I don't know many people who would find it a sustainable way of life, but then again I guess it depends if you mean her all-sensational short-term TV diet or more the books where the marginally more sustainable version appears. It's a very significant change, and if you aren't ready to live it then it won't sustain. Yes it will take off some weight if you follow it, but this is the case with virtually every diet plan, the question is not of will it work but will it work for you.
A do have a friend who did well on it, but then again she's already a vegan so not much of a stretch for her, just a different balance of vegan goodies. I worry that the calories come in too low. Gillian's not exactly a glowing recommendation for her own program given that she is very underweight and has a long history of fainting, which has not been proven to be unrelated to her nutritional status (though not proven related either).
If you read a diet plan and think yes, I can see myself doing this for the next minimally 12 months then it's worth a shot. Look and think OK at xmas I'd have this, at Thanksgiving I'd be happy with that and when I go to Thingie's wedding we'll have those, on holiday I'll get the so and so and next time I go out for a family meal I'll choose the... If you can't see how you would fit those real life events into the confines of any plan then I think it's not the right choice.
Incidentally, much of the effect of these plans is placebo, if you tell people they are ridding their bodies of "toxins" then they will feel better because they feel toxin free. Small-scale experiments show similar effects for people drinking fruit flavoured water and being told it's "very cleansing" they often report huge improvements in the way they feel. I don't knock placebo, if it works it works, but it may not necessarily work in a physical way.
Undo holiday lapse, back to 160
BMI under 30: Maintained
BMI back under 28:
BMI back under 25:
Last edited by RoseRodent; 12-17-2010 at 02:44 PM.