I am on Day 8 of the program and down 9 whole pounds!
It really does work, though it is very hard, requiring constant committment and daily planning. The amount of pounds I've lost in a week is atypical, so I suspect it's mostly water weight. The book says you should lose 8-13 pounds over two weeks.
What I like:
* Immediate results (1-2 pounds a day in my case.)
* You eat until you are full
* 3 meals + 3 snacks = you're never really too hungry
* Maximum veggie potential
* Cheese, eggs and nuts are allowed
* Can be applied in almost any restaurant. (Waiter, please hold the bread, rice & potatoes.)
What I don't like:
* No fruit
* I miss whole grain bread
* Too much reliance upon artificial sweeteners
* Carb cravings never really go away (no matter what they tell you)
* I wind up eating the same meat all the time (turkey, chicken, tuna, low fat beef, and repeat).
* Daily planning required
For me, the hardest part of this diet isn't giving up pasta or bread, which I do love but can live without. No, it's giving up fruit for two weeks that had me almost reject this diet out of hand. I am a big fruit eater. I have a real philosophical problem with a diet that emphasizes diet drinks and artificial sweeteners over natural fruit. I don't believe artificial sweeteners are healthy for you, so I limit my intake to a few diet soft drinks here and there. When I get a craving for something sweet, I munch on baby tomatoes which have some trace amounts of natural sugars. But giving up fruit is a real hardship for me. The first thing I'm going to have in Phase II is an orange. The second thing I'm going to have is a piece of whole grain bread with peanut butter. Mmm Mmm good.
Anyway, if I wasn't losing this much, I would have seriously considered giving up this diet in favor of the Best Life Diet or Whole Foods diet. I believe low-carb is the best way to go, but I could not live without fruit for very long.
That said, I'm very happy with the results. I am only one pound away from my January mini-goal!!!!
Good luck to all you ladies.