3 Week Diet Review

I’ve had an opportunity to review the 3 Week Diet by Brian Flatt.  Let me first by telling you what you get if you choose to order this program (note: these are all in digital formats–they are not “hard copy” books).

3 Week Diet Program Components

Introduction Manual:  This book explains the “how” and “why” of the diet.  The author presents the scientific rationale behind the 3 Week Diet and shows you how to implement it for maximum success.  The manual also includes information on supplements that may be able to help target “stubborn” fat.  He mentions yohimbine, for example, which is one of the only supplements I recommend for fat loss.

Diet Manual:  This book is designed to help you set up your eating plan (daily calories) based on your estimated body fat percentage (you can calculate it with a formula provided in this book).  Flatt also provides a list of foods that will help you maximize your fat loss along with a list of foods to be avoided at all costs.

3weekdietreviewWorkout Manual:  This illustrated exercise guide shows you how to burn the maximum number of calories in minimal time.  One nice thing about the training component is you don’t have to commit to lengthy gym sessions.  You can in fact, do this program at home if you have some basic equipment (dumbbells and a bench).  You’ll notice the exercise component is not very elaborate for good reason–you shouldn’t over-do your training when you are keeping your calories and carbohydrates low.  Just some walking to burn calories and a little resistance training to preserve muscle (and burn some extra calories is enough).

Mindset & Motivational Manual:  One of the most overlooked aspects of weight loss is the psychological element.  This manual provides tips and tricks that will help you get (or stay) motivated and change your mindset.

REVIEW:

Needless to say, this program is a “crash diet” approach to weight loss.   This term has a bad reputation since slow and steady weight loss is considered a more ideal way to do things.  But losing weight quickly does have a few advantages:

Time: You may need (or just want) to lose weight withing a limited time frame.  Certain athletes, for example, may need to drop the pounds in time to qualify for their weight class.  It may be a simple as wanting to get ready for some social event.  There are reasons/situations for which a slower fat loss strategy is not practical.

Motivation: There’s something to be said for the motivation that comes with seeing the numbers on the scale move quickly from one day to the next. Dropping a lot of weight quickly can also be a good way to get started on a much longer journey.  You may want to do this plan, for example, then follow up with a more “balanced” approach to fitness with the momentum you have created.

Focus:  Most of us go to the gym or start a training program with more than one goal–we want to look leaner and more muscular (most female trainees would say they want to get “toned”).  But there’s something to be said for focusing all your effort on a singular goal for a short period of time (that goal being fat loss in this case).

Do you fall into one of these categories or have your own reason for desiring rapid weight loss?  Keep reading while I explain the diet in a little more detail.

The 3 Week Diet is a modified version of a protein sparing modified fast.  Unlike a complete fast, you will be eating.  But your calories will be very low and mostly come from protein and fat.  This, combined with resistance training, will help you lose the most amount of fat possible while preserving as much lean mass as possible.  This isn’t an “easy” way to lose fat, but it is very effective (I’ve personally used this strategy with good results).

Keep something in mind if you decided to try this diet:  some of the weight you lose will be temporary because it is water and glycogen (glucose in the muscles/liver).  But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for three reasons:

1.  If you need to make weight for a sport (or some other reason) it doesn’t really matter what kind of weight you have lost.

2. As I’ve mentioned, there is something very motivational about seeing the numbers move down quickly on the scale.

3.  Low glycogen levels are an important component of fat loss, which is ultimately what most of us are after (you’ll see this explained in more detail in the program material).

SUMMARY:

No one diet/exercise program can meet everyone’s needs.  The 3 Week Diet is designed for those who desire to focus on losing weight quickly to the exclusion of other goals.  If this describes you then I believe this program is a worthwhile investment that will deliver good results.  Just remember it will require you to adhere to a strict diet.  Click here if you’d like order or to learn more about the 3 Week Diet

Feel free to check out my list of Recommended Programs if you think something else may better suit your goals.

Rapid Fat Loss Handbook Review (Lyle McDonald)

The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook: a Scientific Approach to Crash Dieting Review

I have been following the career of Lyle McDonald for almost twenty years.  His writing is some of the best (if not the best) stuff you can find on the subject of fat loss and body transformation.  Lyle’s take on rapid fat loss is a great addition to the body of work he has produced.   Here’s my review:

In an ideal world, we’d all be willing to slowly but surely lose weight. But we are not in an ideal world, and “crash dieting” can have its place. There are several reasons one may want to lose weight fast:

*Limited time until an important event, such as a bodybuilding contest, athletic competition, high school reunion, wedding, etc.  When you are up against a proverbial wall you may not be willing to do a more “balanced” approach to diet and fat loss.

*There’s a psychological advantage to seeing the numbers on the scale going down quickly–sometimes we are more likely to stay on the diet when we know it is extremely effective.

*Dieting isn’t fun, so some of us (yours truly included) would rather just do a “hard” diet and get it over with.

The Rapid Fat Loss Handbook was designed to help to help people do a “crash diet” safely and effectively. He answers some of the following questions:

What type of diet will help me lose fat while keeping most (or all) of my muscle mass? Remember—muscle loss is not what you want.

How can I use breaks/cheats to maximize the diet’s effectiveness?

How many calories should I eat for maximum fat loss?

How much exercise should I do while on this kind of diet? His answer may surprise you (hint: more is not always better).

How can I keep the fat off once I go back to a maintenance phase?

What supplements can help ensure I get the essential nutrients while crash dieting?

Lyle’s writing is thorough, but not overly technical. I also appreciate his understanding of the psychological aspects of dieting—something other authors overlook. Last but not least, the book has just enough humor to make you laugh every once in a while—a nice touch.

Now let me share who I think this diet/book is best suited for:  rapidfatlossreview

*People who are extremely focused on losing fat to the exclusion of all other goals.  This is not a muscle-building program or lifestyle program–it is a crash diet.

*Those who are willing to stick to an extremely strict diet for the purpose of maximizing results.  This is not going to be an easy diet–your food choices will be severely limited.

*People who desire to “kick-start” their weight loss for a few weeks before switching to a more moderate program.  This may be a good strategy for men and women who want to start their body transformation with serious momentum.

*Athletes/competitors who need to quickly drop weight while preserving as much lean mass (muscle) as possible.

UPDATE:

You get additional products with your order:

1. Extreme Fat Loss Special Report: this booklet shows you how to drop 5-6 pounds of fat in only 4 days.

2. Guide to Flexible Dieting:  This book will show you how to keep off the weight you lost during your crash diet.  I think you’ll find this to be an extremely helpful guide.

3. Home Exercise Handbook:  This book will show you how to exercise/train at home–perfect for those who are not ready (or able to join a gym).

This is a great deal for 47 bucks–both a short-term and long-term plan for those who want to lose weight and keep it off.   Just CLICK HERE to order or to learn more.

 

You can also check out my other recommended programs if you think something else would better suit your needs.