The ABC Diet
What is it?
The ABC diet stands for the Ana Boot Camp (ABC) diet used by people in the Pro Ana community for extreme weight loss.
Does it work?
Yes, the ABC Diet can cause extreme weight loss in a very short period of time. It is not uncommon for a dieter to lose 15-25 lbs when following the diet.
How long is the diet?
The full ABC Diet lasts for 50 days, of which 5 days are fasting days. On the other days, you change the calories allowed to prevent the body from going into starvation mode.
What is starvation mode?
If you continually deprive the body of calories, your body will think it is being “starved” and an ancient survival mechanism kicks in and your metabolism slows way down. In essence, your body is trying to prevent losing its last energy stores. The ABC diet tries to differ the amount of calories you get to keep your body guessing and preventing starvation mode.
What can I eat on the ABC Diet?
The ABC Diet itself does not dictate what foods you can or cannot eat. Instead, it focuses on calories only. In theory, you could consume your entire day’s allotment of calories in chocolate, but this clearly is a non-nutritious way of meeting your goals and certainly not recommended.
How many meals per day can I have on the ABC diet?
There is no set limit on this diet. Instead the focus is on total daily calories. Not only will you feel better during the day if you space your meals into many smaller meals, it is also a healthier approach.
What about nutrition?
Unfortunately the ABC diet does not focus on nutrition and focuses only on calories. While most people find the subject either boring or too complicated, it is highly recommended that you learn about the effect of protein, carbohydrates and fat on the body and the importance each of those play in a diet. Carbs and Fat have gotten a bad rap in mainstream media but they play an essential role, and when Protein and the right Carbs and the right Fat are consumed in moderation they work together to keep you feeling fuller longer and help to maintain a good weight.
Is the ABC Diet dangerous?
No diet that advocates such extreme calorie deprivation can be considered safe. Worse, the ABC diet doesn’t advocate good nutrition. So coupling the calorie restriction with potentially bad nutrition is not a good formula. So while the diet is effect in terms of weight loss, one needs to consider longer term implications.
If you're interested in the ABC diet, you should consider modifying to be less extreme. It is posted here in its original form, but you are strongly encouraged to modify it. Options you can do do include doing it for 1 week only (yes, you will lose weight) - 50 days is too long. Or, Increase the daily calorie intake. You can easily double this calorie intake and still lose weight. You may surprise yourself, you could even lose weight faster.
So what is the ABC Diet plan?
This is the diet schedule:
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What do I do when I finish it?
It is important to resume a normal, healthy diet. The biggest problem (besides the health effects) is that people often gain back the weight they shed. It is important to find the right balance in your lifestyle for you to maintain the weight you desire.
How can I track my progress?
You can track your actual calories consumed using a site or app like myfitnesspal.com. To keep track of your actual ABC Diet, you can use the log sheet attached to this post.
Are there bad side effects?
YES! We don't know who originally came up with this diet and we are putting it here in its original form. However, the diet is extreme and can be dangerous. The calorie deprivation is too extreme, there is no focus on nutrition and as a result, comes with risks. Add to this that a diet such as this can foster or trigger your Eating Disorder. We strongly recommend that you look at less extreme alternatives, learn about healthy eating and moderate diets.
Why should I care about nutrition?
The ABC diet is not nutritious and this is problematic. Sustained malnutrition will lead to fatigue, hair falling out and even organ failure.