What You Should Know
The Enzyme Diet is a modified VLCD (very low calorie diet) created by Dr. Charles Jenkins, Chef John Bartilomo, Dr. John Sklare, and Jennifer Ferniza. The purpose of the Enzyme Diet is to achieve weight loss by replacing two meals a day with Enzyme Diet brand fortified shakes, which they claim will help you lose up to 25 lbs. in 12 weeks. The diet is split into three phases, with different habits to learn from each phase. You are also encouraged to use the recipes created by their chef. The diet is only intended to be followed for the allotted 12 weeks, since it is a VLCD-modified diet.
Surprisingly enough, The Enzyme Diet is cheaper than other VLCD diets. One box of The Enzyme’s Diet fortified drinks only cost $47.00, which equals a little over $3.00 per day. Dieters have the choice between soy-fortified versions and whey protein versions, which are available in two basic flavors. This is an extremely affordable and hassle free diet that promises staggering results, but the real reason behind its weight loss power might not be from the enzymes.
The Enzyme’s Diet French Vanilla Protein Drink features these ingredients: Soy Protein, Fructose, Rice Bran, Inulin, Rice Syrup Solids, Flaxseed, Safflower Oil Powder, Natural Flavors, Lecithin, Calcium Amino Acid Chelate, Oat Fiber, Conjugated Linoleic Acid Powder, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Vegetarian Yeast, Guar Gum, Silica, Carrot Powder, Sweet Potato Powder, Acerola and Rosehips Extract, Sodium Chloride, Proprietary Enzyme Blend (Amylase, Protease, CereCalase, Isolase, Cellulase, Lipase, Alpha-Galactosidase), GlutaMagAAC (Glutamine-Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate), Stevia, Shitake Mushroom Powder, Zinc Amino Acid, Chelate, Natural Beta Carotene from Dunallella Salina Extract, Maganese, Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Sea Kelp, Selenium Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Chromium Amino Acid/Niacin Chealate, Marigold Extract, Molybdemun Amino Acid Chelate.
The Enzyme Diet claims everyone lacks certain enzymes, and when replaced these will boost the metabolism. By drinking their enzyme-fortified drinks, they claim people will increase metabolism, resulting in fast, effective weight loss. However, there is no scientific evidence backing this up. The real reason behind weight loss experienced with the Enzyme Diet seems to be from their drinks, but not from the enzyme fortification. One serving of their enzyme-fortified drink is 230 calories, which adds up to 460 calories per day. One nutritionally-balanced meal is suggested afterward, but dieters will be lucky to even break the 1000 calorie mark. 1000 calories is considered starvation and equals devastating side effects, including unhealthy weight loss and malnutrition. Dieters are advised to check with a physician before embarking on this diet.
- The Enzyme Diet was created by qualified physicians to stimulate fast weight loss.
- It is one of the cheapest VLCD diets available.
- You consume less than 1000 calories per day, which can be very unhealthy and is technically starvation.
- You must purchase the enzyme-fortified drinks in order to participate in the program.
- There is no evidence given showing how enzymes help increase metabolism.
- Unlike other VLCD’s, The Enzyme Diet does not seem to come with much professional oversight.
- We wonder how filling the shakes are and if the taste will be appealing to everyone.
The diet appears to be somewhat effective, but for the wrong reasons. This diet might be too dangerous for people with heart related conditions. This is a nice diet to look into if you want to lose some extra pounds before a big event, however.