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Time Will Tell....
on January 17, 2012
I started this program a week ago in an effort to lose the remaining 15 pounds on a 30 pound weightloss goal (after 3 kids in 5 years). I lost the first 15 on a coordinated weight loss program (one of the big ones) that was basically 100% carbs and all processed foods. Losing the first 15 was difficult, but doable. At 15 pounds, I plateaued and haven't been able to lose more. Given the expense of the other program, I decided to try my hand at doing it myself and also wanted a program that incorporated more whole foods. I'm impressed with Chris Powell's book so far. Unlike another reviewer's comments, I didn't find it a chore to read at all. It's very straightforward and easy to read and makes a lot of sense. I agree with the other reviewer that it's nothing you don't already know. The program consists of 7 days cycling on and off low and high carb days. For those who have done Atkins and the like, low carb days don't mean all you can eat avocado, sour cream, cheese, etc... Fats are limited on low carb days and prohibited on high carb days. High carb days allow for complex carbs only. The plan is also very vegetarian-friendly (for people like me). It's not often that you come across a diet book that mentions almond milk, textured vegetable protein and tempeh. Whereas other low carb Atkins-like programs are virtually impossible for vegetarians to follow, this plan is not at all.
Unlike others, I've not lost 6 lbs in 7 days (how does ANYONE do that???). But, I will say, that after spending 2 months at the same weight on the other diet plan I was following, I lost .6 lbs the first week of following the Choose to Lose plan. I am someone who eats healthy anyway and works out 4-5 days a week for 45 minutes each time. I would expect that people who were largely inactive and eating poorly prior to following this plan would see greater weight loss the first few weeks. I view any movement downward as being in the right direction. Plus, this plan has such great variety in what you can eat and the fact that it alternates daily helps to keep you out of the dreaded dieters' eating rut where you eat the same things over and over. Whether the claim of carb-cycling revving up your metabolism has any scientific merit is irrelevant if the plan helps people achieve their weight loss goals. Mr. Powell presents himself as a likable guy whose results with hugely overweight people cannot be denied.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to adopt a weight loss program that focuses on healthy eating. It does require you to shop for your own food and prepare it yourself. So, if you want to drink a pre-mixed shake full of chemicals 3x a day, this program isn't for you. However, if you're looking to get a well-rounded plan that focuses on whole, non-processed foods, this is a great place to start.