The Aztec Diet Plan. Worth a Try?

aztec diet planThe Aztec diet is a plan that was created by Dr. Bob Arnot. It utilizes a number of weight loss approaches, but the most important is the chia seed. So is it worth a shot? You be the judge.

The Azetec diet explained:

It is said to mirror the Aztec approach to eating which is basically a paleolithic type regime (+ grains). You eat low carb foods for the most part and drink healthy smoothies, but add in chia seeds to every meal to help curb hunger. Chia seeds are a super food and an excellent supplement to this diet. Without the chia seed, the Aztec diet is really nothing more than a standard approach to weight loss. 

The basic thesis of the Aztec diet is that the current western diet is responsible for a host of terrible conditions and diseases. Not to say this hasn’t been proven/said before in other diets, but basically Dr. Arnot goes in-depth into this and how the Aztec diet and particularly the chia seed can help restore the body’s health. The whole premise of this plan is to help you detoxify your body via eating right and thus changing your eating habits to a more healthy alternative.

How it works:

There are 3 primary phases to the Aztec diet. The total length of the diet is 2 weeks.

Phase 1: The chia challenge. Meant to help the body “cleanse itself”of bad carbs. How much weight you lose in this phase varies.

Phase 2: Accelerate. You basically start eating healthy foods (listed below) and help this become your normal routine on a daily basis. 

Phase 3: You are shown how to incorporate the Aztec diet into your lifestyle. This is meant to be a long term/permanent phase.

Here is a sample menu from the Aztec diet:

Quinoa, beans, chia seeds, fish, turkey, corn (questionable), bulgar (grains), and fruits. 

These are the major foods which comprise the Aztec diet. 

Breaking down the chia seed. Is it really that special? 

It certainly is. In fact one can say the chia seed is the heart of this diet. When eaten, the chia seed is said to expand several times it’s size in your stomach, thereby helping you feel fuller, longer. It’s basically a super high satiety food, meaning, there aren’t a lot of calories in chia seeds, but it still feels like you ate a huge meal. 

In addition to that, chia seeds hold excellent nutritional properties such as high concentrations of omega 3’s which greatly help with blood circulation. There are other health benefits, but in general the high satiety and omega 3’s are what define the chia seed. 

In fact, most people who become interested in the Aztec diet do so because of the chia seed in the first place. In reality you can remove the entire diet, still eat the chia seeds and get results. They are expensive, but you can get for a decent price in places like Amazon

Pros:

  • Utilizes chia seeds.
  • Healthy approach to weight loss. 
  • Endorses healthy eating and fitness lifestyle.

Cons:

  • Not really that great without the chia seed.
  • Chia seeds are not for everyone. If you are pregnant. nursing or taking medication for high blood pressure, consult with your doctor before taking chia seeds as they lower blood pressure.

Aztec Diet Score

2.5 stars

2.5 stars out of 5. Good healthy diet, but difficult to adopt for life. 

Aztec diet alternative:

This diet isn’t simple to do and it really just tries to use the popularity of chia seeds. However, it’s still healthy, but there are easier solutions, such as the 3 week diet, the #1 rated diet:

 

Why the 3 Week Diet works so well.

Is the Aztec Diet for you?

It certainly can be. But if you already have a history of not being able to stick to diets that will basically force you to commit to them, then most likely the Aztec diet will end up going the same route for you. This is actually a very good diet, founded on good intentions and healthy eating approaches, but it’s something a lot of people may have issues maintaining for the long run.

You can certainly try this diet out for short term results and see how it works out for you, and certainly you can try to do it long term. You may very well be able to do it and if that’s the case, more power to you. If not, at least try to incorporate the chia seed into your current eating regiment and stick to these principals and you should be fine. The chia seeds are what really stand out in this plan. Everything else is really…secondary.

Even though this diet got 2.5 stars, the biggest factor was it’s lack of flexibility. Everything else is pretty much solid, especially in the health department. Ideally most people want a diet that offers them short/long term solutions without really forcing them to make major changes in their life. Certainly that’s difficult to do, but one diet comes closer than any other in that regard. Here it is

People should always strive to make the best changes possible to their health and the Aztec diet is certainly one of the many ways to make it happen, but it isn’t a quick fix. It’s a long term diet. If you are ready to commit to it, go for it. If not, here is an alternative option that’s much easier to do and doesn’t require major changes to your current lifestyle. 

But I’d like to hear from you. What do you think of the Aztec diet? 

Does The Fast Metabolism Diet Really Work as Promised?

fast metabolism diet bookThe front cover of the Fast Metabolism Diet book claims you can eat more and lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days. But does it really work the way it’s advertised?

The answer is yes and no. There are a lot of misconceptions about this plan you need to know of before you try it and that’s exactly what you’ll find here.

The Fast Metabolism Diet explained:

There are 3 phases to this diet which you go through every single week, for 4 weeks straight. Each phase involves eating in a different way which is meant to trick your metabolism into rising. This is known as interval eating to some, cyclical eating to other. You get to eat 5 meals a day: Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack & supper. 

How much can you actually eat on this plan?

Picking apart hype from truth: However, even though the author of this book, Haylie Pomroy claims you can eat more and lose weight through her plan, in reality this diet may be very restrictive on how many calories you can consume everyday, something that everyone considering trying this diet should be aware of.

Even though you can lose weight with this diet, it’s got nothing to do with what’s written on the front cover. 

Breaking it down: How it REALLY works:

The diet lasts for 4 weeks (28 days).

Each day that you are on this diet, you will be allowed to eat 5 times.

Each week, you go through 3 eating phases. Each phase allows for a limited amount of calories to be eaten. Here’s how each phase looks broken down: 

Phase 1:

This lasts for the first 2 days of the week. Within this phase, you are only allowed to eat 800 calories a day. Here is a sample list of foods you’re allowed to eat during phase 1:

Protein: Lean meat, chicken, beef, buffalo meat, turkey, foul, sausages, turkey bacon, eggs.

Fruits: Apples, guava, mulberries, oranges, peaches, pears, kiwis, watermelon, limes, lemons, figs. 

Vegetables: Beans, broccoli, spinach, peppers, peas, sweet potatoes, turnips, pumpkin, celery, carrots.

Drinks: Only water. It is recommended to only drink half your body weight (in ounces) a day.

Phase 1 sample menu plan (for 1 day):

Breakfast: Eggs sunny side up and turkey bacon.

Snack: 1 apple.

Lunch: Chicken breast, sweet potatoes and beans.

Snack: A bag of baby carrots.

Supper: Sausage with eggs, peppers and broccoli. 

You can repeat a similar meal plan for day 2. Remember to keep the total calories under 800 during phase 1.

Phase 2:

This phase lasts for the next 2 days. The food list here is the same as for phase 1, but the focus during phase 2 is more high protein, low carb foods. The rule for this phase is that your total daily calorie intake can’t go over 700 calories.

Phase 3: 

The last phase will go on for 3 days. Here things are a bit more flexible and you can eat in anyway you want from the food list above. The total caloric consumption can’t go over 1,200 each day.

Putting it together:

  • Phase 1: Lasts 2 days, eat 5 meals a day, low carb foods, no more than 800 calories total. 
  • Phase 2: Lasts 2 days, eat 5 meals a day, low carb, high protein foods, no more than 700 calories total.
  • Phase 3: Lasts for 3 days, eat 5 meals, mix up meals anyway you want, no more than 1,200 calories total.
  • Repeat Phases 1-3 for another 3 weeks.
  • Total length of diet: 4 weeks.

 

Can you really lose 20 pounds in 28 days with this plan?

Yes it’s possible. But it’s for 2 main reasons:

1. Low calorie intake each day. Again this isn’t written on the cover, but there is nothing in this diet that will let you eat more. It’s a very low calorie diet as you saw above. This will help with the initial weight loss.

2. Changing your eating routines every few days. This is basically a form of interval eating, a method of eating where by mixing up your eating routines every few days, you can trick your metabolism into increasing, losing more weight and never hitting a plateau.

The good news is that in the Fast Metabolism Diet, calorie shifting is used and does work.

The bad news is that not only is interval eating not utilized to it’s full potential, but it’s also inhibited due to the restrictive eating regimes. In interval eating, you should be allowed to eat more and there shouldn’t be that many food restrictions. This makes it work and if done correctly, it can help you lose even more weight than with the Fast Metabolism Diet.

Pros:

  • You can lose 20 pounds in 28 days with this diet.
  • Utilizes calorie shifting, a great way to lose weight without hitting a plateau, but not to it’s full potential.

Cons: 

  • VERY restrictive diet. 800, 700, 1,200 calories a day may be difficult for most to handle.
  • Not sustainable. It’s very difficult to stay on this diet after you finish it, thus results are likely to come back.
  • Disingenuous. Says you can eat more and lose weight, but doesn’t do it in the book.

Fast Metabolism Diet Score:

2 stars

2 stars out of 5. Good weight loss results, but pretty restrictive and doesn’t in my opinion do exactly what it says on the cover.

fast metabolism diet score

Should you try this diet?

The cons out weight the pros in my opinion. It does work and you can lose weight, but the work it takes to get there is just not worth it, not to mention the maintenance needed after you finish it a lot of people may find issues with. 

The only good thing about this diet is that it somewhat utilizes calorie shifting, an uncommon yet VERY powerful method of weight loss. Unfortunately the Fast Metabolism Diet does NOT utilize calorie shifting to it’s full potential.

In calorie shifting like it was mentioned before, you aren’t as restricted. There’s short/long term results and you can still lose more weight under real calorie shifting than under the Fast Metabolism’s version of it. If you are looking to get faster weight loss results with much less restrictions, try this free eBook on getting rid of fat fast which does exactly that:

 

In truth, the Fast Metabolism diet comes close to finding that ideal solution to fast weight loss, but it still inhibits itself by sticking to the traditional, low calorie, low-carb approach to dieting which is why it got 2 stars. 

I personally feel any diet based on deprivation is just not a smart way to lose weight, but that’s my personal opinion. If you agree/disagree, I’d like to hear what you have to say.

The Doctors Diet Preview

On December 31st, 2013 a new diet is going to be hitting the shelves: The Doctor’s Diet, a program designed by Dr. Travis Stork. The program is said to provide some great information on weight loss approaches Dr. Stork personally takes to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. 

Though the initial reviews are still not in, it will be very interesting to see what this book actually talks about. To date, the latest is that there will be an initial 2 week “stat” program in which those who try this diet will undergo a restricted calorie regime, then as the program continues, restrictions on foods will be lifted and more flexibility will be provided. This is basically noted to be “reset” period in which the body will prepare the foundation for future weight loss under the Doctor’s diet. 

Even though there is little information on what is actually going to be taking place within the diet, upon doing some very extensive research, I have found some awesome information those looking to try the diet will absolutely need to know. There are 2 known phases to this diet:

1. The Stat Plan. 

For 2 weeks, you will be eating low carb foods. There will be instances of other types of good groups (grains, fruits & nuts). I’ve been able to find a “pyramid” which features sample food lists you’ll be seeing during this phase. 

This phase kind of reminds of the 17 day diet, whose 1st phase was also almost identical to this. Likely Dr. Stork may be utilizing the methods from that diet and maybe adding his own personal tastes into the mix. More details on STAT.

As you can see a large majority of your foods you’ll be eating in STAT will be vegetables & protein based foods. As for the rest…

A sample food list from STAT:

Peppers, meat, salmon, broccoli, potatoes & tomatoes.

I assume as the STAT plan continues, you’ll be allowed to eat other food groups on either rare occasions during this 2 week period or they’ll be allowed as you progress through the 2 week phase. 

The next allowed foods will be grains and fruits. Based on the picture, you can see bread (whole wheat), grapes and even smoothies to be allowed. 

The next level will allow more foods to be eaten including apples, oranges, watermelons and a small instance of dairy foods such as cheese.

The final level will allow for nuts. I assume the main food recommended here will be the walnut. If this is true, then it’s a great choice because it provides some great health benefits. 

In the video below (which shows this pyramid), one of the people who tried the STAT diet (phase 1) said he lost 12 pounds in about 14 days. He did say it wasn’t easy, mostly because he was re-teaching his body to accept new ways of eating. I assume anyone whose gone through a similar low carb diet approach such as the one in this instance will probably feel right at home with STAT.

2. The Restore Plan.

The next phase of the diet will probably go on for another 2 weeks. This is an assumption since most diets that have come out of the Doctor’s show have had some sort of organized time frame. What’s also common within them is each diet has phases. It is safe to assume the Doctor’s diet will follow in the same direction. 

In this phase, more flexibility is given and the pyramid of foods changes. Here is a picture detailing how the new food list in the restore plan will look: 

As you can see the lower end of the pyramid will be mixing up a lot of different food groups, from lean meat and fish, to grains. 

As with the STAT plan, the same foods from the bottom 2 levels appear to be mixed into the lower level of the Restore plan. 

Potatoes, whole wheat bread, tomatoes, red/green peppers, salmon, lean meat. 

The next level which I assume will probably be a celebration meal OR snack will involve basically a combination of the top 2 pyramids from the 1st phase. More details on phase 2.

Doctor’s diet Restore food list:

Basically grapes, smoothies, grapefruit, banana, strawberries and I assume cheese will also be included here as well. 

The next level will be a strange one, but it will involve some carbs and even wine. If you look at the picture, you’ll notice…popcorn! A strange surprise there, but it will definitely bring diversity to this plan many dieters will be VERY interested in.

As for the highest level. I assume it’ll still be nuts, which most likely will be used as snacks to curb hunger cravings. 

Update: 1/9/2014: A review of the Doctor’s Diet has been posted. Full details.

Conclusions about the Doctor’s Diet. Should you try it?

Dr. Travis Stork has a good reputation in the health community and has shown off some really effective diets in the past. I assume this one will again be VERY similar to the 17 day diet which by the also became popular through the Doctor’s show. 

But should you try it? I wouldn’t say no. It does contain healthy foods. But it won’t be easy, at least not during the STAT period. However if there is ANY con I can find in this diet based on these presumptions, it’s that this diet is basically more of the same, but in a good way. 

Diets like this have been coming out in the last several years. The Dukan diet tried to introduce phase dieting into 4 phases starting with a low-carb approach initially.

Then the 17 day diet did a similar thing, but allowed for much more flexibility and less time in doing it. It also has phases.

Now the Doctor’s diet is coming out and it looks like it’ll take it’s blueprint from these 2 diets. Not to say this is bad, but it isn’t as original as it’s being made out to be is all I’m saying. 

A better alternative:

Having been involved in dieting for years, I see diet trends pretty much remain the same. Year after year a new diet fad comes into the market promising the permanent weight loss solution. Though I will say this diet does look like it’s taking a truly healthy approach, I still wouldn’t surprised if the Doctor’s sooner or later come out with a new diet that will be almost identical to this one.

My advice has always been and always will be to try this diet over any other. There are 4 phases, there is A LOT of flexibility and it uses healthy foods, but the way it works is that it eventually allows you to eat what you want and still lose weight VERY rapidly, even faster than the Doctor’s diet.

Bottom line, the Doctor’s diet is good, but I doubt it’ll be sustainable. I’ll certainly be writing up an official review once it comes out, but I’m sure this preview is almost on the money when it comes to this plan. And even if it’s not, the alternative I recommend will most likely be better. It’s beaten every other diet so far…

How Diets Are Rated on This Website.

Howtoloseweighrightnow.org rates diets on a 5 star level. There are many diets in the world which are considered good simply because they help you lose weight, not taking into account other VERY important factors such as health, if it provides long benefits, how easy/sustainable it is and more.

When you add these factors into the picture, suddenly most and by most I mean 99% of them start to lose their hype. And that’s good because people need to know what they’re buying or trying as well as spending money on before they do it. That’s exactly what this website does. 

It not only picks apart the most popular diets, but also goes in-depth letting you know if they really are as good as they claim. Thus the rating system. Here is how it works:

The best possible score a diet can get is 5 stars. The highest possible score each category can get is 1 star. Half stars are also included if they somewhat do what the category seeks to find out. 0 stars are awarded if the diet doesn’t fit with the category.

The categories:

Fast results: Does the diet get you fast results or not? If it gets fast results, it’ll get 1 star.

Long term results: Will the weight stay off once you lose it? Most diets’s results are lost and all the weight comes back. What’s the point of Yo-Yo dieting and going in circles. If the diet reviewed provides long term results, it will get 1 star.

Length of diet: Is the diet a short one/long one? The shorter the diet, the more odds it’ll get the 1 star score. 

Safety: Is the diet healthy? Are there side effects? If it’s safe and healthy, it will get 1 star.

Flexibility: How simple is it the diet for people? Most diets require some major hardships. If the diet reviewed on this site is very simple to do, it’s awarded 1 star.

Which diet was rated 5 stars?

Out of all the diets reviewed on this website, only 1 was given the highest rating: Fat Loss 4 Idiots.

Star Breakdown:

FLFI 5 Stars

See why Fat Loss 4 Idiots was rated 5 Stars.

Start Here!

how to lose weight right nowIf you’re tired of endless Yo-Yo diets that promise big, deliver little and want to find a permanent solution, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to HowtoLoseWeightRightNow.org. Just as the name of the website states, you are going discover the exact methods and diets that do exactly that.

I’m not going to bore you with useless facts you already know or beat around the bush so with that in mind, if you’re wondering how to lose weight right now, here’s how to start:

How to lose weight right now using 5 VERY simple methods:

1. From this point on, whatever it is you’re eating, eat until you’re 80% full, never 100%!

Have you ever eaten a lot and felt exhausted, sleepy and drained afterwards? This is probably because you overate. Some people consider this normal, but real dietitians and by that I mean people who don’t get paid to promote horrible diets & habits say this bad for the body and the way to correct this is by simply leaving a little space when you eat.

The rule of thumb here is very simple: Don’t let your hunger make you order/make big meals. Eat until you start to feel close to full, then stop. I promise you this will make a huge difference.

  • You won’t  feel drained after eating. 
  • Your body will be able to work more efficiently and burn off the calories.
  • Your body will function and digest the food much better. 

I’m not asking you to quit eating whatever it is you’re eating cold turkey. I’m asking you to change how you eat what you’re eating and that’s something anyone can do! One of the biggest proponents of this technique is Steve Maxwell, one of the biggest authorities health & fitness in the world. 

2. Avoid eating anything that has the following: White flour, white rice & regular white salt.

Think of these as the 3 W’s. They are ingredients that damage your body and hurt your health. And there many foods/drinks which contain them: Cookies, cereal, pizzas, sodas, white bread, french fries, ect… The best way to spot if these ingredients are in the food you’re eating is just to look at the ingredients label.

At the same time, it’s understandable that it’s difficult to completely avoid foods with these ingredients whatsoever, thus comes the next step: Substituting.

  • Instead of eating white sugar, try to eat brown sugar or raw honey (regular honey has tons of sugar).
  • Instead of eating or making anything with white flour, use whole flour or buy whole wheat bread. Anything with the term “whole wheat” is a yes.
  • Instead of eating white salt, try to substitute it with sea salt. In large amounts, it’s still not good for you, but at the same time, it’s nowhere near as unhealthy as regular iodized or not salt. 

What about cheat days or periods where you just have no choice but to eat those bad foods? Certainly this can and will happen. A night out, a party, ect… it happens to all of us. In those cases, you can certainly cheat a little bit, but your primary diet, your bread and butter (no pun intended) should be the substitute foods.

3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

This is more traditional, but it does help a lot in weight loss. Drinking more water helps with digestion, circulation and hydration of the body, all key factors to a higher metabolism, healthier you & weight loss. 

What about if you workout? Should you have energy/protein drinks instead of water? It’s recommend to stick to water entirely. Most energy drinks contain unhealthy ingredients which do more harm than good when ingested. Stick to drinking regular water in your workouts and during your daily life.

4. Eat more often everyday. Up to 6 times! 

Now hold on just a second, how can we lose weight via eating more? It’s actually very possible. A technique known as calorie shifting makes it possible to not just eat more and lose weight, but the more you eat, the more weight you’ll lose. Yes you heard that correctly. 

By eating smaller portion meals (as you should be doing if you follow step 1), you’ll actually be helping your body raise it’s metabolism. By eating so often each day, it’s more than likely each meal will contain a different amount of calories and by changing how many calories you consume every meal, changes, but more importantly raises your body’s metabolism. 

This is a technique that’s recommended to be done via a special guide. Here is that guide. It’s actually the #1 recommended diet on this website which utilizes the calorie shifting technique and can help you lose 15 pounds in 10 days doing so. It’s a natural, healthy, short/longer and safe approach to losing weight. It’s also ridiculously easy to do 🙂 

5. Eat foods with a high satiety index: 

Have you ever eaten something and felt fuller for longer? Have you ever eaten anything that seemed like a big meal, but felt hungry shortly after? This is because the satiety (how satisfied you are) after the first meal is higher than the second! 

There are many high satiety meals that have a low calorie count, but make you feel fuller than ones with a high calorie count, but make you feel hungry soon after and by eating high satiety foods, you will be in essence limiting calorie consumption, but not going hungry due to the high satiety number! In fact, the same diet cheats recommended here utilizes the calorie shifting technique with nearly 150 high satiety foods for an even greater weight loss effect. 

Important Guidelines:reach your weight loss goal

The above recommendations work. Even if you just do 1 of them, you’re already heading in a positive direction to losing weight. Ideally you should try to do all 5.

For maximum results or beginners to this way of dieting, it is recommended to try the 10 Fat Loss Cheats eBook I’ve written which implements all of above things, including the satiety foods and eating up to 6 times a day & more. With this diet you can lose 10 pounds every 14 days, naturally, safely and the results are long term. 

You can also certainly do all of these things on your own. For the most part they are very simple. Most diets fail because they force people into a lifestyle (even it’s healthy) they aren’t prepared for right away. The body is very transitional, meaning it takes time to make changes. 

Even though you should always strive to be the healthiest you can be, it’s very difficult to quit cold turkey and stay that way, which is why most of these diets and lifestyle changes aren’t sustainable for people. However the tips above are very flexible to implement and you should start right now. You came here to learn how to lose weight right now. Well now you have the tools needed to make it happen. Get going!