As some of you know, back in October 2013, myself and one other person that I am aware of were contacted by the Publisher for Dr. Mike’s new book to see if we wanted an advance copy of it for review and feedback.
I was glad to be given the opportunity to do this, as he and I had discussed back in January 2013 some aspects of the diet that needed to be clarified; I was hoping that some of these things would be “fixed” in the new version of the book, along with flat-out errors, such as sugar-free yogurt, which does not exist, but no sugar added yogurt does exist.
In mid-November I received the advance copy and went about reading the book to see what is different not only in the way of additions, but what in the original version had been updated.
We are not recommending this book. If you have the original book and it has worked for you, you may want to stick with that version of the book. Be aware that the new book is simply the entire original book with a few things added, and none of the errors corrected.
Basically the contents of the original book are contained in their entirety in the new “Breakthrough” edition of the book. The only change is using 1 whole lemon for the Morning Wake-Up Drink and not ½. We recommend sticking with ½, as 1 whole lemon’s juice in 8 ounce of water will be pretty intolerable for most.
The Breakthrough Edition claims faster weight loss with two optional items and contains some ideas for 17 minutes of exercises. The two optional items are:
- An optional Transitional Day Fast which includes smoothies totaling 900 calories.
- Optional supplements which claim to speed up your weightloss.
While the book boasts 50 new recipes “that meet the weight loss plan’s guidelines,” this is not quite true at the first printing. About 30% of the new recipes in the book are not correct, either from an ingredient standpoint or a cycle standpoint. The list of those non-compliant/non-compliant-to-stated-cycle recipes is listed at the end of this review.
- Most who have been on this diet understand the need to eat enough and have been eating 1200-1500 calories a day. To cut your food intake down to 900 and by drinking meals only is a drastic change (albeit for one day only) to your eating. I tried this for one day (mostly just to say I’d tried it!) and was nauseous and lightheaded the entire day.
- This also goes against what Dr. Mike has told us when he said “EAT your meals, do not DRINK them.”
- There needs to be some clarification on guidelines for using this for non-Transitional Day purposes other than “gain weight” or a “bad weekend.” Some will take “gain weight” to mean permission to use it if they gain 2/10ths of a pound or some minor amount and we will be putting out fires with people using the Fast Day several times a week. I have already had quite a few Facebook messages telling me that dieters are using this at any time they gain a little bit of weight (1/2 lb on up).
NONE of the modifications that Dr. Mike made in the last 3 years were included in the new book, so we can only assume that they are no longer allowed. This makes Dr. Mike look wishy washy and for those of us that run groups for this diet, it makes a lot more work for us; most of us do not make any money off of our groups or blogs, although some do derive an income from the concepts in the book. We run the groups because we believe in the diet.
Overall, for those starting this diet for the first time or those who already have the original book, I would be cautious about purchasing it for some of the reasons stated in this post.
NEW RECIPES IN THE BOOK
- Real Bacon Bits as a product is listed in several recipes. This product is not compliant in any way – it is made with real bacon and real sugar is added, neither of which are allowed. Turkey bacon is allowed.
- Nectresse is a product listed in several recipes which is not compliant! It is made with processed sugar, along with monk fruit, as shown in the photo below.
The following itemizes the recipes, first by non-compliant recipes, followed by compliant recipes.
Incorrect Cycle and Ingredients:
- Brown Rice with Mushrooms incorrectly shows C2-4: turkey bacon makes this a C3 recipe.
- Cactus Salad incorrectly shows C1-4: Cactus, serrano peppers and cilantro make this C3.
- Ceviche incorrectly shows C1-4: Cilantro and chiles make this C3
- Cream of Pumpkin Soup incorrectly shows C2-4: 8 oz cream cheese/4 servings=4Tbsp per serving which goes over for C2; this should be C3
- Full-licious Salad incorrectly shows C1-4: Olives make this C4
- Guiltless Potato Salad incorrectly shows C2-4: REAL bacon is not allowed; turkey bacon pieces would make this C3.
- Harvest French Toast incorrectly shows C2-4: C3 due to bread
- Mexican Huevos incorrectly shows C1-4: C3 due to jalapenos
- Mint Choco Chip Soft Serve incorrectly shows C1-4: Calls for Nectresse which has both sugar and molasses in it. The Nectresse should be replaced with Stevia or Agave Nectar. If Nectresse is used, it becomes C4.
- Mom's Apple Pie incorrectly shows C4: All items are C3 compliant; 1 cup ground almonds for 6 servings is 2/3 of a Friendly Fat per serving. I'd call this good for C3 as an occasional treat.
- Oven Roasted Veggies incorrectly shows C1-4: Zucchini makes this C3
- Picnic Beans incorrectly shows C2-4: turkey bacon makes this a C3 recipe; also Nectresse should be replaced with Stevia or Agave Nectar as Nectresse has added sugar & molasses and would be considered a C4 ingredient.
- Southwest Slaw incorrectly shows C1-4: Bacon makes this C3, but needs to be turkey bacon and not REAL bacon pieces as the recipe states.
- Stewed Zucchini incorrectly shows C1-4: Zucchini makes this C3
- Sweet Potato Apple Casserole incorrectly shows use of Nectresse which has added sugar and molasses. Use Stevia or Agave Nectar instead.
- Tropical Pistachio Pudding incorrectly shows C2-4: Both sf pudding and pineapple are Cycle 3!!
From the Original Book:
- Low-Carb Primavera Delight incorrectly shows C1-4: Spaghetti Squash is a C2 starch!
- Sesame Fish: incorrectly shows C1-4; sesame seeds make this a C3 recipe
- Apricot-Glazed Lamb Chops
- Asparagus Tarragon Salad
- Avocado Stuffed with Scallops
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- Banana Ice Cream
- Beef Fajita Salad
- Blueberry Griddle Cakes
- Breakfast Crisp NOTE that this is 4 starch servings, not 2.
- Catalina Grilled Steak
- Chicken Kiev
- Chicken with Orange Sauce
- Chocolate Candies
- Creamy Light Fettucine Alfredo
- Crunch Salad
- Drunken Pork Chops
- Easy Gourmet Chicken
- Elegant Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce
- Fried Fish
- Garlic Shrimp
- General Slim's Chicken
- Greek Chicken Stew
- Mango Sorbet
- Meat and Bean Burrito
- Mexican-Style Shrimp
- Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
- Onion-Leek Soup
- Pasta Caesar Salad
- Poached Pears and Oranges
- Salad in a Sandwich
- Salmon Burgers
- Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Dressing
- Smoked Salmon Rolls
- South of the Border Scramble
- Spinach Salad
- Taco Salad
- Tortilla Soup
- Village Salad
- White Bean Hummus
From the Original Book
- Balsamic Artichoke
- Chicken Vegetable Soup
- Dr Mike's Power Cookie
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Egg-White Veggie Frittata
- Greek Egg Scramble
- Kefir Smoothie
- Lettuce Wraps
- Marinated Vegetable Salad
- Oven Barbecued Chicken
- Salad Nicoise
- Salmon Lemenato
- Spanish Omelet
- Spicy Yogurt Dip and Veggies
- Super Salad
- Turkey Black Bean Chili
- Yogurt Fruitshake