By this time, I often find myself reading about fitness, health and nutrition during my off time. It’s something that has kind of grown from a ‘to do’ into a hobby or habit of sorts, which for me is a good thing.
Unknowingly, by slowly changing small things in my life to work towards better health and fitness, doing these small steps regularly has reinforced a habitual nature into me, and not to mention break some of the old bad habits I used to have being sedentary and eating lots of junk food.
One of the more interesting things I came across, which is why I’m writing about it is the P.I.N.K. Diet. I don’t really know if you’ve heard of it before, but it’s supposedly had been popularized when its creator went on the Dr. Phil show a few years ago. Here’s a review of what I learned about this diet.
What is the P.I.N.K Method Diet?
The P.I.N.K. Diet or method of dieting is solely designed for women. It isn’t available for me. I guess that’s why they chose the color, to be a symbol of this designation. In its very essence, the diet is a low calorie diet that mixes high intensity training.
The P.I.N.K. stands for Power, Intensity, Nutrition and Kardio. Yes, that’s cardio spelled with a letter ‘K’. The diet in itself is split into 4 different phases that are to be done in order because of each of their purpose.
It also centers of healthy, natural eating and cutting out the unhealthy junk food. As a guy, I obviously haven’t tried it, but looking from the guidelines, it is one the extreme side and something that looks like it can really shed your weight quick. With that said, I’d have to give a note of a warning here to anyone who wants to try it.
Some of the calorie levels are quite low, and it’s complemented with high intensity exercise. This does burn the fat quickly but make sure you’re in good, healthy physical shape before doing this because eating a low amount of calories and sapping it with exercise may not be for everyone.
Phases of the P.I.N.K. Diet
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the diet is comprised of 4 phases. Each of these phases has to be done one after the other since each phase builds the one before it.
P.I.N.K. Reset – Phase 1
The first phase is designed to rid the body on any existing toxins and junk based on whatever we’ve been eating. This is a short term detoxification stage that lasts for between 3 days up to 2 weeks. It also limits out calorie intake to around 1,000 calories.
During the Reset stage food is restricted to whole grains, veggies, fruits and protein. This phase has the potential of bringing a large resulting weight loss. Just from the low calorie and cutting out the unhealthy foods.
P.I.N.K. Primary – Phase 2
Phase 2 introduces the participants to the exercise program. The exercise programs aren’t easy so they’re meant to produce results. Don’t expect them to be simple, beginner level exercises. I guess that’s the reason why lots of people are easily losing over 20 to 50 lbs. on this diet.
In this phase some of the foods are re-introduced. And the calories go up to 1,600 per day. This gives you extra energy for the workouts. The foods stay similar to the first but you will be focusing on low-fat and high energy foods.
The foods and diet plan as well as the exercise programs are all provided so there isn’t any guessing or confusion on our part. The workouts are all in the provided DVDs so everyone can follow.
7-Day Shred – Phase 3
Phase 3 comes in when you’re nearing your goal. It is that last step to get rid of the stubborn body parts that retain fat and the last few pounds that are usually difficult to shed.
During the 7 Day Shred, carbs are cut and in their place you eat veggies or healthy soups. Vitamins are also recommended to make sure you get enough minerals and nutrients.
Preservation – Phase 4
I actually like that they’ve included this Preservation phase, since this is where many diets fail. Majority of diets work to shed the pounds. Of course some with greater effect than others. The P.I.N.K. Diet adds the preservation phase so that you keep the weight you’ve lost off.
During this phase calories are kept at the maintenance levels of 1,400 to 1,800 calories. You get to decide your meals and also get to choose the foods you eat.
A big part of this diet is doing the exercise. The package comes with DVDs and videos to guide users on how to do the workouts. Going with the theme of the diet, all the trainers are clad in pink workout gear. They’re all in very good shape and seem to really know what they’re doing.
Each of the training sessions last for around 20 to 40 minutes. And like the diet plan itself, the exercise routines are split into different phases all to get you into shape. So the program isn’t just about losing weight but also getting you to get sculpted and toned. Nobody likes looking overly skinny and untoned, so this is another plus.
Each of the phases focus on building endurance, then cardio, burning calories, sculpting the body and flexibility.
My Take on the PINK Diet
As mentioned, being a guy I haven’t tried it. Plus I’m not a nutritionist nor a personal trainer, so I can only give my observation and it’s not an expert opinion. From the design of the diet plan and the exercise sessions, it is geared for weight loss, and getting participants to become fitter. You definitely will get a toned and fit look after. I’ve seen women get results running from at least 20 lb. weight losses to some who’ve lost more than 60 lbs. doing this diet, and I’m definitely not surprised by looking at the eating plan and training regimen.
The only thing I’m not exactly sure about is the sustainability of it going forward since some of the components may seem restrictive. But again, I’ve never tried it so I can’t be exactly sure.