Dr. Phil tends to be blunt about the advice he doles out, so it’s no surprise that he took on obesity head on by debuting the PINK Method diet on his show. P.I.N.K. stands for Power, Intensity, Nutrition and cardio with a K, and is designed to promote weight loss in women through healthy eating plans and high intensity workouts. The plan comes with a massive nutrition guide and workout DVDs, all led by women wearing–you guessed it–pink. Participants stick to light, unprocessed proteins as well as vegetables and fruits. Only one to two servings a week of alcohol is allowed, and refined sugars and processed foods are discouraged. As trendy diets go, it doesn’t raise too many nutritional eyebrows since it promotes healthier eating and getting active. “The P.I.N.K. Method has some great advice addressing the whole person, recommendations to choose nutrient-rich foods and be physically active,” Heather Mangieri, MS, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics told WebMD. But she notes, it also makes some questionable claims. “Even in the best circumstances, many of the claims are overstated and not based on research. Foods are not fat burners and not everyone is going to rejuvenate skin, hair, and nails, and heighten their energy and libido on this plan.”
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IS IT FOR YOU? It depends. The diet promotes healthy eating and lots of exercise, which is a recipe for safe weight loss. However, some stages of the diet are more restrictive than others. Don’t forget that fad diets come and go. For weight loss to stick, you have to make healthy lifestyle changes that won’t lose their pink blush of novelty after a few weeks.
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