The Digest Diet is from the Reader's Digest people, so it should be no surprise that their approach to a one month diet takes only 21 days. The diet was based on reviews of hundreds of other diets, selecting their strong points and throwing out their bad. They describe their approach as a "focus on healthy and natural food" that stimulates fat reduction and overall weight loss. And, of course, they published a book available the Reader's Digest.
The digest diet identifies 13 "fat burning" foods that they believe can trick your body into releasing fat without making you feel hungry. These fat burning foods are: calcium, dairy, resveratrol (found in red wine), coconut oil, polyunsaturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, vitamin C, quinoa, honey, cocoa, vinegar and fiber. That's quite a range from the very specific, like coconut oil, to the very general, like protein. Does that mean that bacon is part of this diet?
There are three phases to the digest diet. The first phase lasts only 4 days. This induction phase starts you on soups and shakes or smoothies. For snacks, they suggest a handful of nuts. Lots of vitamins, minerals and protein to jump-start your metabolism.
Phase two of the digest diet takes 10 days. This phase focuses on lean protein and green vegetables. Think the Mediterranean diet. Your diet adds in more mono- and polyunsaturated fats. You get two snacks (again with the nuts) and a glass of wine or handful of grapes for that resveratrol boost.
The digest diet's third and final phase sets you up for a lifetime of healthy eating. Now you broaden your allowed foods to include a wide range of entrees. You can even eat pizza! The meal plans continue their focus, though, on including lots of the 13 fat burning foods to continue your weight loss. This is technically taking you through the end of the three week diet, but you are actually beginning the rest of your life on a new food maintenance plan.
Their book, The Digest Diet, claims that you can lose 26 pounds in 3 weeks. Have you tried it? How did it work for you? Click on the beautiful Comment button and share!