Curves: Permanent Results Without Permanent Dieting is written by Gary Heavin, who is also the creator of the Curves franchise of women’s fitness centers.
Curves is one of the most recognized weight loss centers for women and there are over 9000 Curves gyms worldwide. Their book outlines the diet and fitness program that women are introduced to in the gym setting.
Curves Complete is especially helpful to women who may be intimidated by the traditional gym setting.
Curves has recently revamped their program to encompass all areas shown to be effective for weight loss.
At the start of the program you take a self-assessment test in order to determine whether you are calorie or carbohydrate sensitive. Depending on your results you will be instructed to follow either the high-protein/low-carbohydrate diet or the low-calorie diet.
The low carbohydrate plan limits carbohydrates to 20 grams a day for the first two weeks and then 60 grams a day thereafter. The low calorie plan limits carbohydrates to 60 grams a day, calories to 1200 a day for the first two weeks, and then 1600 calories a day thereafter.
The diet plan cycles though several phases until dieters reach their weight loss goal.
For all phases dieters will consume 3 meals a day and two snacks that are high in protein. Meal plans are customizable and dieters can still enjoy many of their favorite foods. Certain foods are designated as “free foods” that you can eat in unlimited quantities and include spinach, mushrooms, onions, lettuce, celery and cucumbers.
The Curves diet plan will adjust your set point so that you lose weight more easily. He says that when you achieve your goal weight and start eating a normal healthy diet this will actually boost your metabolism so that it is easy to maintain your weight loss, even with up to 3000 calories daily.
Dieters meet with their certified coaches weekly to review meal plans and to receive one-on-one support as well as track progress.
½ cup strawberries
Curves shake or similar protein shake
2 stalks celery
6 oz broiled chicken breast
The foundation of the Curves program is a fitness plan that involves 30 minutes of circuit training three times a week.
These resistance exercises will help to increase your lean muscle mass to boost your metabolism and burn calories. You will need a set of resistance bands and a stop watch.
Curves Complete, which is available at Curves Centers, retails for 12.95 per week not including food.
The book alone: Curves: Permanent Results Without Permanent Dieting retails at $13.95.
This book is also given to members free when they sign up for membership at any of the Curves Centers.
Curves has a good reputation with many women reporting successful results on their program. This book allows dieters to learn about the Curve philosophy and weight loss guidelines without the need to visit a Curves gym.
Many women will appreciate the fitness aspect of the program for its time efficiency. On the other hand the diet plan is quite stringent and involves restriction of carbohydrates, which may be challenging for some dieters.
The Curves Diet plan is very likely to produce weight loss success for most women, however this will be largely related to calorie restriction and increased physical activity rather than adjusting the metabolic rate or altering the set-point of the body.