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Worked for me but not as easy as she makes out!
on 27 May 2013
I bought this book following the feature in The Saturday Times last month. If you follow this diet as strictly as you can I think weight loss is pretty much guaranteed. I haven't lost 20lbs admittedly but I wasn't hugely overweight to start with. I'm 5'3 and start weight was 9 and a half stone. End weight after 4 weeks is just below 9 stone. And I barely did the exercise element of the diet due to a very busy schedule. So I'm very pleased with the result. I'm not quite at my wedding dress goal weight (8 and a half stone) but I have to admit I can't face doing another couple of weeks of the diet at this stage - I may come back to it in the few weeks before the wedding. Here are my pros and cons.....
1) You do get to eat a lot of food, I like to snack so this diet worked well for me in that respect. I didn't get any of the guilt I usually do if I have an extra piece of fruit or a whole sweet potato etc.
2) I have lost weight - particularly on my stomach and around my face and a little off my bum and thighs
3) I feel much healthier generally. I feel less lethargic since giving up caffeine. My skin is very soft and completely clear - best it's been in years (think this may be due to the diet combined with a dermalogica face cleansing regime!)
4) As someone who hates cooking I have realised that it is achievable to cook for myself more often - as Haylie says in the book, if you know what is going into your food it's going to be much better for you.
1) I love food. All food. And giving up bread, pasta (couldn't find any spelt or rice pasta anywhere), cheese, milk, tea, coffee, sugary treats, potatoes, fruit juice etc has been extremely difficult. I'm proud that I managed it for four weeks but I couldn't do it long term.
2) Haylie doesn't tell you in the book that a mildly unpleasant side effect of this diet can be an upset stomach.
3) The Phase 2 protein and vegetable only days in the middle of the week are painfully difficult. Egg whites do not form an omelette - they only scramble. And they don't taste great. Let's be honest, the yolk is the best bit! Was quite moody and hungry on those days. I would suggest eating smoked salmon in this phase (this is allowed) as it's much tastier than plain turkey slices. Luckily all the hummous, avocado, chilli, sweet potato, nut pastes and toast for breakfast do make up for it in phase 3!
4) It's quite difficult to find the ingredients she recommends in certain phases (in the UK at least), particularly things like sprouted grain bread and tortillas, rice pasta, spelt bread, turkey bacon, chicken sausage etc. I had to settle for rye bread as my wheat alternative.
5) It is difficult to follow this diet if you don't live a 9 to 5 life. I'm often travelling for work and finding appropriate food abroad is hard. There is only so much you can pack in advance (particularly given airline restrictions on liquids and pastes).
I will certainly be taking some things from this book on board permanently such as keeping my alcohol and caffeine intake low, keeping healthy snacks handy everyday, making more of my own food and reducing intake of refined sugars and gluten-based products.
Be aware that some of the recipes in the book have incorrect or confusing instructions and some of the quantities suggested are completely wrong. Watch out in particular for the dishes that have brown rice as you will need much more water to cook it than she suggests! For alternative recipes check out Haylie's Pinterest page - there are some further suggestions for each phase and also other healthy recipes for when you've finished the diet.
Worthy of note is the cost of all the organic and specialist foods that Haylie suggests - can make for a very expensive weekly grocery shop. But if you cook in bulk and freeze portions that helps reduce cost, and if like me you're used to eating out a lot, this will work out cheaper in the end.
All in all, this diet is a bit of a mixed bag. Definitely achieves results but don't be fooled into thinking it's easy!