Yes this is not some scam, not some click bait to make you read this article. It is something legit, that worked wonders for me. In a span of three months I lost about about 30lbs, so about 10lbs a month, which is huge. To some it may seem like a long time to lose that amount of weight, but that is including keeping muscle mass, and not losing weight at an unhealthy rate where it is tough to keep it off.
It isn't super difficult to follow either. It is a High Carb-Low Carb diet. What that means is that through the week you rotate between having carbs and not having carbs. Meaning that the foods you love, the pasta and bread, are not totally off limits. You just have to wait for the day that you are allowed to have it.
Sunday: Low Carb
Monday: Low Carb
Tuesday: High Carb
Wednesday: Low Carb
Thursday: Low Carb
Friday: High Carb
Saturday: High Carb
Now on a Low Carb day the idea is to eat little to no carbs. On High Carb days the idea is for you to have healthier carbs, so like whole wheat pasta or sweet potatoes. Also, you want to limit it to be about one carb item a meal. And they want you to pick a cut off point for eating, a time everyday where you are home, and do not need to eat anymore. For example, my cut off time is at 9:30 PM, this way I eliminate all unnecessary before bed snacks.
Another thing with this diet is that you are eating more than you think. The reasoning behind this is so that you do not overeat during any meals or have extra snacks. The goal is five meals a day, three main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and then two snacks between them.
Typical Low Carb Day:
Meal 1: two egg omelette with handful of spinach and 50g of cheese.
Meal 2: one piece of fruit and two handfuls of almonds or pumpkin seeds.
Meal 3: Spinach salad with four veggie toppings, one chicken breast, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Meal 4: 3/4 cup of pumpkin seeds.
Meal 5: one chicken breast, a handful of asparagus, cauliflower rice (one cup).
Typical High Carb Day:
Meal 1: breakfast sandwich: one english muffin, one egg, two pieces of turkey bacon, a slice of tomato.
Meal 2: six oz yogurt parfait with 1/2 cup of granola.
Meal 3: Burrito bowl: one cup of whole grain rice, 1/2 chicken breast, two shredded lettuce leaves, two cut up slices of tomatoes, 1/4 diced red onion, 1/2 bell pepper, 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.
Meal 4: 3/4 cup of pumpkin seeds.
Meal 5: six oz steak, green beans, and 1/2 sweet potato cooked as desired.
Now obviously you can make substitutions, and you do not need to follow the same thing everyday. But that is the bases of what to follow. A lot of protein and veggies, and then healthy carbs when you're able to have them.
The other suggestion was that it is ok to cheat once in a while. But when you cheat to limit it to a cheat meal, and make the rest of your day healthier. For example, you know you are going out with friends for dinner, and that you will be drinking. Leading up to that dinner, try to have healthier options to balance it all out. Or on weekends, limit it to having one meal that is not healthy. This way you are less likely to break your diet completely and be unhealthy for an entire day. As for alcohol, it suggests limiting it all to one to two glasses once or twice a week. All you are doing is drinking away your calories, so limit it.
This diet works so well because nothing is off limits like with other diets, also, unlike extreme diets, this one is something you can continue to do for as long as you would like. And once you reach your goal, you can always change the diet to allow for more high carb. It is something completely customizable and easy to stick with.
Give it a shot! And see results that you can hold onto.