This is a claim from the latest fad dieting craze. The OMG Diet is based off the sensationalist book, Six Weeks To OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends. Published in July 2012, it is written by British author, Venice A. Fulton. The book has been criticized for its unorthodox dieting and fitness tips with ideals suggestive to that of eating disorders. He also stresses “competitive dieting” in order to be the skinniest of all your friends and have them saying “OMG, you look great!”
I scoured through the internet in an attempt to learn more about Venice Fulton, which is only his “pen name”. The author’s real name is Paul Khanna and, according to various sources, he reveals little about himself, his background, and his credentials. What I do know about him is that he hails from North London and has a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science from the University of Bedfordshire. He supposedly helps celebrities (who still remain unnamed) with drastic weight loss.
The author’s strange health tips go against most of the information I have ever learned in my six years of higher education in nutrition. They include:
1.) Skipping breakfast – Fulton says: “In the morning, your body has almost no blood sugar floating around, and you literally have once in a day opportunity to burn stored fat immediately.”
2.) Certain fruits block fat loss – “Fruits and their spin offs like smoothies, certainly contain vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, but they also tend to be rich in fructose.” says Fulton. “Fructose stops leptin, our body’s fuel gauge, from doing its job. With nothing telling us to pull the gas nozzle out, we keep eating.”
3.) Snacking is evil – “There’s no such thing as a healthy snack,” says Fulton. “Anything that is consumed between major meal times is certainly unhealthy. And that covers every single thing that is regarded as a health snack. Your body must have long gaps between meals to live off its own structure.” “Snacking is holding back the whole globe. It’s wholly inappropriate for humans, unless you’re a baby.”
4.) Exercise is most effective in the morning – Preferably prior to eating anything except a cup of black coffee.
5.) Broccoli carbs are worse than soda carbs – Fulton says: “In some, the quantity of carbohydrate can itself determine their chance of skinny success, with the specific source of the carbs not making a noticeable difference.”
6.) Guzzle down the coffee – “It encourages your body’s fat cells to open up and release their contents and you can use up more stored body fat as a fuel.” …Just remember to keep it black.
7.) Cold baths – “Cold baths are a completely natural metabolism booster. The bath should be 68F/20 degrees celsius, which is room temperature water. If you sit in that water, your heart will beat 25 times faster than if you were standing normally in the room. That’s good because it forces your body to increase its metabolic rate. The effect can last up to 15 hours in some people. It’s incredible and a great way to eradicate a sluggish metabolism,” says Fulton.
So what CAN you eat on the OMG Diet?? Here are sample meal plans from two successful OMG-dieters. Doesn’t sound like much food does it? No wonder they lose weight.
Breakfast: Black coffee
Lunch: Tuna sandwich
Dinner: Grilled fish or pork with vegetables
Alcohol: Two pints of lager twice a week and ten pints on a night at the weekend
Breakfast: Diet Coke
Snack: Diet Coke
Lunch: Sandwich or salad with yogurt
Snack: Diet Coke
Dinner: Chicken with veg
Treat: Gin & Tonic every other night
So you’re telling me in order to lose 20 lbs in 6 weeks the only thing I need to do is wake up in the morning, skip breakfast, drink a cup of black coffee, exercise on an empty stomach, take a cold bath, avoid fruits and carbs, and never have any snacks throughout the day?
LOL … I think I would probably pass out from exhaustion and starvation. If I was trying to lose weight, I would try to do it in a healthy way. Yeah, this crazy fad diet might shed some pounds right away, but this type of lifestyle simply isn’t sustainable. Like most other fad diets, you’ll probably just end up gaining all the weight back (if not more).
Not to mention, breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day because it gets your metabolism revving from the get go. You should eat 5-6 small-portioned meals a day in order to keep your metabolism continuously running. Another problem I have with this diet is that carbs are NOT the enemy…50-60% of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates, preferably healthy ones such as FRUIT. Fruit is a great nutrient-dense, low-calorie source of vitamins and minerals. Yes, fruit contains fructose…but there’s nothing wrong with that because fructose is a natural sugar. Trust me, apples and bananas are NOT going to make you fat. And when did the temperature of my shower effect my body fat? Pssh please. I like my showers steaming hot, thank you.
My opinion is pretty obvious here, and the name is exactly how I feel about this diet…OMG.