Review: The Game On Diet

The Game On Diet
By Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub. Date: June 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061718892
291pp

The Short of It:

A fun, competitive way to take off a few pounds.

My Thoughts:

When I first agreed to join a Game On Diet team, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Dawn made it sound like so much fun and I had read Book Club Girl’s posts about Game On and I was intrigued with her success on the program. However, when the book came, I was a bit overwhelmed.

You see, there are points to be made and penalties to be had. A good choice could get you points for your team but a BAD choice could cost your team points and who wants to be the one bad egg in a group of Grade AA’s? Not me!!

Here’s the gist of it:

  • You need to eat 5 mini meals a day.
  • You must avoid F.L.A.B.B foods (basically, anything that tastes good)
  • You must get at least 20 minutes of exercise in every day unless it’s your day off.
  • No diet sodas, no artificial sweeteners, no white flour, no alcohol…
  • You must give up a bad habit and replace it with a healthy habit.
  • You must drink 3 liters of water a day (except for day off)

There’s more, but you get the idea. Basically all that was lovely and good in the way of food goes bye-bye and gets replaced with Greek yogurt (and lots of it!), low-fat string cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, veggies, nuts and palm sized portions of protein. Now there are other foods out there that fit the program but because most of the foods I picked had to be easy and quick to grab, I ended up with a lot of dairy in my diet. When I incorporate what I’ve learned into my everyday diet, I plan to balance it out a bit more.

What I’ve Learned:

  • I really can live on 5 small meals and not be hungry.
  • Food played a big a role in my life. I ate out a lot and it was actually a form of entertainment. How sad! I now know to balance it out a bit more. I plan to enjoy the people I am with and not focus on the food so much.
  • I’ve learned that I like exercise. Having a routine has really helped me feel a lot better.
  • That my previous diet was filled with processed foods. Eating whole foods has actually killed all my cravings for the bad stuff.

Now a bit about the book itself. I feel that the book is broken down into logical, very readable sections. However, it is missing an index which I could have really used since I had to refer to the book often while playing the game. I appreciate the humor to a degree, but during week 3, which I felt was the toughest week, I found the humor to be a bit irritating. It could be that the lack of fried foods in my diet sucked my sense of humor dry. That’s always a possibility.

Overall, I found the team concept to be very effective and in the end, I lost a total of 10 lbs. I had a slight gain one week (damn that week 3) which slowed me down but I am happy with losing what I did and I feel as if I can follow this program on a regular basis. Four weeks was just enough time for things to become habit for me.

Here are the teams. They should all be given a huge round of applause:

Team Ding Dong

Ti of Book Chatter and Other Stuff
Jill of Rhapsody in Books
Julie of Booking Mama
Amy of My Friend Amy
Jill of Fizzy Thoughts

Team Twinkie
Denise of M. Denise C.
Jenners of Find Your Next Book Here

Team Ho-Hos
Kathy also has other team mates, but they aren’t bloggers, so I have no links. Oh, except for a last minute addition…Vasilly! ( I stole all of this from Jill/Fizzy).

Thanks to Book Club Girl for providing us with copies of the book and for being our Game On mentor. Thanks to Dawn too for getting the teams together and for handling all the logistics.

As of this writing, I do not know which team came out ahead but in the big scheme of things, I’m not sure it really matters. Ten lbs down and three inches lost overall is pretty darn good. I am continuing with the plan, just not the “team” part of it. I want to see how well I can do on my own.
If you have been curious about the plan, check it out online, then get the book, form a team and dive in!
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16 thoughts on “Review: The Game On Diet”

  1. Great summary! And congrats on you great loss — pounds and inches.

    I too hope to keep to the spirit of the diet but not the strictness.

  2. Thanks for the summary Ti…and congrats on your weight loss! This sounds like it might be kind of fun for me and my daughter to do. We've been talking about trying some kind of weight loss plan to do together.

  3. Ten pounds and 3 inches is just amazing! I think you outdid most team members in that aspect! You should be really proud of your accomplishment!

  4. Congrats and great review. I think this is a great "way of life." I hope to do something about it soon. It was fun to watch all you ladies do the work. Better you than me… ha ha. keep up the good work.

  5. Congratulations on your success! It does seem like everyone enjoyed the team/competition aspect of the diet.

  6. That is an EXCELLENT achievement! And the whole idea of doing it as a game sounds great. This would be really fun in a big office where a bunch of people are trying to lose weight – imagine the competition that would result! ~LOL~

  7. Congratulations Ti, you did so great! As I tweeted earlier, I'm starting my second game today — we have 7 teams competing at work. And even though I was "game off" for the last three weeks, and terrified to step on the scale this morning, because I was still basically following the meal plan, I had lost another 2 pounds! So I'm 12 lbs down in total from the start of my first game. And it's true, once you stop eating so much processed food, it really tastes disgusting to you. BRAVO!

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