Last month I wrote about the 400 Calorie Fix - a new book from the health experts at Prevention Magazine. Their philosophy is a simple one: Lose weight by eating three to five 400 calorie meals every day.
Check out this new 400 Calorie Fix Diet review blog - a photo-blog documenting one girl's meals and experience on the 400 Calorie Fix diet!
Prevention Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello claims a person has the potential to lose up to 11 pounds in 14 days by following this simple no-exercise, "no-skimping" plan.
Realistically, I think weight loss for most people using this plan will be more like 1 pound a week, but you can eat less if you want to lose more.
When I was doing research for my last piece about the 400 Calorie Fix, I came across this link, where you can get a free trial copy of the book to try for 21 days. I was skeptical, but I was also curious, so I filled out the form. Will this book actually show up at my house for free, I wondered? And if it does, will it work?
I lost 115 pounds in my early twenties and have kept it off for almost ten years through diet and exercise. But like many of us (even the book's author Liz Vaccariello admits she's struggled with this) 10 unwanted pounds have crept back on over the years. So I'm always looking for new ways to trick myself into curbing some calorie intake, or burning more.
The book arrived at my house two days ago, along with an invoice. Should I choose to keep it, I'll owe them around $45, which I can pay at once or in installments. I've been practicing the 400 Calorie Fix method for two days now. The book features meal plans, recipes, and lots of interesting advice and information on how to apply their plan to your lifestyle.
The reason I decided to order the 400 Calorie Fix is because it seemed like a smart plan. I've always believed that eating what we crave, what we're drawn to, and what makes us feel content and full is the best way to lose weight. I'm not big into quick fixes, diet plans, or restricted eating. But this plan seemed different.
So how do I like the book so far? I love it.
The reason the 400 Calorie Fix can work, in my opinion, is because it's a realistic way to eat in the real world.
So many diets fail people because they aren't structured properly - they don't take real life into account. (Notice, I said diets fail people - people do not fail diets.)
In order for any eating plan to effectively help anyone: 1.) It must be easy to follow, 2.) It cannot cut out any food or food groups., 3.) It must allow for indulgences.
I lost my weight by eating what I wanted, for the most part, and choosing smaller portions. 400 Calorie Fix encourages just that - eating about 4 substantial, filling meals a day - most of which should be nutritious, but not all of which have to be. There's room for a huge piece of cake and a glass of milk as a "meal." Because sometimes that happens. That's LIFE.
So far, I love the book. And I hope I will feel the same when I report back to you in a week or two. Tonight, I just finished a huge taco salad, with ground turkey, avocado, sour cream, cheese and spinach and it was delicious. It clocked in at 400 calories and I'm pleasantly full right now. That's success in my book!
I'll let you know how it goes!