Yeah I know that really sounds weird but the diet itself is called Overnight Diet. I decided why not see what it has and then blast it to pieces. Well I’m not sure about needing to blast it. Allow me to explain.
First I needed to read the book and I had started doing it before the full book was downloaded to my Kindle so when I got it fully downloaded I was doing my best to read through it. It was okay as a book but extremely frustrating. Like most people I really didn’t give a flip about this study and that study and then all of the talk about people who succeeded on the plan while it was in the clinical experiences but like most diet books the creator of the diet puts too much data. The fact of the matter is people want to know what will be required for them to succeed on the diet so they needed to organize it better. Maybe that was why they tried to hide it in various places and I’ll tell you that I skipped ahead on so much of it because you know you can only beat so much into my head before I tune you out.
So I started the Overnight Diet on a Wednesday instead of starting on a Sunday as they suggest in the book. There is a reason to my madness, I work on Sunday and it is the first day of my work week and I’m usually not in the mood to do lots of cooking in preparation for the diet.
Okay enough of that nonsense, let me give you the basics of the diet in a nutshell. It is a week long diet where the foods change very little but mainly the diet is a repeat week after week. There is something to be said about the basic foods being the same, although there is a lot of variations for how or what you prepare. But it pretty much is the same, Day 1 of each week of the diet is always liquid and no solid food is consumed.
Yeah you’re saying…WHAT??!!! Most of you have figured out that there is more to the diet than just fasting. The first day of the week that you are on the diet and the first day of each week that you are on the diet will always consist of protein drinks. The book gives some good recipes and suggest ways to vary thing but basically everything is put into a blender, you had better have a good blender/mixer, and you mix the hell out of it.
The next six days you will eat foods listed and they even give the proportions of the foods that you eat which helps you in planning your meal. They give you actual menus although to be truthful I didn’t like much of the menus but it gives me ideas of how to plan my meals. I noticed one very important factors in this diet and that is the amount of protein that you consume on the diet.
After reading through the book I learned that for my height and idea weight, which is unrealistic, I will need to consume 12 ounces of protein a day when eating on the diet. Okay so you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about when I said unrealistic they base things on height. You know the basis where they say if you are at least 5ft tall then you start out at a weight of 100 pounds. Then for every inch that you are taller than 5ft then you should add only 5 pounds for every inch. So I’m 5’3″ and I should weigh 115 according to their lists, but that sure as hell ain’t going to happen. The last time that I was that weight my ribs protruded through my skin and everyone, even my doctor said that I needed to gain weight no matter what the scales said.
Now part of the problem comes from the fact that ever since I was young I used to always run, I had a hard time walking and in order to keep up with most people I had to run to keep up. The reason for that was that I was quite small even as a child and so because I ran a lot I ended up developing larger muscles in my thighs. So I gained weight but even when I was 120 pounds you could still see my ribs thus I stopped wearing a swimsuit and going to the pool. If I wanted to be around water I usually just dipped my toes in the water of the coast but seldom went in because everyone thought I was trying to be skinny but actually I was having a hard time gaining weight.
Well finally I weighed a healthy 125 pounds and that was during what I consider to be my prime where I was jogging 5 miles a day or as I usually call it, jowalking. There was so little of body fat that one of my boyfriends used to tease me and tell me to bend to the side and then he could pinch my skin because otherwise it was quite taunt. But that was then and now….well let’s just say that it takes a hand to pinch my fat because there is too much of it.
The diet program has a diet menu for 28 days and I guess that is how many days I will follow the program to see if it works on me. Of course this author like all of the diet book authors all say that this diet will work on you where others have failed and they give all sorts of logic and explanations as to why it will work where others have failed.
One thing I noticed is that she has you focus on proteins and gives you alternatives if you are a vegetarians but I’m a meat eater and I definitely like the idea of getting lots of protein. Maybe that was one of my problems with my other diets, I seldom had 12 ounces of protein and maybe that was why I didn’t lose any weight because I exercised.
Now when I saw this diet on the news the lady they interviewed claimed to have lost 40 pounds and she didn’t exercise but she got lots of sleep. This diet like so many other diets all promote sleep and this one even goes as far to say that you need to have a minimum of 6 hours and that may be a key to the diet….sleep, just like in so many other diets.
She discusses that you must drink at least 8 glasses of 8 oz of water which comes out to 64 oz of water. Not too hard for me because I drink my water from a 20 oz container but I usually fill it up to the rim which means that I have at least 2-3 more ounces so it is quite easy for me to drink at least 64 ounces. She also says that if you drink coffee you must drink that much in water so if you have a 8 ounce cup of coffee you need to have 8 replacement ounces of water because other wise the coffee will off set what you are doing.
After reading through the book I found that there was a high success rate and one of the good things that this book did was give me hope. As you know I’ve been doing primal dieting to the extent of cutting out all of the grains and eliminating sugars from my diet but I kind of stalled and couldn’t move any ways but up or down a pound from the increased weight. Sorry but I never got closer to my goal of 200 pounds so just as I was giving up I saw the announcement for the Overnight Diet.
However, the reality is that it does not happen just because you sleep, oh don’t get me wrong sleep is an important factor in this diet but what you eat and increasing your protein level up is key to helping because it prevents muscles from deteriorating which is what they do as we age especially since we don’t use them as much.
So exercise is key to this also along with the diet and she has a plan for you to eat good and for you to exercise only 4 times a week for only 21 minutes. So that should be easy, well I highly doubt if it is easy but it is something that I’m going to try because I’m fresh out of success stories for losing weight.
Wednesday was Day 1 so I guess I’ve got some writing to do and catch up on things. I highly doubt if I will lose the 9 pounds that the lady did in the first week because let me tell you that I’ve sort of used a little bit of variations in the diet but pretty much stuck to it. Guess I had better start writing about my experience so go to the next entry.