The best life diet is an eating plan that is based around good old common sense rather than fads or stuffing yourself with one particular food group. It advocates a way of life rather than a strict diet that should be adhered to at all times, and offers you plenty of choice in what you would like to eat without skimping on portions.
The best life diet itself is broken down into 3 phases. The first two are recommended to last around 4 weeks each, with the final phase lasting for the rest of your life. Phase 1 and 2 set the foundations for changing how we look at our diets and lifestyles as a whole. The idea is that these changes instill in us a permanent, healthier and way to live. In this article, we will look first of all at phase 1 of the program.
No matter what your level of fitness, there will be a jumping off point for everybody in the best life diet. This is where you take stock of yourself, what you eat, when you eat it and how active you are in your life. There is an initial weigh-in at this stage that will be your starting point in the program. Although after this, you should not weigh yourself again until the end of the phase in about 4 weeks time. The main objective of this phase is to become more active than you currently are, whatever your level.
You should begin to establish proper eating plans that incorporate 3 meals per day as well as 1 snack. Breakfast is very important, as it kick-starts your metabolism and will help to stave off hunger pangs.
As well as food, it is important to increase your water intake at this stage as well. The plan suggests that you drink a glass of water with every meal, and also take a multivitamin supplement if you wish.
Foods To Avoid
As well as changing when you eat, there are also some foods that you should try and cut out of your diet during this all-important first phase.
- Soft Drinks:These contain loads of calories that the body has no real use for, so they can quickly turn to fat.
- Fried Food: The very act of frying food in oil means the food is absorbing the fat and the calories that go along with it.
- Refined Flour: It can mess around with glucose levels and that in turn can lead to cravings for sweet treats as well as mood swings.
- Alcohol: Alcohol contains calories that are similar to those ‘empty calories’ found in soft drinks.
- Full-Fat Dairy Products: Simply by swapping your regular full-fat milk, yogurts and cheeses for many of the low-fat or fat-free versions, you will be making drastic cuts in your fat intake without having to sacrifice the products completely.
At the end of the 4-week phase 1, weigh yourself once more and record the results. If you have lost 4 pounds or more then consider sticking with this phase for another couple of weeks. But if you have not lost a lot of weight then this is a good indication that you are ready for the next phase of the best life diet – Phase 2.