FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS DURING YOUR SHAPE PROTOCOL
If weight loss is a part of your health transformation journey, before you call your doctor to inquire why you are not losing weight as expected, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you writing down what you eat to be certain you are not eating too much? This keeps you accountable.
- Are you posting motivational reminders around the house to spur you to success? This helps many.
- Are you weighing daily? It is important to weigh every morning.
- Are you becoming greedy? There will be days you don’t drop pounds so don’t panic. Before you complain about your weight loss slowing down, recognize how much you have lost and allow your body to adjust.
- How’s your hunger? If you are starving, your doctor needs to run a urine test to determine whether you should increase your caloric intake. Do not take it upon yourself to adjust.
- How’s your energy level? Some will notice lethargy during the first few days. Don’t panic. That will subside.
- Are you exercising too aggressively? It is recommended you keep exercise to a minimum during the RCD. We highly recommend One Minute Workout by EdE. www.1minuteworkoutbyede.com
- Are you drinking enough liquids? This will help with satiety.
- Are you taking the time to plan ahead? It is best to prepare foods ahead and keep refrigerated so you don’t find yourself grabbing whatever is edible when you are hungry.
- Are you making a shopping list and sticking to that list? Whatever you do, don’t go to the grocery store hungry. This is a sure recipe for failure.
- Do you believe daily stress is to blame for your lack of success? We can all blame stress for our life’s struggles. Consider SELF ReClaimed…ReWrite Your Story. ReClaim Your Life. It will help you work through issues that continue holding you back from total success emotionally.
17 Questions are discussed in
SHAPE ReClaimed – The Complete Patient Guidebook
Lifestyle Modification Health Restoration
While many choose SHAPE ReClaimed to jumpstart weight loss, many choose SHAPE ReClaimed for its total restorative health benefits. Be patient. It took years for your health to decline and
it will take a period of time before you start to gain dramatic improvement…
though most experience a lessening of symptoms within a few weeks.
THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL LIST OF GENERAL SHAPE PROTOCOL QUESTIONS
How is SHAPE ReClaimed different from the popular hCG program?
Our program is strictly practitioner-supervised. Patients are never left to “wing it” on their own.
Because the FDA has deemed the use of homeopathic hCG illegal and is very controversial, SHAPE
is 100% hormone free. It is formulated out of 30+ years of experience utilizing homeopathy as bio-
regulatory medicine. 17 additional support homeopathics have been added to our unique glyco-
protein complex. SHAPE is NOT, nor has ever been, a 500 calorie program. We offer two
foundational programs, yet our practitioners build each program to the patients specific health
profile and monitor their patients consistently.
How long will a bottle of SHAPE last?
A bottle of SHAPE should last approximately 30-40 days. Your practitioner may adjust your dose
depending on how you respond to the program.
Do I have to stick to “minimum” of 23 days for the program to be successful?
23 days is the minimum amount of time one should follow the program to experience health
benefits. Yes! You lose yellow fat in Phase I, but you lock in metabolic healing in Phase
- Therefore, it is most important to adhere to the full protocol through both Phases I & II.
Historically, healing cycles are one day, three day, seven day, 21 days, six months, etc.
i.e: The 24 hour virus, the three day cold, the seven day infection. This is why antibiotics are
given three to ten days. 21 days is the perfect cycle. The body should clear most everything in
21 days, hence the minimum of 21 days on restricted calories.
What if I lose the number of pounds I set out to lose before the 23 days? Do I still need to complete 23 days?
This should definitely be discussed with your prescribing practitioner. Yes, complete the minimum of 23 days then move into Phase II and follow that protocol precisely (no sugar/no starch) to improve metabolic function. Once the body sheds its yellow fat, the weight loss should subside. If you reached your desired weight loss before the end of 23 days, simply increase your calories. However, continue eating the same anti-inflammatory food and taking the drops until the end of 23 days. Once you complete the minimum 23 days, shift to Phase II for the next three weeks.
How long can I stay in Phase I, before I transition into Phase II?
Clinically, we have seen the longer a patient stays with Phase I before shifting to Phase II and III, they have greater long-term success. With that being said, some prefer to go at this life changing program slowly. We do not recommend jumping back into Phase I without the guidance of your practitioner immediately after Phase II but rather continue with Phase I initially if you have weight to lose or inflammation to get under control. The last thing you want to happen is to yo-yo. Be patient. Take the time needed to accomplish what you desire before ending one phase and starting another. When you start to reintroduce starch and sugar, we recommend you take this slowly and pay close attention to how you feel. If you start to gain weight, look back at what foods were eaten. Some find they simply do not process certain food types. Let’s take bread as our example. We have heard that many can eat bread, but if they consume it daily or several times a day, they start to pack on the weight. For others, it may be excess dairy and then for some, sugar is the culprit. If you need to shed more weight, your success will be long term if you follow the recommended protocol. By jumping too quickly into the next round, you may not have allowed the body the time it needs to heal. This is a biological chess match that must be respected.
What happens to the metabolism of someone who quits the diet early?
Simply put: It is in Phase II that the hypothalamus and metabolism gets recalibrated. Quitting early (meaning: quitting before three weeks of Phase II is completed) defeats the purpose of this program if weight loss is your goal. We have a serious discussion with our patients before starting the program to determine their level of commitment.
Certainly there is no harm done to the metabolism if they quit early but they will most likely gain back any weight lost if they do not follow the protocol through Phase I and Phase II.
What will happen if I skip a dose or two of drops?
Don’t panic. You haven’t totally lost ground. There should be ample stores of amino acids in your system to carry you through. Simply get back on track. It is not necessary nor should you double up on the drops to catch up.
However, if you travel and forget to pack your drops, this will definitely stall your progress. If it is early in the program, most likely there won’t be enough amino acid reserves in the body to fall back on. However, if you’re well into the program and miss a day or two, try to maintain the program as best you can and start back on the drops ASAP.
If you read the patient guidebook, you will remember when you complete Phase I, you maintain the reduced carb diet for another two to three days without taking SHAPE. At this time, the amino acid reserves are beginning to work themselves out of your system but still enough that you should be capable of sustaining the reduced carb diet.
This same premise would apply should you forget to pack your drops. The amino acid reserve should sustain you for a couple days but get back on track ASAP.
Is there a set BMI perimeter to follow to determine whether or not I can go on SHAPE?
We do not measure with BMI perimeters to determine whether or not to use SHAPE. We keep it very simple. We do not recommend using SHAPE or any glyco-protein complex approach for weight loss if the patient only has 5 to 10 pounds to lose. They simply do not have enough yellow fat to warrant using this approach. Many SHAPE practitioners do measure body impedance throughout.
If I am overweight but lean toward being more muscular, how will this affect my weight loss? Will I lose muscle?
It is important you take measurements before you begin the SHAPE program. It is our experience muscle body types lose at a slower rate, but lose nonetheless. Their muscle to fat ratio is higher (BMI). Remember, muscle weighs more than fat. Don’t get frustrated. Though your weight loss may not be reflected on the scale in pounds, you will be losing inches, thereby reshaping your body. The glyco-protein complex breaks down yellow fat….not structural or protective. Muscles are spared. It is wise for the muscle body type patient to pay close attention to inches lost first and foremost and pounds second.
If I cheat during Phase I, does it mess up resetting my metabolism?
Cheating diminishes the effectiveness of the program. DON’T CHEAT. Remember it is within Phase II that the hypothalamus/metabolism is recalibrated. If you cheat in Phase I, most likely you’ll cheat in Phase II and there is no guarantee you will achieve maximum results.
I’ve heard pure hCG formulas are more effective. Because SHAPE does not contain hCG, will that render the program less effective? Does adding additional homeopathics to the formula hinder the success of the program?
To the contrary! SHAPE is formulated out of 30 years of experience using homeopathy as bio-regulatory medicine. It is the additional homeopathic support that makes SHAPE unique and more effective. Because the FDA is working toward shutting down the manufacturing of homeopathic hCG, we reformulated using a glyco-protein complex and have found it to out perform our original formulation. You can trust your practitioner has chosen a superior product and has studied and understands the reasoning behind SHAPE’s specific formulation.
I have a history of hypothyroidism. How can I be sure I won’t gain the weight back?
If your practitioner has prescribed thyroid medication or any form of supplemental support for your thyroid, you should continue during your SHAPE program.
It is imperative you follow the program as laid out in the patient guidebook. If you were successful losing weight during Phase I, strictly avoided sugar and starch in Phase II and slowly reintroduced sugar and starch in the final Phase III: Healthy Lifestyle Future, you should maintain your weight loss. Remember, some simply do not handle excess carbs and will gain weight. You must find that acceptable set point for how much you can eat without gaining. SHAPE was formulated with additional backdoor homeopathic support for the thyroid.
We highly recommend you go back and reread your patient guidebook (specifically pages 18-27.) If you are choosing foods that God put on this earth and not eating in excess, you should maintain your loss.
If not, your practitioner needs to dig deeper to determine what underlying weakness exists and begin a treatment protocol that would correct this condition. Remember, by healing the hypothalamus, there can be a positive effect on the entire endocrine system, including the function of the thyroid.
Would it be fine to take Advil if I get a headache?
Absolutely. No need to worry about taking an over-the-counter medication to alleviate a headache.
I had gastric bypass surgery years ago but have gained some weight back. Would SHAPE be a safer approach to losing weight?
Yes, however, you must work with an experienced practitioner who is well versed is using SHAPE
for weight loss. Failed gastric bypass should signal a need for a more comprehensive evaluation as
to why you have, once again, gained excess weight. Please consider using SELF ReClaimed side-by-
side during your SHAPE ReClaimed journey.
Can I continue taking my vitamins during SHAPE?
If you will refer back to page 10 in your Patient Guidebook, it is important to note all fish and
flax oil should be limited to 2-3 grams daily. Discuss your vitamins with your practitioner and
together you will decide if it is best to continue. We do not believe it is harmful or detrimental
to the success of the program.
Is it absolutely necessary for the patient to reach some level of ketosis?
Although we typically see ketosis occurring in the urine during weight loss, we have seen a number
of patients not go into ketosis and still lose weight. This is somewhat rare. However, if the patient
is not losing weight and is not in ketosis, they are most definitely doing something that is blocking
the weight loss. Most likely they are consuming too many carbs or using some topical that is
causing them not to be in ketosis.
i.e: We’ve had patients follow the diet rigidly but believed drinking diet soda was acceptable. When
we tested their urine, they were not in ketosis. They believed the artificial sweetener was “sugar
free, only one calorie.” It may only be one calorie but we believe it is the most toxic calorie you can
consume. The pancreas is “confused” by artificial sweeteners.
Will taking SHAPE interfere with the effectiveness of the birth control pill?
No. SHAPE does not contain any hormone that would interfere.
Will SHAPE alter my hormone replacement therapy?
No. However, by healing the hypothalamus, we have seen a positive effect on the entire
endocrine system. The influence is greater on the pre or peri-menopausal female.
Will I experience heavier than normal bleeding when I am taking SHAPE?
We have seen changes in the menstral flow because estrogen is stored in fat (some authors
believe estrogen causes fat storage). When this fat/estrogen is broken down and
released, it can have an effect on the menstral cycle. This begs the question: if I’ve had estrogen
receptor positive breast cancer, does this become dangerous? It is our belief that excess fat,
with its tendency toward increasing inflammation and suppressing the immune system, is a
greater trigger for cancer of any type. Patients who have had a history of estrogen receptor
positive cancers might consider taking a supplement that helps metabolize estrogen properly or
that supports the liver in its duty of eliminating toxic levels of hormones. Milk thistle, indol-3-
carbonol (I3C) or diendolmethyine (DIM) help the body metabolize and eliminate toxic levels of
hormones. I3C and DIM are extracts of cruciferous vegetables and should be eaten on a regular
basis in your daily diet.
Why would I experience break-through bleeding when I am taking SHAPE?
Refer to the reasoning above. The same principle applies. This doesn’t mean you will continue
experiencing break-through bleeding with all your cycles and this doesn’t mean every
menstruating female will experience break-through bleeding.
PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS QUESTIONS
I am so overwhelmed by the recommendations I read on the internet about using personal hygiene products. What is safe? What should I avoid? How detrimental will it be if I continue using my typical products?
Most likely, if you are reading the internet, you are questioning the use of every hygiene item
known to man. Don’t get all hung up on what you read. We can honestly say after treating
thousands of patients, the only thing that seems to interfere and cause less success is using oil
based lotion and foundation.
It has been our experience that using our regular shampoo, body soap, deodorant, hairspray and
toothpaste did not cause the program to fail. However, we have known patients who used
suntan lotion/oil and their weight loss stalled.
SKIN ReClaimed is our highest recommendation. It is an organic, oil-free healing lotion sold to all
SHAPE practitioners and yes good ole baby oil (mineral oil with fragrance) is fine.
Why is mineral oil/baby oil acceptable and other oils not?
It is our educated guess, the mineral content of the oil binds the negative aspect, whereas
petroleum based oil is released into the system as fat. This is speculation only.
Can I continue using the same cosmetics?
It is difficult to answer this question. If your foundation is oil-based, it would be best to stop while
you are taking the drops. It is only for three weeks. Pressed powder works great. Lipstick and
mascara are both acceptable. Again, unless the cosmetic is oil-based, it should be fine to continue
using your make-up. There are many companies who carry oil free cosmetics.
I am African-American and use oil on my hair. My hair is unruly if I don’t use it. What should
While you are taking the drops, it would be best if you not use your typical oil but switch to baby
oil as your replacement.
I like to get regular massages. Should I discontinue while I am taking SHAPE?
If your massage therapist is using something other than an oil based product, it should be fine to
continue. You might want to provide SKIN ReClaimed to your massage therapist as it works great
as a massage lotion.
SHAPE DIET SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Why are the two glutton days necessary? Will the program be as effective if I skip the
It is our experience, after working with thousands of patients, they are not as successful if they do
not start the program with the two glutton days. By setting up the body with extra fat intake, along
with taking SHAPE, you are essentially priming the pump. The glyco-protein starts breaking down
the excess fat intake those two days and when you slam the door on your overall high fat intake,
it then begins to seek out and break down stored yellow fat aggressively.
What equates gluttonous eating? Is this the same as gorging?
It is recommended you eat foods that are higher in fat but this does not mean you should eat all
junk food and make yourself sick. Eating eggs, bacon, avocado, steak, butter, ice cream, cheese,
loaded baked potato, fried chicken, fettuccini, etc. are all higher fat choices for your glutton days.
Some have suggested we not refer to the gorging days as gluttony because the Bible calls gluttony
a sin. Call it overeating, pigging out, gorging or gluttony….most everyone is overweight because
we engaged in whatever word you call eating more than the body needs for daily sustenance,
repair or energy. The fact remains, we’ve all eaten like gluttons to get us where we are in the first
place so don’t worry about this program causing you to act sinful. If anything, this program will
open your eyes to how gluttonous you’ve been over the years and lead you into a Healthier Future
All of the following questions require the same response:
Why has my energy level decreased? Why am I feeling hungrier the longer I’m on the program? Why am I feeling a bit shaky? Why has the weight loss stalled?
Make an appointment with your prescribing practitioner. Each of the above situations requires a urine analysis to determine the cause. Your practitioner is trained to diagnosis and will make the necessary adjustments to your diet to overcome these issues.
I’m a strict vegetarian yet want to try this program. What are my protein options?
While your options are limited, many vegetarians have been successful using the SHAPE
program. Eggs, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, kefir and tofu have all been used successfully by
others. Stay within the 100 grams per serving. Many vegetarians burn out with so few
protein choices and bend a bit by incorporating fish and chicken. Interestingly, many then discover
they truly feel better eating more protein. Choosing organic sources may ease your concerns.
The patient guidebook says chicken, beef and vegetable broth is acceptable. How much is too much?
Adding broth to any recipe is acceptable. Read the ingredient list to be sure there is no
added sugar in the broth. No need to worry about the amount. We’ve never known anyone to
overdose on broth.
With that being said, chicken soup is the all time comfort food when we are under-the-weather.
Chicken broth, cooked chicken, onions, celery and spices make for a wonderful soup. Also try beef
broth with all types of onions for a great healing onion soup.
Originally two meals a day was recommended. Now the guidebook recommends grazing throughout the day. Why the change in protocol.
We have learned through clinical trial and error that most folks do better on the program if they
start their day with breakfast. We recommend including some protein. Some eat a fruit and egg
for breakfast and spread the remaining calories through-out the day. Our biggest concern is that
you eat the minimum required during the reduced carb phase of the diet.
I have no appetite when I am taking the drops. Why do I need to eat the recommended foods if I am not hungry? If the premise of SHAPE is breaking down yellow fat and purging it into the system as usable calories is accurate, I don’t understand why I am forced to eat when I am not hungry.
Simply put, you must continue to consume some calories in the form of food. Seeing, smelling and
chewing food initiates vital digestive processes in the body. These processes are essential to life.
Enzyme production, stomach function, liver, gallbladder and pancreas activities all require the
intake of food. Peristaltic action (the movement of food through the intestines) cannot occur
without food. Most importantly, you don’t want to send a message to the brain (hypothalamus)
that it is starving. It is the combination of the reduced carb consumption and the fat break-
down that satisfies the brains hunger center.
Is it important that I measure my vegetables to be sure I don’t eat more than two cups? Should I measure before or after cooking?
We suggest you measure your veggies before cooking for the most part. Spinach would be the
exception. Two cups of raw spinach cooks down to a few bits. If there is any room for flexibility, it
would be with veggies. Most don’t overdose on eating veggies and we’ve never been rigid with
this measurement. If you are eating way more than two cups and are not losing weight
consistently, then you would need to be stricter with measuring.
Can I use hot sauce, mustard, and horseradish as a condiment?
Absolutely. Be sure to read the label to make certain there is no added sugars (that would also
include artificial sweeteners.)
I understand that I am to avoid sugar during Phase I and II and I have always heard that Splenda and NutraSweet are “sugar-free.” The Patient Guidebook does not list Splenda or NutraSweet but does recommend SweetLeaf Stevia. If they are all sugar substitutes, why is SweetLeaf Stevia acceptable and the other two not?
Please go to www.shapereclaimed.com, click on Healthy Tips and read Sugar Sham. It is our
opinion that artificial sweeteners be avoided like the plague. They are two of the greatest neuro-
toxins consumed today. This article answers all questions concerning the safety of the three
sweeteners mentioned above. Sweetleaf Stevia is the purest. Truvia and Purevia both add
maltodextrine….another form of sugar. Once again, stick with Sweetleaf Stevia.
Whatever you do, never drink diet soda. It is one of the most toxic beverages to consume.
I know that coffee and tea are both acceptable on this diet but I’ve always heard too much caffeine is not good for you?
Some are of the belief coffee is not harmful to one’s health. This debate will go on until the end of
time. While some can drink four pots of coffee a day and not be affected, others can’t drink a single
cup without their heart racing, their bowels being affected, their breasts becoming cystic or their
sleep being disturbed. We believe moderation is the key. You know your body best.
The chemical process that coffee goes through to become decaffeinated is typically more harmful
than drinking the caffeine, however, water decaffeinated coffee tends to be less toxic.
Coffee dehydrates the body.
Can I use bottled lemon juice?
We always believe fresh is best.
There is no mention about drinking alcohol on this diet. Are there any negative side effects if I do?
During Phase I, alcohol is simply not allowed. It has been our experience that patients consuming
any type of alcohol during Phase I are not successful in the program. Beer gut got its name for
very good reasons.
During Phase II, very limited amounts of alcohol don’t seem to nullify healing the hypothalamus.
Hard liquor is never a good idea as its effect on the liver is so damaging. Remember: moderation in
all things is best.