Best Life Diet: Phase 3

This phase of the best life diet is the final stage in achieving your weight loss goals and a happier and healthier you. Devised by renowned nutrition expert and author Bob Greene, this is fast becoming one of the most popular diets in America today. Taking into account proper nutrition and exercise, it can be tailored to meet your own personal weight loss and fitness goals (at your own pace).

Premise

This phase employs a continuation of all that you have achieved this far, and it offers ideas on how to maintain this weight loss long term.  Your overall objective is to maintain what you have already achieved and continue to improve your diet and exercise routine to establish long-term health and fitness.

The Diet: Objective of Phase 3

If you have been following the plan from the beginning, you will have already put in a lot of groundwork by adjusting what you eat and when you eat it, as well as increasing your activity levels to burn calories and increase serotonin production that keeps you feeling great.  

During the previous 8 weeks of Phases 1 and 2, you will have been gradually removing those foods that cause the biggest problems when trying to lose weight. By taking a gradual approach rather than crash-dieting and removing all the foods you like from your diet at once, you have “weened” yourself off of the trans-fats, refined flours and “empty calories” that are the culprits in sodas and alcohol. Your palate has changed, and you should prefer and enjoy eating healthy, fresh foods with less salt and sugar in them.

Roll with this and try to include more foods that are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Vegetables are a great way to go and contain these in abundance, as well as heart-healthy fiber and water.  You can continue to use your “calorie allowance” for those treats you enjoy, but try and make them better quality treats.  A couple of squares of good quality dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, for example, would be a good choice. Or, go for a glass of red wine instead of white wine or beer. Small changes like this retain your feeling of satiety while providing you with health benefits at the same time.

Keep track of your weight, but not obsessively. It is recommended that you weigh yourself once or twice a month, but not every week.

Things to Get Excited Over

Fruit can now be incorporated into the foods that you eat, and you should try to aim for at least 2 pieces of fresh fruit per day.

Even if you began the best life diet as a complete beginner to any form of exercise, you should by this stage have some form of activity in your daily life. Try to take it up another notch during this phase, and you will reap the benefits much faster than before.  

The more weight you lose, the better you feel, the more energy you will have, the more you can exercise, the better you will eat and so on.  Once you get into this cycle, you will find it is self-perpetuating; it becomes a way of life, rather than a “diet” with a beginning, middle and an end.

Things to Consider

If you do not work hard to maintain your weight loss in phase 3, you run the risk of gaining it back. You must continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly, and not fall back into your poor eating habits.

Verdict

Like with the previous two stages, the best life diet is successful in it’s honest approach to weight loss and healthy living. Many people have now testified that their changes in eating habits and activity levels have stayed with them to the present day. If you are determined to improve your lifestyle, health and happiness, a diet like the best life plan is a good place to start.

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