Since this was from a year ago, I'd like to re-ask the question. Is ZC safe short term? I'm doing it for a week, now I have one more thing to stress about. I can't stress out over everything people, I need something to eat damn it!
Hard to believe I'd do irreversible damage in such a short time, but as usual, I read way too much on the stuff.
I have been ZC (essentially, very small deviations now and then mostly consisting of non starchy veggies if I'm eating out) for four years. I'm healthy, strong, funny, smart, and can kick ass!
There isn't any evidence that it's harmful long-term, much less for a week.
For most people, though, a week isn't long enough to get over the carb-flu, so you'll probably feel a little wonky for the duration.
I think my diet would be classed as ZC but I did have 5 cherries and 1 very small strawberry on Wednesday and 3 cherries and 4 small strawberries on Thursday. It was the first carbs/fruit that I have had since last Summer but I hardly ate any fruit or carbs at all last year and anyway. I don't seem to need them.
I really don't understand why people want to jump head long into diet changes? I would suggest that you cut the carbs very gradually. It's so much easier that way. That's all I did and every time I cut them a little more, I always noticed an improvement. You are not me though so you might not feel as good on ZC. You may get to a point where you are not quite ZC but really feel like you need a little more carbs so back up to where you feel good.
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