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The Engine 2 Diet

Engine 2 DietThe Engine 2 Diet

When I first heard the term ‘Engine 2’ Diet, I immediately thought of fire engines and big, burly firemen and lots of beefcake.  I mean beef.  Sorry, the mind wanders at times.

At any rate,  I was quite surprised to see that the Engine 2 Diet is a plant based diet, in other words no beef or meat of any kind.

The Engine 2 Diet was created by firefighter Rip Esselstyn to assist members of his Austin, Texas fire department to get back into shape.  Vegetarians don’t normally impress me much, as I see a lot of vegetarian junk food being eaten.  Coke and fries may not have meat, but that is not a meal!

But this is different in that it is whole foods based (no processed junk) and also low fat.  Dieters are encouraged to cut out vegetable oils and anything that has more than 2.5 grams of fat per 100 calories.

There are two phases of the program, you can do the ‘firefighter’ version and go all in, or you can do the ‘fire cadet’ version and ease into this new way of eating.  Either way, the dieter is encouraged to have their bloodwork checked and go on their 28 day challenge and then recheck the bloodwork.

Pros and Cons of The Engine 2 Diet

Pros

A low fat, plant based diet can lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes and heart disease

This is not a weigh & measure diet (but certain foods are off the menu.)

Promotes a long term way of eating for the whole family as opposed to a diet.

Cons

Unless you are really committed to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, this is hard to stick to.

Might be too low fat to stave off hunger

 

Interestingly, my own son has been a vegetarian for 7 years and he is strong and healthy.  He is an air cadet and goes on weekend survival trips and just does not eat meat for ethical reasons. I could definitely see him advocating The Engine 2 Diet!

The book outlines the 28 Day Challenge and has many recipes.  There are also some online resources out there on Facebook and Pinterest to keep you motivated.

 

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

 

My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet–Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes

 

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

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.



The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days


My Virgin Diet CookBook:: The Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Peanut-Free, Corn-Free and Sugar-Free Cookbook


Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms
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