How The Plan Works
On the Best Life Diet, there is no calorie counting,
points or complicated system of keeping track of foods. You do focus on
making wise food choices and monitoring your portion sizes. Basically,
Greene wants you to eliminate unhealthy items such as: fried foods, foods
containing trans fats, white bread, soft drinks, regular pasta and high-fat
dairy. These foods are replaced with: whole grains, fruits, vegetables,
and low-fat dairy.
Many diet programs start with a very strict first phase
with a long list of prohibited foods. Bob Greene really advocates a
non-dieting approach. He takes a different approach by starting with a more
liberal first phase:
Phase One, a maximum of four weeks, focuses on
slowly increasing activity levels and changing old eating habits.
Recommendations include not eating 2 hours before bed, eating three meals
and one snack per day, eliminating alcohol (temporarily), staying hydrated,
and taking a daily multivitamin/mineral, omega-3 fatty acid, and calcium, if
Phase Two, a minimum of four weeks, promotes a
more aggressive approach to losing weight through healthier eating and
more physical activity. This phase builds upon the changes made in Phase
One, with an emphasis on controlling your physical and emotional hunger,
removing problem foods from your diet, weekly weigh-ins, and portion
Phase Three is maintenance, for the long term. It
focuses on eliminating more unhealthy foods and adding more wholesome foods,
and introduces "anything goes" calories. These calories are similar to the
"discretionary calories" found in the U.S. government's 2005 Dietary
Guidelines, which allow you to enjoy your favorite treats in small portions.
Greene gives you the OK for more "anything goes" calories when you are most
To its credit, this plan also tackles issues that lead to
overeating, such as hunger and emotional eating. Using his "hunger tool"
helps dieters stop overeating by learning how to measure real hunger. He
tackles emotional eating head on by asking dieters to answer some tough
questions before beginning--Why are you overweight?, Why do you want to lose
weight?, and Why have you been unable to lose weight in the past?
The Best Life Diet is based on the U.S. government's 2005
U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
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