Geez, I didn’t expect the flood of emails asking me about my diet. I didn’t want to give you the name until I had reached my weight loss goals, but I figured I should publish it now, or have to deal with answering all the inquiries… So the diet is NOT the Cohen diet, but I believe it follows many of the same “rules”… Essentially, it is a diet that examines your blood chemistry or numbers, and they “tailor” a specific eating plan “customized” to your blood chemistry and your weight loss goals. The eating plan is QUITE SPECIFIC in that it says exactly how many grams of protein and vegetable you should eat at each meal, and it outlines acceptable foods and those that are off-limits. There no carbohydrates (rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, etc.) with the exception of just a few all fiber biscuits, even the brands of those are specified. They tell you how much water to drink, how to weigh your food, what things you can’t add (not much salt, no soy sauce, no patis, etc.) to your prepared foods. No sugar at all. It sounds horrible or restrictive, but as you may have noticed from the meals I photographed and posted on this post, this post and this last post, they weren’t as bad as you might think. Diet cokes are NOT allowed but you can drink several cups of tea a day.
I would NEVER have believed I could lose 22 pounds in one month, but I did. And better yet, my blood chemistry is simply superb. So there MUST be something to the program, but I will caution that this is only based on my experience and knowledge of two other people (both readers of this blog) who have also tried it and were extremely pleased with the results. There are no injections, no exercise if you weren’t already actively exercising, and no other hoops to jump through. Just follow the eating plan STRICTLY and watch the pounds melt away. I did not “cheat” at all until the fourth week when I was traveling and hosting several dinners at excellent restaurants, and even with those digressions, I still managed to take 22 pounds off. I had bad headaches on ONLY the first day of the diet, and by the third day I felt normal, even better than normal and I had lots of energy and wasn’t any more cranky than I usually am. :)
The diet cost roughly $650 including remittance fees. Plus the cost of your blood tests (which I had to do for my cardiologist anyway). It sounds like a lot, roughly PHP25,000 at current exchange rates, but far less than the locally available Cohen diet, and I thought it was good value for money considering how many times I have tried to lose weight on my own to no avail. If you are NOT committed and inclined to CHEAT on the rules, do NOT even attempt this diet. If you can envision spending two months in near rabid pursuit of weight loss by sticking to the rules, you may be rewarded with 20, 30 or 40 pounds in weight loss. Each program is tailored to a specific person, they strongly discourage sharing eating plans and warn that they may even have a negative effect on your diet if you pursue the wrong eating plan for you.
I plan to do another few weeks to lose a few more pounds and will then start a month-long “re-feeding” program where some of the foods I have given up will be re-introduced to my diet. If I manage to keep say 15-20 pounds off for the rest of this year, I will be pleased as punch. If I could do this when I am CONSTANTLY cooking, living and breathing food, then I suspect many of you can do it too. If you would like more information, please look up FAT LOSS LABORATORY, a clinic out of South Africa, and contact their Philippine representative Bambina Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org — tell her Marketman sent you… :)
What worked for me may NOT work for you, so be forewarned. I paid for this diet with my own money (actually Mrs. MM gave it to me as a Christmas present), and did not have any intention of “endorsing” it in any way, but I was so pleased with the results I am happy to share the name of the diet, the clinic, and the person you need to contact for more details. I am not connected with the FAT LOSS LAB clinic and receive no benefit or remuneration of ANY KIND for mentioning it on this blog.