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It works, but consider some things before you try it
on May 1, 2005
There's two important things to consider: First, this diet is pointless if you only do it for one week. Though you will probably lose 10 pounds after a week of this diet (I did), one week after you've finished, you'll be back to your previous weight, probably with some extra added on. To get anything long-lasting out of this diet, you'd have to do at least 6 weeks. Then you would need to gradually ease back into normal eating in increments as well as start to exercise at least an hour a day in order to maintain the weight loss.
Second consideration is that this is not a healthy diet to stick to long term. However, I had tried every diet out there and couldn't lose any weight. I had a BMI of 27, eating 800 calories a day and doing intense exercise three hours a day. After several months of this, I had not lost one single pound. The only method I could find that made me lose weight was starving. Then I tried this diet, was eating more calories than previously, and lost 10 pounds in a week.
As such, I do recommend this as a last resort for the overweight . If starving is the only way you can lose weight, this diet is a very good alternative to becoming anorexic. Just be sure to maintain the diet for six weeks and then adjust into a normal, healthy diet gradually while starting to exercise an hour a day when you have reached your goal weight. Don't forget your multivitamin.
If you're just not good at making yourself exercise and restricting food, or if you're a healthy weight and just want to be thinner, this is definitely not the diet for you - try French Women Don't Get Fat instead.
One last thing. This diet forbids milk except on Day 5. There is evidence (go to [...] and type in "milk weight loss" in the search field) to show that dairy food greatly speeds up weight loss. For that reason, I allow myself skim milk, cottage cheese and lowfat plain yoghurt (which I flavour with Davinci sugar-free syrups) every day, but otherwise stick to what the diet says. I'd recommend that adjustment.