I've always been skeptical of fad diets and the covers of magazines screaming they will get you your best beach body for summer if only you do X, Y and some crunches. But of course, I have tried them.
Last year, when a co-worker started talking about a diet she was on, my ears perked and I listened because, although it has been three years since my second child was born, somehow the baby weight was not miraculously falling off me. It was no longer baby weight, it was just extra weight and I didn't feel good about my body.
"Just workout," says my naturally lean, loves-to-workout husband. I've never loved to workout. Like, never.
But back to my co-worker who lost 18 pounds on the Fast Metabolism Diet by nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, which promotes on its cover that you can lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days. I was curious, skeptical and hopeful. My friend loaned me her book and after skimming it, I bought my own copy. I vowed to read the book and commit to the diet for January, and I did it!
It was a challenge; it was like no other diet I've come across. No counting calories, moderate exercise is required, which I endeavored to do with the help of my workout buddy husband. There are lots of rules, phases, food lists, planning and copious amounts of water daily. But it worked. I lost 13 pounds in 4 weeks, I felt amazing and ate lots of food.
It's almost more of a cleanse. And the premise is sound and makes sense. You have to eat wholesome, healthy food to lose fat. Losing weight happens to be a side effect of her goal which is to literally speed up your metabolism so once you're finished with the plan and you get back to your usual ways, you burn faster and more efficiently.
I wanted to lose closer to 30 pounds, but that's not likely (or healthy) in a month. So I thought I'd take February off and get back to it in March. Which came and went, as did April. I re-committed for May. I thought for sure I'd have gained back some weight, but I didn't. Not one pound.
This is my last week, I've lost 10 pounds so far this month, and I haven't exercised (which I'm not bragging about, I really do need to exercise). So, if you're looking for a miracle, this is not it. But if you are willing to plan your meals, cook healthy food for yourself and make a commitment to yourself and your best beach body, this just might be the fad diet for you.