So I’ve been doing Ignite for 10 days now, and I can tell you some things about it.

  1. If you do exactly what they say, you’ll lose weight. I have had a little -.2 lbs, -.3lbs, and so forth each day — with one exception which I’ll mention later.  I didn’t think much of it at first,but over a week with daily gradual loss? That’s real.
  2. If you slip up, you gain a little back.
  3. Terms like “luscious” and “delectable” do not apply to meals composed entirely of lean protein and fresh produce. Even a little bit of wholly gluten-free grain doesn’t do much.

For example, try this little thought experiment. Think of a quiche. Flaky pastry, silky filling, the complex flavor of cheese and vegetables with a hint of nutmeg… Delicious, right? Now think of Ignite “quiche”: vegetables mix with an egg and baked in a muffin tin. In no way delicious.

Go ahead, think of all the wonderful foods you can. Now imagine them with no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no alcohol. There go chocolate mousse, ravioli in meat sauce, croissants, sole meuniere, key lime pie, and just about all delicious things except fresh fruit straight from the farmers market.

So there are two possible responses to this. One is to think, “This will only work if I do it exactly as told, forever. I will be giving up pretty much all delectable foods, forever. Forget it.”

The other is to think, “If I do this exactly right, I’ll be healthier. Food is not the most important thing in life. I’ll do it.”

At the moment, I’m trying to decide whether to Reignite, because I cheated and therefore will not get the whole 21 days of complete deprivation if I don’t start over, or whether Reigniting every time I cheat will mean that I will never move on to the Balance stage.