322 of 338 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Will Tell....
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...
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149 of 179 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Additional Info would be Helpful
I purchased this book last weekend and started the diet on 3/12/12. Today is 3/17/12 and I lost 5 lbs. this week. My husband lost 8.5 lbs. I weigh 160 lbs. and he weighs 219 lbs. today. This is the only diet I have ever stuck to for more than three days and the only one I have been successful on EVER! I'm thrilled so far, and I'm not hungry at all. My husband has...
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322 of 338 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Will Tell....,
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.
268 of 302 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Easiest, Most Sensible Plan I Have Ever Tried,
My husband and I started this program on Sunday, 1/1/12. I have been struggling with weight for some time and have yet to find a program that made sense to me until now. The exercise regimen is quite simple despite the fact that I am currently unable to walk without the assistance of crutches and have to use a wheelchair for long distances. I am still, however, able to do the exercises--albeit modified a bit to suit my present condition. The eating plan is wonderful. It took us about 2 days to really get an understanding of it and that was it (note: it helped to write out planned meals to get a sense of how much we should be consuming). We eat well-rounded nutritious meals every day! We totally have been enjoying our cheat meals to the fullest--with no negative effects. When I diet, I always feel anxious about being hungry and missing my delicious junk food (pizza junkie), we both, however, feel completely full through the day--so much so that we struggle to get through our last meal of the day.
Another benefit of the program I have noticed is improvement in sleep quality. I use to have difficulty sleeping and would wake up feeling exhausted, but by day 4, that started to change. I had the best sleep I have ever had in some time yesterday. I actually woke up feeling refreshed. I already feel my clothing loosening and my stomach has flattened considerably. My husband, who hates the idea of dieting, who loves his coffee (6 cups a day for about 10 years) and who can't live without dessert, is doing wonderfully on it. He actually managed to stop relying on caffeine. He has stopped drinking coffee; stopped taking "no-doz" and hasn't touched an energy shot all week. He went into the program sure that he would need his caffeine and although the first day he craved it, he realized by day two that he didn't feel like he needed it.
I intended to wait a bit before posting a review, but this has been the best week I've had in a long time while trying to lose weight, and I just wanted to give credit where credit is due. When I have reached my goal weight, I will provide an update. I am scheduled to weigh myself tomorrow and based on how I feel and how loose my clothes are, I am sure the numbers are great.
Thank you, Chris Powell!!
149 of 179 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Additional Info would be Helpful,
I purchased this book last weekend and started the diet on 3/12/12. Today is 3/17/12 and I lost 5 lbs. this week. My husband lost 8.5 lbs. I weigh 160 lbs. and he weighs 219 lbs. today. This is the only diet I have ever stuck to for more than three days and the only one I have been successful on EVER! I'm thrilled so far, and I'm not hungry at all. My husband has been hungry, so I a bumping up his portions a bit. There are a few reasons that I didn't rate this book with 5 stars. First, it was a little difficult to follow at first and it jumped aroung a lot. I agree with the other reviews regarding the lack of chapter numbers and an index. Second, I wish Mr. Powell would tell us how many carbs we can have on low carb days and how many carbs on high carb days. I've reviewed other carb cycling diets and they give you specific info for carbs, fats, and protein. That would help so much! Third, the recipes that Mr. Powell offers are bland, and don't offer a nutritional breakdown. I also think his list of approved foods is a bit lacking. For example,why isn't Kale on it, or Coconut Oil? Lastly, I was hoping the website would provide this missing information as well as a forum for us dieters to support one another, ask questions, and offer ideas that have worked. Ultimately, I would recommend the book, but supplement the information with further research for best results.
141 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Feel Deprived!,
I first became aware of Chris Powell as the fitness trainer on ABC's primetime show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and think he is awesome. So when I saw Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution, I snapped it up.
I love carbs...whenever I go on a diet that prohibits them. I lose weight quickly; but I also get moody ans sad...and then I "cheat" by eating carbs and the diet is over. I have been a yo-yo dieter for years. As of 1/1/12, I have 35 pounds to lose.
So I started this diet and exercise program on 1/1/12 and as of today, I have lost 6 pounds! Best of all, I feel GOOD. No moodiness or sadness....!
The 7 day carb cycle goes like this: every other day you are allowed carbs. This tricks our bodies into losing weight. The program works because it doesn't allow the body to adapt to one type of diet or exercise. On low carb days, you do strength and body shaping exercises "shapes" because protein is a body builder. Then, 6 days a week, you do cardiovascular exercise "shredders" to lose weight.
Powell shares with the reader secrets to permanent weight loss. For many of us, it's a whole new lifestyle; and much of this requires a change in the way we think.
Throughout the book, Powell shares weight loss success stories, beginning with a man who asked for his help when he was 26 and weighed over 600 pounds! Powell helped him to lose over 400 pounds....And with each person he helped, Powell has learned about the ways we lose weight--and what changes we need to make in our psyches to keep the weight off.
So, I have been on this diet for 9 days, so I am certainly not an expert. But, I can say I feel great; I have energy and am motivated as all get out!
71 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 day Carb Cycle Solution,
I purchased this book and started on the program 1 week ago. If you are like me and have no idea where to start this is a great book. You are armed with all the info needed to succeed instead of trying to research it on your own. You will alternate Low carb and High carb days every other day. You will start on Sunday and alternate daily. Saturday morning you will weigh in.
The book has recipes, portion sizes measured out into 100 calorie portions, weekly schedules of nutrition, simple at home exercises (with photos) and so much more. You follow the carb alternation days for 3 weeks then on the 4th week you switch it up and have a week of high carbs, then start all over the 2nd month. You can cheat every other day, or not cheat all week and have Sunday all day as a rest day. The book has a list of the healthy proteins, carbs, fats, vegies, and so on. This will help you to purchase the food needed to get started. It has some info on substitutes for unhealthy snacks. Also has info on the 7 supplements to take for different reasons such as producing digestive enzymes to assist in food break down, healthy bacteria needed by our colon to work properly, multivitamin to boost energy on low carb days, fish oil, and the 3 supplements known as the trifecta of joint healing when taken together. There is a menu and schedule for Male and Female individuals so anyone in your home can take advantage of this program.
He basically takes all the work of figuring out what is healthy to eat, portion sizes (calories per portion), creating a schedule, figuring out what are the best at home exercises, what vitamins to take, and how to get past the dreaded weight loss plateau for you so that all you have to do is buy the food and stick to his schedule. You have a nutritionist, and a physical trainer you can carry anywhere with you.
This book is quite detailed, although it is not user friendly as other reviewers have posted. It is very frustrating that there are no chapter #'s listed on the pages. A solution I found are the post it colored tabs to help me quickly find what I'm looking for. That being said, if you are going to use that as an excuse not to follow this program than you probably don't really want to follow it at any rate. If you are looking to transform you heath, appearance, self-esteem and overall lifestyle then I hope you find this book as exciting as I do
I have been on this program for a week and have only had one weigh in. At the end of the week I lost 5.6 lbs, and my partner lost 6.4. I have struggled with hunger the entire time where she has not. The portions are small and not filling, but don't leave me hungry after I eat them, however, within an hour I'm starving and I still have to wait 2 more hours to eat. The book states you are not allowed to eat more than your 5 meals and I have found no way to contact anyone to verify if this is normal or if I should have bigger portions or some veggies in between meals to keep me sustained. I am bigger than my partner by about 60 lbs so I'm not sure if that is why I feel this way and she doesn't, and I have no way to make sure I'm not harming myself.
It is expensive to eat this way and you will be purchasing a lot of healthy raw food, protein powders, supplements, and containers. You will have to spend time to prepare your meals because you will prepare 5 diff meals a day. We make ours in advance for 4 days, it is easier to make meals on one day so you can grab and go. This takes at least 2 hrs to prepare. When you are done you will have at least 16 containers you will need to have room for (this is for one person,) in your refrigerator, or purchase a 2nd one to fit your prepared meals. I found having the food prepared already helps me to keep from reaching for quick unhealthy snacks
This program really isn't easy due to the prep work, but as our routine sets in it is becoming easier. The results so far are great and it's worth it if you can be committed to doing all the prep work. This book seems geared more towards those of us whom are not educated on proper nutrition or portions, and for those like me whom have no clue what kind of food to make. In a week time I have learned which foods to combine, which foods to avoid, what a healthy portion size is and how to make really tasty, healthy food. The hardest part has been done by the Author as he has already put all the information in your hands.
I have not started the workout part yet because I wanted to see what the results were with and without it. I do think this would be a hard program for someone with a family unless the entire family was on the same program, but if it something you want bad enough, I believe that you can find a way to achieve it.
This is a lifestyle not a diet, a lifestyle many of us like myself have never embraced because we lack the understanding of how to. What you are purchasing is a lifestyle manual, and you will not succeed unless you have a strong desire to shed the lifestyle you now live and leap into a new one. If you are ready than you will find this book to be your new lifestyle bible, and you won't miss all of the bad foods you will give up, and the prep work won't feel like work, but more like a reward. As you make your meals you will feel good about yourself for eating so healthy. I hope this info is helpful and doesn't scare anyone away from it. Good luck in your lifestyle makeover, and if you would like to keep in touch for support feel free to email me by replying to this review. It is easier to succeed with support.
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. --Chauncey Depew
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plan if you commit to it,
I've had the most success losing weight when following a low-carb diet. However, I could never stay committed to a low-carb diet long-term and reach my goal. Chris's carb-cycling is the perfect answer for me so far. He's removed the deprivation factor - I know if I wait a day I can have some bread and by the end of the week I can have a small serving of something decadent (if I choose). Somehow life seems brighter knowing there's nothing I have to completely give up.. forever.
If you've been searching for the easy button, the magic bullet, for years (like me), then you are not going to like this next part. It really works if you invest time in PLANNING and preparing your food. Like any new plan to become healthier, you have to invest the time and planning to change old habits until they are replaced with new habits and you start doing it without thought. I've lost weight consistently for 5 weeks now with a lot of planning. Vacation travel was extremely hard when it came to eating, especially on the low carb days. It took perseverance. I had to constantly CHOOSE to focus on my goal and the good things in store vs. all the high fat vacation food I was missing out on. (Why is it that logically we know this stuff is so bad but yet in the moment, the smell of fried greasy food calls to us??) I packed whey powder and my shake cup, string cheese, cut up veggies, etc. and did the best I could when the options were limited (i.e. McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich with the veggies and a little of Paul Newman's vinagrette, no bun or mayo). Here's the good part - I enjoyed this vacation so much more because I had more energy, knees didn't ache after walking more than I'm used to, and I actually was in some of the pictures! :)
For the people saying the book is not specific enough and you want to know the exact number of carbs you're allowed... yadda yadda. Don't get hung up on being so exact. Look at Chris's food lists in the book and plan 5 meals about 300 calories each for the day. I actually find on low carb days I have a hard time getting to 1500 calories because veggies have hardly any calories so I've been looking more around 1200 calories on low carb days and 1800 on carb days (give or take). I usually eat about 2000-2500 calories on the splurge day. I also only weigh myself the morning after a low carb day as I'm less likely to be holding any water weight.
If you're ready to take getting healthier seriously and dedicate some time to yourself, then buy this book. Chris knows his stuff. Good luck! :)
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME easy to follow REALISTIC diet!!!!,
I started this diet weighing 230 lbs this March...It is almost July and I am now 170!! I have 4 kids. A 4 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old twins. I also am a full time student. If you don't have a lot if time for excerising get his workout DVD...his shredders are on there! If you are faithful with the diet and exercise and DON'T skip a meal you should lose the pounds!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is helpful and works (even if you are busy).,
I am one of those people that reads and reads about diet, nutrition, and weight loss. With all of my knowledge I should be the picture of fitness, but am not. Substance and knowledge don't work without action. This book was so cut and dry with an "a-ha" principle that made it super easy to do. The food suggestions are very simple, not like the usual "light" cookbook or diet plan that requires a ton of time. If you can prestock your fridge with certain items, you will succeed. I have been steadily losing weight for weeks now and I am never hungry! Worth the read!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was pleased with the info in this book.,
Really liked the information in this book. The first chapters are somewhat monotonous, but the actual program itself is good.
I started this the first of Jan 2012 and have already lost 12 lbs.
It took a few days for me to retain the info and put it into practical use. Overall well worth the money.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!! NEED TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK!!,
Honestly, I think that the people who didn't rate this book well, didn't read the whole thing. I'm guessing they only skipped to what to do for the actual diet and wasn't happy with that. Chris Powell isn't about just going on a diet. He is about a complete lifestyle change, hard work, and healthy living.
I've been on my own transformation for about 6 months by eating clean and healthy and exercising. I've lost about 35 lbs with about 25 more to go. I hit a plateau and didn't know what to do. I eat very healthy and exercise 6 days a week. I was stuck! I watch Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and just love Chris' passion and love for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to get his book hoping it could help me through this bump in the road.
The first part of his book is very important to read, especially for those who are just beginning a lifestyle change and have no clue on what it means to live healthy. He goes into detail so many different aspects like why you're overweight, how your body works, how to get into the right mindset.. he's basically setting you up for success before even going into detail about the carb cycle plan.
As far as the actual plan, I am just beginning it now because I just finished the book the other day. There aren't a lot of recipes, but he gives you the outline of what you should be eating and when. And gives you a specific workout plan.. That I personally will be only following lightly because I go to my own classes and that type of thing.
I really can't emphasize enough how IMPORTANT it is to READ THE WHOLE BOOK!!! Everything. Every section. Every side note. This book is not a fad diet book for someone who is just looking for a quick fix to lose weight fast. This book is about lifestyle change and losing weight the healthy way, which in my opinion is the only way to do it. I have figured this out after years of yo-yo dieting.. losing up to 50lbs at a time just to gain it all back. Notice the name of the book says "Carb Cycle Solution", not "Carb Cycle Diet". He is essentially teaching you how to live a healthy life, not giving you a diet to be on for 4 days and miserably fail.
This is for people who honestly want to do the work and change their life, not for the lazy person who wants to do as little as possible and then wonder why they can't lose any weight. I highly recommend this book.. Chris Powell is so passionate and amazingly inspirational!!!
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