THE BODY FOR LIFE DIET
The body for life diet is a high protein low-fat diet that not only helps you lose weight but will also result in getting more toned and in better shape. The diet consists of a 12-week programme called a challenge. The challenge is not only a diet but also a demanding exercise programme.
Weight-loss: Combining the recommended food portions along with the exercise programme results in rapid weight-loss.
No calorie counting: The diet recommends having five to six smaller meals a day. These should consist of a portion (the size of the palm of your hand) of lean protein and a portion of unrefined, wholegrain carbohydrates. The amount of daily fat recommended is only one tablespoon and it must be monosaturated fat. It is suggested that those following the diet estimate the portion sizes rather than measuring amounts exactly.
Many resources: There are many books by Bill Phillips who developed the diet. There are also many resources online as well as motivational videos and material. Many different meal plans are also available online and in the books.
Cheat days: The diet should be followed for six days and every seventh day is a cheat day where you can eat whatever you like. This is especially useful if you are eating out. However, if you go on a food binge you may undo a lot of the good work done in the last six days. On your cheat day you just don’t have to stick to certain foods or portion sizes.
In better shape: Exercise is a big part of this diet but will result in you being more toned and in better shape. What Bill Phillips recommends is alternate each day with forty-five minutes of weight training exercises one day and 20 minutes aerobic exercises on the other days. Every seventh day should be a rest, your cheat day. There are many resources where the exercises are explained in more detail.
Cost: The exercises are intense and it is recommended that they are best done in a gym with the correct equipment and where there are fitness professionals to assist you. Of course, this is an added expense.
It’s not for everybody: Before anyone begins the body for life diet they should speak to their doctor. It is very rigorous, especially the exercises, and your doctor may not recommend it for you. The high protein content is also not suitable for everyone.
It is more difficult for vegetarians: The diet does consist of a lot of protein which vegetarians may find difficult to meet each day. Recommended sources of protein for vegetarians are tempeh, soy, textured vegetable protein and seitan. It is not impossible for vegetarians to follow this diet but it will be more difficult.
Supplements: Bill Phillips does recommend that those following the diet should also take a lot of supplements but nutritionists feel that this is unnecessary.
The body for life diet is a high protein low-fat diet that is more concerned with portions than calorie counting. It is easy to follow as far as the food portions are concerned. The exercises are harder to stick to if you are not used to exercising regularly. The meals combined with the exercises however, will result in weight loss, a toned body and you will be in better shape. The diet is not that restrictive about what you can eat and there is a cheat day every seven days. It is a 12 week programme but to maintain a healthy weight it is recommended that you continue to follow it after the twelve weeks. The body for life diet isn’t for everyone but those who follow it do enjoy great results.