35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Love it but requires a bit of effort in the early days,
This review is from: The Harcombe Diet: Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight (Kindle Edition)
I'm not usually a leaver of feedback but had to leave a review of this, now in my 5th week.
To start, you do a 5 day phase 1 which basically involves cutting out wheat, dairy, sugar and everything processed. Yes, it is a bit restrictive but there are still loads and loads you can eat. Breakfast could be eggs and bacon, omlettes, or porridge. Lunches and dinners are meat and veg or meat and salads. For example one day for me was - bacon and egg for breakfast, lunch of a pile of homemade coleslaw with chicken breasts and chilli olive oil, dinner of steak and lots of buttered roast veg.
the first day can give you a massive headache, lethargy, cold like symptoms, aching legs etc, specially if you were a big caffiene drinker! But it does go and you come out of the other side feeling so much better.
Phase 2 is the phase for weight loss. You can introduce back in the food groups taken away in the first phase. But slowly. My first was milk so i could have it in my tea and coffee (decaf of course). Then was cheese because it massively made a difference to recipes and broadening food options. The idea is not to mix fats and carbs, so a fat meal could be meat and veg with butter or oil, a carb meal could be a jacket potato with fat free cottage cheese, or ratatouie etc etc.
it all sounds complicated and restrictive, but actually it's not. I thought i'd miss big bowls of pasta and buttered toast, but i actually don't at all. in fact, most of meals are what's called 'fat meals'.
i'm never hungry between meals, eat really well and feel great.
you have to want to do it
you have to be prepared to put a bit of effort in
you have to be prepared to give your body time to adjust to the new way of eating
register with the diet club where there are loads of tips, recipes and an enormous amoutn of support
it's been 5 weeks for me now and i've lost 13lbs. easily. i have butter with most things, oil over salads and roast veg, actually eat like a horse and no calorie counting, points etc etc.
I'd recommend anyone who values what they put inside them to go for it - eat natural and lose weight for sure!