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New Diet Book ‘Pound A Day Diet’ Says Pound a Day Weight Loss is Possible

By CRISSY VAN METER

Food Network star and #1 New York Times bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito debuted a new diet book this week: "The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days By Eating the Foods You Love." According to DiSpirito, the diet is proven to boost metabolism and shed fat. What's more, - based on results achieved by DiSpirito's clients who tested the diet - eating this way may be able to help you lose a pound a day! While DiSpirito's diet plan may not be for everyone, it sounds like it could help many with weight loss this year.

Dispirito said he lost about 40 pounds on his diet and was inspired by his own personal weight loss journey to write this diet book. "If a chubby chef, surrounded by the best food and wine can do it," he explained, "than anyone can."

"The Pound a Day Diet" includes 60 easy and quick recipes for those who have little time to cook. It offers healthy and fast cooking techniques, healthy shopping lists, and a lifestyle plan for maintaining a lean and healthy body for life. The diet does not include any GMO products and there are many gluten-free foods included. His recipes are free of refined sugar, white flour, white rice and some plant-based fats (because he says they can add up fast).

When we recently caught up with DiSpirito, he shared his top healthy eating tips and a couple recipes from his new book.

3 Healthy Eating Tips from Chef Rocco Dispirito:

1. Eliminate all forms of refined sugar from your diet immediately.

2. Walk the dog, take out the garbage and do more errands!  More activity means more calories burned, which mean you will lose weight. So stop fighting with your partner, mother, father, sister or brother about errands and be the first to volunteer.

3. Drink a lot more water than what you are drinking now. You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces per day. For example if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day. I know this may sound like crazy talk, but it is hands down one of the most effective ways to live healthily.

2 Recipes from "The Pound a Day Diet:"

 

High-Protein Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Calories: 162

Ingredients
6 cups cold water
2 tablespoons psyllium husk powder
2 scoops fiber powder
2 scoops protein powder
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
24 packets monk fruit extract
4 scoops unflavored egg-white powder
2 cups crushed ice or small cubes

Directions
1. Put water, psyllium husk powder, and fiber powder in a blender and blend on high until smooth and slightly thickened, about 1 ½ minutes. Turn the blender off and add the protein powder, cocoa, and monk powder; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds, and turn off blender.

2. Add the egg-white powder and blend until smooth, about 10 seconds, then add the ice and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour the smoothie into 4 pint-sized glasses.
Tip: Add a pinch of salt if your diet can afford the sodium--it will really draw out the full flavor of the cocoa.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Calories: 107

Ingredients
Olive oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
Crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups organic zucchini, washed and cut into 1/2-inch half-moons
16 ounces shirataki spaghetti, rinsed under cold water, drained, and roughly cut into 4-to-5-inch pieces
12 ounces peeled and cooked domestic white shrimp
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Salt

Directions
1. Spray a large nonstick skillet with 4 seconds of olive oil spray and place over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until it turns a deep golden brown color. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and zucchini and cook until the zucchini is warmed through and softened, about 2 minutes. Add the noodles and shrimp and let the excess water evaporate while stirring.

2. Once the water has evaporated, add the lemon juice and turn off the heat. Season with salt. Evenly divide the pasta among four plates and serve.

Readers - Are you familiar with chef Rocco? What do you think of these recipes? What are your thoughts on a "Pound a Day Diet?" Does it sound like something you'd want to try? Leave a comment below and let us know.  

 

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