Monday, November 21, 2011

Diet Plans And Menus - The Best Life Diet by Levi Reiss

The Best Life Diet was created by Bob Greene. It became popular thanks to Oprah Winfrey who relied on 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 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 for at least two hours before going to bed. Drink water all day long and take supplements if necessary. In Phase 2 follow those good habits that you 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, 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.

Advantages of the Best Life Diet might 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. Your 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 accompanied by 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 information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Regimes, written by Jenny de Jonquieres and published by Amerik Media. Her book describes over 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. La Bible des Regimes is presently available only in French. For additional information consult the publisher's website