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The "I" Diet: Use Your Instincts to Lose Weight--and Keep It Off--Without Feeling Hungry Paperback – January 7, 2010
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To those who complain about the cooking, we found that there is cooking to be done, but it's so easy and quick it isn't a chore. For us it helped break us out of the delivery rut and gave us a way to always know what was for dinner--a huge help in our indecisive house. It also reinforced what a healthy portion size is for adults which is something we needed to learn.
To those who are concerned with the lack of exercise, this isn't an exercise book. Exercise is a healthy part of living, but studies have shown that it doesn't really help with weight loss. It's almost impossible to work out enough to burn the calories you're taking in if you aren't paying attention to that. I'm doing this along with Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shredand I'm having great success, my husband is just dieting and he's having equal success.
My one quibble with the book is that it needs editing. The page numbers to the recipes in the menu plans do not always line up with the recipe in the back of the book. It's not hard to find what you're looking for since you're usually in the correct section but it's really annoying, especially when some dishes have very similar names and can be easily confused. I'm using the paperback version, so I don't know if this also applies to the hardcover version.
If you're thinking of trying this diet, you should try it.
After a week, I can say several things about the "I"Diet:
--If you like to eat lots of delicious, fresh, healthy food, this plan fits the bill. It uses principles of volumetrics (fiber, liquids, etc.) to fill you up and help you stay full. No hunger AT ALL. If you are not used to eating a lot of fiber, though, you need to follow the instructions for gradually building up to the 50+ grams a day. Drinking a lot of water is also essential with this amount of dietary fiber.
--If you like variety in your meals and snacks, there is plenty of choice here, if you want it, whether you are herbivore or carnivore, basic or advanced cook.
--If you want to automate your meals, this system makes it easy. I just copied the three meal plan pages for stage I, then cooked enough of each days' entrees to feed us for two days. The first day we cook, the next, we just heat and eat, and so on.
--If you want to introduce a little food-confusion to your normal dietary habits, this plan does it. Some days are high-carb/high-fiber, while others have more protein, which keeps your body guessing about what's coming next and what to hold onto.
--The nutritional values of the foods here are excellent. We are using BodyMedia Fit...Read more ›
1. It makes sense. Once you read the opening chapters, you're almost certain to have an "aha!" moment where you realize just why weight/fat loss is such a struggle. At that point, it becomes obvious why the stage I/II/III food plans are structured the way they are.
2. It's flexible. All diet plans allow for substitutions as appropriate. There's a vegetarian option, there's an option for those of different weights who need different amounts of calories, there are periodic checkups so you can easily tell if you're on track or not (and how to adjust if appropriate), and so on. Very thorough.
The only drawback would be that the initial meal planning takes some work. I freely admit that if it weren't for my wonderful, food-minded wife, I would probably not have made it through stage I. However, once she initially determined all our needs, groceries, and meal plans for the first several days, it became simple, straightforward, and satisfying.
Most importantly, we've both seen results just one week into it and have felt good and satisfied almost the entire time. Looking forward to additional progress!
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Finally someone explains food cravings and how to overcome them without feeling so terribly hungry. I haven't made the bread, but tried to follow the high fiber suggestions and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joan H.
I think the biggest asset of this book is that it covers a lot of potential dieting issues and gives a number of suggestions to deal with them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Lincourt
My sister used this diet successfully so I decided to give it a try. The book is easy to follow and the food is in everyone's fridge. I am never hungry. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ev F.
I highly recommend this sensible, no-gimmick diet that really works on problem eating from several angles. Read morePublished 13 months ago by marciaweez