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Posted by on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:24 AM
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This is an informative post put together by one of our members. The purpose of this post is to help you to make an informative decision in your weight loss journey should you be considering one of the following diets.

Facts/accessible information are first provided, then her opinions/comments will be last  in bold lettering.

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Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:25 AM

First, let's take a look at the HCG diet.

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone

  • This hormone is excreted in the urine of pregnant women and is the marker of pregnancy as the fetus is producing and releasing the hormone as well as the placenta. The hormone is believed to stimulate the continued production of progesterone essential for fetal development and it’s believed to prevent an immune response from the mother which would result in the rejection of the fetus.
  • This hormone is also excreted by certain tumors and can be a marker of cancers such as testicular.
  • The interaction of this hormone in adults is not understood and it isn’t believed to have an active role in humans after prenatal development.
  • HCG is used in combination with some anabolic steroids and is therefore listed on some of the illegal sports drug lists.

The HCG diet would be classified as a Fad Diet as there isn’t much evidence that HCG works in promoting weight loss in healthy adults, but only has been proven effective in boys with Fröhlich’s syndrome. In fact, researching the history of HCG, shows that in the 60′s and 70′s some doctors were paid up to $100,000 a year to sit in a room and write prescriptions for HCG once a week for the weight loss clinics without ever seeing any of the patients.

In a recent double blind study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was determined that using HCG was ineffective in promoting weight loss.

HCG Diet Basics

The core of the HCG diet consists of extreme Calorie restriction of around 500 Calories a day mainly from lean protein and a daily injection of 125mg of the HCG hormone. Other programs promote taking the hormone orally. The diet proponents claim that the body will begin to burn fat reserves as the HCG prevents the body from breaking down muscle for energy. They claim that dieters can expect to lose “26 pounds in 26 days” with up to 3100 fat calories being used for energy per day.

Recommended Foods

Lean protein (fish, turkey, chicken, beef), celery, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, grapefruit, oranges, apples, and tea.


Exercise isn’t recommended on the HCG diet, in fact, it is discouraged.

Program Costs

There are many HCG diets springing up everywhere as this fad continues to gain popularity, but expect to pay around $140 per month for the HCG dropsand additional costs for recipe guides, books, and meal plans. Costs could be significantly higher for those that go to clinics for their injections and consultations.

Discounted HCG supplies are available here.


  • Dramatic, fast weight loss is possible.


  • Weight loss is most likely due to Calorie restriction, not HCG.
  • Side effects include headaches, risk of blood clots, restlessness, and depression.
  • Exercise is not promoted as part of overall health.
  • Calorie restriction is way below what is deemed safe by the majority of the medical profession.
  • Side effects of the long term use of HCG are not understood.
  • Some cancers could not be caught early as HCG injections will hide tumor markers.
  • Lifestyle changes aren’t stressed, but falls under the quick fix mentality.
  • HCG is not approved by the FDA


While many dieters are lured in by the HCG Diet’s claims of fast weight loss without exercise, dieters are warned to steer clear from the HCG diet as it is not a healthy way to lose weight and the use of HCG drops could potentially lead to other health problems down the road. The 100′s of testimonials being promoted across the internet are no doubt from people who experienced weight loss, but did so because of the extreme Calorie restriction and the high protein diet which promotes ketosis.

The HCG diet is not recommended, but if a Calorie restricted plan is what you are looking for why not try a healthier option such as the Medifast Plan.

Seeing as the FDA has decided this plan is ineffective and dangerous, that should be a clue that it is not safe. There is no substantial research that it works. One thing to ask yourself: can I do this forever? That is what you would need to do in order to keep the weight off. This does not teach healthy eating habits nor does it teach you to be active. It teaches you to rely on a hormone to lose weight, but you will not end up being healthy in the long run.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Cabbage Soup Diet

Next, we will analyze The Cabbage Soup Diet:

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a 7 day meal plan, aimed at achieving fast weight loss. It is not a long-term weight loss solution, but is known to be effective over the short term. Apparently it originally came from a hospital (Sacred Hearts Hospital) to stimulate weight loss for surgery patients – but this cannot be verified.


  • Fast weight loss.
  • The change from some of our normally junky eating habits can be beneficial.
  • Vegetables from the Brassica family (such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) have been found to aid in preventing cancer.
  • Many say they enjoy eating the soup.


  • Some complain that the Cabbage Soup a little too bland.
  • Be prepared for gas…
  • Requires will power.
  • Lacks good nutrition
  • High in salt.
  • Not a long-term answer.

Cabbage Soup Diet Plan

This diet is not recommended

Day 1
Homemade cabbage soup, plus any fruit, apart from bananas.
Day 2
Homemade cabbage soup, plus other vegetables, including a baked potato with butter for dinner (potatoes are off-limits on other days)
Day 3
Homemade cabbage soup, plus other fruits and vegetables.
Day 4
Homemade cabbage soup, plus anything up to 6 bananas and fat-free milk.
Day 5
Homemade cabbage soup, plus 6 tomatoes and up to 450 grams of meat or fish.
Day 6
Homemade cabbage soup, plus meat(beef) and vegetables.
Day 7
Homemade cabbage soup, plus brown rice, pure fruit juice, and vegetables.

No bread, carbonated beverages, or alcohol.

Cabbage Soup Recipe

6 large green onions
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
1 bunch celery
1/2 head cabbage
1 package Onion Soup Mix
1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)
1 48 oz. can V8
Juice (optional)
Season to taste (salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc).

Really? Cabbage soup for 7 days? It is seriously lacking in macronutrients - fats, carbs and proteins. Your body has to have the proper balance of macronutrients as well as micronutrients to function properly. Do you want to eat the same exact thing for 7 days straight for every single meal? I sure don't. This is just ridiculous. You can acheive the same results by incorporating lean proteins, more produce and whole grains into your daily diet.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Negative Calorie Diet

The concept of a food with negative calories seems like a joke. Many fad diets are about foods with ‘magical’ properties, and many offer only very temporary weight loss solutions – and who can maintain a monotonous diet of only one or two foods?

There are no foods with a negative calorie value. However it can be possible to obtain a ‘negative’ calorie effect.

Negative Calorie Effect

Fibrous complex carbohydrates are generally good for us. The American Heart Association recommends that 55% of our daily calories should come from complex carbohydrates. Fiber (in the correct amounts) is good for the digestive process, helping food to be processed and eliminated efficiently (it keeps us running smoothly!) – and can prevent gastro-intestinal ailments.

the-negative-calorie-dietWhat is a fibrous complex carbohydrate? Green vegetables.

Green vegetables are low in calories. You can eat a lot of them without getting fat – yet at the same time the fibrous content can ‘fill you up’. There are some green vegetables in particular that are very low in calories.

Every food requires some energy in order to digest it (called the thermic effect of food). Some green vegetables may actually have some of their calories burnt up just to digest them. This is the “negative calorie” process.

Example Green Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Zucchini (courgette)

Proponents of the Negative Calorie Diet suggest that eating a stick of celery (5 calories) will burn up 95 calories.

This is pure speculation and lacks scientific basis.

Weight Loss From Negative Calorie Diet

It is likely that all weight loss on the Negative Calorie Diet comes simply from consuming low calories. It is very unlikely that any diet consisting of a certain group of foods will have any ‘magical’ properties.

Fibrous vegetables are filling, very nutritious yet low in calories – any diet consisting of large portions of vegetables will aid in weight loss.

I seriously don't think I've ever burned 95 calories by eating anything. I've worn a bodybugg that tracked my calories daily for every minute of the day. This is such a load of bunk it is ridiculous. Are these items healthy? Heck yes! You should eat all of these veggies and more, but don't think you are going to burn any extra calories by doing so.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:28 AM

3 Day Diet

The 3 Day Diet is one of the most popular short-term fad diets around today. Many people adopt the diet to try and achieve short-term weight loss. However, unfortunately most people simply gain the weight back on again once they resume normal eating patterns.

Diet Basics

The 3 Day Diet is simply a low calorie diet (as can be seen by the meal plan). There is nothing magical – no mystical chemical reaction that goes on (as some seem to think). Weight loss is due to a sudden drop in calories – some of this may be fat – but most will be from water loss.

3 Day Diet Meal Plan

This diet is not recommended and should never be used for more than 3 days. This kind of diet is often used by those who experience “yo-yo” weight – it is not a good habit to get into.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
1/2 Grapefruit or Juice
1 slice toast with 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup of Tuna
1 slice toast
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
3 oz. any lean meat
1 cup green beans
1 cup carrots
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 medium apple
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
1 egg (any style)
1 slice toast
1 banana
1 cup cottage cheese or tuna
5 saltine crackers
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
2 beef franks or hot dogs
1/2 cup carrots
1 banana
1 cup broccoli or cabbage
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
5 regular saltine crackers
1 oz.(slice) cheddar cheese
1 apple
1 hard boiled egg
1 slice toast
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
1 cup tuna
1 cup carrots
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup melon
1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water

Condiments Allowed

  • Lemon (and lots of it, if you like)
  • a dash of salt and/or pepper
  • mustard
  • cooking spray


Some people use the following substitutions for the 3 day diet:

  • Orange instead of Grapefruit
  • Tuna instead of Cottage cheese (and vice versa)
  • Frozen yogurt instead of Ice Cream
  • Cauliflower instead of Broccoli (and vice versa)
  • Green beans instead of Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Beets instead of Carrots
  • Toast instead of 5 crackers (vice versa), in other words, you are decreasing your calories drastically for 3 days. There is also ice cream and hot dogs on the menu...really?? Processed foods and highly processed foods at that! I don't know of any healthy diet that includes hot dogs. Also, you can't work out while on this diet as it will cause you to burn out very quickly. It does not teach you how to eat properly and will end up promoting yo yo dieting.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:29 AM

The New Atkins Diet

Almost 40 years ago The Atkins Diet was introduced to the public and became one of the most popular diets in America. Since then it has undergone changes in accordance with the development of nutritional science.


2 scrambled eggs
2 oz sautéed onions
2 oz grated cheese
½ grapefruit

Morning Snack

Low carb bar
4 oz blackberries


Grilled chicken
Green salad with dressing
4 oz sweetcorn
4 oz red pepper
4 oz black beans

Afternoon Snack

1 medium carrot
2oz walnuts


Steak with flourless gravy
4 oz mashed potatoes
4 oz zucchini
Green salad with dressing
1 oz goat cheese
4 oz beetroot

Well, exercise is not recommended for the first few weeks as you adjust to this plan. ( It's never good to cut out exercise unless directed by a physician for a medical issue IMO) Again, this cuts out entire food groups: whole grains,fruit and starchy vegetables. You can become fatigued from the loss of carbs, which are needed to maintain a proper balance in your body. This will be very difficult to do cardio workouts as our bodies burn through glycogen stores rapidly which are provided by carbs. ( thus the reason so many runners carbo load before a big race- our muscles rely on the glycogen stores to maintain the pace of a long race). Still not my favorite way of weight loss as it prohibits you from eating fruits and whole grains.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:30 AM

17 Day Diet

The 17 Day Diet was created by Dr. Mike Moreno, a family practice physician in California. After being featured on The Doctors TV show and Dr. Phil it has rapidly become one of the hottest weight loss plans of the moment.

Initially Dr. Moreno designed the diet to help people to prevent weight gain or lose any extra pounds gained during the holidays. But the diet can be used any time during the year to assist with the rapid and effective release of excess weight.

The diet involves a series of 17 day cycles with adjustments in the composition of the foods you eat. Moreno suggests that a weight loss of 10-12 pounds is possible in the first 17 days. He cites recent research showing that rapid weight loss does have long and short-term advantages over the slow weight loss approach.

17 Day Diet Basics

In terms the 17 Day Diet is a carbohydrate cycling diet whereby you adjust your intake of carbohydrates in accordance with whatever phase of the diet you are in. At certain times you will follow a very low carbohydrate diet, while at others you can enjoy specific foods that are higher in carbohydrates.

According to Dr. Moreno, this has the effect of confusing your metabolism and enhancing the rate at which you are able to lose weight. It also can help to reduce the frustration and boredom that is generally associated with long-term dieting.

The 17 Day Diet includes four cycles:

  • Accelerate
    In this initial phase you dramatically reduce your intake of carbohydrates to promote fat burning, cleansing and rapid weight loss.
  • Activate
    This 17 Day Diet phase involves carbohydrate cycling, which has the purpose of resetting your metabolism to stimulate fat burning and prevent plateaus.
  • Achieve
    You reintroduce some previously restricted foods and will learn how to develop healthy eating habits.
  • Arrive
    The final phase allows you to maintain your goal weight by eating a healthy diet during the week and indulging in your favorite foods on the weekends.

During all of the four phases of the 17 day Diet there is an emphasis on clean eating and the avoidance of sugar and all processed foods.

Recommended Foods

Eggs, turkey breast, chicken breast, seafood, yogurt, grapefruit, berries, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomato, cucumber, asparagus, green tea.

Sample 17 Day Diet Meal Plan


Scrambled eggs
1 cup green tea


2 boiled eggs
Large salad with lettuce, carrots, broccoli, onion, tomato

Afternoon Snack

Yogurt with fresh berries


Turkey breast
Steamed carrots and asparagus

Exercise Recommendations

The 17 Day Diet involves a 17-minute exercise routine that should be performed six days a week. An exercise DVD is available of the 17-minute workout program for $15.

Costs and Expenses

The 17 Day Diet retails for $25.00. Click Here to order your discounted copy.

Click here to order the 17 Day Diet Workbook which has recently been released.


  • Encourages the intake of a variety of unprocessed, natural foods.
  • Carbohydrate and calorie cycling may help to accelerate the rate of weight loss.
  • Variety in the 17 Day Diet structure can help to maintain motivation and prevent boredom.
  • Eating plan is simple to understand.
  • Includes meal plans and recipes.
  • Exercise program is short and effective.
  • Home delivery meals are available for an additional cost.
  • Includes tips for avoiding holiday weight gain.


  • Not suitable for diabetics.
  • Calorie intake may be too low for physically active dieters.
  • Irregular eating patterns have the potential to trigger disordered eating in susceptible individuals.
  • Does not adequately address the psychological factors required for successful weight loss over the long term.
  • The 17 Day Diet is only available for purchase online.

Let's start with the fact that this is supposed to give you a 17 lb weight loss in 10-12 days which is not a healthy rate of loss unless you are needing to lose a significant amount of weight. I also cannot buy into the fact that this prevents plateaus...muscle confusion is the best way to prevent plateaus. 17 minute exercise program to do for 17 days?? Really? How does that teach you anything about a healthy lifestyle if you only work out for 2.5 weeks? I have a real problem with that. It is very high in protein and cholesterol...very low in fruits and veggies it seems.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Ketogenic Diet

A ketogenic diet is a diet high in fat and protein, and virtually no carbohydrate. This will force the body into a state of ketosis whereby ketones are used as a fuel source – rather than glucose.

Ketogenic diets have been used to treat epilepsy and for weight loss. Many body builders also use a ketogenic diet during their ‘cutting’ phase (attempting to burn as much fat as possible while retaining muscle mass). Ketogenic diets have gained some popularity due to the extensive media coverage of low/no carb diets such as Atkins.

Is a Ketogenic Diet Healthy?

A ketogenic diet is suitable for some people – but most definitely not all. Depriving the body of carbohydrates can place significant strain on the body – particularly liver and kidney function. Many people will feel considerably fatigued during the first few weeks of ketosis – the body is trying to adapt to using ketones as a fuel source. Ketones are a byproduct of fat metabolism (fat burning).

There are many opposite schools of thought regarding the safety of a ketogenic diet – however the fact that many epilepsy sufferers have successfully been using ketosis for years – certainly gives the diet some credence.

However, it must be done carefully. Many who start the diet stop it within a few days due to the fatigue and difficulty encountered.

Oh my....where do I begin??? High in fat and protein, which of course also means high in cholesterol. Your body NEEDS carbs. Period. It is how our muscles work properly. Your body is not designed to burn fat, it is designed to burn glucose which comes from carbs. When you burn fat, you are leading to a starvation diet/ anorexia. This is what anorexics do- their body burns fat as well as lean muscle mass. Going into ketosis is dangerous for you kidneys and your body will also be fatigued from the lack of carbs.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:31 AM

South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet plan was created by cardiologist Dr Arthur Agatston based at Mount Sinai Hospital – in South Florida. The diet was originally developed for overweight heart patients. The patients experienced excellent results, not only in their general health but also lost weight.

Since hitting the shelves, Agatston’s book The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Losshas remained a bestseller (despite a pretentious subtitle). The diet is becoming known as the “healthy” version of the Atkins diet. This diet is good – very good, and includes foods such as whole grains, healthy fats, fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables.

South Beach Diet Plan Overview

Three Phases
The South Beach Diet begins with a somewhat restricted two-week induction phase — generally producing weight loss of 8 to 13 pounds. In this phase most carbohydrates (such as rice, pasta, and breads) must be avoided. There are three meals a day and snacks — eating until your hunger is satisfied. Meats, shellfish, chicken, turkey, and fish are all on the menu – along with nuts, cheese (fat-free), eggs, salads, and vegetables.

There are two subsequent phases that include specific meal plans and recipes. The second phase reintroduces some of the foods avoided in Phase 1 – but only sparingly. In this phase weight loss should be in the region of 1-2 pounds per week.

The third phase is about living the lifestyle more than a phase – its about eating healthy foods, and maintaining weight.

This is NOT Atkins
Although the South Beach Diet may seem similar to the Atkins diet or the Zone diet, Dr Agatston stresses it is not a strictly low-carb diet. It’s all about balancing the good carbs against the “bad” carbs. Although when looking at the first 14-day phase – there is no doubt that this is a low-carb phase. However the South Beach Diet is based around the Glycemic Index, and carbs are chosen according to this index.

South Beach have an on-line program that includes an 800 recipe database, and options for vegetarians. (see top right).

South Beach Food brand fits in with the diet guidelines for snacking.

South Beach Diet Phase 1

Tomato juice, 6 oz
Scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and mushrooms
Canadian bacon, 2 slices
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute
Part-skim mozzarella cheese stick
Chicken Caesar salad (no croutons)
Prepared Caesar dressing, 2 Tbsp
Low-fat cottage cheese (½ cup) with ½ cup chopped tomatoes and cucumbers
Mahi mahi
Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Arugula salad
Low-sugar prepared dressing
Lemon Peel Ricotta Crème

Phase 2

Berry smoothie (8 oz Dannon Light ‘n Fit fruit-flavored yogurt, ½ cup berries, ½ cup crushed ice, blended)
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute
1 hard-boiled egg
Lemon Couscous Chicken
Tomato and cucumber slices
Dannon Light ‘n Fit yogurt, 4 oz
Meat Loaf
Steamed asparagus
Mushrooms sautéed in olive oil
Sliced Bermuda onion and tomato with drizzled olive oil
Sliced cantaloupe with 2 Tbsp ricotta cheese

Phase 3

½ grapefruit
Tex-Mex eggs (2 eggs scrambled with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and salsa)
Whole grain toast, 1 slice
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute
Roast Beef Wrap
Grilled salmon with tomato salsa
Tossed salad (mixed greens, cucumbers, green bell peppers, cherry tomatoes)
Olive oil and vinegar to taste or 2 Tbsp low-sugar prepared dressing
Chocolate-Dipped Apricots

Well, this is one of the FEW plans that are actually fairly decent and somewhat easy to maintain. Yes, in the first 2 weeks, it is pretty low carb, however, after that first 2 weeks, whole grains are introduced back into the plan. It is not cutting out complete food groups completely as it reintroduces them very quickly. It could become slightly pricey at the grocery store, but that seems like one of the only drawbacks to the plan.

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Tapeworm Diet: Using Beef Tapeworms in Humans


It is undeniable that people will resort to extreme measures in a desperate attempt to shed those extra pounds, but ingesting tapeworms in order to lose weight is not only a radical method but also an extremely dangerous one.

Thankfully the use of tapeworms as a diet aid is illegal in the US and for good reason. Tapeworm infestation can result in the formation of cysts in the liver, eyes, brain, and spinal cord with potentially lethal consequences.

Tapeworm Diet Basics

tapeworm-dietAlthough it is not possible to attempt the Tapeworm diet in most countries, it is being offered at some places in Mexico. When you arrive at the treatment location you are given beef tapeworm cysts that have been identified microscopically. This is vitally important because some cows may host pig tapeworms, which are very dangerous.

The tapeworm interferes with your digestion and absorption of nutrients, which means that you can consume more calories and still lose weight. However the parasite also competes for vitamins and other important nutrients, which may result in a nutritional deficiency.

According to some scientists, tapeworm infestation can result in a loss of one to two pounds per week. Once the target weight loss is reached, an antibiotic is given, which kills the tapeworm so it can be expelled.

Recommended Foods


Sample Diet Plan


Exercise Recommendations


Costs and Expenses

It appears that the treatment is only available in Mexico at the time of this review and the approximate cost is $1500.

Pros of the Tapeworm Diet

  • Weight loss is very likely.
  • Some scientists believe that tapeworms can also help to alleviate allergies such as hay fever.

Cons of the Tapeworm Diet

  • Extremely dangerous, can cause unpleasant side effects and in some cases can be lethal.
  • Does not appear to be adequate protection for consumers in regard to regulation and safety analysis.
  • Rebound weight gain is most likely once the tapeworm is expelled.
  • Tapeworms can cause a swollen stomach which is not physically attractive and goes against the desired result.
  • Not available in most countries.
  • Treatment is expensive and will also need to include travel expenses.


It goes without saying that the Tapeworm Diet is extremely risky and can cause a wide rage of undesirable side effects including death. In addition to this, dieters will probably regain all the weight that is lost if they continue with the same eating habits after the tapeworm is expelled.

Dieters are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods such as consuming less calories and increasing physical activity, rather than risking their lives with a technique that is harmful and unlikely to yield positive long term results by trying the tapeworm diet.

Okay... Do I even need to say anything about this!?!??!?! PLEASE tell me nobody would be insane enough to do something like this! I cannot even fathom what to say at this point as this just baffles my mind too much...ewwwwwww.....

Cafe MichelleP
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:33 AM

180 Degree Metabolism Diet

180 Degree Metabolism is a weight loss program created by Matt Stone, author and independent health researcher. His intention in writing this book is to inform dieters how hormonal factors play a major role in weight management and to explain how strict dieting and excessive exercise can actually make it harder for you to lose weight.

Stone encourages you to follow a series of steps that first allow you to heal your metabolism so that you will then be able to lose weight easily. His program is not just about solving your weight problem but also about enabling you to get to the point where you can eat what you want while staying lean and healthy.

Metabolism Diet Basics

There are two major steps to the program:

Body Recomposition Step 1:

In this phase you will prime your metabolism by eating as much food as you can and keeping exercise to a minimum. Your diet choices don’t have to be perfect but you are advised to limit your intake of sugars – including those found in fruit, juice and sweets. The consumption of complex carbohydrates such as rice, corn, beans and vegetables is encouraged.

Body Recomposition Step 2:

This is the fat loss phase of the 180° Metabolism diet program. During this step the primary focus is to eat three evenly spaced and evenly sized meals a day, containing somewhere between 20 and 40 grams of protein per meal.

Each meal should also include a portion of starch that is at least half the size of your protein portion. This could be one potato, a scoop of brown rice, 2 slices of wholegrain bread or a bowl of oatmeal. The meal can also include healthy fats and it is best to keep the vegetable content of each meal quite high.

After a maximum of 30 days you must take a break from dieting, no matter how good you are feeling or how fast you are losing weight. This is absolutely essential because it is the key to “preserving your metabolic health, your sanity, and preventing adaptation to the weight loss.”

The final step in body recomposition is related to learning how to eat and live your life when you have achieved your ideal weight. Stone recommends eating real food, sleeping well, avoiding drugs and to spend a lot of time involved in daily physical activities.

Recommended Foods

Salmon, tuna, chicken breast, cottage cheese, lean meat, eggs, legumes, potatoes, oatmeal, quinoa, whole grain bread, berries, apples, pears, citrus fruits, milk, yogurt, coconut oil, butter, macadamias, olives, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, herb tea.

Sample 180° Metabolism Diet Meal Plan


2 eggs scrambled with salsa
Fried tortillas and fajita veggies


Baked potato buried in cheese
Side of steamed broccoli


Juicy cheeseburger on Ezekiel bun with large salad

Exercise Recommendations

Stone says exercise is overrated and getting too much can be just as dangerous as getting too little when it comes to weight loss. 180° Metabolism encourages dieters to only exercise for pleasure and to emphasize activities they enjoy.

Being active during the day in pursuits such as gardening and cooking, is better than jogging or lifting weights for an hour and then sitting in front of a television or computer for the rest of the day.

Costs and Expenses

180 Degree Metabolism: The Smart Strategy For Fat Loss is available in eBook format for $39.95, which includes a bonus 6-hour audio weight loss seminar.


  • May help to repair metabolism damaged due to chronic or extreme dieting.
  • Can help dieters to get out of the yo-yo diet syndrome.
  • Flexible plan that does not require avoidance of any food completely.
  • Provides detailed information about hormones and how they are involved in weight loss.
  • Encourages the intake of a variety of whole, unprocessed foods.
  • Includes a seven-day meal plan with recipes.


  • Meal plans are too high in calories for smaller or less active women.
  • Meal plans are very high in saturated fat.
  • Does not include a vegetarian meal plan.
  • Will take time for results to become apparent.
  • Some dieters will gain weight during the first phase.
  • Maintenance guidelines are very vague.
  • Does not encourage exercise.


180 Degree Metabolism helps dieters to understand the negative effects of low calorie diets and excessive exercise on long-term weight management, while presenting a basic plan to heal the metabolism that may be disrupted due to a history of chronic or extreme dieting.

Where do I begin with this crazy thing?? Yeah...first off, you don't consume as much as you can in a day..that is going to lead to disaster. Let's face it, that is what got most of us to this point to begin with!

Then, eat 40 grams of protein per meal...umm...yeah, high in fat, high in cholesterol, and you don't need a crap ton of protein unless you are pulling a lot of weights on a consistent basis.

This leads me to my next point- Exercise is over rated and working in the garden will be sufficient.. ummm...nope! That is blatantly NOT true at all. This diet does not encourage exercise, thus it does not teach you a healthy way to live. Period.

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