Your brain already holds the tools you need to lose weight and keep it off. At least, that's the theory behind the Instinct Diet. You learn how your brain responds to eating and how various foods affect the brain. Then you use the information to shed pounds.
On average, people will lose an average of 30 pounds over about 6 months on the Instinct Diet, Roberts says.
What You Can Eat and What You Can't
The diet is divided into stages.
In the first stage, which lasts 2 weeks, you won't be able to eat refined carbohydrates like white bread or drink alcohol.
In the later stages, you can add "free choices" like steak fries (only six at a time) or one glass of alcohol.
The diet is flexible and gives you lots of food choices.
Limitations: Once you finish the first stage, you'll be able to choose from a wide variety of foods, including treats such as chocolate.
Cooking and shopping: You can use the diet's shopping list at any grocery store. The book includes recipes and ideas for meals you can serve up from prepared food from the supermarket.
It can help you lose weight. That's because the diet is based on eating mostly healthy, whole foods that fill you up on fewer calories. The foods also are low on the glycemic index, meaning they won’t raise your blood sugar too much.
The Final Word
The Instinct Diet provides healthy eating advice and helps you understand why eating certain foods can control your appetite.
The downside is that it doesn't give specifics on exercise, and you might feel like you're eating the same foods over and over.
If you’re starting your first diet or don’t like to cook, then the requirements of this plan might be a challenge for you.