Fat Loss 4 Idiots
An 11 Day Diet
FatLoss4Idiots is based on an on-line diet generator that will create daily meal plans based on your food preferences.
The diet follows a 14 day cycle – 11 days of planned meals, followed by 3 days of “cheat” meals. The diet has been called many things – The “11 day diet”, the “Fools Diet”, the “diet for idiots” – and many other condescending terms.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|Meal #1: Flavored Oatmeal|
Meal #2: Tuna Salad
Meal #3: Sandwich (any type)
Meal #4: Scrambled Eggs
|Meal #1: Banana Milk Shake|
Meal #2: Chicken
Meal #3: Scrambled Eggs [and] Mixed Vegetables
Meal #4: Cottage Cheese
|Meal #1: Chicken|
Meal #2: Fruit Salad
Meal #3: Fish Filet
Meal #4: Cottage Cheese
Fat Loss 4 Idiots’ 11 Day Diet food is made up of lean proteins, fruit and vegetables, and the sources of fat come from whole foods (such as cottage cheese or eggs). There are some starchy carbohydrates (such as oats and pasta).
The day is divided into 4 meals that should be eaten at a minimum of 2 1/2 hours apart. There is no calorie or carb counting, no limit on portion size – Fat Loss 4 Idiots says you “just eat short of being full”.
The 11 Day Diet believes it isn’t calories that make people fat, but the wrong calories. They say that dieters must shift to eating the right kind of calories. They call this calorie shifting.
They say that certain foods interfere with the correct hormone levels that keep the metabolism running and fat burning. By shifting calories to the right foods, dieters can correct their hormone imbalances.
It is difficult to obtain an exact caloric breakdown because meal sizes are based around eating short of being full.
An analysis of a typical days meal indicates the diet is high in protein, low in fat, and with reduced carbohydrates. However all the foods listed are good choices.
11 Day Diet for Weight Loss?
Fat Loss for Idiots claims 9 pounds lost every 11 days. However this is extremely unlikely (and unsafe). This weight loss is often possible during an induction (typically a phase where you drop out starchy carbs).
The weight lost is a mixture of water and fat (and possibly muscle). This kind of weight loss would be difficult to sustain, and would almost certainly be accompanied by a drop in metabolism.
The diet is a budget offering (at $27), and provides little in the way of recipes or ideas on meal preparation. There also appears to be no support of any kind from the site.
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- Maxmen, A. (2012). Calorie restriction falters in the long run. Nature, 488(7413), 569-569. link