The author spends a lot of time “debunking” other plans and theories. I always read these passages with my long range radar on. When they say startling things I sit back and think and then see how it is applied. One statement that got my attention was,
“Calories are a lie.” page 22That came as a surprise to me because calories are simply a matter of physics. She admits that but goes on to say that you don’t need to count calories because they are not important. Just follow her plan and you will be satisfied, have food left over, and lose weight painlessly.
I glanced at her diet plan and almost laughed. Dinner for one day is something called “Chicken and Barley Soup”. Sounds good to me but that was the total meal. I looked up the recipe and did a little math. I did not go OCD just for this. I already have a simple spreadsheet for counting my calories every day. I simply plugged in the ingredients. My calculation is that one portion of the recipe is 467 calories. According to the recipe, a portion is three cups. On the daily page you are told to eat 2 cups. It comes to about 308 calories for dinner. If you are a 105 pound woman that might make it for you but I would never call it easy or painless. Anyone would lose weight eating in these quantities.
So far I am not a convert to the new program.
Pomroy, Haylie. The Fast Metabolism Diet. New York: Harmony, 2013.
To be continued...
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