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Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

miracle cabbage soup diet recipeRecipe for The Cabbage Soup Diet

This is the famous Original Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe.  Before we go any further, I have to tell you that there is nothing magical about this combination of foods.  Feel free to substitute.  I made the soup pictured here with green beans and kale substituted for the carrots to make it lower in carbs.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a 7 day diet and this soup is eaten every day(along with your other foods).  If you truly follow this diet to the letter, you will need to make this soup twice.

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 green onions (also called spring onions or scallions)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 or 2 cans tomatoes
  • 3 carrots (I subbed in kale and green beans to keep it low carb)
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • small bunch celery
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 2-3 boullion cubes (I use this:Better than Bouillon)
  • 48 oz Low Sodium V8 or vegetable juice
  • seasonings to taste

(NOTE) Some recipes call for a pack of Lipton onion soup mix.  I never use it, it adds unnecessary crap and this tastes great without it.  Add a big tablespoon of Better than Bouillon instead.

Basically cut and chop everything up and cook in a large pot for a couple hours.  Easy peasy!

Not only can you use this recipe in The Cabbage Soup Diet, it can be used in any of the diets out there.  Hungry after a day of dieting? Eat a bowl of this soup.  Magic!

My kids eat this soup as well and they love it.  Add chicken or beef and take to work as a low carb lunch.  This soup is very versatile.

You can find more recipes for the Cabbage Soup diet in this inexpensive Kindle book: Cabbage Soup Recipes 2.0

The other great thing about the Cabbage Soup diet recipe is that you can eat this soup for several days and save a fortune on groceries!  A great budget stretcher.  I hope you like it!


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The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

Cabbage Soup DietThe Original Cabbage Soup Diet

I have to admit that I really like The Cabbage Soup Diet.  Not as a long term plan of eating, but more as a convenient, cheap and easy way to lose a few pounds in a hurry.

It’s only a 7 day diet, you  go on it, lose 10 pounds, fit into that ‘whatever’  and go on with your life!  Besides,  the cabbage soup recipe itself is really good and I make it quite often.  My kids love it as well!

Here is the Original 7 Day Cabbage Soup Diet Plan:

Day 1: Eat all the fruit you want (no bananas) and soup

Day 2: Eat all the vegetables you want (no starchy veggies) and soup.  For dinner add a baked potato with butter

Day 3: Eat all the fruit, vegetables and soup you want.  No bananas and no potatoes.

Day 4: Eat up to 8 bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you want, along with your soup.

Day 5: Eat 10-20 oz of beef and up to 6 tomatoes.And soup. Extra water on this day.

Day 6: Unlimited beef and vegetables and soup.

Day 7: Brown rice, vegetables and soup.

Pros and Cons of The Original Cabbage Soup Diet:

Pros

  • Rapid weight loss (10-15 lbs)
  • No weighing and measuring, so easy to follow
  • Extremely budget friendly, especially in the fall!

Cons

  • Not meant for a long term food plan
  • Rapid weight loss can cause headaches, dizzyness.
  • The same soup every day can make you a little crazy

Click here for the recipe for the Cabbage Soup Diet.

Bottom Line

Yes, this is a crash diet.  But it can be a great kick starter to a long term plan to include more fruits and vegetables original cabbage soup dietinto your diet. The Cabbage Soup recipe itself has no magic, but it’s a great, economical staple soup to eat often.  And studies show that if you start your meal with soup, you will have less room for other less healthy food.

I also love how budget friendly this diet is.  So ya, I go on this diet here and there and I really like it!


The New Cabbage Soup Diet Cabbage Soup Diet 2.0: The Ultimate Guide – Black/White April 23, 2012 Woman’s World Turbo Cabbage Soup Diet

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread made with Coconut Flour and Flax

Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour, 3 lb.

Low carb diets are what works best for me, but like many people, sometimes I just really miss that bread!

I’m not a big bread person myself, but there are times when I really want it. Poached eggs right? You need something to soak up the yolk. BLT’s? Grilled cheese sandwich?

So when I came across this gluten free low carb bread recipe on Pinterest I decided I was going to give it a try. The secret is using coconut flour!

And besides, I was following very low carb The 100 Diet, and coconut flour is a freebie flour, so a great way to add some variety!

This recipe comes from a site called Joyful Abode.  Thanks to them for coming up with this!

Anyways, here is the recipe so you can make your own low carb bread:

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread with Coconut and Flax

  • 1 c coconut flour, sifted (I prefer this Organic Coconut Flour)
  • 1 c flax seeds, ground and sifted (I grind my own in a coffee grinder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Pre-heat oven to 325.  Sift these first 4 ingredients into a bowl.low carb bread

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 c plain full fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Whisk the eggs, coconut oil, yogurt and vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. (Mine was very stiff)
  3. Put batter into a loaf pan.  I only use these silicone loaf pans now, the bread just pops right out!
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes (Mine in the photo was baked for 60 minutes)
  5. Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn it out onto a board or wire rack to finish cooling.  Let it cool completely for cutting.

Sliced into 18 pieces, it is 6.5 carbs (for the 100 diet) per slice or 2.5 net carbs (for Atkins).

And of course this is what I had for breakfast the next morning!   Poached eggs on low carb bread, toasted. Oh yeah, baby!

TIP:  Toast the bread twice to get it crisp enough!

low carb bread

 

Coconut flour used to be hard to find and very pricey but check out the variety of brands and price points on Amazon.

This recipe can be used on: The 100 Diet, Atkins diet, Virgin Diet, Scarsdale Diet(Protein bread)

I hope you enjoy this low carb coconut flour bread! Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Other ingredients you need for the gluten free low carb bread and staples for your pantry you can check out!


Now Foods Certified Organic Golden Flax Seeds, 16 ozs Bag, (Pack of 2)Nutiva Refined Coconut Oil, 54 oz.Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 Ounce – 1 Pack

 

Dr. Bernstein Diet

Dr. Bernstein DietDr. Bernstein  Diet

This diet is a long time ‘weigh and pay’ program, having been around for 35 years.  It is a very low calorie, medically supervised plan that promises (and delivers) rapid weight loss.

Exercise is not required and they indicate you will lose about ¾ lb a day of only fat. That averages about 20 pounds plus per month!  Those results are astounding, but you do pay for them.  I spoke to a friend of mine who is currently doing this plan and she is paying over $1000 a month.

I honestly do not know how you can maintain muscle mass without exercise but this is their claim. I suspect that because it is so low calorie (about 800 calories a day) they may want to protect you from passing out!

Pros and Cons of Dr. Bernstein Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Medical supervision and coaching

Use of real foods

Cons

Cost is prohibitive for most people

Very low calorie and no exercise does not seem like you would learn how to do this long term

You have to live near a Dr. Bernstein clinic

 

I would love to hear people’s experience with this one.  Did you go through this program and successfully keep the weight off?

The books below are written by a different Dr. Bernstein, however it occurred to me that they would be more useful and affordable for most people and they have excellent reviews!


Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carbohydrate Solution

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook: More than 175 Ultra-Tasty Recipes for Total Health and Weight Loss


The Fast Metabolism Diet

Fast Metabolism DietThe Fast Metabolism Diet

This is a best selling diet book authored by Haylie Pomroy and featured on Dr. Oz, complete with an A list  celebrity clientele.  (I think I should create a category for this site for those diets featured by Dr. Oz!)

There is a caloric cycling element to this diet (although no calories are counted), so it’s more like a nutrient cycling.

Phase 1 : Two days of mostly fruits and carbs in the way of whole grains (think quinoa and brown rice)

Phase 2:  Two days of mostly dark green veggies and lean proteins such as fish and poultry

Phase 3: Three days of all of the above with the addition of good fats such as avocado, nuts, coconut oil and olive oil

Ms. Pomroy has an impressive list of credentials and described as a ‘Celebrity Nutritionist’.  There are extensive online resources such as Pinterest recipe boards, facebook groups and blogs.  She also sells a shake mix on her website that supports the Fast Metabolism Diet. I checked the ingredients and they look really good, especially compared to other shake mixes.  Definitely worth a look and the cost works out to less than $2 per serving.

Pros and Cons of the Fast Metabolism Diet

Pros

Use of real  whole and healthy foods, lots of it

Plenty of online resources to help you, as well as a smart phone app

No counting calories

Cons

I am always hesitant about a diet guru promoting shakes and supplements

Counting calories or not, on the Phase 1 and Phase 2 days, the calories are very, very  low.

I find the phases and cycles a bit confusing

 

But certainly I feel this one is worth a try and I would love to hear from people who have done it.  How did you find the switching from phase to phase?

PS The Fast Metabolism Diet cookbook is available by preorder.


 

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight

 

The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook: Eat Even More Food and Lose Even More Weight

 

101 Best Foods to Boost Your Metabolism


The 17 Day Diet

17 day diet

The 17 Day Diet

The 17 Day diet is a program where you cycle through 3 stages of eating (17 days each) , finally ending up at Cycle four or the ‘Arrive’ Cycle.  The Arrive cycle is where you stay for the long term.

Except for the Cycle 1 the ‘Accelerate’ stage, this diet falls under the ‘Family Friendly’ category in that there is no reason the entire family would not be able to eat the same as what you are eating while on this diet.

Cycle 1 ‘Accelerate’

You are eating fish and poultry, low sugar vegetables and low sugar fruits

Cycle 2 ‘Activate’

You will alternate Cycle 2 and Cycle 2 days. On the Cycle 2 days you can have natural starches such as yams.  You can also have more variety of protein such as pork.

Cycle 3 ‘Achieve’

This brings an expanded food list, as well as the occasional alcoholic drink

Cycle 4 ‘Arrive’

You will follow Cycle 3 during the week and eat a wider variety of foods on the weekend, foods not normally eaten by dieters! This is to shock your system by using caloric cycling.

Pros and Cons of 17 day Diet

Pros

Well balanced and healthy food plan, the whole family can eat the same foods!

Plenty of recipes and support online

Cons

All the cycling and one day this and one day that can seem a bit confusing!

 

I did stumble across a blog that seems to contain every resource you could possible need to follow this diet.  If you are ready to get started now, it’s called The 17 Day diet Blog of course!  Here you will find what you need to get started.


 

The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results

 

The 17 Day Diet Cookbook: 80 All New Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss

 

The 17 Day Diet Workbook: Your Guide to Healthy Weight Loss with Rapid Results


 

 

The Omni Diet

The Omni DietThe Omni Diet

The Omni Diet has been ‘scientifically designed’ by Tana Amen, BSN,RN to help you lose up to 12 pounds in 2 weeks.

The book The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever is available on Amazon.

In my research I keep coming across the phrase ‘high protein, plant based diet’.  What?!  A plant based diet with meat protein.   The diet is also described as a Gorilla Plan for eating.

So basically the plan is that you eat like a gorilla.  Did anybody over there bother to Google the phrase “What do Gorilla’s eat?’ ?

Gorilla’s eat greens, with maybe a few insects that happen to be on the leaves.  In fact, in my hometown of Vancouver, BC we have a restaurant called Gorilla Food which is a raw, vegan restaurant.

So far I’m confused about this diet!  But let’s continue on, because I am nothing if not persistent!

On the Omni Diet you try to aim for 70% plant food and 30% protein.  There is no dairy, sugar, grain, processed food, alcohol, soy, corn, pasta and all those other refined and processed foods we should not eat!  So that is definitely a good thing.

Pros and Cons of the Omni Diet

Pros

This is a really healthy diet! They eliminate all those known baddies.

Whole foods that are easily available.

Eliminates those weight busting foods so you WILL lose weight.

No weighing and measuring of foods

Cons

The ‘Eat like a Gorilla’ marketing plan is dumb (nothing to do with the diet but come on!)

So while I seem to be stuck on this whole Gorilla thing, take that away and I like the eating plan itself. Honestly, we eat way too much of all that processed crap and a diet like this can get you back to what real food is.  Tana Amen had great credentials as does her husband ( a brain doctor no less!) and they also have other books and supplements you can check out.

In fact, I did not realize until I was looking at their books on Amazon that I actually own three of Dr. Daniel Amen’s books on ADHD!  The man knows his brain chemistry!


 

The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever

 

Eat Healthy with the Brain Doctor’s Wife Cookbook

 

FORMULA ONE TM All Natural Diet Drops with African Mango. For use with the Formula One Diet Plan, Includes Allowable Foods List, Basic Diet Instructions Guide & Our Top Rated Customer Service.


 

The Primal BluePrint

Primal blueprint

The Primal Blueprint

I wasn’t exactly sure how I should name this because I know it best as Mark’s Daily Apple.  Mark being Mark Sisson and Daily Apple being his amazing blog. But overall, the program he has published and promotes is called The Primal Blueprint.  This program encompasses a whole series of products and services ranging from his blog to supplements and even hosting retreats and conventions for the primal lifestyle.

I am a long time subscriber to the blog and have learned a great deal from that. But getting the book and going all in is another experience altogether.  The Primal Blueprint is not just about what you are eating.  It is a complete blueprint for everything that could touch your health and well being.  Everything is on the table, how much sleep you get, how you move your body and how often, sun exposure, this is a complete lifestyle makeover.

Pros and Cons of The Primal Blueprint

Pros

No processed foods on this eating plan

Addresses more than just the food

Cons

No grains or legumes (Note: this is not a con for Paleo people!)

Supplementation is really pushed on this particular program.

Still, if you have been curious about paleo, this is a great place to start.

 

 

The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series)

 

 

Primal Fuel (Chocolate Coconut, 30 Servings)

 

 

Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (Primal Blueprint Series)

 

The Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

jorge cruise 100 dietThe Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

Not exactly the most imaginative name ever, but the Jorge Cruise 100 Diet does make a pretty bold claim.  Count only sugar calories and you can lose 18 lbs in 2 weeks. This is the claim that Jorge (pronounced Horhay, I know, how cute is that!?) makes in his new book Jorge Cruise The 100.

So how exactly do you count sugar calories?

Take your food and whatever it contains in grams of carbs, multiply that number by 4. (I use an app for that!)

So lets take blueberries.  I went blueberry picking today so they are on my mind!  One cup blueberries is 21 carbs, so 21 x 4 = 84 sugar calories.

Ooops, my daily allotment is almost gone, this is not going to be easy!

The Jorge Cruise diet plan is a low carb diet.  A very low carb diet. And I have to say I was ready to poo poo this one.  After all, how is it different from Atkins or any of the other low carb diets out there?  Still, after noticing an endorsement from Dr. Andrew Weil right on the cover of the book, I had to check it out further.  Here is Cruise’s video explaining his theory about sugar. Remember, limiting grams of sugar is the basis for the Jorge Cruise 100.

Ok, so almost every article I have read about this has been negative.  I don’t really know why that is because limiting refined sugar should be on everyone’s to do list!  But it’s ok, I don’t usually follow the crowd, I make my own decisions.  If it’s a mistake, then so be it. This is what brings the greatest learning!

Pros and Cons of The Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss in the first 2 weeks builds motivation
  • Low sugar counts may be great for diabetics
  • No weighing and measuring (except for those foods containing carbs)

And the not so great

  • There will be some sugar detox symptoms, so be aware that they will pass.
  • Fruit has lots of sugar calories, therefore not a part of this plan(until after week 4).

 Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour, 16-Ounce (Pack of 4)jorge cruise 100 diet

So, bottom line is this. I am going to try out the 100 Jorge Cruise diet plan and report my results back here. How about you!?

(Update: Yes I did follow it for a week and lost 6.5 pounds!)

PS, Jorge uses breads and muffins made with almond flour , coconut flour and/or flax meal. These flours help add some great variety to this diet. I’ve listed the Amazon link below for the almond flour, it is an amazing price compared to what I have paid in my local supermarket!

What Do You Get in the Jorge Cruise 100 Diet Book?

  • Of course, you get the usual explanation of how the 100 diet plan works and the science behind it.
  • There is a detailed 4 week plan with ideas, recipes, menu tracker and more
  • A great question and answer section
  • A very detailed appendix and glossary with definitions of everything you can think of
  • This is my favorite part of the book.  Throughout the book there are excepts of a an interview with Gary Taubes.  Gary Taubes is the go to guy for everything low carb high fat (LCHF).  I highly recommend any book written by him, especially Why We Get Fat.

Good Calories, Bad CaloriesGood Calories, Bad CaloriesWhy We Get Fat: And What to Do About ItWhy We Get Fat: And What to Do About ItEat Fat, Get ThinEat Fat, Get Thin

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Other Jorge Cruise Diet Plan Books

There are also a few other Jorge Cruise Diet plan books available that have good reviews such as the Belly Fat Cure. Whatever helps you get off that sugar roller coaster!

 

 

Happy Hormones, Slim Belly: Over 40? Lose 7 lbs. the First Week, and Then 2 lbs. Weekly—GuaranteedThe Belly Fat Cure™: Discover the New Carb Swap System™ and Lose 4 to 9 lbs. Every WeekBelly Fat Diet Cookbook: 105 Delicious Recipes to Lose Your Belly, Shed Weight, Improve Health



The 21 Day Sugar Detox Meal Plan

21 day sugar detox meal plan
The 21 Day Sugar Detox Meal Plan

The 21 Day Sugar Detox is the brainchild of Diana Sanfilippo, author of Practical Paleo (a fantastic book that I own!).  That said, you do not have to be following the paleo diet in order to benefit from this program. Like the title says, it is only 21 days and the goal of the program is to lose your taste for sugar and other sweetness.

I have tried this myself a couple times and the way it is laid out makes a whole lot of sense.  It takes about 21 days to break a habit, so the time frame is good.  When I have done it, even a simple piece of fruit tastes really sweet after three weeks of nothing sweet!

You get everything you need to start the program the minute you buy it ($37). You download the food plan, the shopping list, bonus materials for working out and taking supplements.  There are many people on Facebook and in forums who are doing it.  There are websites with incredible recipes.  I plan to do this twice a year just for the detox opportunity.

Pros and Cons of the 21 Day Sugar Detox Meal Plan:

The Good Things

  • Cheap!  Only $37 with no weekly or monthly fees
  • Three levels you can follow, depending on your situation
  • Group support from others (online only)
  • No processed foods, all food is ‘real’ food and readily available.
  • Gluten free

And the Not so Great

  • The group support needs to be sought out by you and is only online
  • Three weeks with very minimal fruit can be tough!

Why Should You Do a Sugar Detox?

Well, I am not saying that you are addicted to sugar. But think about how much sugar the average person in 21 day sugar detox freedeveloped countries is eating or drinking.

And I’m not even talking about the overt in your face sugars that we consume in soda pop, donuts and candy. I’m also talking about all the sugars that are hiding from you. Like that Grande Mocha Frappocino. And things like maltodextrin and high fructose corn syrup. And the ones that have different names that you can’t possibly spell or recognize.

And what about the foods that are not actually sugar but turn to sugar the second they hit your bloodstream.

Our bodies are bombarded daily with sugars and chemicals that mimic sugar and turn to sugar. No wonder we are suffering from diabetes and obesity at rates never before seen in spite of all the information we have at our fingertips.

We are no longer eating real food. We are eating food like products.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox takes you back to basics. Back to the way we ate when we grew our food and still controlled our dinner plates. We can take back that control if we just give it 21 days.

 

If you are ready to give it a try, or want more details, click on the banner:

21 day sugar detox free

 


 

The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for Any Program Level Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

 


 

Good Luck!

Visalus – Body by Vi

Visaulus Body by ViVisalus – Body by Vi

The Visalus Weight Loss program is probably best known as being one of the first weight loss companies to use Social Media to take their program viral.

For the diet itself, it is a meal replacement program that happens to have one great tasting shake mix along with product kits that are chosen depending on your goals.

Balance Kit: for maintenance or to lose a few pounds (replaces one meal a day)

Shape Kit: 2 meals a day replacement for weight loss up to 20 pounds

Transformation Kit: 2 meals a day, energy drinks, metabolism booster and hunger control for people who are wanting to lose more than 20 pounds.

Core Kit: Muscle building kit for athletes

The shake mix is probably one of the best I have ever tasted.  When I first heard that there was only one flavor I was disappointed but then w hen I started to try some of their recipes I was impressed by the way I could keep it interesting and have a different shake every day!

Pros and Cons of Visalus Program

Pros

Taste! It’s the shake mix that tastes like a cake mix

The ‘Cream’ Flavor shake mix lends itself well to mixing with almost anything.

Cost effective (less than $2 per shake meal)

Cons

You have to find a distributor.

Distributors will want you to go on a monthly shipment plan, but most will let you buy with cash as needed.

For more information and pricing click here.




BlenderBottle® Classic 28-ounce Pink


Magic Bullet Deluxe 25 pc Set Blender Mixer

 

 

 

 

 

SmartforLife Cookie Diet

cookie dietSmartForLife Cookie Diet

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a tagline that reads “Eat Cookies, Lose Weight”.  It’s every dieter’s dream to have their cake and eat it too!

This diet works as a meal replacement program, offering cookies, muffins and bars as a meal replacement in the same way many other programs offer shakes.

The cookies are low calorie, around 100 calories, therefore this diet works because it is a calorie restricted diet.

How much you lose and how quickly will be determined by how many meals and snacks you replace.  Many people will replace 2 meals a day plus snacks for the at least the first week to kick up their weight loss, then switch to replacing one meal per day.

Nutritional component of one cookie (example is for chocolate chip)

Serving Size 29g, Servings per Container 6, Amount per Serving: Calories 100, Fat Calories

30, 3.5g Total Fat 6% DV*, 1.5g Saturated Fat 7% DV*, 0g Trans Fat, 0mg Cholesterol 0% DV*, 135mg
Sodium 6% DV*, 9g Total Carbohydrate 3% DV*, 2g Fiber 8%
, 3g Sugar, 6g Protein.

*Percent daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Pros and Cons of The SmartForLife Cookie Diet

Pros

Lose weight fast by replacing 2 meals per day

Many dieters find it easier when they don’t have to prepare meals, all done for you!

No weighing and measuring, just grab and go

Cons

Can become monotonous

For longterm, you still have the issue of learning to keep the weight off

 

The cookies do taste really good and are quite filling. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Good luck and let us know your results by posting below!

 

 

Smart for Life® Irresistible Winner Cookies Combo Pack Four 12-count Boxes

 

 

Smart for Life 10803 SmartforLife Cookie Diet 7 Day Meal Replacements Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 

 

Smart for Life – 14 Day Chocolate Lovers Pack – 14 Packs Chocolate Chip Cookies

Review of The Dukan Diet

dukan diet reviewThe Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has been all the rage in France for a number of years. It was developed by French doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan and has become a cult favorite, party due to it’s connections to members of the Royal Family following this plan.

I tried it myself and lost 10 lbs in one week!  The downside was I became very constipated and stopped the diet.  I would like to try it again, but I would have to first overcome the issues I had before.  This would mean not following it to the letter and increasing the daily oat bran that is allowed on the diet..

It is a very low carb diet and overcomes one of the big criticisms of low carb diets, which is that low carb diets are also typically high in fat.  This is not the case with the Dukan program.  It is very low in fat as well as carbs.

There are four phases to The Dukan Diet:

Attack Phase

The Attack phase lasts from 2 to 7 days, depending on how you answer the questionaire (follow the link at the end of this article), most people end up with 5 days on Attack.  This phase is ‘pure protein’ meaning you eat only lean proteins, eggs, fat free dairy and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.

Cruise Phase

In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.

Consolidation Phase

This phase is where more carbs are added as well as a weekly Celebration meal.  This phase lasts 1 week for every pound lost during Attack and Cruise.

Permanent Stabilization

This phase is where you are back out in the real world with a few rules.  Once a week you have one ‘pure protein’ day, eat 3 tbsp oat bran every day and daily exercise.

Pros and Cons of The Dukan Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Easy to follow, eat until full

Consolidation phase, if followed is a great idea to ‘lock in’ your weight loss

Cons

Very low carb can cause issues such as constipation (Trust me I know!)

It is hard to stick with long term, so it is important to get onto the easier part of the diet as soon as possible.

Still, this is a very effective program and because it works so fast, if you follow it and just ‘get it done’, you can get onto the more relaxed part of the diet which is easier to follow.   Look forward to your comments!

 

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever Dukan Diet Oat Bran Muffin Mix, Vanilla, 9.7 Ounce Complete Dukan Cookbook

Kristen’s Raw Food Diet Plan

Raw Food DietKristen’s Raw Food Diet Plan

Kristen’s Raw is a website and resource for people who want to experiment with a raw food vegan diet.  What I like about Kristen Suzanne is that while she eats a lot of raw food and has an amazing repetoire of  raw food meals and recipes, she does not advocate that you have to be 100% raw in order to get the benefits.

She has a series of ebooks, she has published books available on Amazon and she has a blog and website full of useful information and recipes.

Pros and Cons of Raw Food Diet Plan

Pros

  • How can raw fruits and veggies be bad for you!?  You eat lots of healthy food.
  • Many people experience rapid weight loss on a raw food diet
  • No weighing and measuring, you just eat your fill of raw and healthy foods

Cons

  • A lot of dogma in the raw food world will have you thinking it’s all or nothing (which is why I like Kristen)
  • Eating 100% raw vegan foods means you are likely going to have to supplement
  • Raw Food Vegan diet is not cheap, you have a lot of hyped up superfoods to pay for!

So now for my personal experience.  I actually was 100% on a raw food diet plan for 7 months.  I felt great, but we discovered that I have severe anemia.  It wasn’t caused by being on a raw foods plan, I have always had trouble absorbing iron.  So I do now eat meat again.  But I still eat many of my favorite raw foods recipes!

Here are a couple of raw food recipes that I make all the time just to give you an idea.  Mango salsaMango Lime raw food diet planshake and Kale Chips.

Because I was raw for those few months, I also own several excellent raw food books.  My favorites are Raw and Simple, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen and Green for Life.

I am totally for people upping the raw content of their diets.  You don’t have to be 100% raw to enjoy the benefits of adding more fruits and veggies into your diet.  Any of those books will help you do that and go a long way to take your health to the next level.  You may be surprised at what can happen when you bring even a little bit of a raw food diet plan into your life!

Leave a comment below if you have any experience with a raw food diet plan!

 

 

The Virgin Diet

The Virgin DietThe Virgin Diet

Designed by J.J. Virgin, the basic premise of the Virgin diet is that there are 7 foods that are the biggest triggers for all that ails us, including obesity.  These 7 foods are responsible for allergies and other health problems and by eliminating them, we will solve many issues including weight issues.  These 7 foods are:

  1. Soy
  2. Corn
  3. Gluten
  4. Dairy
  5. Sugar and Artificial sweeteners
  6. Eggs
  7. Peanuts

The Virgin Diet program does lay out a very natural and healthy way of eating that could benefit the whole family. It could also be a long term way of eating if one was committed not only to weight loss, but also to eating only the highest quality food.

Week one promises 7 pounds in 7 days, so a nice start to a new way of life!

 

Pros and Cons of The Virgin Diet

Pros

Extremely healthy foods, lots of fruit and veggies

No weighing and measuring of foods

Online support groups

Cons

Hard to maintain long term unless you are committed to eliminating these 7 items from your diet

They are promoting a product called  ‘The Virgin Diet Shake’

 

I actually want to try this diet, more as a long term way of eating after I have used some of these other diets to get all my weight off!  If I was to have a ‘perfect diet’ this would be it!  I would love to hear from people who have used this program.



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The DASH Diet

DASH DietThe DASH Diet

The DASH Diet was originally a plan of eating used to address high blood pressure.  DASH is an acronym standing for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.  And while DASH is still a great plan to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol, it has gained an incredible following as a weight loss tool.

There are DASH books, support forums, Pinterest boards with recipes, you name it!

This diet was voted by health experts to be the best overall diet three years in a row!

Pros and Cons of The DASH DIET

Pros

Health Experts on your side!

Well balanced meals, no weird foods or starving so the whole family can follow it

Can be used as a long term, even permanent food plan

Cons

Due to slower (but steady!) weight loss,  it is important to find a support group

You really need the book to figure out exactly what you are doing

There is weighing and measuring of food involved


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The Scarsdale 14 Day Diet Menu Plan

Scarsdale 14 Day DietThe Scarsdale 14 Day Diet Menu Plan

This diet was hugely popular in the seventies and eighties and was probably the original low carb diet.   It got lost a bit in the shuffle when the Atkins Diet came out, but then hit a new high when the creator of the Scarsdale Diet (Dr. Herman Tarnower) was scandalously murdered by a jilted lover.

But, we’re not here for the drama, so here is the 14 Day Scarsdale Diet details.

The Scarsdale Diet plan menu is to be followed for 2 weeks only, then you take a break for 2 weeks (while eating healthy!), then go again for 2 more weeks.  You repeat this pattern until you reach your goal weight.

Here is the basic 14 day Scarsdale diet food plan:

  • Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 1 slice high protein bread, toasted, coffee or tea (no sugar)
  • Lunch: tomatoes and/or other allowed veggies, tuna, lean meat, eggs or cottage cheese
  • Dinner: fish or shellfish or other lean protein, salad, 1 slice high protein bread, 1/2 grapefruit

Drink plenty of water!  If you follow this for 2 weeks, you can lose up to 20 lbs!

This is really just an overview and it probably seems very restrictive but in actual fact there is plenty of variety.  I actually own the Scarsdale Diet Plan book and I also highly recommend the ebook if you wish to follow the updated Scarsdale Diet.

scarsdale high protein bread

High Protein Bread: This bread is not that easy to find!  I did find some websites and blogs where they said to just substitute whole grain bread but I don’t think that is what the late doctor had in mind.

I would recommend either making a high protein low carb bread recipe, or ordering this High Protein Bread from Amazon.  You can store it in the freezer and eat is as you need it.

Pros and Cons of the 14 Day Scarsdale Diet

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss keeps you motivated
  • Lots of healthy foods to choose from
  • No weighing and measuring of food
  • There are online support sites with help and recipes

And The Bad

  • Very low carb diets can dampen energy levels
  • Can get boring to follow
  • No clear plan for after the 14 day Scarsdale diet

Going Forward with the Update Scarsdale Diet

This is a great diet to kick off a weight loss program and the fact that is is only 2 weeks makes it doable.  For the 2 weeks off, follow something sensible and satisfying so that you are then ready to give it another 2 weeks!

If you want to try this diet, I recommend the ebook.  It’s full of insider information and tips and recipes that are  part of the original book.  Plus you can download it right now and start your diet tomorrow.  Download it right here!



Garcinia Cambogia

garcinia cambogiaGarcinia Cambogia

When Dr. Oz speaks, America not only listens, sometimes they go a little crazy.  That is certainly true for a weight loss supplement called Garcinia Cambogia.

So what is it?  It is a fruit that looks like a small pumpkin that is native to India and parts of Asia.  The word from Dr. Oz is that as a supplement, taking it alone will cause you to drop some pounds with no other changes.  But combine it with diet and exercise and you can almost triple the results from that effort!

I have ordered some from Amazon and will test it myself and report back.  In the meantime, here is the clip from Dr. Oz’s show.

Pros and Cons of Garcinia Cambogia

Pros

All natural fruit extract

Cheap (as long as you don’t get sucked in by the marketing!)

Triples your weight loss efforts

Cons

Many scammers out there selling crap

Not supported by the medical community (except Dr. Oz!)

May react with your medications, so check with your pharmacist or doctor


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The General Motors Diet

general motors dietThe General Motors (or GM) Diet.

There is a popular belief that GM came up with this diet to help their employees lose weight.  I have not been able to find any concrete evidence of that!  None the less, it is a very popular diet and I did give it a try.

The diet itself is very specific, you eat certain things on certain days, and therefore not a long term diet.  It is designed to be followed for 7 days.  For all your hard work you are rewarded with a 10 to 17 lb weight loss.

Day 1:  All the fruit you want (no bananas or starchy or dried fruit)

Day 2: All the vegetables you want, raw or cooked.  Breakfast includes 1 large baked potato with a pat of butter.

Day 3: All the fruits and vegetables you want (still no bananas!)

Day 4: bananas, skim milk and the ‘GM Wonder Soup’

Day 5: Each meal must consist of beef and tomatoes.  The only other food you can consume is as much of the GM Wonder Soup as you like.

Day 6: Beef and any kinds of vegetables and Wonder Soup, in whatever quantities needed.

Day 7: Brown rice, fruit and vegetables, quantities as needed.

The GM Wonder Soup

I found a couple different variations of this.  Basically it is a vegetable soup made primarily with cabbage, onions, celery and green peppers. I basically made the same soup as The Cabbage Soup Diet and used that.

If you made it through this, you are at least 10 lbs lighter!

Pros and Cons of The GM Diet

Pros

Large rapid weight loss

No measuring foods

Its free!

Cons

Restrictive and boring

Not a balanced diet

All in all, the GM Diet does deliver as long as you commit 100% to it.  Good luck and report your results below in the comments!

 

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

Many A-list celebrities have ‘entered’ The Zone to keep their famous figures! What exactly is The Zone Diet?

The Zone Diet works by closely regulating blood sugar levels, keeping our blood sugar in a tight ‘zone’ that helps to burn fat efficiently.  To achieve this, you need to maintain a certain ratio of carbs to proteins to fats every time you eat a meal.  On the surface, it appears to be very similar to any other low carb diet, but having tried it for a few weeks, there is a difference.

For me that difference is simplicity!  I was a science major and I had trouble with this one.  You get ‘Zone Food Blocks’ where each block contains a standard amount of protein, carb and fat.  You get a certain number of blocks to use up for meals and snacks.

First you need to figure out how many blocks you get based on a few factors, then you need to plan out meals that contain those blocks.  You really need the book.  Or if money is no object, you can get Zone meals delivered to your door!

Pros and Cons of The Zone Diet

Pros

You will lose weight

Healthy balanced meals are the norm

There are a lot of recipes and groups online that can help you

It’s free (other than you really need the book!)

Cons

I found it very complicated

To maintain the blocks and stay in the ‘zone’ you really need to weigh and measure everything

 

If you still want to try it out, get the book! And please come and comment with your experience, maybe it was just me?


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