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Like the Diet, Wish the Book was Better Organized/Written
on January 3, 2014
I just completed week 1 of the 28-day diet and feel great. I already have a fairly clean diet (organic meats/veggies, limited wheat, very little sugar and caffeine), so I did not experience any withdrawal symptoms. Some reviewers of the book criticize it as another very low cal diet, but I disagree. I need to lose more than 40 lbs, so I had the larger portions listed in the book (1.5 cup grain/fruit, etc). I entered my food into myfitnesspal.com for one of the days in each of the 3 phases, and they came out like this: phase one - 1600 cals, phase 2 - 1100, phase 3 - 1550. Aside from phase 2, which is only two days/wk, calorie counts were good for someone on a "diet." I lost 7 lbs, much of which I am guessing was water. But still, a pound is a pound.
There are some confusing elements in the book. I found myself going back to the portion section over and over, thinking I'd missed something. I never did find where she states that protein snacks are half the ounces of protein meals on phase 2 or an explanation of what exactly a "healthy fat/protein" serving is in phase 3. But I visited her blog and found other people had asked these same questions, to which the moderator responded. I posted a question on her facebook page, and she responded within 24 hours. Also, for those complaining about the ebook meal charts being too small to read, she provides a link in the book (in the paragraph before the charts) where you can view/print the charts, or, as another reviewer mentioned, double tap on the chart, and it will open up to an expandable pic. I do wish she would also provide a link to the master food list, as this is something you need to reference often and would be nice to have printed. I made my own.
Being a seasoned low carb dieter (probably one of the contributing factors to my messed up metabolism), I enjoyed the fruits and whole grains in phase 1. Did not feel remotely deprived. Phase 2 is hard. You can eat vegetables to your heart's content, but only those on the list, which for phase 2 includes mostly leafy greens and cabbage. Other than that, it's all protein and no added fat. I was very glad when phase 3 rolled around, and I could cook with oil again and eat a few carbs.
If you've tried counting calories and still cannot lose weight or have hormonal issues (peri-menopause, hypothyroidism, etc), try this diet. If nothing else, you will make your body happy. You'll probably miss dairy, wheat, and sugar, but your digestive track, liver, and pancreas will not. Get ready to drink LOTS of water!
I'll come back and post my progress at the end of the 28 days.
UPDATE: I lost 22 lbs in 29 days. The diet takes a lot of work - food prep, shopping, planning. Traveling while on it is VERY difficult. But I was never hungry, and aside from the two days/wk in phase 2, pretty happy about what I could eat. I have lots more energy and fewer aches and pains. Frustrated by unclear or missing information in the book, but you can pretty much fill in the blanks by reading postings on author's blog or facebook page.