If you have ever been on a diet, you know that a lot of the popular ones claim that they will get you to stop dieting and start living. We’ve seen these promises hundreds of times, and we find another diet that makes the same promise. However, many people have jumped on this bandwagon to find success in what is known as the Beyond Diet. With nearly two million Facebook followers, people have bought into the Beyond system to try and lose weight.
The Beyond Diet was created by Isabel De Los Rios, and she released a book that detailed the diet back in 2013. Since then, it has had a massive online presence with forums and websites dedicated to losing weight through the program. Will this new sensation help you to finally break through your weight loss plateau and help you reach your goals? Let’s dig a little deeper into the Beyond Diet to see if it’s the right weight loss program for you.
Behind the Beyond Diet
Isabel De Los Rios says that she was getting frustrated with typical dieting, wondering how she could lose weight without working out non-stop or giving up the foods that she liked. According to her history, De Los Rios was once overweight and would gain back every pound that she lost while trying other popular diets. 15 years ago, she came up with her own weight loss plan to lose 30 pounds and has kept it off ever since.
It might sound to be a little too good to be true at first, especially since you don’t have to spend too much time in the gym and also get to eat a lot of foods that are normally fattening. Brownies, pizza and just about anything else that you can think of is allowed on the Beyond Diet, it’s just about limiting yourself.
To get started with the Beyond Diet, you head to their website and join the program. The Beyond Diet is not a free one, as the service is a one time payment of $47. While that might sound a bit high, there is no recurring cost, which is certainly a bonus. There are also no prepackaged meals, so be prepared to do a lot of cooking for yourself.
Once you sign up with the website, you will be asked to take an assessment. Once you have found out what type of metabolism and body type you have, you will receive a customized eating and exercise program. We can’t say with extreme confidence how varied these programs are from person to person, so we’ll have to take their word for it.
What’s on the Menu?
Most of us know that most of the weight that you lose comes from the kitchen. Having proper nutrition and controlling your calories is going to ensure that you lose weight, while getting into the gym will accelerate your weight loss. Thankfully, Beyond Diet recipes are readily available for free, so if you just want to follow the program without getting the paid customization, that’s certainly an option.
You might be curious as to what types of foods you will be eating on the Beyond Diet, so let’s take a look at the sample menu for the first few days of your weight loss journey.
Breakfast – Coconut Pancakes
Lunch – Beef and Vegetables
Dinner – Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs
Snacks – Brownies
Breakfast – Banana Oatmeal Muffins
Lunch – Spicy Peanut Sauce Shrimp
Dinner – Creole Sausage Stew
Snacks – Peanut Butter Banana Shake
Breakfast – Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Smoothie
Lunch – Chicken Stir Fry
Dinner – Italian Eggplant Casserole
Snacks – Trail Mix
Breakfast – Eggs Rancheros
Lunch – Salmon Burgers
Dinner – Sweet and Spicy Chicken
Snacks – Spiced Oat Cookies
Breakfast – French Toast
Lunch – Turkey and Vegetable Stew
Dinner – Chicken Tandoori
Snacks – Pumpkin Brownie Bites
Looking at this menu, you’re probably wondering how in the world you are going to eat all these types of foods without gaining a lot of weight. While the names of the foods suggest a lot of calories and fat content, it’s all in the preparation. You will notice that there isn’t much red meat at all, and the sugary breakfasts and desserts actually aren’t sugary at all.
It’s a good way of tricking your brain into thinking that you’re eating all of the foods that you were before, but changing the ingredients will allow you to lose weight. Though it might not taste as good as the foods that you are accustomed to, it should still be good enough to satisfy your cravings. The menu is just a small sample of what’s available with the Beyond Diet, as there are hundreds of recipes at your disposal.
What to Know About the Beyond Diet
With that original $47 investment that you’ve made with the Beyond Diet, you are only getting the customization and access to the community forum where you can speak with experts. There are plenty of other resources available through the official website that includes a few extra books. There is also a monthly guide you can subscribe you with new recipes and health news, though it’s not much of a necessary add-on.
Where most diet plans make their money is through the supplements, and that’s another part of the Beyond Diet. You can pick up healthy supplements to promote weight loss at your local drugstore, so there isn’t a need to buy the expensive protein powders or multivitamins through the website. That should be said about any diet, as well, as your options for supplements shouldn’t be limited to a diet website.
Selling supplements is always one thing that makes us wince when it comes to popular diets, and the other is not promoting exercise, which is a healthy way part of an overall plan. Exercise is not included with the plan, though people that want to add that on can pay a little extra. That extra $10 will get you six workout videos that are five minutes long, and show you workouts that you can do around the house.
There are plenty of free videos for at-home workouts if you are that concerned about not going to the gym, and even adding 30 to 60 minutes of walking per day is going to help you out a lot. The videos say that they have a $30 value and are on sale, but that seems to be a little steep judging by what you get out of them.
Another thing you need to know about the Beyond Diet is that there are five foods that you are going to have to give up entirely throughout the program. These foods are whole wheat bread, soy, artificial sweeteners, orange juice and fake butter. There is a logic behind each of these foods, so it’s nothing too crazy. The one that stands out is orange juice, but that’s because of its sugar content. However, freshly squeezed orange juice should be fine if you can find it.
Summing it Up
So what are you really getting when you sign up for the Beyond Diet? That’s the big question. With almost all of the recipes available for free online, it’s really just access to a community and a customized plan that makes up the cost. While this diet isn’t all that much different from other popular diets we’ve seen, the community aspect seems to be the biggest thing that people want to be part of.
There is a way that you can do all of the Beyond Diet for free as long as you don’t mind not getting the customized plan. It seems that there are quite a few nickel and dime procedures that we’re not a fan of, and even a monthly subscription plan for more recipes and coaching for $15 per month. However, the information isn’t going to be anything groundbreaking. If you do want to try and get into the paid program and try it out, there is a 30 day money back guarantee, which is good.
The foundations of the diet are there, with a promotion of organic foods, less red meat, less sugar and boosting your metabolism. We wish there was a little more exercise incorporated into the plan, but this is a diet that is trying to appeal to people that don’t want to go to the gym. You’ll be talking with a lot of people that are trying to go on the same program as you, but again there is another free avenue by following Beyond Diet on social media.
Overall, the Beyond Diet is nowhere near the worst diet out there. There are more effective all-around programs out there, though, and a lot of them are free. If the full information was cheaper (or free), then the Beyond Diet would come with a higher recommendation.