On the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan®, the amount of protein you eat is comparable to that found in a typical American meal plan. However, the amount of carbohydrates is less compared to what may be typically consumed. On the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan, an individual can expect to take in less than 100 grams of total carbohydrates per day (generally in the range of 80-100 grams total). This lower level of carbohydrates, coupled with the reduced calorie level of the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan, allows your body to enter the fat- burning state. This gentle, but efficient fat-burning state helps the body achieve faster weight loss while helping retain muscle mass. The fat-burning state also helps naturally reduce appetite and hunger while still allowing you to feel sufficient levels of energy.