6-Day Body Makeover
Michael Thurmond
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6-Day Body Makeover: Drop One Whole Dress or Pant Size in Just 6 Days--and Keep It Off
Michael Thurmond
256 pages
April 2005
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Let me start by saying that I wanted to like this book. Michael Thurmond, known as "TV's #1 Diet and Fitness Makeover Expert" from Extreme Makeover, really knows what he's talking about. He's done the research and counseled countless people about weight loss for the long term. He's had a long-running successful program called The 6 Week Body Makeover. And at first read, this book seems to be the answer to many people's dreams.

The claim is that if one follows this diet for six days, along with drinking a certain amount of water and incorporating exercise, a person can drop one entire clothing size. I don't know if this is true, because although my husband and I tried diligently to follow this diet, we couldn't stick with it for longer than four days. We both lost weight, but food fatigue got the better of us.

The first step is to take a quiz to determine your body type--A, B, C, D, or E. Each type has a meal plan and foods specifically selected to boost that type's particular metabolism. Therein lies the difficulty. The meals and snacks are very heavily weighted with eggs, chicken, turkey, and tuna. That's about it. A couple of fruit servings and a decent amount of vegetables are included, along with brown rice. After three days, we had eaten more chicken and turkey and rice than we could stand. After four days, our children were crying for something else to eat.

The diet is quite restrictive, and a person will have to make sure they are planning to be at home for those six days. Eating out would be quite difficult, if not impossible. People with children will probably find themselves needing to cook more than one meal after a couple of days. The one saving grace is that the recipes are, for the most part, delicious. The dinner entrees of roast chicken and vegetables and chicken and asparagus stir fry are wonderful. Another good thing is that the menus are pre-planned and don't require any effort by the participant (other than grocery shopping and meal prep).

After four days, I lost three pounds and never felt hungry. Someone very determined with a freezer full of chicken and turkey could see great results in a short amount of time. It's a decent way to jump start weight loss. As for me and my husband--we're going to stick with Dr. Phil.

© 2005 by Melissa Parcel for curledup.com.

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