Post Edited (BeeSting) : 4/6/2010 11:21:47 AM (GMT-6)
"about one third of the calories in this diet come from foods you supply (nonfat dairy, fruits, and vegetables), says Monica Reinagel, chief nutritionist for our sister site NutritionData.com, who analyzed all of the meal plans for us. "The foods you provide are definitely the healthiest part of this diet plan.
"The overall plan is very low in fat (about 15 percent of calories—which is too low, in my opinion) and way too high in refined sugar. The sample menu provided 70 grams of sugar—almost a quarter of the total calories! Experts recommend that you keep sugar to fewer than ten percent of daily calories.
"The meals were also very low in fiber, providing only about eight grams per day. Everyone should aim for at least 25 grams of fiber per day, which reduces risk of several kinds of cancer and helps prevent constipation. But fiber also plays a big part in how full you feel—especially when you're cutting calories.
"The meals are quite low in calories (fewer than 300 calories for most). Without much fat or fiber to keep your blood-sugar levels steady and your appetite in check, you'll be chewing your arm off 90 minutes after every meal.
"The ingredient lists were also unimpressive, dominated by additives, artificial ingredients, added sugars, and hydrogenated oils (i.e., trans fats). Vegetables, when there were any, tended to cluster way down on the bottom of the list.
"Perhaps the best thing this plan has going for it is convenience and built-in portion control...but I wouldn't be surprised to see you at the candy machine by 3 p.m. If you follow this diet, you'll probably want to take a fiber supplement."