Beyond Diet Review
The Beyond Diet was created back in 2008 by fitness and diet enthusiast Isabel De Los Rios. Many people who sign up for this diet program don’t think of it as a diet, but rather as a new relationship with food. The main program is online, but De Los Rios does sell some books and guides in retail outlets online and in stores.
The diet’s foundation is based on your metabolic type—you eat foods that should positively affect that specific type. With over 3,000 recipes and three different programs to follow, you can set up a personalized system for long-term success. 
How Does The Beyond Diet Work?
So, metabolic types and three program paths: weight loss, blood sugar control, or simply a cleaner lifestyle. All of the diet programs focus on whole foods and healthy recipes. The overall goal is a healthy relationship with food for the rest of your life. The program will be catered to you, with a series of questions about your goals and diet needs so it can determine which program will fit you best. 
You can join the online community right from the company’s main website; a 1-year membership costs $47. Once inside the website you gain access to recipes, forums, and tools to get you started on whichever diet path you choose to follow. You also apparently get a $10.00 refund and “free gifts” as part of the program.
But here blossoms a bit of a prickly pear. Many users have reported continual “upsells” and a lot of emails.back to menu ↑
What Do The Beyond Diet Users Say?
One reviewer of De Los Rios’ Beyond Diet, The Complete Guide, Stop Dieting Start Eating Start Living summarized it pretty well:
I had high hopes for this book…and it delivered on a couple of them like talking about organic foods, nutrients in foods, etc. However, this was supposed to be a great source of information that I could reference prior to putting a menu together, for instance…or heading off to the grocery store. The book bills itself as a ‘complete guide’; however, if you look under foods for specific references to what to buy (Staple Shopping List), you’re going to see LINKS. To web pages. Swell. That’s really not what I bought this book for! …
As if this weren’t enough…I got this book along with their ‘program’, which includes ‘personal training’ time with Isabel. What it ACTUALLY includes is REAMS of emails on an almost daily basis promising information but actually linking to someone else’s site where they’re—you guessed it—SELLING a product! …
So, on the plus side, you have an interesting discussion—with good advice—on the importance of going organic. … There are also some interesting recipes and some rather awkward meal planning. On the minus side: as a practical guide, you’d better have internet handy. Oh, and use a dummy email addy unless you enjoy getting pitched all the time! 
There are similar complaints on the reviews for Isabel’s other books.back to menu ↑
The Online Program
When you opt for the online program, you will be shown a library:
- Beyond Diet Program Home
- Beyond Diet Quick Start Guide
- Beyond Diet 14 Days Of SuperCharged Meal Plans
- Beyond Diet SuperCharged Meal Plans Days 15-28 
They also give you the “Diet Tools” section:
- Metabolism Type Test
- Caloric Calculator
- Ideal Food Ratios
- Allowable Servings
- Food Choices 
Is The Beyond Diet Dangerous?
From what I can see, the diet programs and recipes themselves aren’t dangerous. Without signing up for the program you can’t see more than the pictures, but they look a lot like most of the healthy, whole-food recipes you can find all over the Web. And community-based diet programs do tend to be successful for some people, and there are reviewers who love this one:
“Great diet. One I know I can do for the rest of my life to keep weight off. Lost 30 pounds so far, have a few more to go, then watch out world!!!!” 
“All of the soup recipes in this book are full of very healthy ingredients. I have tried a few of them already and they were very good.” 
“I went on this diet to decrease inflammation. I have Psoriatic Arthritis and was taking a TNF, steroids, anti-inflammatories and Tylenol for pain! I not only have lost 30 pounds, but no longer take an anti-inflammatory, steroids or much Tylenol.” 
The Beyond Diet gives users options and promotes a well-balanced and healthy diet. The program doesn’t hawk sketchy supplements (though the reams of emails may mention them) or in-house shake mixes and snack bars.back to menu ↑
Pros and Cons of The Beyond Diet
Pro: Over 3,000 recipes give the dieter a lot of variety.
Pro: Membership is billed yearly rather than monthly, and $47 a year really isn’t a bad price for a community-based program with guidelines and recipes.
Pro: Of the complaints about the books and the online program, none of them were about the principles of the diet itself.
Pro: The online community is large and active.
Con: The program doesn’t include an exercise regimen.
Con: Even the books appear to be filled with website links rather than actual information.
Con: A lot of book reviewers felt them poorly conceived and poorly written.
Con: The online program is said to set you up for a flood of emails hawking various products; I know that would irritate me within a single day.back to menu ↑
The Bottom Line
Whole and healthy foods, organic if you can afford and find them, is never a bad thing. A large recipe base in one spot is incredibly helpful, so you can find something for every taste. A robust community offers tips and encouragement. And a membership fee that doesn’t require an arm, leg, and firstborn is always welcome. The Beyond Diet offers all that.
BUT…it also swamps you with sales-pitch emails, the books seem to be a tad on the useless side (negative reviews about the various books far outweighed the praise, on Amazon at least), and the same information is probably glean-able from the Web at large if you choose to assemble your own “cookbook.” It’s up to you—I find as much about it to pan as to praise.