So I went on a rant in April about my weight and the 28 day detox program I was starting with all the hope in the world that this program would be my weight loss miracle. The program was the The Fast Metabolism Diet – Eat More Food and Lose More Weight by Haylie Pomroy. I caught a glimpse of this book and its benefits while flipping channels at 4:00 in the morning one night. Since her special was on public television, I blindly accepted the information more easily than I do with a typical infomercial.
I checked out the book from my local library (because skeptical me didn’t want to buy another book to have with all my other Failed Diet/Fitness books on my bookshelf). I read The Fast Metabolism Diet earnestly and with vigor – just like when I read the Star, OK and Enquirer magazines on the beach. I felt like Haylie was speaking directly to me about my weight issues and that this program would take me out of the yo-yo diet cycle.
I got excited reading the book and decided to change my life for the better. I was going to get healthier without being deprived or having to exercise constantly. I accepted cutting out my favorite things (sugar, bread, dairy, soda, man-made foods and alcohol) for at least the next 4 weeks. I also accepted spending more for organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef and free range chicken. After all, I wanted to repair my metabolism, lose weight, target those pesky fat cells and eat better so I could reach my goal weight (again) and once and for all stop being ON A DIET!!
Man I sure did drink the Kool-Aid and even licked the sugar from the bottom of the cup. The book explained how I would not only lose weight but the weight would be falling off, to the point where I truly expected to lose at least twenty pounds (REALLY). Based on the serving suggestions in the book, I figured I was going to lose 25-30 pounds over the next 4-6 weeks. I couldn’t wait to finally break free from the cycle of always wanting to lose more weight.
Needless to say on day 25 Of the 28 day program I sadly realized I would not hit my goal of 20lbs. I felt duped buit I was also mad at myself for being so gullible about this diet program. I was frustrated by the fact that my success felt like a failure based on the Haylie’s description of what to expect. I lost 11 1/2 lbs and 12 inches in 28 days and was more toned considering the minimal exercise requirements.
But the breakdown of my weight loss was 6 1/2 lbs during week one and then a total of 5 lbs during weeks two through five. Beginning with week three, Began to reread the chapters about weeks 2, 3, and 4 – the book went on and on about how much weight I was going to lose and all of the compliments I was going to receive all while I my rehabbed metabolism. I remained focused and restrained at dinner parties, birthdays parties and family gatherings that had an abundance of breads, cakes and cookies. I became the designated driver since all cocktails, wine and artisanal beers were off the table. I deprived myself of the things I enjoy so I could lose weight before the summer gets into full gear. Because of the water requirements, I literally scheduled my day around my bathroom access.
I’m generally a realistic person but I wanted so badly to believe that if I followed the program recommendations, I would achieve my desired results. This was the only diet/detox program where I always felt full without having to workout 1 hour a day every day or taking diet pills. What makes me so upset is that this truly would have been the easiest diet in the world and I would have been a happy camper if the book had set a realistic expectation of what my weight loss would actually be. If the book said I would lose 7% of my body weight in one month eating as much food as I wanted, I would have been elated. Unfortunately the expectations created in the book set me up for a let down.
Having said that, I still recommend this program for anyone looking to lose weight in a healthy manner with one caveat – you may not lose 20 lbs in 28 days but you will jump start your weight loss while not being hungry and you will probably make healthier changes for your lifestyle.