Wednesday, 11 July 2007

A review of the Martha's Vineyard Diet

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Brian's post from a few days ago on the Martha's Vineyard Diet and the promise that you can lose 21 Pounds in 21 Days has been one of ur more popular pages, and rightly so -- who wouldn't be curious at the idea of losing 21 pounds in 3 weeks? As for whether it's legit, well, that's another story.

AOL's fitness team has put together a review of the Martha's Vineyard Diet.
In a nutshell, here's what they have to say about it:
  • It's not healthy -- the diet doesn't include adequate amounts of protein and fat
  • The book makes many false claims -- including the claim that you can build muscle on the diet, which, without protein or resistance training, isn't possible. And anyway, who would have the energy to go to the gym on this type of eating plan?
  • The author also makes outrageous and frankly bizarre claims that have nutritionists and doctors confused. An example? She suggests jumping on a trampoline to relieve pressure to your lymphatic system
  • The 'science' behind the diet is unsubstantiated
  • My favourite part of the review: "Take the Cabbage Soup Diet, substitute cabbage with a variety of other veggies and fruits, then throw in an uncomfortable enema and you have the Martha's Vineyard Diet"
Hmph. That's definitely some food (or juice) for thought. Do you agree? Disagree?

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