Can This Fad Diet Make You Skinnier Than Your Friends?

A new diet plan makes you question just how far you would go to “get skinnier than all your friends.” Would you skip breakfast and jump in an ice cold bath every morning? Or would you down a cup of coffee and shun broccoli?

London-based personal trainer Venice A. Fulton claims that his controversial diet plan can actually help you lose 10 to 20 pounds in just six weeks. His book, Six Weeks to OMG-Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends, has already knocked the Dukan Diet, known for getting Kate Middleton in fit wedding form, off the top of the iTunes book chart. So, what exactly does Fulton suggest for fat loss?

To start, he says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day-to skip. If you have spare body fat to lose, you don't need a bowl of cereal or a slice of toast. Apparently if you skip breakfast and move your body when it's low on food energy, your body will have to burn some of your body fat. He refutes that breakfast kick starts the metabolism and instead, claims that when you wake up, your metabolism also wakes up.

Additionally, he suggests that you jump in a cold bath for at least 15 minutes each morning. That's because if you take a skinny dip in a cool bath, it will encourage your body to burn off stored fat as it tries to keep warm and it has been shown to significantly boost metabolism for 12 to 15 hours.

“Anything that makes you feel cold forces your body to ramp up heat production and lots of this energy comes from stored fat,” says Fulton. “But for the most powerful metabolic boost, a cold bath is best, as there's so much heat absorbing water in direct contact with the skin.”

Fulton's diet also declares that drinking coffee will induce fat burn, certain fruits instantly block fat loss, small frequent meals are damaging, juices and smoothies cause overeating and that the carbohydrates in broccoli can be worse than those from Coca-Cola. Sure, it sounds crazy but Fulton says that he uses a mix of nutrition, biochemistry and psychology to help people lose weight.

Unlike the Dukan Diet, don't expect any recipes to follow in Fulton's six-week plan. “People are fed up with being told what to do without being told why,” says Fulton. “I don't have recipes in the book because I know by the time readers reach the last page, they'll know how to do things themselves.”

If you're interested to find out if this diet really works, you can purchase Fulton's book in July when it becomes available in the U.S.

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