What You Should Know
The Harcombe Diet was developed by Zoe Harcombe as an alternative to calorie counting diets. The idea is that most current diets are actually causing the obesity problem, because they fight against your body instead of working with it.
Zoe Harcombe began researching for this diet when she was a student at Cambridge University and began wondering why she couldn’t stop eating when she wanted so much to be slim. The diet was developed from 20 years of research, which led her to several conclusions, including the conclusion that the calorie theory is wrong.
The Harcombe Diet appears to focus on what types of food you eat and in what combinations, rather than how much. It advocates eating natural foods as opposed to processed foods.
List of Ingredients
Not applicable; this is a diet plan, not an herbal weight loss supplement.
The Harcombe Diet works in three phases. Phase 1 is five days long and is the quickest part of weight loss; according to the website, the record weight loss is 17 pounds, which sounds somewhat unrealistic. Phase 2 teaches three rules to help you reach your natural weight and maintain it. Phase 3 teaches you how to ‘cheat’ so that you can eat your favorite foods and still maintain your natural weight.
The diet also highlights three conditions that affect weight gain: Candida, Food Intolerance, and Hypoglycemia. These conditions are more fully explained in Ms. Harcombe’s book.
To learn all the details of this diet, the dieter must purchase Zoe Harcombe’s book, Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight. There is also a cookbook, Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight Recipe Book, and an additional book titled Why Do You Overeat? When All You Want Is To Be Slim.
- Price of the book starts at $8 online new. It is difficult to determine what the cost of cooking differently will be, however. The natural foods recommended may be expensive.
- Does not require counting calories or eating small portions, except possibly in Phase 1, the detox phase.
- Has some unrealistic weight loss claims.
- Has a lack of before/after photos.
- Has no money-back guarantee.
- Has no free gift with purchase.
- Does not highlight the importance of regular exercise.
- May cause acid buildup in joints.
- Can cause headaches in Phase 1.
The Harcombe Diet sounds like a fairly original idea, but there is not enough detail on the website to explain the diet before you purchase the book. There appears to be a good amount of research in the development of the diet, but there is not much research in testing it to prove if it really works.
The Harcombe Diet needs to present more evidence before it can be fully recommended. It is a diet plan, not an herbal weight loss supplement.