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P.I.N.K. Method Diet: Pros and Cons

Sarah | February 27th, 2013

P.I.N.K. methodCynthia Pasquella developed the P.I.N.K. method – one of today’s more popular diets – to help women overhaul their eating habits and reshape their bodies. The components of this program – power, intensity, nutrition and “kardio” – are said to help women lose weight and help them feel better about themselves. While this weight loss program may work for some women, it is still important to consult a physician before beginning any exercise regimen or eating plan.

Plan emphasizes whole foods

The P.I.N.K. method emphasizes the importance of eating whole plant foods and light proteins, which are packed with nutrients and will help dieters feel full between meals. A typical day on the P.I.N.K. diet starts with the P.I.N.K. drink, which is made from a blend of coconut, rice, hemp or almond milk; one scoop of whey protein powder; and one cup of fresh or unsweetened frozen strawberries. Lunch might consist of a bowl of turkey chili and a side salad or a veggie burger with a piece of fresh fruit. Vegetables are the main event at dinner, but dieters are allowed to have some turkey, chicken or fish.

P.I.N.K. diet restricts processed foods, alcohol and caffeine

Those who follow this diet should be prepared to give up alcoholic beverages, processed foods and items made with refined sugars. Small amounts of caffeine are allowed, so dieters do not have to completely give up coffee or tea. After the first nine weeks of the program, one to two servings of alcohol are allowed each week. All artificial sweeteners are off-limits with the exception of Stevia. The diet plan consists of four phases, each of which has different caloric restrictions. The reset phase lasts from three to 14 days and allows a total of 1,025 calories per day. Dieters move into the P.I.N.K. Primary phase after losing anywhere from five to 10 pounds. The amount of calories consumed each day increases to approximately 1,600. The 7-Day Shred involves eating vegetable soup to cut calories and lose additional weight. The maintenance phase is known as P.I.N.K. Preservation. This phase is the most flexible, allowing upwards of 1,400 calories per day.

P.I.N.K. method promotes intense exercise

Diets that work usually emphasize the importance of physical activity in weight loss and the P.I.N.K. method is no exception. The plan includes three workout DVDs that include a combination of cardio, flexibility and sculpting exercises. Each DVD must be followed for three weeks before moving on to the next. Those who stick to the diet plan may lose as much as 10 pounds during the first 14 days. But is the P.I.N.K. method the best way to lose weight?

Medically-supervised weight loss plans

Although calorie restriction and intense exercise can help dieters lose significant amounts of weight, some people may not be able to stick to the restrictive eating plan or perform the amount of strenuous exercise required to get results. For these individuals, a medically-supervised weight loss plan like the ones provided by The Center for Medical Weight Loss may be the solution.

Rather than promoting fad diets that rarely work over the long haul, The Center for Medical Weight Loss has experienced physicians on hand to create personalized weight loss plans that take a person’s age, fitness level and overall health into account. With more than 450 locations in the United States, it’s easy to find a Center in your area. Simply enter your zip code in the box above. Keep in mind that special introductory offers are available for first-time visitors!