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Long-term, sustainable weight loss is best approached gradually: starvation diets may yield fast results, but without continued lifestyle changes, there is simply no way the weight will stay off. A responsible weight loss plan incorporates both healthy and balanced eating and ongoing physical activity. There are, however, occasions when you may want to turn to a crash diet — to fit into that suit or dress for that special event, and look your best! One such diet that promises quick results is the James Zeta diet, also referred to as "18in4" because it tells you that you can lose 18 pounds in four days. 

Does this diet work? We'll get there in a bit — perhaps that's not the most important question you need to be asking yourself, after all. 

What Is The 18 Pounds In 4 Days Diet?

In order to lose a lot of weight really fast, you need to practice severe calorie restriction. That is what this diet is all about. On this four-day diet, which you can download off the internet for a fee, you will eat next to nothing. Some eggs, a tiny amount of meat, veggies, and fruit — that's all, folks!

Will This Diet Work?

Sticking to such a detailed and rigorous diet will take an immense amount of willpower. You may experience it as being very tough indeed, even though it is only for four days. However, let's be clear that common sense dictates that eating very little will indeed cause weight loss rather quickly. You may not lose the between 17 and 19 pounds James Zeta says you will, but if you stick it out, you will sure be lighter when you are done with this diet. 

If a vague notion of "I will lose some weight" isn't enough and you actually do want to lose 18 pounds, know that plenty of users — whom James Zeta of course accuses of not having followed the diet strictly enough — report that they did not obtain the promised results

Will this diet start you off on your road to maintaining your perfect weight? Probably not, even though the ebook does include detailed instructions on how to stick to your new weight after the four days are over. 

Note: No exercise is included in the four-day diet. When you're that calorie-restricted, exercising may well make you faint, so that is probably just as well. 

Why Not Do The James Zeta Diet?

In short, you may not lose 18 pounds in four days, but if you do, that's just not healthy and not likely to be maintained in the longer term either. If you do manage to lose 18 pounds in four days, know that it comes at the cost of a slowed metabolism that is likely to make you yo-yo like crazy afterwards, and that this is simply not a healthy amount of weight to lose in that short a time. This diet is really only for people who want to fit into their already made wedding dress, or something similar.

It has also come to my attention that, though James Zeta offers a money-back guarantee for those who didn't achieve the promised results, that refund is very hard to come by in practice: you will just be told that you did not follow the diet, even if you did, and you will have no way to prove him wrong. 

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