Rule 1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates (or anything that can be white).
Rule 2: Eat the same few meals over and over again.
Rule 3: Don’t drink calories.
Rule 4: Don’t eat fruit.
Rule 5: Take one day off per week and go nuts.
Adherents have lost an average of 10lbs-15lbs in 2 weeks. I agree with his first 3 rules. I avoid white carbs (simple carbs like potatoes, white rice etc), and eat complex carbs like sweet potatoes. Ferriss further notes (I’m not sure I agree):
another reason to avoid the whities: chlorine dioxide, one of the chemicals used to bleach flour (even if later made brown again, a common trick), combines with residual protein in most of these foods to form alloxan. Researchers use alloxan in lab rats to induce diabetes. That’s right-it’s used to produce diabetes.
As much as possible, I also eat the same meals everyday which leaves little room for bad food choices. It also keeps my shopping list simple, and as Ferris mentions, it makes it easy to eat healthier food for cheap. I avoid drinking juice and soda and opt for water and green tea instead.
I slightly disagree with the last two rules. His main objection to eating fruit is fructose (but this is naturally occurring and is much better than high fructose corn syrup which is found in many processed foods). Fruit is high in fiber which makes you feel fuller with less calories. It’s better to eat the fruit than drink the juice – fruit juice (contains a lot of fructose) dramatically spiked up Ferriss’ cholesterol and iron levels.
I disagree with his last rule : take one day off to per week. Ferriss claims that “dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat-loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate…doesn’t downshift from extended caloric restriction.” I would suggest instead adding weight training, to maintain muscle mass. Therefore, while his food suggestions will help weight loss, I believe combining them with exercise will turbocharge the process.