The Pound A Day Diet was written by Rocco DiSpirito and it was published back in 2014, and makes very large promises to the dieter up front. This book was written to lure readers into the fact that you don’t have to cut anything out of your diet to lose weight, rather just follow his plan and watch the pounds melt off.* This sounds all too familiar, which does not put my mind at ease. The diet program states, “This delicious, easy-to-use, plan is specifically formulated as a Mediterranean-style diet that is carb and calorie corrected to turbocharge metabolism and weight loss. Complete with menus for 28 days (four five-day plans and four weekend plans), dieters first follow the five-day plan, switch over to the weekend plan, return to the five-day plan for the second week, and continue with the weekend plan-alternating like this right down to their goal weight.”*
As you can tell, this program is very involved with cooking, even though on the website, it says that the meals take no time at all. There is a website you can go to, which promotes all of Rocco’s different food products such as bars and protein powders. The only form of customer support is through email, and it is [email protected].
Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Pound A Day Diet?
There was many reports of the recipes being downright awful, which indeed surprised me. The ingredients in many of the recipes are said to be heavily processed, and fake substitutes, which we all know is unhealthy. Recipes are a huge part of the book, and if they are bad you most definitely are not going to be losing any weight. Many people reported massive stomach aches, and headaches from the recipes that they tried.
E Wasielewski* bought this product after watching The View, as the recipes shown on TV intrigued her. She really wanted to just learn the science behind it, and gave it a shot by purchasing the kindle version of the book. She found out shortly after her purchase that the recipes relied on adding heavily substituted ingredients, and felt like she couldn't even make one meal! She says, “Monk Fruit In The Raw is featured heavily, and the breakfast “shakes” are nasty sounding conglomerations of protein powders, fiber additives and sugar free pudding mixes. Fake eggs and fat free dairy products are common… it's just a recipe for disaster and full of unhealthy options. Fake sugars, fake fats, and all kinds of chemicals (xanthan gum, anyone?)”
“I was really disappointed with this book!” says Ann*, “I read the introduction and was getting excited to try the eating plan and lose the weight. However, Rocco stresses eating real food and in his previous cookbooks most of them do have real food. There are very few recipes in this book that I would say have real food. Most have artificial sweeteners in them, egg powder, protein powder, shirataki noodles, xantham gum, psyllium husk powder, etc. Who has these things in their pantry? They don't seem like real food to me.” She also voiced concern for the foods that were actually “real” they were very hard to find at your local grocery store. On top of being extremely hard to find, they were also very expensive and unrealistic for her everyday budget. “A lot of his principles I think are sound but the recipes are mostly terrible.”
Is The One Pound A Day Diet Easy To Follow?
This has been one of the most interesting diet books to look into, because the ingredient selections are so very unique. Many of the ingredients Rocco is going to send you to the store to get, will not be available in your regular grocery store so get ready for a treasure hunt. Xantham gum, psyllium husk powder, and Monk Fruit In The Raw are some of the ingredients you will be required to cook with. With all of the cooking, searching, and rummaging through a book that has a poor layout, this is most definitely not going to be an easy diet to follow if you are looking to lose weight.
The science behind the book is solid, and makes sense but the execution is poor. The idea behind a Mediterranean Style Diet is not wrong, and the definition is, “a diet of a type traditional in Mediterranean countries, characterized especially by a high consumption of vegetables and olive oil and moderate consumption of protein, and thought to confer health benefits.” We are all educated to know that good healthy fats and veggies and proteins set you up for a better and healthier you. What I am confused about is why Rocco is promoting low fat, high processed foods in his grocery selection list?
Key factors when following a Mediterranean diet as stated by the Mayo Clinic:
“Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil.Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month. Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week.“*
Rocco definitely did not hit it out of the park with this diet book, as many customers were very disappointed in the recipe selection. Many people buy his books for the recipes and the inner knowledge, yet a large majority of them were let down. All of his social media networks have a strong following, and they also have user activity due to his celebrity status over the years. After diving deep into this book, it is best not to waste your money on a diet that does not have a clear vision or good recipes.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary.
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*Individual results will vary.