The 400 Calorie Fix, a diet and new book by the editors of Prevention Magazine, claims you can lose up to 11 pounds in 14 weeks! And that you can still enjoy your favorite foods.
Is it possible?! And if so, how does it work?
The 400 Calorie Fix philosophy is very simple: it suggests that you consume three to four "400 calorie" meals each day, and that the calorie deficit alone will help you lose weight. The program claims that you don't need to exercise, nor do you need to "count calories, carbs or fat grams," according to their website.
Recently seen on the Rachael Ray show, the diet lays out for you foods and recipes that fall within the 400 calorie range. As long as you don't overeat, you will lose weight, they say. The program guides you to choose foods that are nutritionally balanced, filling and will satisfy your cravings.
I haven't tried this diet myself. It's true that you can try it free for 21 days, so I've ordered the program myself so I can give it a fair review. In the meantime, though, I have high hopes for this program - it works with basic math and biology. To lose weight, we need to burn more calories than we consume. Most weight loss plans, at their core, are about calorie restriction anyway. The 400 Calorie Fix is no different!
To me, the thing that can potentially separate this Prevention Magazine-endorsed and sponsored product from the rest of the diet programs out there is that it encourages you to eat foods you love, to enjoy yourself at a barbecue, baseball game, or food centered event. It seems that there are no foods that are off limits with their program, which is HUGELY important for one's weight loss efforts. Eliminating foods leads to cravings and, often times, rebellion.
You can certainly try this 400 calorie method at home without any special books or programs. Just eat three to four or snacks containing no more than 400-420 calories each. An average woman who consumes 1600 calories a day and doesn't change her activity level will most likely lose weight. (If you exercise too, you'll need to eat a bit more to keep your body fueled.)
Simply choose healthy, filling foods, rich in fiber, whole grain, lean protein, or healthy fats, and see how it impacts you!