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Incredible diet but rather poorly written book,
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This review is from: The Fast Metabolism Diet: Lose Up to 20 Pounds in 28 Days: Eat More Food & Lose More Weight (Paperback)
Firstly, I can't recommend this diet highly enough. It really does work and the effects are dramatic. The food is a joy to eat. You are never hungry. My body has changed shape noticeably in less than four weeks and the only downside is that I have had to work hard at shopping for the relevant ingredients.
If you want to follow the diet though, bear the following in mind. You can't be a fussy eater. This eating plan will introduce you to new and varied ingredients. You must be prepared to cook (although you can make up batches for the freezer and almost every meal takes only a few minutes to prepare). You have to stick to it and follow it exactly - no cheating. And you must give up alcohol and caffeine for 4 weeks. However, for me these were sacrifices worth making.
In the first 3 weeks I have lost 12lb so now I am just about at my target weight. 8lb came off in the first week. Last week I maintained my weight but my body completely changed shape. I now have firm muscles where a fortnight ago I had flab. People keep telling me how great I look. I have dieted before with slimming world and weight watchers and have lost similar amounts but it has always been a long drawn out struggle and hard work. This system is so different and works so well I can't imagine ever going back to those old miserable ways.
I started the diet using an article found in a magazine but after a week I was so into it that I bought the book. The book is essential in that it gives you meal plans and recipes and proper instructions for how to proceed. However, there are whole chapters given over to motivational prose and scientific explanations. I wanted the science part and have learnt from it but the style is very repetitive and you have to be quite determined to keep on reading.
I would have preferred less motivational chapters and more illustrations. Less about the author and more recipes and science.
But yes, buy this book and go at the diet. You won't regret it.