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Health Guide Review: 2,3/5

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Beyond Diet Review

What is it?

The Beyond Diet is a diet plan for people who are looking to get rid of calorie counting, while instead focusing on eating only healthy foods. A video on their website adds that when you use this diet, you’ll be allowed the freedom to eat many healthy foods, as long as you avoid certain processed ingredients.  

The diet highlights certain key points:

  • Over 700 clinical studies support the diet: The official website claims that “credible, peer-reviewed scientific journals” prove this diet works. This is supposedly without any long-term side effects or any health risks. Though it’s unknown if there are any short term risks.   
  • Customization: The diet is used to be centered on your specific needs. So whether you’re athletic or looking to shed lots of pounds, the diet claims to help benefit all people. By using the outlined plan, you’ll be able to accurately determine what macronutrient ratio your body demands.  
  • Certain foods are banned: In particular, a total of 5 foods are always off limits. This is because they’ are altered in a way that makes it easy to build up toxins in the body. Though there are several more foods that you can’t eat, the diet highlights these 5 pounds in particular: whole wheat bread, orange juice, artificial sugar, soy milk, and margarine. It’s unknown what else would be considered off limits.
  • Benefits of control: It helps stop cravings for sugars, boosts fat loss, and decreases a belly. They claim that any weight you lose will be gone forever, and you’ll gain “the body you’ve always dreamed of”. All this comes without having to count calories.

The intended benefit of this diet is to let your body function as it was intended. By getting rid of certain ingredients, you also lose harmful chemicals that then cause “toxic overload”. This buildup turns into fat that becomes stored in the body. So the more altered ingredients you eat, the more likely you are to be obese.

So this diet is a form of a cleanse that also helps with weight loss by having you no longer eat certain foods.

 Foods Allowed by the Diet

The only foods allowed are what the diet calls “alkalizing foods”. This includes:

  • Avocados
  • Most fruits
  • Garlic
  • Fish, poultry, and lean meat.
  • Eggs.

The diet also requires you to not eat:

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Orange juice.
  • Whole wheat bread.
  • Soy milk.
  • Margarine.
  • Processed meats and cheese.

Finding information about the foods allowed is hard to figure out, as the website doesn’t go too much into detail as to what’s allowed. They only provide a few foods as an example.

They expect people to pay the one time $47 fee, which is increased if you want to add extra features such as month to month support. Many customers mention that they needed much more guidance, as the book you buy is limited in its information.

The kinds of foods you will eat more of also depend on your metabolism. You’ll have to track your weight loss and see what foods influence the most change. So it’s a customized system that will help you determine what foods affect you, and in what way.

Once you figure out your macronutrient ratio, you’ll know how many carbohydrates, fats, and proteins you need. Though not much information exists on exactly how they track this figure.

One can assume you figure out your needs based on weight loss, but they don’t go into the specifics of this, and it isn’t described anywhere else online.

 How Does the Diet Work?

You avoid certain foods that build up chemicals in the body, which then lead to fat gain.

The company claims that certain foods will make it impossible for you to lose weight. The issue is that since they fail to list all the foods that are good and which are bad, you have to first pay before knowing if this diet truly works.

Fortunately, there are many customer reviews written online:

“same repetitive information that has no real data”

 “Overrated with no data to back it”

 “tried to cancel during the trial period, but no one responded”

 “I have lost basically zero pounds”

 Many disgruntled customers didn’t like dealing with the company, and those who tried the diet said it failed. Many felt that the diet gives general advice that isn’t specific enough. Since it does not have you count calories, many customers also added how they felt no boundaries were set, making it impossible to lose weight.

Though there’s claimed to be over 700 clinical studies, I couldn’t find one single study that supports this diet. It’s unknown if their research is actually truthful.

Pros 

  • The diet haves you avoid processed foods and artificial ingredients. So you end up eating more natural foods, which tend to be healthier.
  • A one time fee provides information about the diet.
  • You can purchase month to month support from employees who understand this diet.
  • There are books available to help provide more support.
  • Several recipes are offered once you buy the official Beyond Diet guide.

 Cons 

  • No proof is provided to show whether or not this diet would work.
  • It’s unknown what the full list of banned foods is. Nor is it known what the list of the accepted foods is.
  • Customers have complained that the diet doesn’t work, and that reaching customer service can be impossible.
  • Many important details are missing about what this diet allows. You essentially have to pay first, before getting any useful information on it.
  •  The website admits that this diet was not created by health professionals, and that:

“all data provided in this website is to be used for information purposes only” 

This explains why the company fails to list any of their clinical studies.

 Better Alternatives to the Diet

This diet has the benefit of offering many recipes and information, but it’s never fully explained or proven.

The website makes claims that this is free of long-term side effects. Though it’s unknown whether or not there are short term issues.

Also, no clinical studies are ever provided. This makes it impossible to judge before making a purchase. It’s unknown if this diet will truly be safe or effective. The website mentions that many have benefited and that proof exists, but without links to this proof it’s unknown if they can be trusted.

Judging from the multiple negative customer experiences, it’s unlikely one will lose weight. It’s also been criticized for being an unsupportive system, as well as expensive if you choose to get optional support. Though many claim you need this support as the initial diet plan offers very little knowledge and guidance.

 Consumer Compare.com also adds that:

“bulk of the information provided by Beyond Diet is mere common sense”

 The diet focuses on helping people find their own macronutrient ratio, so you’re meant to find out whether or not carbohydrates, fats, or proteins are better, and in what amounts. Though there’s no proof offered to suggest that this diet can help find this ratio.

An American Dietician Association spokesperson named Katherine Tallmadge says that the author uses information:

“based upon unsubstantiated, unscientific, and potentially dangerous advice”

The same person mentions that the creator of the Beyond Diet is not a registered dietician, nor does her information come from peer reviewed journals. Which goes against the websites claims that this plan actually works.

There’s far too much unanswered to properly figure out how the diet works, and no evidence is offered. Therefore, there’s no good reason to suggest Beyond Diet would be safe or effective.

One other controversial claim is that:

“By increasing alkalizing foods… you’re decreased the acid in your body… which is the exact environment your organs need to get rid of all those toxic chemicals”

 The idea of balancing acidic foods versus alkalizing foods has not been proven.  Web MD makes sure to disprove this myth by stating:

“nothing you eat is going to substantially change the pH of your blood”

 Therefore, a major reason why the foods which are allowed and those that are banned are only so because of this effect. Though this has now been debunked.

Though foods that are more acidic like cheese and meats can be harmful in large amounts, it’s not because of acidity buildup.  This calls into question the basis of Beyond Diet, it seems they use debunked science to back up this major claim.

 Conclusion 

The Beyond Diet does have a lot to say, and much of what’s revealed seems like a common sense strategy. The focus on the diet is to eliminate processed foods that are chemically altered. This leads to what the company claims is a toxic build up in the body, which then turns into body fat.

A problem with this claim is that the company does not provide any proof that their plan is any better than others. They claim that the body will be changed in a way that makes it easy to lose weight.

Not only is there never any proof provided, but also I couldn’t find one clinical study that showed this diet works. Even though they claim over 700 clinical studies support the claims made.

Also, many customers who have tried this diet have expressed concern. For those that tried this diet, they felt that weight loss was not a possibility, and that the diet isn’t helpful.

Better options are available which can help you lose weight, with proof to back it up.

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