A friend of mine has had great success on the "Fat Loss 4 Idiots" diet plan. It's obviously one of many fad diets found on the internet, but upon closer inspection, its basically a combination of paleo-ish concepts (no processed foods) and calorie cycling. There are no limits on portions, but you need to eat until satisfied, not stuffed. You eat 4 meals per day and each day is a different mix of protein/fat/carb as to trick your body so that it never knows what's coming. A sample Menu would be: Meal 1) Eggs and bacon; Meal 2) salad; Meal 3) macadamia nuts and baked fish Meal 4) Chicken.
In a nut-shell, this is a low-carb, high protein, high fat diet with no processed foods allowed. What I found fascinating is that my friend is basically eating the same things that a paleo person would, but she is sticking to a strict plan in terms of cycling her calories. She has lost a LOT of weight in a relatively short period of time. So my quesion is: has anyone else experienced similar benefits with calorie cycling? On the surface, I see nothing wrong with this sort of plan but am I missing something?
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on October 02, 2012
at 11:38 AM
What they are really doing is macronutrient cycling not calorie cycling. Calorie cycling, ala Leangains, is a very effective tool. Changing your macronutrient ratios because a website tells you to, and not in response to your physical health, seems odd. But I looked at their site, here are a couple of quick thoughts.
In general it seems like a very complicated and odd way of eating (especially being called a "for dummies" diet). Will you loose weight, yes, can you maintain this diet forever -- IMO no.
Eat good, whole, unprocessed foods, reprogram your body, and then learn to listen to your body. Eating is not as complicated as we have made it (we being SAD).