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, January 12, 2010
I'm writing this review after reading the first half of the book and after starting the 2 week fast start, which is the first step in the book.
I bought this book after reading the only two reviews posted and after flipping through the book in a bookstore. It seemed simple and to the point which was great.
It wasn't until I got ready to start the diet that I realized what a pain it was going to be. There is no shopping list for the 2 week fast start, which would be ok if the 2 week diet wasn't so complex. They tell you that you have to follow the diet EXACTLY. I'm assuming this is because they planned out the daily menus to meet the goals of 1,400 and 1,600 calories, so if you eat a breakfast listed on a different day you might mess up the current days calorie count. It makes for a very random use of ingredients. On one day you use low-fat mayo, on another day you use regular mayo. There are about 3 different types of crackers that they have you eat on different days, but you only eat the crackers one time each, so you just spent money on 3 boxes of crackers for one servings worth. That's hardly cost efficient. So really, it seems to be more about calorie counting and not the stuff they talk about in the first few chapters (fiber, calcium, vitamin D, etc).
I also noticed that some measurements were WAY off, at least when it came to the 2 week fast start. One day tells you to have almonds as a snack. They list it like this: 2 tablespoon almonds (about 12). Then another day they tell you to have almonds again but they list it like this: 3 tablespoon almonds (about 24). Does anyone else see the problem with that. And please tell me if anyone is able to fit 24 almonds in 3 tablespoons.
I do like the portion sizes of the meals they put together. I've been following some of their meals but I eat one of the breakfasts that sound good and then pick a lunch and dinner that sound good, not necessarily from the same days. I also only bought one kind of crackers and one kind of mayo and plan on just using what I have. Once I've done that for 2 weeks I'll go to the second half of the book and see if I can follow that. The recipes I've tried have been good and the ones in the back look like they'd taste good.
Overall, my biggest problem was with the menus on the 2 week fast start.