Going Beyond the Hype to Analyze the Internet's Popular Diet Program

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Do a Google search for The Diet Solution and you will find a ton of pages claiming to review the diet.  Unfortunately, most of them are trying to sell the program for affiliate earnings.  Fair and objective reviews?  Nope.

Nonetheless I visited the site with an open mind.  The front page focuses on the creator of The Diet Solution, Isabel De Los Rios.  Under the "Who is Isabel De Los Rios and Why You Should Care?" heading, it lists her qualifications as: A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and graduate in physical exercise physiology.  These are good qualifications for a personal trainer or rehab specialist, but they are not focused on nutrition.  In the video (see below) it further lists her as a Nutritionist that is C.H.E.K. certified.  CHEK stands for Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology.  Again, this is not a nutritionally focused certification.

There is a video link, with a claim that in the video you'll discover a system to "Burn Off 10% of your unwanted weight in the next 30 days."  Click on the video and you will be taken to the main sales page and a 15-minute video.  The video is actually pretty informative and well done. 

The Video

The main points in the video include the claims that:

  • Sugar is enemy #1.
  • Even foods like orange juice, bread (including whole wheat) and pasta are bad because they turn into sugar.
  • Good carbs include: sprouted grain bread, millet, quinoa, sweet potato, fruits and vegetables.
  • Blood sugar levels need to be in a certain zone in order to burn fat.  Too high and fat is stored, too low and there is constant cravings and fatigue.
  • Eating fats is necessary to burn fat (the good fats, that is).
  • Bad fats include: hydrogenated oils, margarine, butter substitute.
  • Good fats include: butter, whole eggs, coconut oil, avocados, and raw nuts.
  • Processed foods = enemy #2.  This includes artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, and processed soy.
  • Calories DO NOT MATTER.
  • A survey will be given in the program to determine your Metabolism Type.

The video then goes into the sales pitch of the program.  Standard stuff.  It claims the program is worth over $400, then offers it at $97.  Then, predictably, it presents a "limited time" offer of  $47, including a lot of bonuses.

Is it worth it?  Let's see....

The Good

  • The Diet Solution contains a lot of valid information.  The video is worth a watch.
  • It encourages eating good fats, whole foods, and good carbs.
  • The diet includes fruits and vegetables.
  • It does not require purchasing supplements or other products.
  • It is reasonably priced at $47, with 60-day money back guarantee.
  • It is logical to assume a person will lose weight (at least for the short term) if the program's meal plan is followed faithfully.

The Bad

  • The claim that calories do not matter.  This is emphatically stated, repeatedly.  This is inaccurate and dangerous advice.  If you consistently eat more calories than you burn, no matter how "healthy" those calories are, you will not lose fat.  Fat gain can be reduced if anaerobic exercise like weightlifting is performed.  However, exercise is not mentioned once in the video.
  • The Diet Solution claims it is not a diet.  However, the plan includes specific meal plans that include exact portions, foods and meal times.  Sounds like a diet to me.
  • It categorizes someone into one of three "Metabolic Types" according to a simple questionnaire.  This is an extremely simplistic method for the extremely complex topic of metabolic typing, which often requires blood and urine tests.
  • Exclusion of whole categories of foods like wheat breads, fruit juices, pasta and cereals.
  • No verifiable scientific evidence to back many of these claims.

In Summary

The Diet Solution is a diet.  Its effectiveness is based on fixed meal plans, which are low in calories.  Make no mistake about it; this is the primary cause of fat loss in this program.

On the positive side, it does include a good variety of healthy choices including healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates and lean meats.  It also encourages reducing sugar, simple carbs, processed foods and hydrogenated oils.  For a diet, this is one of the healthier ones you will find.  The inclusion of foods such as whole eggs, avocados, sweet potato and beef, will also keep the dieter more satiated.

So, is the Diet Solution right for you?  If you presently consume a lot of processed foods, simple carbohydrates and foods high in sugar, simply employing most of the recommendations in the video will lead to better health and weight loss.  No need to spend the $47.  However, be aware that calories DO MATTER, and even if you only eat the foods recommended in the program, you WILL gain weight and fat if you eat too much of them.

If however, you don't want to Google all of the free diet/nutrition info already available, and want a meal plan with the portions (and calories) counted out for you, The Diet Solution may be worth a whirl.  It is reasonably priced and does come with a 60-day money back guarantee.

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