I really liked Ani Phyo’s Fat Blast Diet book. There is a lot of terrific information about raw food, what you’ll get from different types of raw food, and introduces you to some foods you may not be familiar with that are really good for you.
The diet is broken down into three parts:
Shake It Up – The Cleansing or Rebooting Phase
This phase lasts for three days (or more, if you want to repeat and lose more weight and really detox your body). You’ll be drinking all shakes/soups during this phase, and can drink as many as you need to feel full and not deprived. This really is a good body cleansing detoxification phase. I think I should have doubled most of the recipes in this phase as a pint at each meal didn’t really seem to be enough.
Melt Down – Getting Rid of Body Fat Phase
This is a four day phase and really focuses more on fighting fat and where Ani introduces what she refers to as “Rocket Fuel” – pre- & pro-biotics and fats that fight fat. You’ll also continue with the body cleansing detoxification ingredients from Phase 1 but, this phase is more about getting rid of body fat. You’ll also start to add in more solid foods during these four days. I also would have doubled some of the recipes in this phase as well, especially the morning shakes.
Blast Off – Getting Rid of Those Last Extra Pounds
This phase lasts seven days and you’ll be adding in more solid food as well as Ani’s thermogenic (metabolism boosting) “Rocket Fuels.” I really couldn’t get into this phase as the most of the recipes have an Asian flare that I didn’t really care for, and the majority of the soups (in all phases) called for miso, which my body does not like.
You can repeat the first two phases until you’ve lost as much weight as you want and then move into Phase 3.
After a month, the soups didn’t really sound all that appetizing anymore and the morning smoothies started tasting like fruit with coconut. I love coconut, but don’t want it to be the dominate flavor of my drink.
Overall, I think this is a great book for beginners. It’s easy, you don’t need a lot of expensive gadgets, it’s informative, you’ll lose weight and you can see how easy it is to start incorporating more raw food into your diet without feeling like you’re on a diet. And, if you like Asian food, then you'll really like this book!
Although I did lose several pounds on Ani Phyo’s Fat Blast Diet, I found that it isn’t the right long term raw food diet for me. I really did like the simplicity of it, so the search continues for one that has the same simplicity of Ani's, and one that I'll stick with long term!