Oprah Winfrey, Best Life Dieter
The Best Life Diet was created by Bob Greene, but became popular thanks to Oprah Winfrey who used it to lose weight. This diet includes three phases, which progressively lead you to change your eating habits and engage in physical exercise. In Phase 1 you eat as you have been doing but take up physical exercise on a regular basis. In Phase 2 you start to change your eating habits and increase the intensity of your exercise sessions. In Phase 3 you maintain your weight thanks to habits acquired in the previous phases.
Here are some of the Best Life Diet principles: In Phase 1 eat three meals a day including a good breakfast and perhaps a snack. Integrate athletic activity into your daily life. Don’t eat within two hours of going to bed. Drink water all day long and take supplements if necessary. In Phase 2 follow the good habits acquired in Phase 1 and increase your physical activities. Be sensitive to hunger signals. Eat reasonable portions. Eliminate the following foods from your diet: carbonated drinks, foods with trans fats as often found in prepared dishes, fried foods, white bread and standard pasta, and whole milk products. Substitute them with whole grain bread and pasta and skim milk products. In Phase 3 continue to follow the principles of the preceding phases. Increase your level of athletic activity and your consumption of whole grain products. Reduce your consummation of sugar, salt, and saturated fats.
Read the book, do the Best Life Diet.
Advantages of the Best Life Diet may include a good lifestyle with balanced diet and the regular practice of one or more sports. One disadvantage is the necessity of becoming a member to obtain information from the diet web site. Another is the excessive strictness in excluding some foods for life.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: A banana and blueberry smoothie. Orange juice and 12 almonds. Lunch: Vegetarian hamburger and an orange. The mid-afternoon snack is a half cup of apple sauce and a slice of whole-grain bread. Supper: A can of chocolate protein drink. A slice of whole-grain bread with a slice of cheddar cheese.
Menu 2 Breakfast: A spinach and cheese omelet and a cup of strawberries. Lunch: Humus sandwich with a half cup of carrots, a half cup of cherry tomatoes, and a half cup of grapes. The mid-afternoon snack is an apple, a slice of whole-grain bread, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. Supper: Asparagus, grilled salmon, and 2 cups of broccoli.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.