Cathi Graham wrote The Fresh Start Thermogenic Diet after she achieved one of the largest weight losses ever to be recorded in Canada.
In 1982 she weighed 326 pounds and when her doctor declared her morbidly obese. This was the shock necessary to spur her to action. She began to research weight loss methods and discovered thermogenic foods, which increase metabolism, reduce appetite, and boost energy.
She lost 186 pounds within 18 months by following the principles outlined in her plan and has managed to keep the weight off for over 20 years.
The basic idea of the diet is to restrict carbohydrates to some degree while emphasizing low glycemic sources and at the same time to increase the intake of specific thermogenic foods.
There is a large emphasis on improving the function of the digestive system so that weight loss is easier to achieve. Avoiding high glycemic index foods and taking supplemental digestive enzymes facilitate this process.
Dieters are provided with an option of either a diet that severely limits carbohydrates called the “Carbo Cleanout Plan” or one that includes moderate amounts of low glycemic carbohydrates and whole grains which is called the “Glycemic Plan”.
Both plans allow for a small dessert daily however alcohol is not allowed for at least the first few weeks of the plans.
Low glycemic index foods such as lean proteins, seafood, eggs, cheese, nuts and seeds, most vegetables, fruits, and certain grains such as quinoa and brown rice.
Thermogenic foods which include garlic, chili, apple cider vinegar, celery, cinnamon, mustard, parsley, ginger, turmeric, salmon, tuna, and green tea.
Scrambled egg whites
Mixed raw vegetable salad
Raw celery, carrots and red peppers
Low fat yogurt with berries
In The Thermogenic Weight loss program Dieters are encouraged to engage in aerobic exercise 5-6 days per week for 30-45 minutes. Resistance exercises are also recommended for 20 minutes three times per week.
The Fresh Start Thermogenic Diet retails at $24.95.
Several supplements are recommended which will increase the cost of following the diet as prescribed.
Although there is some research that validates the possible effects of thermogenic foods for weight loss their role as the major element in a successful weight loss plan is debatable.
It is probably more likely that any success that occurs on this plan is due to the dramatic overhaul of diet and lifestyle that is necessary if dieters adhere to the plan as outlined.
Disciplined dieters will very likely be rewarded with relatively fast results on The Thermogenic Weight Loss Plan, particularly the more restrictive “Carbo Cleanout Plan”, however, it will be necessary to exercise caution when reintroducing foods so as to maintain the weight loss.