I just finished reading the ETL book and I am planning to start tomorrow! I have been trying to lose some extra weight for a while now and other diet plans just aren't working. I went to see my doc today and she recommended this diet. I have looked on the forums and read through the book, and I know dr. fuhrman says you can eat unlimited fruits, but I am worried that I will eat too much fruit and slow my weight loss. Should I only eat a certain amount per day rather than unlimited?
I think that the word Unlimited (when applied to Vegetables, Beans and Fruit in his book) is a little bit confusing, especially to someone like me (someone who has the capacity to eat 6 kilograms - 13 pounds - of food in one day).
There are different levels of doing the ETL program "correctly" - obviously to get the full health benefits there are a number of principles to follow (for example: abstain from low-nutrient foods which may both set off cravings and stop your body detoxing, only eat 2 or 3 meals and do not snack in order for your body to more effectively 'detox' so that you can get to a position where you only experience 'true hunger' and not 'toxic hunger', not over-eat so that you are truly hungry for your next meal an can enjoy it more).
I can say that even if you don't follow those principles and chose to over-eat yourself silly with "unlimited" foods and graze all day on them, you can still lose substantially - but if you are not embracing the true 'ethos' of the programme then it makes sense to monitor the amount of Beans and Fruit. Your aim is to limit the amount of calories you derive from them - you can do so by counting calories, or by counting the number of pieces of fruit/beans or whatever works for you. For example you could set yourself an upper limit of "500 calories from fruit".
One trick that I was using for a very long time was to chop up my fruit into small pieces and add them to my salad - to only eat my fruit and beans with my vegetables - so I would not eat them preferentially to vegetables.
The other 'gotcha' in the book is that when he says "1 pound raw and 1 pound cooked" regarding vegetables, that is not a lower limit - it might be an upper limit, an aspirational target.
How many fruit are you eating now? How many calories do they (approximately) make up?