DENVER -- There's no other time of year than this that people spend more time and energy thinking about losing weight and getting healthy.
With so many diets out there, a new book called "TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust" claims a 100 percent success rate. That got the attention of Denver Post Columnist Doni Luckutt.
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Brother and sister authors Dian and Tom Griesel believe most of us currently run on sugar to fuel our bodies and they have the key to change that by using stored body fat as fuel.
Dian Griesel believes anyone can flip the switch and transfer to using fat as fuel in as little as five-to-10 days by making different food choices and avoiding all sugars and processed foods while restricting or eliminating grains.
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"I thought, 'What? Never hungry, no exercise and they also said it was 100 percent effective with everyone who did the program?' I thought, 'This is too much.' So I said, 'Readers, you tell me. I'll choose five to 10 of my readers willing to try this out,'" Luckutt said.
Veronica Setzke was one of the eight who decided to take on the six-week challenge, but not without reservations.
"I thought, 'Wow, this might be hard,'" Setzke said. "We all know that sugar isn't that great for us, but to really make the commitment, to really get it out of your diet for the most part, it is hard certainly. "
9Health Reporter Dr. John Torres disagrees with eliminating grains from your diet.
"I think whole grains are a very important part of your diet for the nutrients and the vitamins you get from them. Also, the fiber you get, which is important. So avoiding whole grains I don't think is a good idea to begin with," Dr. John said.
Another key for TurboChargers is that they drink at least 16 ounces of water every two to three hours because the authors believe people are often thirsty, but assume they are hungry.
"The other thing is what is called 'mono-meal.' So mono-meals are: you eat all fruit together, vegetables or proteins together, and that is pretty out of the box for most people," Luckutt said.
Setzke says she's happy about the weight loss, but actually feels better than ever.
"I don't feel tired in the morning when I wake up. I never feel dehydrated. I feel like I have so much more energy to do the things that I like to do," Setzke said.
Dr. John offers this advice: "Anyone with heart, and kidney problems particularly, would need to talk to a doctor before starting a diet like this."
TurboCharges can lose one pound of body fat per day by following these steps:
• Drink 16-32 oz of water first thing in the a.m.
• Eat little or no breakfast, fruit if desired, and drink more water and/or non-caloric fluid with minimal caffeine until about 11 a.m. to noon.
• Intersperse a mini-workout for one to two minutes once or twice in the morning also before noon.
• Enjoy vegetable salad for lunch or plenty of fresh raw fruit
• Do another mini-workout with weights or body weight for one to two minutes every two to three hours throughout the afternoon
• Drink more water in quantities of 16-32 oz
• Eat only fruit or fruits and vegetables for the rest of the day, or perhaps a small protein-only dinner.
• Finish the day with a nice herbal tea and relax into evening doing a mini-muscle workout before bedtime
• Walk everywhere you can consecutively or broken into 10, 15 or 20 minute walks. You will succeed much more quickly. Vegetarian TurboChargers might consider eggs or fish, tofu or a handful of nuts for evening meal.
Visit www.Turbocharged.us.com for more information.