The 5-6-7-8 Diet Review

The 5-6-7-8 Diet was written by Kym Johnson and published in January of 2016. This is a relatively new diet book to the scene by writer and Dancing With The Stars entertainer and champion Kym Johnson. She has tried to create a fun loving and exciting way to get people to drop the pounds. So what does 5-6-7-8 stand for? Five servings of protein, six servings of fruits and vegetables, seven servings of anti-inflammatory foods, and eight glasses of water, along with a dancer’s cue that it's 5,6,7,8 – means ready to go. This book includes a 30-day exercise guide along with a specific 14-day diet program meant to help you jumpstart weight loss and become a healthier you.

proteinThe book was published by Simon & Schuster, and they are registered with the Better Business Bureau, scoring an A among ratings (see it here). There is no contact information regarding this specific book.

Do Dieters Lose Weight With The 5-6-7-8 Diet Book?

The 5-6-7-8 diet book has been said to be for the folks “new to dieting,” as it has a lot of basic information of which many people are already aware. It is also a cookbook, with recipes and photos galore. Those who chose to follow it saw results, but some people were bored with the basic information and wanted to try another diet that was not just your average lean meats and veggies diet. Because it is so simple, there is not a lot of scientific information about why the recipes, lifestyle, and thoughts are really meant to help a person lose weight.* It’s about as basic as you can get for around $20.00.

cookbookAlice G.* said, “This book is about as basic as one can get regarding health and nutrition. If you are VERY young and have experienced little life or somehow know absolutely nothing about diet and exercise then you have something to gain from this book. Otherwise, save your money for a book with new information and ideas.” 

Rainy Day* said, “A good diet book for those new to dieting. The author is a dancer and offers advice regarding self-esteem, how to be a “winner,” and so on – think of the author as your personal coach and confidant on your dieting journey. She even talks about development of romantic relationships in Part V, the final section.” They also went onto say that the title of the book is misleading at best, and the author suggests when you are feeling hungry you might actually be feeling thirsty instead. As you can tell the information is a bit basic, which means the diet program is not for everyone. It does provide sample meal plans, exercises, and recipes to follow which was a nice touch. The author's attitude is also positive which was nice to read throughout the book.

Is The 5-6-7-8 Diet Easy To Follow?

Just because a diet is said to be basic, does not automatically make it an easy diet to follow. Just like anything, success will take work and that includes following this diet program. You will be required to cook and prepare meals, as well as get yourself on a daily workout schedule. In the book you are given a two-week sample menu plan (take it or leave it), as well as different snack recipes to try. This is not a diet pill you take a couple of times a day, and it is not an overnight remedy to magical weight loss. There haven’t been any noted side effects from doing this diet, which is always positive. Once again, you are not taking a supplement that may give you those side effects either. Kym gives outsiders a sneak peek into one of her favorite drink recipes in an interview done by ABC News:


1 cup unsweetened light canned coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil while stirring occasionally.
  2. Sip and enjoy!

Excerpted from “The 5-6-7-8 Diet” by Kym Johnson. Copyright (c) 2016 by Kym Johnson. Excerpted with permission by Regan Arts.


For about $20.00, you are going to get a cookbook and motivation from a dancer who has made it big. She is promoting herself and her fit body through this book, and it only starts there. Get ready to have a cookbook, fan page, as well as a 30-day exercise journal given to you, take it or leave it. There is nothing special about this cookbook/diet book that sets it apart from the many others out on the market today. It is just a different book, with different recipes, written by a different author with the same basic information in between the front and back pages.

social mediaBecause this is a book, and not a brand or website, there was no actual social media tied to this book for user engagement. Overall, the customer voice and opinion thought this book was rather boring and basic, and they wanted to return it. Like I said before, basic is not always bad, but be mindful of what you are purchasing before you get “oohed and ahhed” by celebrity endorsements.

*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary.

Review Sources
  1. “Kym Johnson's Sweet Comfort Tea.” ABC News. Web
  2. “The 5-6-7-8 Diet Book.” Amazon Diet Products. Web

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