Six Weeks To OMG by Venice A Fulton – we review it and put it to the test! Get the skinny on getting skinnier than all your friends with cold baths, caffeine and balloons.
So, there’s a new diet book in town – “6 Weeks To OMG”. Well, I call it a diet book, but like the best of them if you follow the OMG rules you will find yourself changing your lifestyle. So let’s call it a lifestyle book.
The Six Weeks To OMG diet has been gathering a lot of press attention, and some controversy, so much so that this self-published book by the wonderfully named Venice A Fulton has now been bought up by Penguin in the UK, who will be publishing it in July.
BUT if you don’t want to wait until then, you can download “6 Weeks To OMG” diet book from Amazon and use the Kindle reader on your PC, tablet or Smartphone to devour it (pun intended). Here’s where you can download it from Amazon.
And here’s where you can get the Kindle reader for PC, laptop, phone etc.
It’s also now available on iTunes.
The OMG diet caught my eye for three reasons – it advocates not eating breakfast, which is surely going to set the cat amongst the pigeons but which works for me. It advocates taking a cold bath every day to increase your metabolism – this is something I came across twenty years ago and has sound basis in scientific fact. And it advocates drinking caffeine to increase fat release – very interesting. This also has basis in scientific fact.
Oh yes, it also has one big message that many people susbscribe to these days, but which was also rubbished by the medical establishment when first suggested – cut down on carbohydrates. Remember how the nutritionists and doctors howled about that one when Dr Atkins first suggested it? Now it’s mainstream practice.
So maybe one day soon they’ll also like the idea of putting off breakfast in order to burn the fat your body is storing.
Already the doctors are lining up to denounce Six Weeks To OMG, to say it won’t work. Like they used to say about eating fewer carbs…
So, anyway, on with the trial!
Day One – I haven’t read the book yet, but I know you’re supposed to drink black coffee and not have breakfast. So that’s what I do. And I cope.
Day Two – I download the book. Black coffee again instead of breakfast. Also an exercise class, because in the newspaper article I read about it, they quoted Venice as saying that unlocking the fat via caffeine is no good unless you move around enough to use up the fat. Otherwise it’s going on your arteries. Yikes!
Day Three – I decide it might be a good idea to actually read the book.
Venice’s writing style is chatty and littered with exclamation marks! But it grabs your attention. The book seems long but he puts lots of space between the short paragraphs so it’s easy to read. I get through fifty pages without really noticing. Some points in the first fifty pages:
He then goes on to list the five areas the diet concentrates on:
I like the sound of all this!
Today I drank some coffee before doing a gentle workout. Then I kept reading.
There’s a lot about not bothering with BMI or other chart based stuff. (Incidentally, did you know that the Body Mass Index was invented in the 1830s? Me neither! But that is what we are all told to follow these days.) He says even knowing your body fat percentage isn’t the whole story. So, basically, just weigh yourself once a week with no clothes on, first thing in the morning.
He focuses on losing fat, not weight. Sounds sensible!
Day Five – I weight myself, and have lost one pound. Yay! But oops, it’s Friday. I do well until wine o’clock and then it all goes a bit wrong. Never mind, tomorrow is another day…
Day Six – It’s Saturday. Nobody’s going to get up early, go without breakfast and have a cold bath on a Saturday, right?
Day Seven – Sunday. I feel a bit guilty. I read more of the book and use my lack of a water thermometer as my excuse not to have a cold bath. I can hear Venice A Fulton virtually tutting.
Day Eight – Monday. A new day! A new week! I feel I should call this Week One of the OMG diet, and start it properly.
Monday – I weigh myself – you’re only supposed to weigh yourself once a week, but who can ever manage that? And I’ve lost a pound. Postponing breakfast for three hours seems to be working, because I can’t say I’ve been sticking rigorously to the diet. But I have been more careful about my carbs, whilst not being as strict as Atkins.