall. Am I making sense?

I've been eating 1200 to 1450 for two years now and I have only lost 15 pounds. My weight goal is 99 pounds; I now weigh 124 (was 139). I think that is too slow, much less than 2 pounds per week; That's like 2.30 ounces per week. ls that insane?
I'm obviously eating too many calories for my sedentary lifestyle. I'm not able to walk or exercise yet so I can't add much in the way of exercise as a way to lose weight. (I've been recovering from fractures and dislocated limbs and such) I get around slowly and hope to improve by next year, but I still should be able to lose weight from calorie reduction, right?

Anyway, I need to lose weight for my health and recovery but I seem to be at an impasse.
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Is anyone still following the diet?

Any results?

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I've been wanting to truly begin the plan , I've been put off because I can't justify making 21 different meals in one week and having to throw food away since Idont have anyone else to share my food with. I wish there was a web site for this plan where we could put all the meals into the site, bring up a menu so we could choose to cook two or more of the same meal in the week to save time and money. Also have the menu provide substitute items if dont like the food or the cost.it would be great if the website had a way to make a shopping list too!

My meals are to be 1100 Cal's for days 1&2 with day 3 1400 Cal's. The book could use greater explanation on how to reduce the calorie plan to be simple. This is not meant as a complaint...only a way of expanding on what is explained in the book to make the plan easily adjustable for everyone to. use according to their body and age caloric intake.

Has anyone adjusted the plan to where they can make several meals for the week to help decrease the cost of the grocery bill and not cook every meal?

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Hi; I'm new to this site. I have been looking for women following the Petite Advantage Plan. I have been on the plan since the end of March; I have lost almost 16 pounds and lots of inches. I am 59 years old and have always had problems with my weight. This plan is working better for me than anything I have tried recently.

I read some posts where people are substituting foods for those that they don't like in the menus. I do the same, but I found out that when I substitute I have to make sure to follow the 40% carb, 35% protein, and 25% fat recommendation, otherwise I don't lose. I use the pie chart on My Fitness Pal to help me figure this out.

I use TRX straps rather than the Bob Harper ones, because I didn't like that the adjusters for the Go Fit straps were at the top (not great for a Petite). The adjusters for the TRX straps are at the bottom. I think that this workout is helping me a lot; I have lost a lot of inches through the midsection, which is new for me.

I'm glad to find a group of people doing the same diet. Many people are afraid of the low calorie count; I checked it with my doctor and she said that at 4'11" it's ok as long as I don't feel weak or shaky, which I never do.

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Good afternoon ladies!

I am not following the Petite Advantage eating plan, but I did just get my GoFit Gravity Straps and tried out the workout routine for the first time today. It seems like a good plan. My heart rate definitely goes up, I sweat, and it's a real workout for my muscles. The problem I'm having is that I feel like my legs do 75% of the work. It's my middle that I want slimmer! I'm also worried that my hands and wrists aren't up to the task, as they hurt from gripping the handles so hard. I'm also not sure I'm performing the Side Planks correctly. Am I supposed to be putting most of my weight on my elbow/forearm, or somehow use my core to keep me lifted? Karas doesn't say. Anyone have similar issues?

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6/22/12 11:58 P

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I Just joined spark people and also just got the book. I am excited to try it and a little nervous. hoping people are seeing results as well. I have tried many many of things but always seem to be the same weight. so i decided that when isaw this book that i feel like sticking to this so my question is: is it hard to do this or would you say its manageable? please let me know

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I'm new to spark people, and really the only reason I joined today was in response to this.
I have been on PAP for three days now and I love it!!!! I think the food is very tasty, and truly has helped my body recover from too low-of-calorie-and-too-much-cardio days. The meals are huge to me! They don't look it, but it's hard to eat every last bite- especially at dinner... But I always make sure to eat atleast 1100 calories so my body doesn't go into starvation mode. I've lost at least 2 lbs just in these three days. I'm sure most of it is water weight as Karas explains. I ordered gravity straps, but until they ship, I've been doing pilates from the "learn pilates" app by Mahalo on my iPhone & iPad. I love it too! It really lengthens my muscles and helps me sit & stand up better. I'm going to incorporate Hip-Hop Abs one or two times a week for a little cardio/strength training. I love the workout entitled "Total Body Burn." there are a lot of squats & weights that keep it less intense than running/jogging. Plus my daughter can jump around and hug my leg with out it bringing too big of a deal. We play with each other and reduce our stress levels.
My husband is building muscle at the moment so I cook him completely different meals than what the plan calls for- except for something's I can get away with throwing in so they don't go bad. It's crazy because he has to have 4,000 calories a day!

For some of you who don't like certain things, just switch them out for the things you like. Like if you don't like salmon, just have the same amount in calories of chicken, tuna, turkey, shrimp, or whatever meat you do like. Same for veggies. If you are sick of broccoli, or don't like peppers, use fresh green beans, snow peas, or any other kind of veggie you like- just keep the calories the same. Too much onion gives me heart burn, so I usually lessen the onion & increase the other veggies. As for flax seeds, I already had chia seeds in my pantry so I just use them instead. They are actually better too, and the same calories!

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5/30/12 9:26 A

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I am seriously having a hard time eating all the food as suggested in The Petite Advantage! Don't get me wrong, it's working, but I honestly cannot get all that food down. Is it good to be feeling stuffed to the point of throwing up after every meal??
I too have to use mixing bowls for God's sake - can't use my regular bowls for breakfast and lunch.

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5/29/12 1:50 P

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Hi,

I've been doing this for a week now and I'm down 6 lbs. I find the meals are so huge that I could almost be sick!
Thanks for the recipe suggestions. I can't imagine eating just from the plan for much longer than the 3 weeks! Some things are okay, but other things I literally choke down.
I've been sticking to the gravity straps (TRX) for exercise, but I think I will do a bit of cardio - nothing crazy, but maybe 30 minutes or so just to see how it impacts this plan.

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5/17/12 9:35 A

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Hi Everyone - I've not been on the board for a while and wanted to post an update. After following the Karas PAP plan by the book initially, I started making adjustments to my food to make the plan more palatable and increase my liklihood of sticking to it. I've been traveling constantly, which involves decadent meals and not always having control over what is being offered. I did not record my food while traveling but endeavored to stick with the basic Karas principles. I'm happy to report that while I didn't continue to lose weight on the road, I also did not GAIN any. For that I am very happy. As soon as I was back home I started recording everything I ate on Spark again and cooking all of my meals. In that time, I started losing again.

My biggest source of recipes are: Chef Meg on this site, WebMD, Dr. Oz and Hungry Girl. Sampling from all of those keeps the food choices interesting and helps me diversify my diet.

Happy Spring & Good luck to everyone!!

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I started the Petite Advantage last week. I have lost 11 pounds probably mostly water weight. the first week meals were pretty good except for the tofu 9 (yuck). The second week so far is ok but mushrooms and peppers are my least fave veggies. I'd like to start searching spark recipes for meals that meat the criteria, but I don't know where to start. Any advice?

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4/6/12 12:08 P

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Great discussion board - I bought the Jim Karas PA Diet book some time back and started to follow the eating plan. I do feel that the large breakfast, smaller supper works for me. I did email him as I work outside, so pack my lunch each day with no opportunity to heat anything and it needed to be simple. They replied immediately with some suggestions and welcomed feedback. I could not find the gravity straps but like others ordered them from amazon. I have been mixing up the recipes and using the Spark Nutrition tracker to be within the guidelines. Interesting post on the carb, protein, fat, etc. numbers. He does say that for this particular plan he want the % of protein to be higher at 35 with 40% from carbs and 25% from fats. He goes on to say that the most successful petites are at 23% of fat.
In his email reply he did say that using the same day's recipes over (if you liked certain ones) was fine, as was substitutions from the same food category. I tried certain foods in the plan and absolutely hated them but for the most part will stick with the plan.
Interestingly, when I use the Spark Nutrition tracker, I certainly saw that while I hought I was eating healthy I was way over in fat!!! Also found that I could not just use the numbers suppled for each meal in the PA Diet book as they were not always the same as what was on the label of the food that I was eating.
For exercise, I have been using kettle bells in addition to the gravity straps.
Looking forward to learning lots on this forum



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4/3/12 3:32 P

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Wazzu.Ren - these are great suggestions. I find myself doing more cardio. I bought a few new Wii workout games (the new zumba, Black Eye Pea Experience), but I haven't replaced the strength training. It might be back to the gym for me. I was thinking about trying the Bob Greene DVD that the gravity straps came with to see if they have different moves.

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3/19/12 2:35 P

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Yes, the workout definitely got old. I have mixed it up greatly though. For example, I have added tricep extensions and pushups using the arm straps (variation from the routine using feet straps; think supermans turned into pushups). I've also incorporated different side lunges, skater squats, butterflies, bicep pull ups. Additionally, I do more like 15 reps and after doing them slowly like he advises, I do a 10-15 second power push. Have noticed some good results from all of this, while still avoiding his eating plans and doing what I have mentioned previously.

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3/19/12 1:54 P

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Ok. I know I sound like a groupie, but I went to my doctor on Thursday and it turns out she is friends with Jim Karas. She said she would tell him about this forum. I was so excited when she told me he would be at the Northwestern's women's workshop on April 7th. If any of you are in the Chicago area, you should try to attend. http://www.nmpg.com/integrative-medicine/w
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RR - I'm not yet tired of the work out. But I've not been doing it as long as you have. Also I've not mastered them yet and still haven't moved on to the progressions. That said, I've also been adding in some of the isometrics I've seen in th edaly Spark feature to keep it interesting.

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2/26/12 7:59 P

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TREEFROGZ,

Thanks for sharing that delicious recipe. I'm going to try it. I will look at target for the muffins. I would never have thought to look there.

I anyone getting tired of the workout? I have been doing it for 2 months now and am the need of something else.

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2/22/12 9:28 P

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Almond Butter-Banana-Cinnamon Quesadilla

I was on a 1,600 calorie day and craving something decadent. This is a recipe from the Dr. Oz show. He suggested it as a snack, I made it my lunch.

I took a low-carb whole wheat tortilla, warmed it up just a bit. Spread on 2 TBL of Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Roasted Flax (yum!), added a layer of very thinly sliced banana, and sprinkled it with cinnamon. Folded the whole thing in half, cut it in wedges and savored the awesome flavors! For a lower calorie day I'd just make a half.

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2/19/12 8:17 P

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Thanks for the encouragement RR, I was feeling kinda lame at 5, now I feel better....now, let's not even talk about the Supermans! So glad I don't have to do them in front of other people. emoticon emoticon

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RR - Do you mean the Ezekiel ones. If so, surprisingly they didn't have them at Whole Foods, but had them at my local Target (which was rennovated recently to include groceries!)

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2/19/12 7:28 P

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Has anyone found the wheat bran muffins for sale?

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5 planks!!! Way to go TREEFROGZ!!!. Side planks are tricky. I'm better on one side.

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ARCARUAN I started PAP right before the new year and I'm down 9lbs so far. It has been about 1 llb per week. It has been slow but all in the right direction. Each week I have varying success with each element of the plan. Some weeks I get in 120 minutes of activity more days than others, my water intakes vary and I just began adding the fiber drink. If I did all of these every week, I am sure my #s would be different. My body fat and inches have decreased more than my weight.



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ARCARUAN - I'm not quite done but have had modest success. 2 pounds per week, which is fine if it stays off. (I've got hypothyroidism, so that's success for me!) I do like that it got me focused on what I'm eating and when. I adjusted the nutrition goals to reflect PAP and am making my own meal combos, Karas' were wacky. I do eat a bigger breakfast, average lunch and small dinner now, so it helped me make that transition. I increased my protein goals and most mornings get 30g of it or very close. I plan to continue following the principles of his plan. I also think the Gravity bands are a good workout. However, I do plan to add some cardio back in, just not the volume I was doing before. Hope that helps...

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2/17/12 8:58 P

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Has anyone found any success with this diet? I've finished the 21 days and barely lost anything (I thought I had but it was just the scale fluctuating). Not seeing results/progress has hampered my desire to continue with his meal plan and strategy.

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I'm up to 5 planks, but the side planks are proving impossible. I can't even keep my balance long enough to do them. I'm hoping as I build my strength up with regular planks I'll be able to do them!

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How many 30 sec planks are you doing during the workout? Side planks?

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Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms from Prevention Magazine are a good low carb, high protein appetizer that can also be used as a main course for those of us on PAP,

Remove stems from 24 white mushrooms (about 1 pound). Finely chop 1/2 of the stems and stir together with 3 oz of sausage (I used breakfast chicken sausage from Trader Joe's) and 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (I used whole wheat). Mound in the mushroom caps. Bake in 400F oven until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves (this really add some nice flavor.)

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