Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but the review is absolutely my own. Questions? Ask me!!
Ok, I am not a dieter by nature. I am too much of a food-lover. (Obviously!) But after having 3 babies in under 4 years, my body had pretty much given up on ‘bouncing back’.
It didn’t matter what I ate, or didn’t eat… my body stayed the same and seemed to get more uncomfortable every day. I did’t feel like me anymore, but rather a miserable shadow of me, trapped in someone else’s body.
So, when I was offered the chance to try out Haylie Pomroy’s new book, The Fast Metabolism Diet, I was happy to try something new. I wasn’t very optimistic, that’s for sure, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try, and the Hubs was on board, so we jumped right in!
(If you follow me on instagram at all, you probably had an inclination something was going on!)
I read the book, and loved it right away. Haylie has a very scientific but understandable approach to nutrition and dieting. She explains things well, so that I understood them, instead of just saying “do this because I said so”.
I was pleasantly surprised when I started losing weight right away! But much more importantly… I lost inches!!
Lots of inches actually, and all from the right places! We are a few days from being done with the diet, but Andrew has lost 12 pounds and 3 inches off his waist (and other places too!) already and I have lost 14 pounds and 4 inches off my waist (and lots of inches from other places!!).
My waist is smaller, my thighs are smaller, the fat just felt like it was melting off my frame. Even though the scale didn’t change that much (not 20 lbs, anyways, but I’m definitely not complaining!), the measuring tape proved much more important.
I will take inches lost over pounds any day! (We all know muscle weighs more than fat anyways, right?)
Ok, so the bottom line is: I am happy with the diet. I am glad we did it. I will happily recommend it, and I will probably do it again someday (even soon)!
But you don’t just want the bottom line, do you? You want the nitty-gritty. So, here it is, pro/con style:
Pros: It worked for me! I lost inches & pounds, dropped lots of bad eating habits, learned to love some new-to-me healthy foods and good habits, and just feel better overall.
Cons: It’s hard. Ok. it’s not the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s definitely hard. This diet requires lots of planning. If you don’t plan, you will probably fail. But, if you do a little planning, you will do great!
*There is an iPhone app that you can buy to go with the diet and I’ve gotta say, that was the best $1.99 I’ve spent in a long time! I don’t think I could have done the diet without it. And on the topic of money…
The only other real con I had with this diet is the cost. Now, to be fair, that is not Haylie or this diet’s problem. That is just the unfortunate cost of eating fresh veggies and real food.
That said, if you garden, wait until peak harvesting season to do this diet! And for the rest of us… late spring and summer, with their abundant farmer’s markets, farmshares and produce stands will make the cost of eating this healthy that much more bearable!
My husband’s hardest thing, besides just going through the pain of breaking bad eating habits (serious sugar cravings for that guy!), was drinking enough water everyday.
Water is a biggie on this diet, and you need to drink half your body weight in ounces every day (which we really should be doing anyway!). I drink a lot of water so that wasn’t a big deal for me, but for my husband… he felt like he was drowning a bit! ;o) But, he has definitely learned to be better about drinking water!
And as Haylie puts it… if you don’t drink all your water so that the fat and toxins can be flushed out of your body, you’re basically taking fat off one thigh and putting it back on the other, because it has no way out! Yuck!!
So, what do you think? Do you think I’m a quack? Or do you think you might give this a try?