This is my personal opinion:
As with any weight loss programme, seek medical advice prior to starting.
I have just watched a TV show about diets.
There is big money in the diet business, and this programme proved it, costs ranging from £230 to £350 for the month depending on which line you follow.
Presented by a doctor and TV personality I recognised as a newsreader, it focused on 6 overweight volunteers (2 men, 4 women) who were matched with 6 of the best selling diets currently available.
We had the expected Slimming World and Weight Watchers (which is why I tuned in), plus a meal replacement plan (shakes/soups), a juice plan, a mail order prepared meals plan, and a high protein/carb plan using a diet book.
The idea was for them to follow their allocated diet regime for 28 days, at the end of which they would be re-weighed and their diet outlay calculated to reflect how much it had cost them to lose each pound.
The guys went on the mail order prepared meals plan and the high protein/carb plan. The latter guy cheated in week three and was disqualified, having got cocky over his initial weight loss and treating himself to the naughty stuff. He was the heaviest of the six at 24 stone, and actually lost four pounds. His diet was the most expensive.
The other chap did pretty well on the mail order meals, though that too wasn’t exactly cheap.
The winner was the meal replacement shake diet, coming in between £13 and £14 for each pound lost. However, it was suggested this should only be a short-term fix for weight loss.
I was very surprised at the cost of SW’s diet plan, the programme saying it cost £250 for the month. I don’t spend that on our food bill for the three of us (last month was £142), but I did notice when I started in June 2016 that my fresh fruit and veg sheet rocketed.
From what I could see, the dieter wasn’t buying SW’s range of meals either, unlike the WW dieter who was living on nothing but their products.
I got the idea that the lady on the juice diet didn’t like it much, but she stuck with it.
In short, they all lost weight, though the monetary pound cost per weight pound lost was probably a little misleading.
However, it did show that we are all different, and not all diets are suitable for everyone.
One of the things I did notice with all of them was that by week two, everyone was suffering from tiredness, some had flatulence, hunger pangs, bloating and mood swings, but these feelings did pass as they continued.
In comparison, the doctor himself went on a seven day crash diet, and lost two pounds, suffering from the worst headache ever and his bad cholesterol level went up. He was the first to admit that for a crash diet, the result was disappointing.
I have tried a variety of diets over forty plus years, and if nothing else, my time with SW has made me more conscious of what I eat, and how much of it. Of these six examples, the only one I hadn’t tried was a juice diet. To be honest, it doesn’t appeal.
Losing weight healthily is definitely a change in eating habits for life, not just a few months. I certainly could not afford £250 a month on food just for me, so I would be interested to some extent as to what was actually bought for the 28 days.