5/6/2009 10:01:40 AM
I've been following the TNT plan from Men's Health magazine since October. The TNT plan is a low carb, high fat diet that encourages it's followers to eat lots of veggies, a normal ammount of protein, and a good amount of natural fat, and discourages calorie counting. There are several eating programs within the TNT plan to choos from based on the amound of weight or fat you have to lose or what your strength training goals are. The TNT plan also includes a structured weight lifting plan which frequently changes up the routine to discourage plateaus. Since starting the TNT plan back in October, I've lost an additional 50 pounds (I'm down 82 pounds overall so far), and have seen DRASTIC changes in my body composition (as can be seen in my latest pics on my Spark page from a couple days ago), as the TNT plan encourages your body to use it's fat stores for fuel.
Contrary to the article, I have found this plan to be ANYTHING but boring, and have been eating in a much more healthy way than I ever had before, and I have loads of energy to complete my workouts, and in fact have added much to the regular strength training program (400 pushups before each strength training session, for instance). I do strength work 3x per week and alternate strength training days with light core and cardio days. Every week I discover new things I can do that I never could before (most recently, I can run 2 miles without stopping - never knew I could run at all). Lack of energy to complete workouts or get through the day couldn't be further from the truth, at least in my case and the case of TNT users over on the Men's Health TNT forum.
I know everyone is different and responds differently to different diets/eating plans, and your results may not be the same as mine, but I'm very much looking forward to my next check-up with my Dr., as the TNT plan as spelled out in the book and Men's Health magazine has promised to help lower my cholestoral as well as improve the ratio between the good and bad, and that has proven to be the case in scores of the plan's followers. I already know my blood pressure is way down (as shown by my monthly trips to the blood center to donate), and the edima in my lower legs is completely gone. I'm expecting my Dr. to tell me I'm no longer "pre-diabetic" too, at least that is my hope.
I would encourage the author of the article to read the TNT book and give her impressions. I don't believe all low carb diets to be nearly as bad/boring/dangerous/disasterous as this article presents. All low carb plans are not created equally.