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“6 Weeks to OMG” Diet Review

Ava Lawson | October 11th, 2012

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In our society’s seemingly endless search for easy ways to lose weight, a slew of fad diets have flooded the market. One of the most recent trends to make headlines is the “6 Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends” – a book authored by British author Paul Kannah who uses the pen name Venice Fulton. The controversial diet was recently reviewed on U.S. by registered dietician, Keri Gans MS, CDN, who has written about numerous fad programs and the best ways to lose weight healthfully.  Kans is vehemently against the diet on a number of counts, stating “Fulton’s book is just another gimmicky diet that is getting its day in the spotlight.”

The 6 Weeks to OMG program promises easy ways to lose weight fast, but like many fad diets, the results are rarely permanent. It may be safer than some “quick fixes” such as  a liquid diet or the HCG diet plan,  but the plan has not been endorsed by the medical community as one of the safest or best ways to lose weight.

Other options for sustainable weight loss

Better options,  such as physician-guided programs like those offered at The Center for Medical Weight Loss, are available for individuals seeking  sustainable, healthy weight loss. Unlike the 6 Weeks program, medical weight loss programs boasts a time-tested success rate among dieters.  For example, in a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers revealed that 95.3% of dieters who lost weight on a customized program maintained weight loss after one year.

Basic tenets of “6 Weeks to OMG”

Gans disagrees with the following principles of the 6 Weeks to OMG diet, musing why any person needs to get skinnier than all of her friends in a mere six weeks. The reality is  that most diets that claim fast weight loss are often unhealthy and result in rebound weight gain within a short period of time. The 6 Weeks to OMG includes some the following tenets:

  • Restrict fruit intake
  • Your body recognizes all carbs (an apple vs. chocolate cake) as the same
  • Take an ice bath every morning to boost the metabolism
  • Exercise on an empty stomach first thing in the morning
  • Drink only black coffee before exercising
  • Avoid food for 3 hours post exercise

Though Gans opposes these principles, there are certain aspects of the diet that Gans agrees with, including:

  • Antioxidant rich coffee can help ward off certain diseases like liver cancer, Type II diabetes and Parkinson’s.
  • Green leafy vegetables, chicken, lentils, brown rice, lean beef, fish, and beans  all contribute to a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise is important every day

 Talk to a doctor about weight loss

The premise of “6 Weeks to Omg” contradicts everything that medical weight loss stands for.  People shouldn’t lose weight for the mere sake of becoming skinnier than all of their friends.  Stories of weight loss success begin with a quest to make a personal change that doesn’t end in six weeks or even six months.  It’s a a process of transformation, made easier for many with the help of their doctor. The doctors of the Center for Medical Weight Loss are weight loss specialists.  They understand the uphill battle facing their patients and they can help prepare them face each challenge along the way.  Doctors customize a diet and exercise program according to individual needs to ensure that every patient reaches his or her goal; no matter how long it takes.

There are 450 centers across the country with qualified physicians ready to help. Simply enter your zip code in the box to the right to find the center nearest to you. Introductory offers are available to new clients at select locations.