The diet of a lifetime
Low carb, low fat, low calorie ... you've probably tried them all. But throw the word 'low' into the mix and your loyalty to any eating plan is not likely to last long enough to lose weight and keep it off.
The Pyramid Diet is an exciting and rewarding diet which has lifetime sustainability. It is also the most balanced diet to date: you can eat carbs and you can eat fruit! It is also adaptable to any social situation: you can still go to your local Chinese restaurant, as long as you follow Danni's recommendations as to what to order.
It is based on a simple, easy to follow, 3-day cycle:
day 1: high carbs
day 2: low carbs
day 3: no carbs
By rotating your carbohydrate consumption, you keep your metabolism elevated. Danni also tells you which days are best for cardiovascular and resistance exercises if you want a bikini body in time for the beach this summer.
Effective and achievable, The Pyramid Diet provides dieters with the structure they need and allows them to eat the food they love. The weight is over - welcome to a new you!
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Introducing the Pyramid Diet
The Pyramid Diet is a rotational eating plan, which offers a structured, lifetime
approach to food. It is probably the most balanced diet to date, and works on a principle
of varying the amount of carbohydrates we consume every day. Contrary to popular modern
belief, depriving your body of carbohydrates can actually lead to a significant slow-down
in your metabolism. So you will learn how to rotate your carbohydrate consumption to keep
the metabolism elevated. Your body doesn’t have time to adjust to high carbs or low carbs,
so it keeps your metabolism working hard to keep up with the changes in your nutritional
intake. The Pyramid Diet works, therefore, because it keeps your body guessing! It
provides you with all the essential macronutrients your body needs, but staggers the
intake of carbohydrates to continually stimulate your metabolism and keep it working
Carb-cycling is not a new concept. It is something athletes have used to their
advantage for many years. I have simply formulated a structure that is easy to understand,
easy to follow, and – most importantly – helps you to lose weight and keep it off.
The path you’re about to take will see you on the road to sustainable, healthy and
proven weight-loss, through a method which can be adapted accordingly once your desired
weight is reached.
The Ground Rules
It’s All About Carb-Cycling
To begin with, as you will be basing much of your food intake around them, I want to
address the ongoing debate surrounding carbohydrates. Followers of popular low- or no-carb
diets are led to believe that carbohydrates are the enemy. In truth, they are an essential
source of energy and the only form of fuel used by the brain. Severe carb-depletion can
lead to fatigue, nausea, mood-swings, breakdown in muscle tissue, weakness, dizziness and
If that’s not enough to convince you to include a healthy amount of carbs in your diet,
you need to know that the majority of weight-loss achieved by cutting carbs is simply
water-loss. For every one molecule of glycogen (carbs) our body stores, it stores three
molecules of water. So cut the carbs and the water will drain out of your body. Increase
your intake again and the water-weight will follow.
On the Pyramid Diet you will have some days on which you can eat carbs and others on
which you cannot. Because of the sudden changes in water retention caused by this method,
carb-cycling does lead to weight fluctuation. You need to store this information now and
accept it, in order to avoid the temptation of banishing carbs altogether in search of a
Before you dial the local pizza delivery, I’m afraid to say a meat-feast and chips or a
hot dog with onions are not on the menu! Processed carbs such as white bread, doughnuts,
white pasta and crisps are strictly forbidden. As you learn more about how the plan works,
you’ll be glad you banished these ghastly foods to the bin for good.
Now I want to introduce you to the structure of the Pyramid Diet and tell you a little
about how it works. It is based on a simple, easy to follow, three-day cycle:
– Day 1: High-carb day
– Day 2: Low-carb day
– Day 3: No-carb day
Think of the Pyramid cycle as a little like interval training on a treadmill. Most of
us would prefer to alternate 3 minutes running with 3 minutes walking for half an hour
than do 30 minutes solid running. Think of the no-carb day as the sprint, the low-carb day
as the jog, and the high-carb day as the walk in the park. Make sense?
Similar methods are often adopted by body-builders and competitive athletes because it
allows them to get their bodies to the desired weight or appearance by making simple
adjustments to the rotational plan. For simplicity, though, I recommend you stick to the
three-day cycle for at least the first three months, or until your desired weight is
reached. You may then wish to make amendments to the pattern, which we will discuss in
greater detail later on.
And don’t worry: while it may appear complex at first, knowing the protein and carb
contents of different foods will soon become second nature. Once you’ve familiarized
yourself with them, making choices when you’re out and about or on holiday will be much
more straightforward than calorie or points counting. And the crucial thing is, so long as
you stick to your Pyramid parameters, you will never regain the weight you’ve lost. It
really is as easy as that!
‘How much weight can I lose?’ I hear you ask. There is no limit to what you can achieve
through adopting the Pyramid method, but as a guide you can expect to lose 2–4lbs of fat
per week. Note that weight-loss will be fat, not water, as would happen on a purely low-
carb approach. What’s more, the Pyramid is easy to stick to, as it doesn’t deprive you of
foods such as bread and pasta.
Having said that, we all like a bit of a challenge when we embark on something new.
Whether that something is a new job, new relationship or indeed a new diet, we’d become
bored very quickly if things were all plain sailing. So if you’re thinking the Pyramid
sounds like a piece of cake, fear not, it takes commitment and dedication to stick to the