The Harcombe Diet is a program that was created by Zoe Harcombe, who designed it in order to provide dieters with an alternative that they can use instead of the calorie counting diets that are the most popular. The concept behind this program is that the traditional weight loss diets are actually the cause behind the obesity epidemic, as they work against the natural functions of the body instead of working along with it to produce the desired results – especially over the long term.
The start of the Harcombe Diet was during Zoe Harcombe’s time as a student at Cambridge University, when she began research for the program as a result of her struggle to stop eating when all she wanted was to be able to lose weight. Over the following 20 years, she continued her research and development of the diet. This allowed her to draw a number of different conclusions. Among them was that the entire theory behind the calorie reduction style was faulty.
The primary focus of this diet is on the types of foods that are being consumed and the combinations in which they are being combined, instead of the actual quantities or how many calories they contain. It encourages dieters to eat as many whole and natural foods instead of eating packaged and processed foods.
There are three different phases that make up the complete Harcombe Diet. The first lasts for five days and is the shortest of the phases. It is also supposed to encourage the fastest weight loss, according to the program’s official website. The record, so far, for that time while following this program was 17 pounds – which does not sound like the type of results that an average dieter can expect.
The second phase is based on three primary regulations which help to encourage further natural weight loss and the maintenance of the lost pounds. The third and final phase is meant to teach dieters how they can “cheat” and still enjoy their favorite foods on occasion without sacrificing their weight loss or maintenance.
The official website for the Harcombe Diet also points out that there are three primary conditions that can inhibit weight loss or that can cause weight gain. They are food intolerances, Candida, and hypoglycemia. The website doesn’t provide many details about these factors, though they are explained more fully in the book, “Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight”. The program also offers a cookbook called “Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight Recipe Book”. There is also a supporting book called “Why Do You Overeat When All You Want is to be Slim?”.