Hi All. I bought the book and wanted to share some thoughts on it, would appreciate knowing what everyone else thinks.
It seems to me, that with his 'three stage plan', the first stage of 3 weeks is a very very low calorie and no carbs 'diet'. From what I have seen on blogs (what I could find) there are a number of people that of course lose weight in stage one, start stage two, in which carbs, in the form of only whole grains and beans etc, ('good carbs') are added to one meal a day, well they are asking if they should go back to stage one again, because they stopped losing weight.
My conclusion is that he is effectively only offering a pretty strict diet - no grains, no starchie veg, no sugars, a lot of fish, and in the first three weeks on very limited calories. For example: Breakfast: strawberries mixed with one cup of almond milk, Optional snack, 3 slices of turkey on lettuce leaf, Lunch, chinese sticky chicken wings with a side salad, snack, cherry tomatos and a tbsp almond butter, and Dinner, Shrimp with Mushrooms.
Seems to me that with this number of calories you have to lose weight - theres no rocket science involved and nothing really new, its just low carbs to reduce calories, isnt it?
Then the second and third phases add whole wheat grains and rice and a bit extra of everything else. Isnt this just sensible eating of anything in moderation?
He spends lot of time criticising other (fad) diets because of what they deprive your body of, and he spends a lot of time talking about the badness of low fat diets (which I agree with actually when people get obsessive about it). I dont know if low fat foods in the USA are different from low fat foods here in Europe - I will have a look - he says they all have extra bad stuff in, particularly sugars, and also cause us to eat too much of the wrong things (sugars) and not enough of the right things (good fats). I agree with this, however seems to me that with my current WW programe, well I am eating a good quantity of virgin olive oil, some meat fats, and light cheeses - and I cant find anything to suggest the lite cheeses have added sugars. Does anyone know if there is something country specific to these low fat products?
Anyway I am still unconvinced. I know if I make myself follow his first phase I WILL lose a good amount of weight, but I am not convinced it will stay off once I move onto the next phase, as some others have already found.
I also cant afford all the fish he suggests, as here in Europe its expensive (and thats even without the lobster and oysters he suggests) and compared to the fish I used to buy in my home country (New Zealand) I find the fish here just isnt fresh enough for me to enjoy the flavour. Maybe there are other things I can eat in place of the fresh fish options. But before I try it I would like to hear more from people who have done it and gotten to the final phase sucessfully...
My 2 cents worth anyway