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Rocco DiSpirito credits low-carb 'Pound a Day Diet' for 50-pound weight loss

Chef Rocco DiSpirito credits his 41-pound weight loss to a Mediterranean-style diet.
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Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito has successfully maintained his 50-pound weight loss for over seven years by following a Mediterranean-style diet that cycles calories, he told ABC News.

DiSpirito detailed his weight-loss secrets in his new book, The Pound a Day Diet, which he says can help you lose a pound a day every five days without plateaus.

In phase one, dieters consume six low-carb, protein-rich meals totaling 850 calories on weekdays and 1,200 calories on the weekends.

The following week, you consume more calories, but every week the diet changes, so your body never gets used to it, helping you avoid the inevitable weight-loss plateaus that frustrate so many people.

While the calorie intake sounds restrictive, Rocco claims the unique combination of protein, healthy fats and carbs in his menu plan keeps you from feeling hungry.

The Pound a Day Diet helped the 6-foot-1 DiSpirito slim down from 230 pounds to 180 pounds, curbed his overeating habit, and helped lower his cholesterol.

The weight loss was so encouraging, Rocco began working out and ran his first triathlon several years. He has since competed in over seven triathlons and has easily maintained his weight loss without deprivation.

“I am surrounded by the most delicious food available on the planet every day of my life," said DiSpirito, 47. "And if I can do it, anyone can do it."

Some nutritionists have criticized Rocco's diet for being too low in calories, saying diets that promise rapid weight loss are nothing more than quick fixes, but DiSpirito disagrees. He said his plan works because it delivers fast results, which fuels motivation to stick with the diet.

"The Pound a Day Diet is as high-velocity as a weight-loss program can get," said DiSpirito, who also wrote the bestselling Now Eat This! Diet.

"Only liposuction provides faster results. I believe it is safe because I did the research. I know it works better [than liposuction] because I personally tested it on over three dozen people."