Is the 13 Day Diet Just Hype?

Each and every day, someone switches diets or starts a new crazy diet, but whatever happened to partaking in simple and easy to follow diets? Seems like everyone is quite to jump on the bandwagon when a new diet comes out, but they neglect the basics of what a diet is, so it’s all in vain at the end. Today I want to take it back to the basics with the 13 Day Diet.

Before we jump in, it’s painfully obvious that I am not some sort of nutritional expert, and if you want to learn the literal specifics of the 13 Day Diet then you can read more about it here:

  • What Exactly is This Diet About?

This diet became widely popular because it was one of the first metabolism diet plans that got a lot of hype. The whole premise is that this diet will help speed up your metabolism, which in turn will help you keep the pounds off. Over the course of 13 days, you are supposed to stick to a strict regime that will shock your metabolism into acting differently than before.

  • Does it Work?

Even though I can’t speak from personal experience, on paper it all makes sense. Essentially, if you are intaking less calories than before, then it’s a win in my book. The diet plan does promise that participants will lose weight, but I still think the main takeaway is that your metabolism rate can be changed for a long time. So even if you didn’t lose weight, but still changed your metabolism, then you have a chance to move onto a less strict diet and have continued success.

  • Any Downsides?

As with any diet, of course there are a couple negative aspects. The first is the radical change to such a strict diet. If you’re used to eating all day everyday, then you are in for quite the surprise with this diet. Also, the diet isn’t even really sustainable outside of the allotted 13 days, because it doesn’t include basic nutrients that you need to stay healthy. For some participants, a moral support group is suggested so that you can stay motivated and stay on track.

To sum up, I look at the 13 Day Diet as a stepping stone. Sure it promises great results from just completing the diet, but the real reward is being able to live a different life with this newly-balanced metabolism. So even if you didn’t achieve the weight loss you hoped for, you can use your new and improved metabolism rate to take-on another diet and shed even more weight.