Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan

Total 10 Rapid Weight-loss Plan! Sounds like the plan for me! Let me check it out…..

It’s not a dangerous weight loss plan and I really might lose 10 pounds rapidly, but that shouldn’t be my only consideration before starting any weight loss plan.

The really important consideration is, “why do I want to lose weight,” and “am I simply looking to lose a little weight for a special event, or do I want to lose weight to improve my health, appearance and confidence?”

If it’s a high school reunion or a cruise, yeah, Total 10 is cool, if it’s a matter of wanting to lose weight and keep it off Total 10 May not be so cool, but I’ll reserve judgment until I know more.

Total 10 requires followers to drink daily what sounds like a nasty concoction to “detoxify” the body. I happen to think my body has a complex detoxification system that works quite well. If it wasn’t working I’d surely be dead! That detoxification drink will become something I’ll come to crave (so says the creator of this plan, I’m assuming.)

Here are the detox broth ingredients:

Detox Vegetable Broth

  • 4 large onions
  • 8 celery stalks
  • 2 cups cabbage
  • 8 cloves whole garlic
  • Dried ginger
  • 4 cups of winter squash (for sweetness)
  • 4 cups of root vegetables – pick one: turnips, parsnips or rutabaga
  • 8 cups chopped greens –pick one: kale, parsley, beet greens, collard greens, chard or dandelion
  • Sea salt, to taste (I’d need A LOT of salt to make this mess tasty)
  • 1 gallon of water

 

I like all of these things. I don’t want to drink them all rendered down together until they become a “broth.”

This broth is Red Flag #1. This is the first sign that I cannot see myself living this plan for any length of time. The cardinal rule for sustaining a lower weight is “losing weight in a sustainable manner.”  That means to maintain a loss, one must continue to do what one did to lose the weight! Drinking the vegetable broth isn’t likely to be a continuous kind of thing for me.

Then there is an extensive list of foods that have to be eliminated.

Bye-bye most dairy, refined sugar, wheat, alcohol, processed foods and artificial sweeteners.

We’re told that these foods are eliminated in an effort to permanently change the way your body responds to foods and eliminate the cravings that come with the typical diet.

Red Flag #2. I don’t use artificial sweeteners so I wouldn’t miss them. I do eat moderate amounts of processed foods and refined sugar. I would miss them very much. I also like wheat! I would miss that too. Take a minute to consider all of the foods made with wheat. I’d be giving up bread, crackers, cookies, PIZZA, pasta, and cake, to name a few.  I mostly eat foods made with whole wheats, but not exclusively. I don’t think whole wheat belongs in cakes or pasta, for example.

As for the premise that drinking a detox broth and eliminating a bunch of foods from my diet will eliminate cravings is ludicrous. I’m going to want my sugary treats and “”wheaty faves” more than ever. Making them forbidden turns them into larger-than-life needs.

Now, here’s where Total 10 really says MAJOR FAIL as far as I’m concerned.

The Maintenance Plan. Unlike most maintenance plans that are for maintaining the loss, the Total 10 maintenance plan is how the starter phase of the plan gets transformed into a plan to be followed as long as it takes to get to goal.

Week-by-week followers are directed to take back some of the foods groups such as low-fat dairy and whole wheat.  It also recommends a weekly splurge. I don’t think the splurge would enable me to eat them forbidden foods. It’s a splurge within the food plan guidelines.

What kind of a splurge is that?

I live in the 21st century. I’ll drink some alcohol from time to time. I don’t build my food plan on processed foods but I eat them sometimes and certainly depend on the convenience in a pinch. This is no flexible, livable way to manage weight. The health claims are sketchy. The only claim that is supported by science is “losing weight is good for health,” but there are better ways to lose weight than Total 10.

Your results may vary. If you’re loving Total 10, I’m glad you found your solution to losing weight and feeling great, as for me…..

I’m out of here. Total 10 sounds like Total Crap to me!

 

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.