The Instinct Diet reviewThe Instinct Diet, also known as The I Diet, was created by Susan Roberts, PhD. Roberts is a professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University. Her diet shows people who are interested in losing weight how to control their food instincts to help them find weight loss success. According to the official website for this diet plan, the Instinct Diet can help dieters “lose an average of 30 pounds over 5 – 6 months, feel satisfied and live craving free.”

The primary purpose of the Instinct Diet is to help dieters discover how their brain reacts to eating and how their brain is affected by different foods. Once they learn and understand the connection between their brain and the food they eat, they will then be able to utilize this information and lose weight.

In the book “The Instinct Diet”, written by Roberts and Betty Kelly Sargent, there are five important food “instincts” which are discussed and explained. These include: Hunger, Availability, Calorie Density, Familiarity and Variety. According to the science behind the diet, these instincts are what assist people in controlling the brain’s three “feeding centers” – Satiety, Reward and Pleasure.

This diet program is split up into different phases. The first phase lasts for two weeks and during this time dieters are not to eat any refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, white rice, sugary beverages and alcoholic drinks. During later phases, a few of these refined carbs can be added to the diet as treats and are known as “free choices”. For instance, a single glass of alcohol a day is permitted.

Other than eliminating and limiting refined carbs, in terms of food choices, the Instinct Diet is relatively flexible. The diet focuses on protein, fiber, and specific carbohydrates. The book contains recipes and meal ideas. Due to the food flexibility of this diet, it can be followed by vegetarians and vegans.

As for exercising, no specific fitness regimen is recommended, but Roberts suggests exercising because it is good for health.

While it is possible for a person to lose weight following the Instinct Diet, especially since the average weight loss results are 30 pounds in 6 months, which works out to about 5 pounds per month (or one pound per week), some dieters may find this diet difficult, especially during the initial two-week stage. It is a good idea to speak with your healthcare provider before making any significant changes to your diet.