6-Day Body Makeover: Drop One Whole Dress or Pant Size in Just 6 Days--and Keep It Off

 
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Lightning fast weight loss is now a reality with the 6-Day Body Makeover. The secret to Thurmond's bestselling, rapid fat-loss program is customization. By tailoring a regimen to an individual's unique body type and metabolism, the program delivers dramatic results, making it easy for virtually anyone to lose a whole dress or pant size in just six days. Thurmond's exclusive "blueprinting system" helps identify your individual body type so that you can select just the right foods in the right combination to trigger fast weight loss. With customized meal plans, menus and recipes, fat burning exercise secrets, a maintenance plan, and more, readers will be amazed at the difference six days can make.

Customer Reviews:

  • Some flaws and some good info both
    I read the book. He is into whole foods which I totally agree with. However, he lost me when his recipes said to add Splenda to alot of stuff and ok'd things like diet soda as long as it's sodium free. Even though FDA approved, Splenda used to be sugar but the chemical changes made to it make it some sort of chlorine bleach (check out [...] website for some truths on this hideous sweetner). It isn't safe and it doesn't help you lose weight unless you are a sugar freak....in that case, cutting out sugar altogether will help you drop weight instantly.
    I will use some of his points but disagree with many. I read and study lots of nutrition stuff and do suffer with that premenopausal pooch. I think if you want to be no fat/no curve/boyish, perhaps all of his suggestions are ok. However, no olive oil? Come on. Now then, he is very clear that this plan is a 6 day only (10 day max) and you will keep weight off. However, that is only if you continue to eat extremely low fat, no sodium and ultimately low calorie (this program is) which long term is not necessarily healthy. The kudos he gets is that he stresses low glycemic and alot of veggies. He also stresses eating lots of greens (collards, turnip, etc) but with nary a drop of oil or flavor other than water and saltless spice and lemon juice sounds like a pucker waiting to happen. I will incorporate some of his ideas as I can do anything for 6 days but I will omit any artificial sweetners as they are not necessary nor healthy and I will allow a little olive and/or fish oil. Instead, I would go back to Ultrametabolism by Dr. Mark Hyman. He puts health first and weight loss follows but is heavy into supplements. I think a combo of these two programs would be good....more info
  • Really Works AND Is Easy To Follow
    I hate the whole concept of "dieting", I am a proponent of eating and living healthy, although my actions did not always follow my words/intentions. My wife saw Michael Thurmond on that awful television show "Extreme Body Makeover", and liked his approach to losing weight. My wife and I needed to shock ourselves out of our poor eating habits. The "6-Day" book really did that for both of us. We did the body-typing and followed the suggested menus for six days. What I like most about his program is that I never did feel hungry. Eating smaller portions five times a day does work! Commit to this way of eating for six days and you WILL see results. I realize that the way the majority of us eat is not related to hunger, so feeling full, of healthy foods, did help get over the desire of wanting a candy bar or a bag of chips. I felt great at the end of the week and have kept up my healthy eating habits since then. My wife lost a tremendous amount of weight by continuing the "6-Day" plan with slight modifications as indicated in the book for months after the six days was up....more info
  • Good Diet book or bad dieters?
    My husband and I could not wait for this book but once we got it, we did not stay pumped for long. It is written well and gives you everything you need, shopping list, receipts, and a day-by-day meal plan. It was hard to stick by because you really only want the food that taste good (not that all the food the book suggest is bad but it is kinda a lot of work). It was a big wake up call on how much sodium we do consume (too much). We are going to give it another shot here in a couple of days. I wish it had more info on people that work because I cannot cook at work nor can I take 4 meals to cover the day....more info
  • awomanofsubstance
    How badly do you want it? I finally became serious. I was walking 4-6 miles a day, watching what I ate but the weight (and there is a lot of it) would not come off. Enter the Six Day plan. I gave up alcohol (ouch), salt (I have a salt tooth) and followed the plan TO THE LETTER. Six days later I am five pound lighter. Plus I lost 2 inches off the hips, one off the waist, thighs and arms. The food is bland and there is a lot of it. To me it was simple, here is what you eat, how much and when. If I can do this, believe me, anyone can. So, how badly do you want to loose weight? It's your call....more info
  • It works, who would have thought?
    I was really hoping that this book would work for me. yeah..another diet book. hum. But since I'm a big fan of extreme makeover I thought I'd give it a try.
    I currently have 20 lbs to lose. I lost 7 lbs in 1 week. After 3 days I was able to get a pair of shorts past my thighs and was able to button them up without passing out!

    The diet is a challenge to stick to. The first day was the day I experienced the most pain and suffering. Drink 100ozs? I never did make that amount. 64oz was my limit. After each day I knew where all the bathrooms were in every store I visited. Felt like being pregnant again.

    I did prepare all the meals in one day..it did take a few hrs to get it all organized, as it was my first time. That is a great bonus beacuse I was able to grab and go the right thing to eat instead of being rushed and eating unhealthy foods full of fat.
    Plus because I made the meals in advance I had lots of time to prepare meals for my family and sit down with them at mealtimes..with my own special foods.

    Eating 'on time' was a bit of a challenge because I'm not used to eating 6 meals a day. I now look forward to those little meals and my stomach is so full before I can finish all the foods. Even though I know I'm supposed to eat everything I never did make it.

    THE PROS
    This meal plan taught me:
    *To discover new vegetables and they are healthier and tastier to steam.
    *To discover new spices and found balsamic vinegar and love it, Mrs Dash table blend is awesome.
    * To drink lots of water throughout the day.
    * knowing I'm reparing the damage I've done over the years and being happier that I am healthier.
    * got my children interested in my varieties of veggies and they now love them also. (children and steamed veggies? never thought I'd see the day)
    * My husband wants to try it for himself.

    THE CONS
    *I hated the turkey patties. I know they would have tasted better with ketchup and if I couldn't have that as a dipping sauce that I couldn't even go there.
    *I couldn't eat 'greens' without some sort of tasty dressing..so never ate them either. It was better to do without.
    *It is hard not to break my bad habit of snacking after dinner. But I survived it by having 1/2 cup or 1/2 more grapefruit. The recipe with spenda and cinnamon is dee-lish! Also the rice pudding is amazing.
    In the end I have learned to switch up meals. If I don't want egg whites in the morning I eat chicken. Then have my egg whites in rice pudding for lunch. I figure as long as I get everything in during the day this can be accomplished otherwise it gets boring.

    I'm going to keep going until I reach my goal. I am looking forward to having a baked potato again but instead of a big one will settle for 4 small creamer potatoes. Its all about compromise.

    2 days before I got started with the plan as I was busy reading this book I was thinking? Gawd Almighty! I was so excited I wanted to start right away. Thinking I had 2 more days of unhealthy eating made me sick.

    We are going on vacation next week. We will get a hotel room with a kitchen. I am preparing all my meals before we go and will eat them all week. I know it can be done.

    This book is the best yet because it really does work if you are committed enough to stick with it. I love the fact that everything is listed and the right amounts. It's really dummy proof.
    I had no problem finding all the foods in my local supermarket.


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  • 6 Day Body Make Over
    This may indeed work, but it does take some planning and some work to organize the food. The book lays things out very clearly for you, though, so if you are sincere and have the time, great purchase. My friend lost 8 pounds in the first week and felt great....more info
  • WAY too much food
    I tried the 6 week body makeover for a week, and I was sick the entire time from trying to stuff all of the food into my stomach. You have to eat 5 or 6 times per day, but the snacks are as big as the actual meals. If you are used to gorging yourself everyday, then this is the diet for you.
    Also, you had better like to cook because you will be in the kitchen constantly on this diet. The first day I tried to make each meal and I was in the kitchen half of the day. Then I cooked a lot of food in bulk for the rest of the week, and had to tote four tupperware dishes to work so that I could eat all of my "snacks". Plus, the food has no flavor. Everyone recommends using Mrs. Dash because it is salt-free, but I didn't think it tasted very good.
    Basically you lose weight because you don't retain water (i.e. the lack of salt). There is probably eventual fat loss, but I just couldn't handle eating so much everyday.
    The exercises, however, are great! The advice that Thurmond gives you in regard to your target heart rate and the best fat-burning exercises is right on. I am still following his exercise regimend, but I ditched the diet in favor of Weight Watchers (which is working fabulously!)....more info
  • Best thing I have ever tried
    Since I have a lot of weight to lose I have actually been on this diet almost a month now. I have lost about 23 pounds and I feel great. To be honest the first few days were horrible, I had bad cravings, and I felt ill. I had to force myself to eat because I was not hungry ever few hours. Once my body got used to eating real food as opposed to processed crap I began to feel great. I can also say I have lost this wieght without doing a lick of exercise. I know I should but it has not caused me any issues yet. Now after a month I can say that I do not miss salt or butter on my food. I have plenty of different seasonings to use and have found tons of recipes online that are friendly with the plan. In fact I just had some mock rice pudding for breakfast. Yummmm. If you can stick to it this is one of the best diets out there. ...more info
  • I'm a believer!
    I was quite skeptical in believing that I could lose an entire size or more than a pound or two within 6 days. By meticulously adhering to the plan, I did! I am not overweight, but have been trying to shed at least 5-8 pounds that have crept up on me, mostly around my midsection, over the past few years.

    In six days I lost 5 pounds and I felt great doing it. As other reviewers have discussed, you take a body type questionnaire to determine which body type you are (out of 5 possible, A-E). Once you determine your type, Thurmond outlines a plan for you to follow that includes eating 6 small meals a day and eliminating salt, sugar, and fats entirely, including low fat cooking spray, no milk in the coffee--any of these would interfere with the metabolic synergy the eating plan establishes.

    The food preparation was the toughest part for me. I am not the most adept in the kitchen and don't have much interest in cooking, but I wanted to make this work. I tried to prepare some foods in advance and bought frozen vegetables and fruits that I didn't need to clean and cut up. The different variations of Mrs. Dash's seasonings also helped.

    Thurmond recommends a sensible exercise program that accelerates weight loss when used in combination with the diet. And as many other diet gurus recommend, drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.

    I saw this "6 Day Body Makeover" as a challenge and I wanted to test the credibility of the claim. Many other diets recommend not losing more than 2 pounds a week. While Thurmond does not recommend staying on this plan for more than 10 days, he views this plan as a change in diet, not just for 6 days, but permanently. That's where I'm not so sure that it won't be easy to lapse into old eating habits.

    I did add milk to my coffee, but was pretty stringent about following the rest of the plan to the letter (pun intended). I found the food shopping and preparation to be a workout in itself, but the results were worth the effort. I highly recommend this diet for anyone who wants to jumpstart a long-term weight loss program or just wants to achieve the results the bookcover makes claim to, dropping one whole dress or pant size in just six days. I say give it a go!...more info
  • This one's different
    This is not your regular diet book, full of lots of great information and very easy to understand...more info
  • Great program
    I have tried many diets. You are never hungry because you are eating all of the time. I have this book and the complete program from the internet. This book has the basics but if you want a long term diet, the internet 6 weeks version is not as limited as the 6 day. It works! I got the book while I waited for the other to come in the mail. I lost 9lbs in the first week. 25 in 6 weeks and I did not do the exercises like I was suppose to....more info
  • Might work for some, made me sick!
    I'm sure some will say that my body was just "reacting" to my carb addiction but this way of eating is simply too much protein. I agree that it's healthy and would certainly make you drop a dress size in 6 days - if you can stomach it.

    My plan literally had me eating some meat for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack! I understand the concept of combining protein with healthy carbs but this was just too much. And, the maintenance plan is not really much easier. Still a ton of protein and "healthy" carbs. Plus sugar and salt is not allowed - good luck making all that meat with no salt!

    Well, living in modern day America, it's just not realistic to eat this way. I think more people would truly stick with the plan if it were done in moderation. Maybe protein with more meals, but not all. Maybe less salt and sugar but not completely gone. But then again, I'm not trying to look like a super model, just a size or two thinner!

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  • It really works!
    I read some bad reviews on here about it not being enuf food. Apparently, these people did not do it or else they'd be singing the praises like the rest of those who actually did it!

    I am very overweight. When I started the 6 Day...I weighed in at 265lbs. 6 days later I weighed in at 256lbs.

    My top weight was 283lbs almost 3 months ago. I worked out...walked the park and treadmill like a mad woman to lose only 4lbs in the first month. The second month I tried Alli...which allowed an additional 13lbs but pills are not something I can live with forever. Then I tried this. Amazingly, I was very satisfied for 97% of the 6 days. A few times I woke in the middle of the night with some growling...really, and I just had a little fruit or portion of meat and at the end...I still lost 9 whole pounds.

    Of course, any diet can work but this one teaches you to eat to live not to live to eat. Salt is bad for us especially people like me (African American). Toooo many of us die every year of High Blood Pressure because of toooo much sodium.

    If you give it a try with an open mind and let your taste adjust...like a baby, you will really learn to enjoy vegetables in their natural state and herbs and spices instead of just salt.

    Don't get me wrong...salt to me is delicious but my health and life taste so much better mentally!

    You'll learn a lot of stuff about how to breath properly, how to exercise properly and tons of other stuff. Maybe you're a fitness, nutrition wiz but for me it was very educational and has changed my life!

    Thanks Michael Thurmond!

    Oh, and apparently the man knows what he's talking about if he was the expert on a top, Hollywood show! ...more info
  • It works
    Well, it does work if you can stick with it. I did one week and dropped five pounds but after that it's kind of hard to stick to. Well, at least for me. But you do feel good when you eat like that. ...more info
  • yes it does work
    the book is a good place to start, but get the whole kit, no not every one lose 30lb in 6week (up to 30) but the more you have to lose that more you will lose. I reg person who got this kit and have been on this program for 12 weeks not and I have loss so far 56lb, but you have to be truly willing to change your bad habits. If you eat the way you should you not hungry cause you fill up on vegs, and with drinking all the water you stay full. The real secret to the plan is the mind set...more info
  • It Is An Uphill Battle But It Works
    I was constantly bombarded by Michael Thurman's commercial for the 6 Week Body Makeover every morning before I went to work. However, I don't always trust infomercials and how they handle payments. So I looked for the book format and found the 6Day Body Makeover instead.

    I haphazardly skimmed the book and it took some time for me to decide to go ahead with the diet because it takes some preparation. I was stoked going through the body profile questionnaire till I found out I was the body type who couldn't have beans, white rice,bananas nor oranges as all of these were my favorite foods.

    I lasted on the diet for only about 1 week and probably lost a pant size (I don't believe in weighing myself) so I had to go and buy new clothes after that one week. I would like to have continued it after one week because I am sure the first week was mostly water weight loss as the diet heavily restricts you from salt and sodas. There is a reason I didn't continue with the diet:

    1) I starved.
    The diet doesn't starve you at all UNLESS you really don't take the time to prepare your meals sometime during the week. I thought I could hack it with the grilled piece of chicken for the entire week... not so. You have to eat several times of day and then the variety is gone if you come in with the thought that two differently prepared meat dishes will suffice throughout the week. However, if you find yourself hungry, they allow for you to eat a little extra food like fruits or veggies or protein that's on your list of foods for your body type. So you really don't starve on this diet at all.

    2) Its really restrictive.
    I had to forgo milk products, salt, chocolate, oil, and bread. However, I still managed to lose weight even though I would cheat and have a cookie maybe once or twice a day. They have recipes to replace your sweet tooth foods... some of the recipes are okay... but not the same as a real chocolate chip cookie.

    3) You become OCD.
    As a person who rarely eats a prepared breakfast, let alone breakfast at all, this diet makes you super organized. I had to buy a super large lunch bag to carry all of the different tupperware containers of food for my day at work.

    What really made it hard for me to get back on the diet is that I am the worse cook in the world. So I really couldn't get the variety I needed in the diet and enjoy the food at the same time. I am thinking about starting this diet again if I can find a local dietician who can prepare my food for me in advance. Or, I can spend the extra money and buy the 6 Week Body Makeover for the numerous of recipes that they have. The other downer about this diet is that a lot of people complain about having headaches due to your new salt intake. I never had headaches on this diet unless I cheated and ate something with salt in it- this sensation can keep you attached to the diet even if you want to get off of it.

    Pros about this diet includes:

    1) I actually got used to really yummy fresh foods.
    I learned how to make my own salsa which didn't taste that bad and some of the baked chicken recipes didn't hurt either. Whenever I wanted to cheat, and had something from a fast food joint or a Lean Cuisine frozen dinner, the fast food or Lean Cuisine stuff just didn't taste as yummy as the fresh food I've learned to prepare on the diet.

    2) You'll eat healthy for once and learn to incorporate a healthy lifestyle.
    I really didn't understand this till sometime after ending the diet as I was listening to a nutritionist on the radio who talked about anti-inflammatory foods. The 6WBM makes you eat tons of these anti-inflammatory foods like strawberries and cherries which is good for those who are diabetic or may have heart issues.

    3) I felt really good on that diet.
    When I wasn't starving due to my lack of food preparation.
    I had suffer from something some docs considered a groin pull and a pinched nerve with my arm and when I was on this diet it seemed to magically cure these issues. Also, I had bloated/aggrivated stomach issues and those also went away. Now my new, more responsible PCP has diagnosed me with endometriosis. This type of diet is a diet highly suggested for those with endometriosis and PCOS. Also, your sweat on this diet isn't stinky like normal sweat was, so I guess I was detoxifying my system at the same time.


    One diet isn't best for everyone, but I highly suggest for everyone to look at this book if you suffer from weight issues, or even if you're still thin but just want to shed a few pounds because a lot of what is in this book covers what any basic nutrition class would teach you. The only thing that's unusual is the water intake amount it wants you to have. Some may consider it extreme according to people's weight and it may actually cause people to get sick. Instead of doing the 10 glasses or more water a day as suggested, I would just stick with 8. Even then I barely did 8 glasses a day and still managed to lose weight.

    For a successful weight loss on this diet I would make a slow transition into it. For example, for one week skip having sodas and fruit drinks and drink water. Or slowly ween yourself off of cookies and stuff and substitute with fruits. Learn to give up your biggest sin before starting because if you go straight into it without shocking your body a little, you would probably go postal and no one at work will like you.

    It took me some time to put on weight after quitting this diet. So that is why I am so sure this is a more successful diet than most.
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  • 6 week make over Review
    I did this 6 week makeover about 3 years ago and was skeptical, but it worked. I followed it for the 6 weeks and lost about 17 lbs, mind you i was not severly overweight...the first time, it took time to adjust and i would get headaches etc...but it went away after about a week. It is now 3 years later, and I have started it again, about 1 week now.. same great results.. I lost 5lbs 1st week... went from 170 lbs to 165lbs...
    My only concern is that I remember that when I ended the diet, I found it very hard to go back to regular foods, the oil and grease did not agree with me... after cutting out all the oil,sugar, salt etc... This time around towards the end of the 6 weeks, I need to slow introduce foods back into my diet...But I would definitely recommend this... it really works if you follow it......more info
  • It worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't believe it. It's a unreal to be true. I 've been trying to lose weight for 4 months and only lose 10 lbs. Using this book, I lose 11 lbs and at least 1 size of pants, go from size 16 to 14P, 186lbs go to down to 171lbs. I know at least 1/2 of the weight loss is water. On The 1st day , I lose 5 lbs, after that 1,2 lbs each day... on the 4th I lose 3 lbs :). I could not believe it's so easy to lose weight .. not only that I have lots of energy. Man I can eat 1 cup of oat and banana and 2 ounce of chicken breast.
    Anyone can go on this diet. The only one, that can't do it,is one that do not have time to eat every 3 hours.
    I followed exactly as he wrote including mental exercise except I did not do his work out. I do high/low intervals (HITS).
    There are a couple of side effects
    1- headache for sugar withdraw.
    2- beside headache for caffeine withdraw.

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  • A must buy!! This plan really works!
    If you are looking to jump start a healthy balanced eating pattern, and you'd like the added bonus of dropping a few pounds, this is a MUST read. I purchased the book as a "test" and wondered if it would be another crash diet scam. I couldn't have been any more wrong. This IS NOT A TYPICAL DIET!!! You eat, and eat and eat. Portions allow you to not get hungry, and cravings are non-existent since you get a balance of carbs, proteins and fats. I lost 8 lbs in 6 days and feel great. Several of my co-workers have now tried the plan as well, and have also found the same amazingly easy results. Since I am a teacher, I give this book an A+....more info
  • Two Words. THIS WORKS.
    I'd gained 10 pounds in the last 3 months and wanted to do something about it. In a healthy way. A friend at my health club referred me to this book and I am now an avid supporter.

    It Is A Lot Of Prep Work. You'll need to take an afternoon and prepare the week's food, but this is sooooooo worth it. The food is wonderful, there's plenty of it (you eat six meals a day) and if you stick to it, you WILL lose 1 pound a day. I lost 4 pounds in 4 days and have kept it off for 2 months. My boss lost 8 pounds in 6 days. YOU JUST HAVE TO DO EXACTLY WHAT THE BOOK SAYS!! And of course, you must exercise.

    I now have a much healthier approach to the food I eat, no longer use salt and eat six meals a day, every day. My energy is way up, I think more clearly, work out harder, and my moods less changeable. Not a bad way to be.

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK....more info
  • Successful, but difficult to follow
    I purchased this book looking to jumpstart weight loss of about 40-45 pounds, also to develop better eating habits and flush my body of processed foods. With those goals in mind, 6 Day Body Makeover was a success. I dropped a net of 5 pounds, and developed a habit of eating more vegetables and weaned myself off my sugar addiction. That being said, the diet is difficult to follow (who will really avoid all salt for the rest of their life?) and I doubt it can reasonably become a way of life. Before you start it, be advised of the pros and cons:

    Pros:
    Whole foods - the book advises eating non-processed and whole foods. Good! I never realized that vegetables dressed with simply lemon juice could taste good.
    Full - I can honestly say I wasn't hungry on this diet. Eating six mini meals with constant lean protein keeps you full. Lots of vegetables helps provide fiber so you're feeling full as well. Fruit in the morning and evening provides a burst of sweetness to help with sugar cravings.
    Works! - At the end of 5 days, I'd lost 7 pounds.

    Cons:
    Boring - Like other reviewers, I have to say I was bored on the diet. You do eat the same thing (chicken, rice, and vegetables) everyday. Yes, you can vary it with the recipes provided and some aren't bad, but it's still hard to create a creative meal with NO salt or sugar.
    Unreasonable restrictions - Some of Michael's restrictions are insane. No cooking spray to cook? I don't know what kind of Teflon he's using but my egg white omelette took days to come off after I didn't use cooking spray. The good news is after the omelette debacle, I ignored this directive and used a few small sprays of cooking spray. I still lost weight.
    Inconvenient - There is a lot of prep. To bring all my mini meals to work I had to bring like 5 plastic containers and baggies, practically a whole grocery bag of food, to work. For someone who's busy, it's hard to find the time to eat on schedule every few hours either. I struggled to not skip meals, even though I wanted to eat.
    Doesn't taste very good - I don't care what other reviewers say, the recipes provided might be ok, but they're not delicious. Maybe I just like salt too much, but I found most bland. while I've definitely developed more of a taste for veggies, I have to say that eating them all day with little seasoning was really a challenge for me. I just got tired of asparagus and lemon, broccoli and lemon, and bell peppers.

    Bottomline, it's a good way to jump start your weight loss and incorporate some healthy habits into your diet. Does it stick? Three days post makeover, I'm still eating two salads a day and snacking on carrots in between meal - not exactly the same level I ate on the diet, but a dramatic improvement. Stepped on the scale one day after the diet was over and I'd put two pounds back on, without adding much fat or calories back into diet, which makes me believe that some of the original 7 pounds I'd lost was water weight.

    Still 5 net pounds in 6 days isn't bad!...more info
  • It works, not fun or easy, but it works
    I stuck to it, and cut out all the salt and sugar and drank all the water and I lost 10 pounds in 5 days actually. I read all the reviews here about the book and yes I agree with some that say that any diet if stuck to will work. With this one however I was not hungry, I was not left guessing what to eat and I had no questions about what to do. It works plain and simple. I am now doing his 6 week body makeover and so far I have lost 25 more pounds and I am learning about portion control, what to eat, when to eat, how much, etc. I honestly don't miss the salt, but then I am not a salt fiend and there are enough sugar substitutes that I am okay. The weight pretty much melts off with this diet. Its amazing. Not easy, but it works and alot of other things have not worked for me. I reccomend it if you are serious and can stick to an eating plan. My blood pressure has also improved and people at work have noticed a difference. ...more info
  • Really Works!
    I am 51 and have been struggling for the past couple of years trying to get off 25 pounds. Nothing I tried gave me any success because I think my metabolism has been destroyed from all the yo yo diets. I tried very aggressive exercise and just about starving myself to death. I was very scared when I tried Michael's diet because it meant eating a LOT of food. Far, far more than I ever would consider if I was trying to lose weight. BUT by the end of the 6 days I had lost almost 4 pounds! I was thrilled. Right now I am adding some carbs and the weight is coming off more slowly....but that's ok. I am still losing about a pound a week. I will do the 6 day aggressive plan again the way he recommends. Basically, the book has you find your body type. Then sets up a few rules for the diet such as no sugar, salt, dairy, or processed foods. Also you have to drink a lot of water. You are given a food list and a bunch of recipies. Now I do not really like vegetables. And I am too fussy an eater to try any of his recipies. But I was still able to improvise and follow the program successfully by picking two or three vegetables that I could tolerate out of the list. I pretty much had the same things to eat every day because of my pickiness. But who cares....I LOST weight! ...more info
  • Great introduction to the plan
    I have this book and also the whole 6 Week Body Makeover kit. The book is a great jumping off point for those who might not want to put out the money for the full set. The 6-day plan is essentially made of his 'rapid results' meals, while the additions mentioned after the 6 days are actually the nuts and bolts of the actual plan. For my body type, calories average out to about 1150 or so, which is perfect for me. I would also add that while the diet has you eating protein at each of the meals and snacks, it is only 2 ounces at each one for my body type, so for some people, compared to what they normally eat, this might not be considered "lots of protein." I'm not a huge fan of meat yet I find this amount doable. While the program is quite structured, especially for the 6-day plan, I have found weight loss to be more consistent and higher while even making allowances for my own individual needs/preferences than on Weight Watchers where I could eat whatever I wanted. I find I stay easily within my points on this program, where I was not able to while actually attending Weight Watchers....more info
  • The BEST and EASIEST diet ever!
    I've tryed many diets and this by far was the best! I started the diet on a sunday like the book said 2 do... And I lost 5lbs by the following saturday. The book allows you so many meals that you never have time to go hungry. Eating this way made me feel very energized! Michaels way of exercising wasn't bad at all either. You do slow paced exercising for 45-60 minutes a day. I didn't even break a sweat.. And it still worked. I would suggest this diet 2 anyone who wants to lose weight fast the healthy way....more info
  • 24/7 Food
    I did the diet for over 6 days to help kick start my metabolism. I felt like every minute of every day, evolved around eating or preparing food or cleaning up after. I know 6 small meals each day is the proper way to boost your metabolism but I could say for 6 days you can do anything. I lost 10 lbs but I have a feeling it was mostly water weight because, I didn't realize at the time, but my diet was high in salt. If anything the book helps you disect your usual diet and make the proper changes for your body. It is worth a few bucks but I wouldn't get the huge $100 infomercial kit. It is too hard to follow for life!...more info
  • Singing Praises!
    I have to say...WOW. I'd give this book ten stars if I could. This is one of the most amazing things I've ever encountered. The surprising thing is that nothing in it is particularly revolutionary--it's stuff I've always known, but just never really GOT. Processed foods, sugar, salt, etc...not good for you. Duh, we all know this, but somehow just having it all set down in a nice, neat, no-nonsense fashion did the trick. I lost eight pounds in six days (not quite enough for a whole size for me, but a substantial loss), my husband lost nine (we did the plan together), and when the six days were over, we had no problem adapting the eating plan to continue losing weight at a slower pace. I started the plan on Sunday, April 9, and lost eight pounds by Saturday, April 15. It's now May 4, and I have lost another seven pounds for a total of fifteen. Fifteen pounds in a month! And I'm not hungry, not fatigued, not even BORED with this diet. I'm in heaven.

    The ONLY critique I have on this diet isn't even really a complaint for me, but I could see how others might have a hard time with it: the food prep. Since you eat so frequently, you really do have to take a day or two and prepare all the food ahead of time. For me, it was no problem; I absolutely love to cook, and a whole day of trying out new recipes was an exciting challenge instead of a chore, but others who don't like to spend the day in the kitchen might find it tedious.

    And the food...one reviewer said it was "bland," but, with all due respect, I think maybe he/she might have just accidentally picked some of the less-exciting recipes. The Indian marinade for poultry? Stunning. And the lemon-cilantro fish filets are incredible. Plus there are quite a few salt free seasonings and marinades out there, though you might have to search a bit; they don't jump out at you, but once you know where they are...bingo.

    My eating habits have changed; my exercise habits have changed; heck, my whole mindset about food, weight, and discipline...it's all changed. It sounds crazy, and maybe this diet isn't for everyone, but it's certainly for me. I've made more progress in a month than I have in the past year, and I expect to reach my goal weight by the end of the summer. I never thought I'd be so happy to have seen an infomercial in my life!...more info
  • Really works!
    I didn't think this program would work for me. I had already lost 15 pounds on a 12 week program. I figured this book was for new dieters or someone who hadn't been working out. Boy, was I gladly surprised! I lost 5 pounds and 6 inches! My sister and a friend did the same! With continueing to exercise, like we should, I have kept it off.
    Great program. I will do it again. And I bought the book for my Mother-in-law who is intersted too....more info
  • Good fundamentals and advice, BUT...
    You really have to make it your own. As with any diet, if you follow it EXACTLY, you will lose weight. BUT, who follows a diet, exactly 100% of the time? Robots, maybe. . .and that I am not. You can get great fundamentals about dieting, your body type, food advice, what to shop for. I think that the reader has to be more open-minded that he/she has to see what modifications they can do to make this diet (as with any other) their "own". Plus, making a lifestyle change is what it's all about. Dieting does not work, we all know that. If you don't know that, you'll find out soon enough. It's like cleaning a house, you have to start somewhere and work your way through the house. Your body is just like that, you can make small to big changes and enjoy your journey to better health. You didn't just wake up and BAM!...you're fat. It crept up. You might have lived "too good" of a life. This book offers great advice. But as far as the menu/food choices, I believe it's up to the reader to create their own parallel to this system....more info
  • A good program, but the food is very boring...
    I am a huge fan of Michael Thurmond and have a great deal of respect for him. I have started the 6-day program four times, and each time I only make it to the third or fourth day. Why? Because it is just sooooo tiring having chicken in the morning, chicken for lunch, chicken in the afternoon and chicken for dinner. You are constantly eating rice and vegetables too. You'll find that unless you get very creative, you'll be eating the same food over and over and over again. It is very difficult to stick to a program when you don't enjoy the food you eat. It was hard for me to enjoy my meals & snacks because I was just so tired of eating the same things day in and out. If you can get creative and try to vary the meals, I think it will work better. This system DOES work. However, it is difficult in that most days you eat the same things....more info
  • Starvation
    Basically, this book tells you to cut out all salts, sugars and fat, eat very small portions, and excercise moderately. The author goes so far as to tell the reader not to participate in strenuous exercise like weight-lifting, elliptical machines and martial arts. This is because the diets are so spartan you won't have much energy to workout.

    This is a horrible idea: starve yourself, and then gain all the weight back when you go off the diet. Avoid this one....more info
  • Threw in the towel after the 1st day. My fault!
    I prepared my meals the day I started the diet. Unfortunately, the fish I chose wasn't the best. After my first bite, I gagged on the chewy shark meat I prepared and lost it. I should have spent more money on the tuna fillets instead! Will have to give it a try again....more info
  • Nearly starved!
    This programs promises you will eat more and exercise less. NOT TRUE! For my body type, the diet is basically chicken, tuna and salad all the time every day 7 days a week. And not only do you have resistance exercises to do two days of every week, they also recommend that you do an hour of aerobic exercise 6 days a week. That doesn't sound like more or less of anything to me. The fact is, I couldn't stay on the diet. After 3 days I was sick to death of chicken and salad. And the fact is--if you exercise 6 days a week for an hour, it doesn't matter what you eat--you're going to lose some weight. Too expensive a program. You can get the same info. on the internet for free. It's also too hard for some people to figure their body type with this program. I answered all the questions and could have come under two body types, but it gives you no information about which diet to follow if you fit two profiles. ...more info
  • The greatest!
    I will admit that I am in love with Michael Thurmond. This is the plan to beat all plans. These idiots that say "it's not enough food", "I need more variety", "I was starving". Wow, you gave it 4 1/2 days! What commitment! No wonder you need to loose weight. I have lost over 50 lbs. on Michael's plan and you will be stuffed. See there is something called free veggies, and you can eat as much as you want. All the neigh-sayers failed to mention that. And by the way...1/5 of a small can of tuna is not a 2 oz serving. After you drain a small can it's four ounces of meat, so you get 1/2 if you are one of the body types that only gets 2 oz. Some get 4 oz., so they get the whole can. And you have to eat 2 oz. of meat five or six times a day (your choice). If you can't live on 12 oz. of meat a day there is a reason you are overweight. So if you want to pig out on crap don't do this diet, stay unfit. We all know why Americans are fat. We aren't eating like we should. Of course it's going to be very different than the way you eat now. You're not healthy and you need to change the way you eat. HELLO! If you want to change your life, get healthy, loose weight efficiently (that's the key for me...do the least amount possible to loose the weight not kill yourself and be doing no good anyway). Yes the first week is water weight (he even says that). But I didn't have 50 lbs. of water weight to loose. I know I've lost fat. Size 20 to a size 12 so far, and I'm still going. You can do this for a long time. Oh, and celery is not forbidden, Michael just tells you that it has a lot of sodium and if you want to drop the MOST weight you should leave it off. Michael knows what people want, fast/efficient results. Who wants to loose one lb. a week? I can do that just by cutting out all chips in my diet. I want to see results and a lot of them. And this diet will do it! You don't have to eat the same thing every day. Don't know where that came from. You have to balance proteins and carbs at each of the five or six meals, but that's it. And lastly, you don't have to eat plain egg whites cooked in a dry pan. Some of these statement crack me up. How about egg white and oatmeal pancakes, or a onion, bell pepper, spinach, garlic and potato omlete. Who wouldn't want to eat that! This is a lifestyle change. You can't go back to eating three huge meals a day of terrible food. But that's what got you where you are today. Get this book if you are ready to make a change for yourself and life longer for you and your family. I love you Michael. You've changed my life! ...more info
  • i was on this diet for a year - bad idea
    after the first two weeks on the diet, my face suddenly aged 10 years (huge pooches under the eyes which i never had before and which haven't gone away since being off the diet)... as much as this horrified me, i stuck with the diet, because i WAS losing weight, slowly but steadily for about the first 6 months, then i started hitting plateaus that would last for months (no i wasn't cheating)... as the plateaus got worse, so did my hunger, and the provida people just told me that hunger is good, because it means my metabolism is working (i wasn't losing weight anymore!!!) by the end of the year my hunger was so horrific that i was praying to God in heaven to make it stop!!! i had to go off the diet and EAT, and the weight came back on so fast it was astounding! in the end, i was fatter than ever before and looked old to boot, and the hunger has never really gone away, it's just now that i EAT to satisfy it... thats my story with the six week body makeover, i hope it does better for others......more info
  • Good motivation, but not a new approach
    I think the book deserves credit for providing motivation but it is slightly misleading I think.

    If you reduce your calories, get rid of the junk in your diet and reduce your sodium, you will lose weight. The first 6 days relies on a big loss of water weight as opposed to fat weight. I lost quite a bit of weight myself using a similar approach in the book, basically eat 5-6 smallish meals a day concentrating on veggies, lean proteins and certain types of carbs. I also included weight training, which a lot of women seem to avoid, but they shouldn't. I have been able to maintain my own weight loss but I haven't been able to lose more, which is why I picked up the book. I have decided not to follow the diet program but I did use it as a general guideline on how to restart my renewed weightloss efforts. Overall, I think the book does provide motivation and good ideas but it isn't anything new. ...more info
  • need to do it
    This book is such an easy read, I just need to get myself determined to do the actual diet!! My sister in law did it and was amazed!! She really looks great...I am for sure going to do it, I just am going to wait until after the holidays!!!! ...more info
  • Not quite nutritionally sound
    The book looks thorough enough. It looks well-researched and seems to have some great menus put together that are nutritionally sound. My husband followed the diet to a T. And yes, two days into the diet, he noticed about a pound come off and had more energy.

    Unfortunately, three days into the diet, my husband began having charlie horse-like spasms all over his body. The book fails to take into account that not all sodium is bad for you, and that your body requires at least some sodium to function properly. After three days, my husband stopped this diet and reverted to The Zone: A Dietary Road Map to Lose Weight Permanently : Reset Your Genetic Code : Prevent Disease : Achieve Maximum Physical Performance, which works much better, is suited for long-term use, and is nutritionally balanced....more info
  • Solutions or ... not?

    The weight loss program presented in the "6-Day Body Makeover" promises dramatic weight loss according to each person`s body type and metabolism. Plus, the author claims that someone following his advice may lose a pant size or a whole dress size in only six days.

    This book also helps you determine your body type in case you don`t know it yet. By knowing your body type, you may choose the most appropriate meal program that triggers fast weight loss.

    The author offers meal plans, fat burning secrets, recipes, a plan for maintaining the weight lost after the six days of diet, and menus. The meal plans provide for up to six meals per day, and combine proteins with carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. Thurman claims that the program can bring more energy and reduce hunger.

    The book also recommends that you work out during the six days of diet. For instance, an hour or forty-five minutes of walking at a fast pace should count as working out. Thurman shows readers how to add or remove vegetables, fruits, or carbohydrates from their meal plan so they maintain weight. For those who suffer from illness, the author offers modifications to the meal plan.

    The book is well-written, organized, easy to read, and you can find out interesting workout tips even if you don`t lose a whole dress size after six days.
    ...more info
  • Confused ?
    I originally purchased this book as my daughter wanted to buy the 6 week makeover package for $300.00. I thought that if the 6 day makeover worked, then we would continue with the 6 week package. On purchasing the book, we had to decided our body types - totally confusing !!!! Neither my daughter nor myself could decide what body types we were - the one I chose was to eat meat 4 times a day - I am almost a vegetarian !!!
    I am glad that I purchased the book, but found that the body typing was not consistent- too many choices, that lead to different diets.
    ...more info
  • It Is An Uphill Battle But It Works
    I was constantly bombarded by Michael Thurman's commercial for the 6 Week Body Makeover every morning before I went to work. However, I don't always trust infomercials and how they handle payments. So I looked for the book format and found the 6Day Body Makeover instead.

    I haphazardly skimmed the book and it took some time for me to decide to go ahead with the diet because it takes some preparation. I was stoked going through the body profile questionnaire till I found out I was the body type who couldn't have beans, white rice,bananas nor oranges as all of these were my favorite foods.

    I lasted on the diet for only about 1 week and probably lost a pant size (I don't believe in weighing myself) so I had to go and buy new clothes after that one week. I would like to have continued it after one week because I am sure the first week was mostly water weight loss as the diet heavily restricts you from salt and sodas. There is a reason I didn't continue with the diet:

    1) I starved.
    The diet doesn't starve you at all UNLESS you really don't take the time to prepare your meals sometime during the week. I thought I could hack it with the grilled piece of chicken for the entire week... not so. You have to eat several times of day and then the variety is gone if you come in with the thought that two differently prepared meat dishes will suffice throughout the week. However, if you find yourself hungry, they allow for you to eat a little extra food like fruits or veggies or protein that's on your list of foods for your body type. So you really don't starve on this diet at all.

    2) Its really restrictive.
    I had to forgo milk products, salt, chocolate, oil, and bread. However, I still managed to lose weight even though I would cheat and have a cookie maybe once or twice a day. They have recipes to replace your sweet tooth foods... some of the recipes are okay... but not the same as a real chocolate chip cookie.

    3) You become OCD.
    As a person who rarely eats a prepared breakfast, let alone breakfast at all, this diet makes you super organized. I had to buy a super large lunch bag to carry all of the different tupperware containers of food for my day at work.

    What really made it hard for me to get back on the diet is that I am the worse cook in the world. So I really couldn't get the variety I needed in the diet and enjoy the food at the same time. I am thinking about starting this diet again if I can find a local dietician who can prepare my food for me in advance. Or, I can spend the extra money and buy the 6 Week Body Makeover for the numerous of recipes that they have. The other downer about this diet is that a lot of people complain about having headaches due to your new salt intake. I never had headaches on this diet unless I cheated and ate something with salt in it- this sensation can keep you attached to the diet even if you want to get off of it.

    Pros about this diet includes:

    1) I actually got used to really yummy fresh foods.
    I learned how to make my own salsa which didn't taste that bad and some of the baked chicken recipes didn't hurt either. Whenever I wanted to cheat, and had something from a fast food joint or a Lean Cuisine frozen dinner, the fast food or Lean Cuisine stuff just didn't taste as yummy as the fresh food I've learned to prepare on the diet.

    2) You'll eat healthy for once and learn to incorporate a healthy lifestyle.
    I really didn't understand this till sometime after ending the diet as I was listening to a nutritionist on the radio who talked about anti-inflammatory foods. The 6WBM makes you eat tons of these anti-inflammatory foods like strawberries and cherries which is good for those who are diabetic or may have heart issues.

    3) I felt really good on that diet.
    When I wasn't starving due to my lack of food preparation.
    I had suffer from something some docs considered a groin pull and a pinched nerve with my arm and when I was on this diet it seemed to magically cure these issues. Also, I had bloated/aggrivated stomach issues and those also went away. Now my new, more responsible PCP has diagnosed me with endometriosis. This type of diet is a diet highly suggested for those with endometriosis and PCOS. Also, your sweat on this diet isn't stinky like normal sweat was, so I guess I was detoxifying my system at the same time.


    One diet isn't best for everyone, but I highly suggest for everyone to look at this book if you suffer from weight issues, or even if you're still thin but just want to shed a few pounds because a lot of what is in this book covers what any basic nutrition class would teach you. The only thing that's unusual is the water intake amount it wants you to have. Some may consider it extreme according to people's weight and it may actually cause people to get sick. Instead of doing the 10 glasses or more water a day as suggested, I would just stick with 8. Even then I barely did 8 glasses a day and still managed to lose weight.

    For a successful weight loss on this diet I would make a slow transition into it. For example, for one week skip having sodas and fruit drinks and drink water. Or slowly ween yourself off of cookies and stuff and substitute with fruits. Learn to give up your biggest sin before starting because if you go straight into it without shocking your body a little, you would probably go postal and no one at work will like you.

    It took me some time to put on weight after quitting this diet. So that is why I am so sure this is a more successful diet than most.
    ...more info
  • Beyond my wildest expectations!
    This book is phenomenal! It is simply written and an easy plan to follow. In the 6 days I have not only managed to drop a size, but to change the way I think about food. I am now past the inital period and am following the extended eating plan and doing great. I feel fit, strong and alot more energetic. I cannot recommend this book highly enough....more info
  • GREAT exercise gems but EXTREME diet of little use!
    FIRST the CONS. You WILL lose weight on this diet but you will lose weight on almost any diet. I feel VERY strongly however, that the vast majority of people are dropping ONLY water weight in the first week on this plan.

    ANY DIET THAT ELIMINATES 100% SALT will make you shed weight quickly. But is it FAT you are losing in that first week? NO!
    The hideously unhealthy Atkins diet makes you lose some dramatic weight and "inches" in the first week too, because, even though you are eating the opposite kinds of foods, the result is SIMILAR in the short term: you are temporarily flushing out the water weight from your system!

    To show you how extreme Thurmond's diet is: it even forbids CELERY. Celery is a no-no because of its natural sodium content. The truth is that celery is a helpful, low calorie food that adds roughage to the stomach and if you can eat it you are better off.

    IF YOU THINK YOU CAN ELIMINATE ALL SALT AND ALL FATS from your diet, then MAYBE you can stick with this.

    Example: My body type guidelines tell me I am allowed 2-3 egg whites cooked ONLY in a DRY teflon pan with nothing added. Puke. Isn't that appetizing in the morning? My mid-morn "snack" is 2 oz. of water packed tuna (that's about 1/5 of a tiny can) with NO SALT added. I would rather eat nothing at all than eat like this.

    I think the diet is VERY misleading to suggest you will EAT MORE and loss weight. This is nonsense. If you get out an electronic scale and measure the portions he allows you will see they are miniscule... about right for 108 lb. anorexic model!

    This guy Thurmond is a millionaire because so many hoped he had the next magic bullet. I have to say I pretty thoroughly agree with the past reviewer, "Send me the money, here's your answer." There are NO easy shortcuts. Diets do NOT work. If they did work, everyone would have only been on one. Instead, most of us have been dieting all our lives, and are STILL all too willing to part with our money thinking the next one will work the magic.

    It doesn't. It won't.

    The REAL answer is the one thing we hate most of all to hear: Exercise and correct eating of healthy foods in great moderation (meaning major lifestyle changes folks) does work. Eating for health and not for pleasure also works.

    If you CAN follow this diet, God bless you. But you STILL have to exercise and make those lifestyle changes if you don't want to gain it back.

    The PROS of this program consist of two real GEMS...

    1. Thurmond's super advice on HOW to exercise at the proper level and intensity was extremely helpful. I was finally able to understand why aerobics are a joke for some of us. SLOWER and longer are far better.

    2. Thurmond correctly helps you identify and focus on doing the right exercises to slim down (not bulk up) for your particular body type. Why do grueling lunges if you already have well-developed legs? Better to concentrate your energy where you need it. He explains this very nicely.

    Overall, Thurmond is a wonderful on exercise advice. I was exercising too much and doing the wrong type of exercise. I am grateful to know this now.

    I recommend getting this from your library. You can learn the gems he offers in a couple hours of reading and forget the diet itself. ...more info
  • It will work if you are willing to do the work
    I completed the 6 day body makeover yesterday.
    This morning I was down 9 lbs, 2" in my waist, and the size 12's that were too tight last week required a belt to hold them up today (and I had to move in a belt notch!).
    I am still going to follow the basic eating plan, but will add a few things back in to balance out the nutrition.
    I highly recomend this book to anyone that wants a jump start on weight loss. It does require some prep work, but it is extremely helpful in teaching about portion control, food combinations, and easy exercise techniques (45-60 minutes of light cardio is NOT hard). And seeing fast results is a great motivator to keep going. I realize that I will not continue to lose so much so fast, but I really think I can drop another 21 lbs and get to my goal in 2-3 months using what I have learned from this book.
    ...more info
  • What a smart man!
    I see the other reviews and I say the same thing. If you get the kit, and listen to the tapes. You will lose weight. I was 365 and lost 60lbs in less then 3 months. I have a lot more to lose. But if your so heavy you can't do work outs. Even when you try to walk - You leg starts to swell. And your doctor agrees- you need to lose some weight before you can do anything. Because you could have a heart attack. This is the diet. You eat real food. But you must eat. A heavy person is not heavy because of eating to much. Its the right foods and to eat. Don't skip meals. As for the blue print. When you see your doctor. He can tell you were your problem spots are growing. So you can get the right diet. Michael has done so much for my life. I don't have to cry every night because my legs or my sugar is threw the ceiling. I am feeling like a person now. If you need to lose weight now. Read it, do it. Do it for your self. ...more info

 

 
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