(Editor’s note: Staff writer Mary MacVean tried out trainer Jackie Warner’s diet and exercise plan from her recent book “10 Pounds in 10 Days.” Here’s her experience.)
There are always new diet books out there. You’ve got to wonder: If we could make them work, would the publishing industry have to tighten its own belt a few notches? Failure is a staple of the diet industry. Still, when I saw Jackie Warner’s latest book, “10 Pounds in 10 Days,” I thought, “OK, why not?”
As all chronic dieters could guess, in the back of my mind was the wild hope: What if it works?
I was completely confident about getting through the first step – reading the book. Warner, a bestselling author and celebrity trainer in L.A., seems like a nice enough person, even if she has a criminally wonderful body that can’t ever have had the sort of on-again, off-again affair with Swiss Vanilla Almond (heavenly ice cream, if you are lucky enough not to know) that marks my life.
Her book is full of encouraging words about your inner fire and making your body the best it can be. She leaves nothing to chance. Nothing. She tells you exactly which 948 calories to eat and exactly how to exercise.
Yeah, sorry. These 10 days include exercise. And this: “You will lose up to 10 pounds in the first 10 days if you follow the 10x10 Program exactly as written.” Got that key word? Exactly.