NOTE: This is NOT a book review this is a rant-ish reaction. If you don’t like it move on.
I guess 4 days is better than 1 (I’m not even going there) but seriously.. FOUR days?!? I’m sure Dr. Smith is making millions on this book. I mean, who doesn’t WANT to be "Thinner by Friday"? Who doesn’t want it to only take 4 days (which, if my glance is right, this book actually outlines 28 days)? Who doesn’t want the weight loss solution to be that simple?
This type of quick fix, grossly marketed, diet smut does more harm then good.
I am SURE if I followed the plan outlined in the book I would lose weight. Here’s a sample day…
My calculations make that about an 800-900 calorie day. Well der… if I only consumed 900 calories a day you bet I’d lose weight, most people would. I’d also be freakin’ hungry!
Regardless, What are you learning? That a few days of depravation will lower the number on the scale? I think most of us already know that. The problem is, we can’t and we shouldn’t deprive ourselves forever so when we return to our normal eating patterns the weight comes back. Or better yet… we feel sorry for ourselves because we didn’t turn into a super model "by Friday" so we binge, and look for the next miracle diet plan. Or better even STILL… We can’t last a day on the plan, beat ourselves up because we must not be strong enough/motivated enough/good enough to follow the diet, get depressed, eat, and gain more weight.
For some of us this is a regular routine, I call it the yo-yo diet cycle of hell and I know it well. I have no doubt that there are people that could read a book like this, follow the plan, lose some weight and go on to live a happy, thin life. But I’d wager they are the minority.
So please…. PLEASE do not buy this book is if you think it will solve all your problems. It won’t. Your best bet on the weight loss front is to choose a plan that teaches you strategies on how to eat a little lighter, move a little more, and feel good about yourself.
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