I wanted to try this diet more for the "reset your metabolism" than for weight loss (not that I don't have weight I need to lose). I have thyroid issues, chronic migraine, diverticulosis, general fatigue, body aches, back and neck pain and a sweet tooth that have all contributed to my wrecked system.
I'm not crazy about all the hype that this is so easy, and everything is so delicious (bull). Getting off the sugar is the hardest, and I still miss crackers and cheese. I am on week three of this plan and have lost about 7 lbs. Fortunately, weight loss was not my goal, so I'm not too disappointed.
One of the frustrating aspects was cooking two meals because my family was not on board giving this a shot. Many a night I was just eating whatever veggies I made and throwing in that cup of chickpeas for protein. Sometimes it was pretty good but usually just ok. I did try the eggplant roll-ups with the fake ricotta. The recipe on the website is awful and just throws the almond ricotta on top. After some internet searching, I figured it out. It was pretty good, but don't tell me it tastes just like ricotta because it DOES NOT! It tastes like the nuts it is. I even added the normal spices I would use in ricotta. Nonetheless, it was a tasty substitute.
I don't really know if my metabolism is being reset, but I think it has helped my digestive tract. Diarrhea is gone, I am more regular, and I am off the heartburn pills. I snack better and less now (I used to be more of a grazer). There is no change in my thinning hair, old skin or flimsy nails. I'll finish out the week, and actually probably maintain a less meat, more plant lifestyle.
Overall, it is no 21-day breakthrough diet. Tone down the hype and be real! The only ones this would be "easy" for are those who only have themselves to be concerned with and aren't addicted to sugar, love chocolate or crave bread. I believe that you have to find what works for your body and your life. Sadly, this was another unsuccessful search for me. Some swear by low carb, some by no sugar, some by vegan, etc. If it works for you, great, keep at it. I'll continue my search.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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