The Dolce Diet is fairly new. It has been featured on FOX Sports. It is used many MMA fighters and now has cross over to regular people in the fitness industry. Keep in mind, that many people that are regular dieters are always going to try the latest fad. I am not opposed to diets per se – I would just rather see people build life long eating habits that secure their health and ability to be active.
My intern at POW, Piotr is very academic – that is why is was accepted into the internship offered at UIC. He gets As almost always and he loves any type of quantitative analysis, so evaluating a new diet was a perfect assignment for him. He is brilliant at calculating food diaries quickly. SO when he said he wanted to review the Dole Diet, I thought it was a great way to use his strengthens.
Dolce Diet Reviewed by UIC Senior Piotr Lewkowski from UIC- Kinesology Department
Mike Dolce, the creator of the diet, is formerly a power lifter turned mixed martial artist. This diet makes the claim of “shredded in 3 weeks.” Basically this is a recap of what Mike did 3 weeks up until his fight. Three weeks out he was at 198 pounds and cut down to 170 pounds. Then one day after weigh in, he was fighting at 198 pounds. However, he makes the claim that he went down from 213 pounds. Perhaps “3 weeks to shredded” is misleading.
Before I go any further, in the Dolce Diet handbook it states, “this material is for informational purposes only and not intended to prescribe, treat or diagnose any medical condition.” This is by no means a lifestyle guide on how to eat healthy but rather a recount of a gifted athlete that wanted to make weight for a fight.
I can easily sum up this diet in one short sentence: it’s largely useless. Unless you are a fighter trying to make weight, little else can be taken from this diet. As previously mentioned, this diet is “for informational purposes only.” The vast majority of the weight loss is through water loss via sodium intake manipulation and sweat, glycogen depletion, and food restriction to eliminate as much food moving through the digestive system.
Also, there is very little to no scientific evidence backing up any of the claims made in this book. It’s also filled with health misconceptions, such as drinking lots of water will help you lose weight and eating frequently will raise your metabolism. However, there are some principles employed by Mike that do make sense. He stresses the importance of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and an occasional cheat meal to maintain sanity while dieting.
For the average fitness enthusiast, you can cherry-pick this diet to the point where you can be imitating it entirely (for smaller individuals) or using it as inspiration to conjure up your own healthy meals that works with your lifestyle and takes into consideration your nutritional needs.