From trendy cleanses to no-carb meals, there are thousands of diets on the market that claim to be the perfect weight loss solution, however, a new reality series is putting five experts and their vastly different diet plans to the test.
On this season of the new ABC weight loss reality show My Diet Is Better Than Yours, five overweight men and women have teamed up with the diet expert of their choice, trying everything from doing squats in the grocery store to adding butter to their coffee in the hopes of losing the highest percentage of weight at the end of the series.
‘This show isn’t just about losing weight. This show is about living a healthy lifestyle forever,’ the show’s host Shaun T, creator of the ‘Insanity’ workout, explained on last night’s series premiere.
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Fit pair: Shaun T, the creator of the Insanity workout, is the host of ABC’s new weight loss competition series My Diet Is Better Than Yours. He is pictured with his co-star and celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser
Social experiment: The reality series sees overweight contestant pair up with diet experts to see what trendy plans really work
However, if the contestants get fed up with their diets – or their lack of results – they can fire their expert and hop on a new plan.
At the end of the series, whoever has lost the highest percentage of weight – and is able to complete a half marathon – will win $50,000, while viewers are expected to learn which diet plans yield undeniable results.
The Wild Diet
Kurt, a 47-year-old salesman teamed up with The Wild Diet author Abel James in the hopes of shedding significant weight from his 352lb frame by eating meats, cheeses, butter and rich chocolate.
Kurt explained that he started gaining weight nine years ago after he survived a really bad car accident. After the wreck, Kurt put on 100lbs in one year.
‘Getting healthy is my number one goal because if I’m not healthy than I can’t help my wife be healthy. I can’t teach my granddaughters to cook in a healthy way,’ he told the cameras.
When Abel arrived to his home, he explained that his diet plan is all about healthy fats. He even had Kurt try putting butter in his coffee.
‘You go from being a sugar burner like you are now to a fat burner,’ Abel told him. ‘In order to lose fat, you need to eat fat.’
Getting in shape: As part of the competition, the contestants have to compete in fitness challenges that will help them prepare for the half marathon that they are required to run at the end of the series
Abel showed his client some food samples, including hard boiled eggs covered in bone broth fat and buffalo chicken with bacon.
Kurt was also advised too much on a piece of dark chocolate made with 70 per cent or more cocoa whenever a sugar craving strikes.
‘I love his plan. It is real food,’ Kurt said. ‘It is real life, and I think it is going to really work.’
Abel, who noted that Kurt is the oldest person in the competition, went on to show him about to make bone broth, which will ‘heal his body from the inside out’.
During their first week of workouts, Abel dressed as a slice of bacon to make Kurt feel more comfortable running outside.
Abel’s plan involves short. high-intensity workouts, and he explained: ‘You don’t have to be on the treadmill for two hours.’
Meanwhile, Kurt is thrilled that he gets to eat bacon and burgers.
The Wild Diet: Kurt (right), a 47-year-old salesman teamed up with Abel James (left) in the hopes of shedding significant weight from his 352lb frame by eating meats, cheeses, butter and rich chocolate
Makes sense: The fitness guru explained that in order to burn fat, you need to eat fat
The Superfood Swap Diet
Jasmine, 37, decided to follow Dawn Jackson Blatner’s Superfood Swap Diet, which requires followers to create healthier versions of their favorite foods.
The mother, who stays at home to home school her daughter Callie, noted that she is ‘devastated’ by the fact that she weighs 200lbs.
‘I didn’t become this overweight until after I had my child,’ she explained, noting that doctors have told her that she now has pre-diabetes and high cholesterol.
During her first visit with Dawn, Jasmine was asked to draw a picture of herself and write down all of the negative things she thinks about her body.
Dawn was floored by Jasmine’s barrage of insults and reminded her that she needs to treat herself the same way she would her best friend.
To help her get use to making healthier meals, Dawn had Jasmine make macaroni and cheese for her family using whole grain noodles, a sprinkle of cheese, and cauliflower.
While Jasmine was nervous about her daughter’s reaction, Callie thought it was great – until she learned it was made with a vegetable.
‘I can’t believe I ate that now,’ she said in disgust.
Jasmine noted at the start of the Superfood Swap, she learned portion control. She was also ecstatic that she was allowed to have her favorite food, cake, as long as she ordered a slice while dining out.
The Superfood Swap Diet: Jasmine (left), 37, decided to work with Dawn Jackson Blatner (right) during her fitness journey
Sounds great! Dawn’s Superfood Swap requires followers to create healthier versions of their favorite foods
The cLEAN Momma Plan
Latasha, a 35-year-old local news reporter, has a one-year-old son, so she ended up choosing to work with Carolyn Barnes of cLEAN Momma.
‘Being on TV every day and watching my weight go up and down is very hard to deal with,’ Latasha told the camera. She and her husband have been married for 10 years, and together they have one child.
Carolyn, who is all about multi-tasking or as she calls it ‘taskercising’, explained to Latasha that ‘you drop the weight off when you maximize your time.
She then went on to show her client how to do push-ups on the stairs every time her toddler crawls up them.
However, Latasha became resistant when Carolyn told her to leave hard boiled eggs in a bowl in the refrigerator, so they will be easy to grab. The mother-of-one argued that she would rather used a plastic bag because her refrigerator gets crowded.
Latasha’s lack of enthusiasm irked Carolyn, who soon asked: ‘Do you feel you can do this?’
The cLEAN Momma: Latasha, 35, chose to team up with fellow mother Carolyn Barnes. The local news reporter weighed 243lbs when she started the show
‘Taskercising’: Carolyn’s philosophy is that people can get fit by incorporating workouts into their daily routine by doing push-ups on the stairs and squats in the grocery store
The Wellness Smackdown
Taj, a 37-year-old educator and meat-eater, opted to go outside her comfort zone and team up with Jovanka Ciares, whose Wellness Smackdown is a holistic, anti-inflammatory vegan diet.
‘I don’t like my current weight,’ Taj said of being 214lbs. ‘It makes me feel bad about myself.
Taj explained that she really started to put on weight after she finished her undergraduate degree and started pursuing her master’s, noting that concerns about her health took a back seat to her education.
However, it became clear that Taj’s wife Tia would not be joining her on her vegan adventure. When she revealed that her diet doesn’t involve meat, Tia responded: ‘It doesn’t involve me either.’
During Jovanka’s first visit to Taj’s home, she explained that she would like her client to start with a cleanse featuring juices and shakes.
However, Taj admitted she was daunted by the idea.
‘I can do some obscene things to a burger,’ she said.
At the grocery store, Jovanka realized she was in over her head when Taj claimed she had never seen an avocado before.
After Jovanka reminded her that she said she loves Mexican food, it dawned on Taj that the ‘green stuff’ is made from avocado.
Taj, who was ordered to do a liquid cleanse for one week, was excited by the challenge.
‘Aside from chewing, I am not missing anything with the smoothies,’ Taj noted. ‘They taste great.’
Jovanka also had Taj ‘shake’ the toxins out of her body by having her jump on a trampoline.
The Wellness Smackdown: Taj, a 37-year-old educator and meat-eater, opted to go outside her comfort zone and team up with Jovanka Ciares, who touts a vegan diet, to lose weight from her 214lb frame
Fresh foods: Jovanka’s plant-based meal plan contains a lot of juices and smoothies, while eliminating meats and dairy
The No-Diet Plan
The show’s heaviest contestant, Jeff, chose the No-Diet Plan created by trainer of the stars Jay Cardiello in the hopes of losing weight from his 359lb frame.
Jay’s plan focuses less on food and more on breaking unhealthy patterns. Jeff, 35, is a radio producer and project manager who works between 85 and 105 hours per week.
The father-of-two admitted that he worries he ‘won’t make it to 40’ because of his health issues.
When Jay came to Jeff’s house, the first thing he tackled was his unmade bed and his lack of sleep.
‘If you don’t sleep you aren’t going to wake up and want an arugula salad,’ Jay noted. ‘You are going to want donuts.
In order to scare Jeff straight, Jay had him write his obituary as if his daughter Katie would read it over his grave.
Jay explained that the exercise was meant to remind Jeff how important his life is to his loved ones. Jeff started to cry when Jay ordered him to say the words he had written.
The trainer also took Jeff shopping for blue plates, because the color is said to suppress your appetite.
‘Blue plates? He is crazy as hell,’ Jeff said.
The No-Diet Plan: Jeff (left), who is 35 and weighed 359lbs at the start of the show, teamed up with celebrity trainer Jay Cardiello (right)
Fixing everything: Jay explains that his plan requires his devotes to fix all of their unhealthy patterns in order to lose weight
Week One Weigh-In
For their first weigh-in, the contestants and their advisers joined Shaun T at the end of the first week on their plans.
Latasha was up first, but before she stepped on the scale Shaun revealed that after a week of being on the cLean Momma Plan her blood pressure had dropped 18 points.
It was soon revealed that she lost 6lbs, or 2.47 per cent of her body weight, clocking in at 237lbs. However, Latasha revealed that she wasn’t thrilled with her weight loss because she had wanted to drop 10lbs or more.
Carolyn assured her that it was OK that she wasn’t ‘fast out of the gate’ with her weight loss because they ‘haven’t really started’ yet. Despite her disappointment, Latasha didn’t make a move to switch diets.
Taj was next up, and she was quick to note that she didn’t cheat once during the week. Shaun revealed that she already lost 3.5 inches around her waist line.
When she got on the scale she was also down 6lbs, or 2.82 per cent of her body weight.
‘I am really pleased with myself,’ she added.
Meanwhile, Jasmine started to panic about the slice of cake she had as part of Dawn’s Superfood Swap, but she too lost weight.
Who would have thought? During his first week working with Jeff, Jay had him start eating off of blue plates because the color is thought to suppress hunger
Big money: Whoever loses the highest percentage of body fat at the end of the competition will win $50,000. The contestants can be seen competing in their first milestone competition during week two of the series
Jasmine learned she can have her cake and eat it too after the scale revealed that she down 9lbs and lost 4.5 per cent of her body fat.
‘I ate cake and lost nine pounds!’ she exclaimed.
Before Jeff could hop on the scale, Shaun revealed to him that his blood sugar was in the diabetic range, something he wasn’t aware of before.
Jeff admitted that his grandmother died of diabetes, so the news was a wakeup call. Meanwhile, his trainer Jay noted that it is an issue that he only gets two to three hours of sleep a night.
However, Jeff was already on the right track. In one week, he had lost 10lbs, or 2.79 per cent of his body fat.
Kurt was up next, and he couldn’t stop gushing about all the burgers he ate as part of Abel’s wild diet.
And not only did Kurt’s blood pressure drop significantly, he dropped a whopping 16lbs. After shedding 4.55 per cent of his body weight, he was named the winner of the week.
At the end of the episode, the contestants were given the option to change plans – starting with Kurt, the winner.
However, they are only allowed to switch once during the competition, and all of them decided to stick with their advisers.
Week Two Weign-In
On the second episode of the show, which followed Thursday’s premiere, the contestants were joined by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, who is the creator of the AKT InMotion workout.
Anna revealed that she will be preparing milestone fitness challenges for them each week to make sure they are properly preparing for the half marathon that everyone has to run.
But there is a catch: The trainers are also risking their reputations as the contestants each have one opportunity to switch diet plans if they are unhappy with their results
Fitness aspect: Because the show is also about living a healthy lifestyle, the contestants need to be able to run a half marathon in order to qualify for the final weigh-in
For the ‘sugar’ milestone this week, they each had to run buckets filled with a total of 300lbs of high fructose corn syrup 30 yards across a field and dump them out in a toxic waste bin before they shoveled 150lbs of refined sugar to the bins.
Finally, they had to put 200 liters of soda in a wheelbarrow and push them to the waste bins and dump them.
Jasmine gave it her all during the challenge, but was taken out of the competition after she tripped over her wheelbarrow and cut her leg. Kurt ended up winning the challenge after he took the lead from Jeff.
‘I feel like sh*t,’ Jeff noted. ‘I absolutely hate losing. I had it, and I didn’t close.’
Kurt also burned 404 calories during the exercise, more than anyone else in the competition.
And while everyone remained positive during the first week, they start to question their programs 14 days in.
Jeff came home to learn that Jay was pitching a tent in his yard because he planned on watching him all day long to uncover his his unhealthy habits.
Winning team: Abel can be seen hugging Kurt after he won the first competition of the series
Hug it out: While Kurt celebrated, Jeff was upset that he had lost after being in the lead for most of the contest
‘This dude is just out of his freaking mind,’ Jeff said. But after losing 10lbs in one week, he didn’t want to argue with him.
When Jay had him change his comforter to a fuchsia one because it is a ‘comforting’ color, Jeff said he think his ideas are ‘corny and stupid’. However, he noted he won’t argue with results.
Meanwhile, Carolyn continued showing Latasha more at home ‘taskercises’, and while she said she enjoyed them, she still wasn’t sold on her plan.
‘At the end of the day I just want to lose weight,’ Latasha said.
Carolyn also met Latasha’s mother and husband. After her mom admitted that she used to give Latasha pizza when she asked for it, Carolyn accused her of enabling her daughter.
Latasha noted that it was no one’s fault, but her own, and Carolyn’s words clearly struck a nerve.
After a week-long liquid cleanse, Taj was able to enjoy solid foods again. Her first meal was rice pasta with a vegan alfredo sauce. However, when Jovanka offered her a vegan cookie because she earned it, Taj broke down in tears. She said she was working too hard to have the sugar-filled treat
‘There is no reason to be afraid of the cookie,’ Jovanka explained, reminding her that she needs to learn to eat treats in moderation.
Almost there: ‘I absolutely hate losing. I had it, and I didn’t close,’ Jeff noted after losing the fitness competition
Hug it out: At the end of two episodes, Jovanka (far right) was left without a client after Taj decided to quit her plan because her weight loss had stalled
When Dawn visited Jasmine, she taught her that she could have fun with her daughter without eating sweet treats.
Meanwhile, Abel taught Kurt how to make fresh coffee, which is filled with antioxidants.
At their second weigh-in, it was revealed that Jasmine dropped 28 points from her cholesterol. However, partially because she wasn’t able to work out due to her injury, she only lost 3lbs or 1.87 per cent of her body weight.
And while Jeff was worried about his blood sugar, he learned in one week it dropped more than 30 points. When he got on the scale, he saw that he lost another 7lbs or 2.01 per cent of his weight.
Kurt, who was last week’s winner, lost 5lbs. And while it wasn’t has high as he liked to be, he noted that it was ‘better than gaining’. In two weeks on the Wild Diet, he shed 21lbs.
Before Latasha hopped on the scale, Shaun told her that she had gained an inch around her waist since starting Carolyn’s cLean Momma plan.
‘I don’t know how you gain an inch when you are working out and eating healthy,’ Latasha noted. However, the scale said she lost another 3lbs.
When it was Taj’s turn she told Shaun about how Jovanka offered her a cookie, which she saw as a form of sabotage. But Jovanka noted that she needed to learn how to have a healthy relationship with all foods.
And even though she didn’t have the cookie, it was revealed that Taj didn’t lose any weight at all. At the end of the week, Jeff was named the winner of the weigh-in.
At the end of the episode, Taj decided veganism wasn’t for her, and she let Jovanka go.
‘I’m not trying to make a BFF. I am trying to reach my goals,’ she said of her decision.