Aztec Diet Review

The Aztec Diet was developed by Dr. Bob Arnot, who is a New York Times bestselling author, and he claims he has found the Aztec secret to losing weight, namely chia seeds.* The Aztec Diet is a three-phase diet that is designed to help dieters lose vast amounts of weight, and then is said to teach them how to keep it off.

Phase One has a dieter consume smoothies for all the major meals, with light snacks in between, and it lasts for two weeks. Phase Two then goes for six more weeks and replaces the afternoon smoothie with a healthy lunch. Phase Three teaches dieters how to address weight loss maintenance by teaching them about healthy eating.

Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Aztec Diet?

Dieters on the Aztec Diet will lose weight in the short term if they adhere to the diet. Because the diet is very low in carbohydrates, higher in proteins, and mainly consists of liquid nutrition, the caloric intake of an individual on the Aztec Diet will be extremely low in comparison to what they would likely have been consuming before starting the diet. However, once the initial eight weeks of the Aztec Diet are over, it will be up to each individual dieter to make sure they are eating what is considered to be healthy, in order to maintain the large amount of weight loss that can come in the short run by way of a liquid diet.*

Is The Aztec Diet Easy To Follow?

The Aztec Diet is not going to be an easy diet to follow. Because it is low in carbohydrates, it means virtually all sugars are cut out of the diet, which can prove taxing on some. In addition, the Aztec Diet is primarily a liquid diet, which means that the typical dieter will likely have trouble adjusting to the absence of solid foods.*

Furthermore, the Aztec Diet calls for daily exercise. While the exercise regimen is left up to the dieter and the Aztec Diet does recommend starting off slow, it recommends daily exercise nonetheless. This means a dedication of both time and physical effort are expected with the Aztec Diet, which is something that many busy individuals simply don’t have the time for.


Dr. Arnot’s book, The Aztec Diet: Chia Power, retails for around $26, but you have to consider what you are getting for that price. Essentially, you get a diet where almost all solid foods are cut out and you are introduced to chia seeds. The book would have you believe that it is the chia seeds that will be responsible for all the weight loss you might enjoy, but in reality, that will come from the liquid diet with which you will have to deal. While Dr. Arnot claims that this is the way the great Aztec civilization did things, it is highly doubtful that their culture relied on liquid and chia seeds alone to sustain its people. In the end, the Aztec Diet is simply another in a long line of liquid diets that tries to hide what it is by highlighting a superfood – in this case, chia seeds.

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

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  • John c

    This review is flawed and off base. I am a very accomplished physician myself and have tried many of the top diets to no avail. However, I tried aztec diet because scientifically it was sound. I did the diet in its initial two phases and lost 30 pounds over 2 months and more importantly felt great and full of energy. I then went off it and did not gain more than a few pounds over the next year. Yes, chia totally changes your metabolism. It is not hype. Recently I wanted to lose a few pounds before the holidays and so I simply drank two smoothies with chia for breakfast and lunch and honestly I just went right back into high energy, weight loss mode and lost 15 pounds in two weeks even while eating regular dinners.

    • Teresa Dutton

      I am very glad to hear this. I am starting Phase 1 today with the hopes of losing 20 pounds fairly quickly. My only concern is all the fruit, seems like a lot of carbs but I will give it a go. I will try to rem to come back here and post my 1 week results.

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