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April 25, 2013 10:48 AM
Just heard about Bob Harper's (Biggest Loser coach) new book. Supposedly you can lose up to 20 lbs. in 3 weeks.
At first I was like "No way" because the 3 meals equal under 1,200 cals, but then I guess you're supposed to munch veggies all day whenever you get hungry. Doesn't seem as bad now, but I still wonder if people have actually had success with it.

Anyone try it?
April 25, 2013 11:02 AM
hmm idk but i do know that christine only eats veggies all day..and like no meat. you should also eat every 2 hours. cutting dairy and carbs is good for you too to lose weight..
April 25, 2013 11:05 AM
Sure, it'll work. It's a calorie deficit. However, is it maintainable, or is it just going to perpetuate a cycle of yo yo dieting? That's really up to you to decide. For some, it will be a great jump start and they will be able to add back in a few extra calories and maintain their weight loss. For others, it is going to be too restrictive and is going to set in motion potential binges. But for three weeks, it wont hurt you. But really think about whether or not its going to help you or set in motion binges.
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April 25, 2013 11:52 AM
That's true, Anjo! I definitely don't want to be hungry, so I like that if I did this 3-week plan I could snack on veggies whenever I needed to. Not looking to feel deprived.

You are very right, dietstokes. I'm still trying to figure that out...I WANT it to be just the 3 weeks and a jumpstart, and then back to my normal calories and rate of losing. I have so much to lose it'd be nice to get a "headstart" just to get the ball rolling. If it will work like that or if it will backfire, I don't know. I've never done a program like this. I suppose if I started to binge I could just stop the program and go back to normal. Something to think about, thanks!
April 25, 2013 2:05 PM
the preview of this book on amazon gives you some information on it. It is for vanity weight, claims 10lbs in 3 weeks and is 800 cals per day for women + unlimited veggies if you need them. It says it is specifically for a dress or an event or something like that which is why it is extreme to get you to that goal. It isn't meant for people with long term bigger goals.
April 26, 2013 12:03 AM
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That's true, Anjo! I definitely don't want to be hungry, so I like that if I did this 3-week plan I could snack on veggies whenever I needed to. Not looking to feel deprived.

You are very right, dietstokes. I'm still trying to figure that out...I WANT it to be just the 3 weeks and a jumpstart, and then back to my normal calories and rate of losing. I have so much to lose it'd be nice to get a "headstart" just to get the ball rolling. If it will work like that or if it will backfire, I don't know. I've never done a program like this. I suppose if I started to binge I could just stop the program and go back to normal. Something to think about, thanks!


You will not be able to go back to eating normally AND losing after eating 800cals for 3 weeks. You'll gain weight (and maybe cen some more). I find it disgusting that a so-calle professional says that eating 800cals a day for 3 weeks is a HEALTHY way to lose weight. This man is so focused on "skinny this, skinny that."
April 26, 2013 12:21 AM
Doesn't sound effective or sustainable,

Just the title 'Jumpstart to Skinny' says it all.

Personally I'd like to give everyone involved in the 'The Biggest Loser' a swift kick in the rear end.
April 26, 2013 12:31 AM
Since I have read and heard about this new nonsense he is promoting I lost the last teeeeny bit of respect I had for Bob Harper.

A lot of women will follow it. And what really annoys me, is a person giving such advice calls himself a professional.

One can just hope that people will not blindly run after his advices.
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April 26, 2013 1:32 AM
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hmm idk but i do know that christine only eats veggies all day..and like no meat. you should also eat every 2 hours. cutting dairy and carbs is good for you too to lose weight..


If you're going to give advice try to make its bit more substantial than cut this and that it's a lot more complex than that.

I can't comment on your intake as not looked at your diary- for me I eat 45% carb, 35 % protein and 20% fat and i eat around 2500 cals a day losing 2lbs a week of FAT/ WAter not muscle

It works for me may/ may not work for you.

I've lost what little respect I had for Bob Harper since this and his new book/ 'Diet Came out he sold out and millions of people in the US and here in the UK will follow it blindly without knowing the damage it's doing.

I want to be fit and strong not skinny that is the goal. I'm trying to lose body fat and inches not muscle.

Good Luck :)
April 26, 2013 1:40 AM
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I've lost what little respect I had for Bob Harper since this and his new book/ 'Diet Came out he sold out and millions of people in the US and here in the UK will follow it blindly without knowing the damage it's doing.

I want to be fit and strong not skinny that is the goal. I'm trying to lose body fat and inches not muscle.

Good Luck :)


Yup, Agreed. Anyone who touts a VLCD for vanity purposes is driving the hatred people have for their bodies and perpetuatuing the myth that VLCD are good for you.
Edited by amy1612 On April 26, 2013 1:40 AM
April 26, 2013 1:56 AM
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I've lost what little respect I had for Bob Harper since this and his new book/ 'Diet Came out he sold out and millions of people in the US and here in the UK will follow it blindly without knowing the damage it's doing.

I want to be fit and strong not skinny that is the goal. I'm trying to lose body fat and inches not muscle.

Good Luck :)


Yup, Agreed. Anyone who touts a VLCD for vanity purposes is driving the hatred people have for their bodies and perpetuatuing the myth that VLCD are good for you.


^ She nailed it.
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April 26, 2013 3:44 AM
The sad thing about "diets" of this nature is, it appeals to someone desperate to lose weight! It gives false hope and in my opinion hinders healthy thinking! The only way to lose weight for the long haul is to have a lifestyle change. Eating less(counting calories), eating clean, and working out! This may work on the biggest loser ranch because after the 20 pounds they have professional trainers and medical profession to aid in continuance. In the real world you lose the 20 pounds and after that it's 1 or 2 pounds a week, if that! Then next thing you know your discouraged and binge or give up out of frustration from the false hope, I'm guessing. Bottom line is I would not set myself up for such failure.
April 26, 2013 6:56 AM
I'm giving it a try but my mindset is this is just what the title says... a "Jumpstart"... not a long term solution. My plan at end of three weeks is to switch to is his plan that is a long term, sustainable one.

The 800 calories per day at first seemed like you'd start to destroy muscle, slow down metabolism and/or set myself up with a serious hunger pains that I go into binge mode either before it is up or after it is up. Then upon looking at the actual plan and recipes I realized the plan combined with his exercise plan (i.e. if you're doing high intensity aerobics and strength training it will not be enough) is healthy. It provides the protein, fiber, fat and other nutrients your body needs. Plus, it really isn't just restricting you to just 800 calories per day... it's the KIND of calories he's restricting. He has an extensive list of vegetables that you can graze on all day whenever you get hungry. Granted, they're very low calorie but they will fill you up and provide more energy.

Personally, I'm coming off a two month pause in my weight loss goal due to an injury. I kept off the weight I had lost despite being sedentary for weeks at a time and dealing with some emotional eating... but now that I'm healed and motivated again... wanting to get back on track faster. I realize I can't lose in 3 weeks what I could have lost in 2 months but I will make up for some of that lost time. Plus, Bob Harper's communication style and philosophy is very motivating to me.
April 26, 2013 7:03 AM
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I'm giving it a try but my mindset is this is just what the title says... a "Jumpstart"... not a long term solution. My plan at end of three weeks is to switch to is his plan that is a long term, sustainable one.

The 800 calories per day at first seemed like you'd start to destroy muscle, slow down metabolism and/or set myself up with a serious hunger pains that I go into binge mode either before it is up or after it is up. Then upon looking at the actual plan and recipes I realized the plan combined with his exercise plan (i.e. if you're doing high intensity aerobics and strength training it will not be enough) is healthy. It provides the protein, fiber, fat and other nutrients your body needs. Plus, it really isn't just restricting you to just 800 calories per day... it's the KIND of calories he's restricting. He has an extensive list of vegetables that you can graze on all day whenever you get hungry. Granted, they're very low calorie but they will fill you up and provide more energy.

Personally, I'm coming off a two month pause in my weight loss goal due to an injury. I kept off the weight I had lost despite being sedentary for weeks at a time and dealing with some emotional eating... but now that I'm healed and motivated again... wanting to get back on track faster. I realize I can't lose in 3 weeks what I could have lost in 2 months but I will make up for some of that lost time. Plus, Bob Harper's communication style and philosophy is very motivating to me.


Also... I am seeing it as an experiment... I'm tracking how filling/satisfying the recipes happen to be, how I feel each phase and end result. So if you want to wait 3 weeks... I will share it. :)
April 28, 2013 11:35 AM
Well, I would like to know how it's going for pure_of_heart. I just started today.
April 28, 2013 11:53 AM
jump start it will be, but what happens when you go back to what ever you were doing before? i have not seen this addressed by Bob on the few sightings on shows recently.

anyone recall hearing that a "diet" is just the word DIE with the letter T added on the end??????? I really dislike hearing the word diet as this is so typically associated with a temporary fix, short term unsustainable intake.

How about working with a healthy intake/meal plan and making sure to be mindful of carbs/proteins/grains/fiber etc.

Good luck to OP with however you decide to proceed. Be carefulheart
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April 28, 2013 2:22 PM
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Well, I would like to know how it's going for pure_of_heart. I just started today.


It is going really well... I noticed today that my skin and eyes are looking clearer as as a result of all the veggies, fruit and water. Those 800 calories are incredibly nutrient dense. And if I get hungry, there's a long list of vegetables I can eat to my heart's desire. A few of the recipes are so tasty and filling, I added them to my "routine" pile.

I do think those who don't like to grocery shop/cook... don't like vegetables... and are challenged timewise may find this hard to keep up for 3 weeks. I work from a home-based office with a grocery store a 5 minute stroll so easier for me to follow the meal and exercise plan.

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jump start it will be, but what happens when you go back to what ever you were doing before? i have not seen this addressed by Bob on the few sightings on shows recently.

anyone recall hearing that a "diet" is just the word DIE with the letter T added on the end??????? I really dislike hearing the word diet as this is so typically associated with a temporary fix, short term unsustainable intake.

How about working with a healthy intake/meal plan and making sure to be mindful of carbs/proteins/grains/fiber etc.

Good luck to OP with however you decide to proceed. Be careful


I think it is very obvious what will happen if you stick to his plan for three weeks the go back to the way you were eating prior. Not rocket science. His last chapter is all about transitioning to a sustainable, healthy weight loss program ... which means for most obese people a development of a series of new habits. He, of course, recommends that people wanting to commit to healthier lifestyle that they now move to "The Skinny Rules".
April 28, 2013 2:26 PM
glad to hear that the end of the book addresses how to continue with best health. It is all in the delivery - sad that you had to include the part about rocket science........................flowerforyou
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April 29, 2013 11:53 AM
I am head over heals for this book. Love Love Love the meals. I have been doing it now for a week and the foods you eat are so highly nutritional that it amazes me sometimes on how much food I get to eat. I could do my 1200 calories a day and at the end of the day be hungry. But the 40/40/20 plan makes these meals very filling and satisfying. It has helped me understand that eating 800 calories the right way and choosing the right foods that I could do this with no problem at all for 3 weeks. And then after the 3 weeks I think it will help me pick more of the more nutritional fruits and veggies out there (they are not all equal :0) I will try to consume my carbs before lunch, make sure I drink all my water and that cardio does not mean you have to go balls to the wall for 30 minutes for it to work. And after the first week I am down 7lbs.
April 29, 2013 12:07 PM
I totally agree. For those of you who haven't researched it, do. You get to eat a TON of food. It's just all really good for you, hence the low cals per day. The recipes are delicious and pretty simple to make. Many of them I'm going to include in my permanent repertoire. I appreciated the fact that you don't need any special kitchen gadgets to make them. Buying food for the first week was significantly more expensive than my normal grocery trip, but I'm hoping it pays off!
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April 29, 2013 1:07 PM
I had been doing the 1500 cals and eating 'clean' for about 4 months with high intensity exercises and strength training and my weight or inches did not budge at all. I started the diet today after doing all my research and for about a week and so far (8 hrs into the day) I am not feeling hungry at all. By this time usually i'm craving some sort of food but not today. The breakfast and lunch portions were fairly larger compared to my usual portions but not calorie dense instead filled with essential nutrients.
And just to make it clear, Bob Harper is not promoting this as a sustainable or long term plan at all! He emphasized on this topic quiet clearly in the book and in his interviews. This very short term plan is for people (like me) who have a special event coming up or a special goal to meet in a short time. I was quiet skeptic and somewhat still am that I will lose drastic amount of weight in such a short period, but I am experimenting to see if this will work. I have about 20 lbs to lose but i don't expect to lose it all in 3 weeks. However, it would be a nice "jump start" to lose something after not seeing any change for months. Which is exactly what the book is.
The only con i can think of right now is that the groceries i had to buy at the start of this week were almost double in cost of my usual weekly groceries.

Will update soon :)
April 29, 2013 1:14 PM
He and Jillian have lost my respect since they started putting their names on diet pills and spouting crap diet advice. I personally wouldn't do it. They have turned from good people within the field to people who are just looking for the money and put their name on anything. He's trying to push a diet that is just far too low in calories... even if it's nutrient dense food. Losing 20lbs in 3 weeks won't include a ton of fat weight.
May 1, 2013 10:30 AM
I agree the recipes are yummy. I also think this is a filling diet. I did NutraSystem and I was hungrier than on this and that was higher calorie. The groceries are expensive and hard to find. I enjoy that this is healthy eating, but I have not experienced weight loss. I am on day 4. I also think his lack of instruction on his exercises is concerning. I did the Ball Buster on Monday and have been unable to move much since. My back is extremely sore. I had to go get a massage today for some relief. Perhaps I did the exercise incorrectly or used too heavy a kettleball, but I think more instruction is needed. And there is no way I can get all the way up on a sit-up like he does. I have to do crunches instead with just lifting shoulders off floor. I'm trying not to get discouraged, but with family stress and stuff I slipped last night and had 2 1/2 dirty martinis. I have continued the food part of the diet and not cheated. As of this morning I am 1/2 a pound heavier than when I started! Maybe retaining water due to the alcohol and olive juice? Others said they had lost 7 pounds by day 4.
May 1, 2013 10:32 AM
Pure_of_Heart have you lost weight? All your reply said was that you were enjoying eating healthier.
May 1, 2013 10:34 AM
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Pure_of_Heart have you lost weight? All your reply said was that you were enjoying eating healthier.


Six pounds. While I know it is mostly water as my salt intake has been slashed, it still feels good after watching the scale go the other direction while I recovered from my injury. Just 5 more and I am back on track to where I was before I got hurt!

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