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The Diet Solution: How It Works continued...

Customize the meal plans to your type by adding more protein or carb to satisfy your metabolic type. If you are a mixed type, the meal plans require no modification.

Regardless of your metabolic type, The Diet Solution encourages you to eat three main meals and two snacks and take an omega-3 supplement.

Meal plans with portion sizes guide your food choices once you have determined your metabolic type. Dieters are encouraged to keep a food journal to record daily intake of foods.

There's no calorie counting or exercise regimes. Meal plans guide your food choices. Exercise is briefly addressed with a recommendation to include strength and cardiovascular training.

A quick-start guide, daily meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, frequently asked questions, and a journal for tracking success are included in the e-book (a file you download after paying for it) that comes with a money-back guarantee.

The Diet Solution: What You Can Eat

Foods allowed are limited to whole natural organic foods, mostly healthy meats, fish, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and raw high-fiber fruits.

“Most people do best when they get all their carbs from fruits and vegetables and totally eliminate grains so they are mostly excluded, but there is an option to include them,” De Los Rios says.

She also takes issue with dairy unless it is raw and organic, artificial sweeteners except Stevia, processed foods, sugars, sweets, most breads, pasta and grains, sweetened drinks, fruit juices unless freshly squeezed, and soy, and more.

The Diet Solution: Expert's View

Nutrition experts agree about the importance of good intentions, motivation, and staying positive while dieting. But beyond that, The Diet Solution falls short of evidence for many of its claims.

“It is based upon unsubstantiated, unscientific, and potentially dangerous advice. Therefore I would not recommend the program,” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and Washington, D.C.-based nutrition counselor Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD.

Tallmadge adds that the author is not a nutrition expert qualified or licensed to practice and her sources are not from peer-reviewed scientific journals.

On the positive side, Tallmadge agrees with De Los Rios that you need to focus on the source of calories to lose weight. But Tallmadge says it has nothing to do with metabolic typing.

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