So I went to Walmart today and saw this book sitting on the shelf. I initially burst out laughing but then picked up the book out of curiosity/my habit of checking out every diet book to criticize or see what else I could be doing.
Anywho, the author (who sounds and likely is some hollywood schmuck) proposes that you can "lose 20 pounds of fat" in six weeks by:
- realizing it's okay to skip breakfast (therefore IF)
- eat generally low carb (apparently below 120 g - a la Mark Sisson - BUT he says the only the amount of carbs matters, not the sources)
- taking frequent cold baths (a la tim ferris slow carb diet)
- light movement on an empty stomach/more movement in general (agreed)
- don't eat a lot of fruit (some mumbojumbo about fructose and hunger spikes, but I think it all goes back to that low carb stuff)
- eat whole foods, not smoothies and juices (yes!!)
- eat MEALS not SNACKS (i think he recommends three meals a day)
So then I went on the internet and wanted to see what people were saying about it. Obviously, people were calling this horrific and anorexia-causing and claiming that it targets young women (which I think it does, but besides the point). However, I think that the author makes some valid points because I have seen some of this "advice" on MDA and even here, on paleohacks. I also incorporate some of these ideas into my daily lifestyle and have seen the benefits (more movement, occasional fasted training, occasional IF, more low carb, hunger after smoothies and fruit, eating meals etc). I do think calories in/out matters for weightloss, but who says some of these suggestions can't be part of a healthy lifestyle!? I could say their ignorance kind of bothers me, but I think that makes me sound arrogant and cultish... sigh.
I'm putting this out there to get your opinions! What do you guys think, valid points or straight up garbage (the word "diet" in these sense of "dieting" still bothers me, so I think that any book that proposes that is rubbish... I like to think of "healthy eating lifestyle that will get you to your optimal health)? Is it surprising to have this reaction from people?