In the recipe-focused book, “Eating for Life,” a follow up to Bill Phillips’ #1 New York Time bestseller “Body for Life,” he lays out a comprehensive eating plan that focuses on food being a source of pleasure and positive energy.
The Premise: By stressing the need to eat small meals 6 times a day, Philips promotes a lifestyle change to eating, rather than traditional restricted food dieting. The books stresses that weight loss goals can be achieved through sensible eating, not just dieting. It seeks to show its readers that food is a friend, not an enemy, when used appropriately. The book does not promise instant results, but instead gives a straightforward plan that if followed, can make users rethink how they eat. It encourages them to change their eating habits, and follow a plan they can use throughout their life for healthier living.
The Plan: Phillips’ eating plan includes consuming about 40% to 50% protein, 40% to 50% carbohydrates, and small amounts of fat. It is not a diet program, but rather an eating plan that lets you enjoy foods without preventing weight loss. “Eating for Life” stresses portion control, choosing better foods to obtain your goals, and eating small meals at the right times, about 2-3 hours apart throughout the day.
The first section of the book deals with obstacles to achieving weight loss in America, such as fast food access and restriction-based traditional dieting methods. It gets readers ready to begin implementing the “Eating for Life” nutrition plans that follow.
The second section incorporates photos and cooking instructions for 150 recipes. Combining snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts, the book is comprehensive in covering all you need to get started on a healthy eating lifestyle.
The third and final section of the book provides success stories of people who have lost weight using a combination of the “Body for Life” and “Eating for Life” fitness and nutrition plans.
What to Get Excited Over:
“Eating for Life” is a great compliment to the “Body for Life” book, as it offers a wide variety of recipes that follow the eating plan originally laid out in “Body for Life.” It offers hundreds of easy-to-prepare recipes that are as equally delicious as they are nutritious (it builds upon the rather small recipe selection in the original book). “Eating for Life” shows you how to eat healthy without sacrificing taste, offering choices like shrimp scampi, chicken fajitas, and sloppy joes, and desserts such as cheesecake, fruit crepes, and walnut brownies. The program allows you one day off to eat what you want in reasonable portion sizes.
Things to Consider:
Although the book contains a lot of helpful information about what to look for when shopping and portion size, it is designed for the novice cook. Also, it does not contain calorie counts or other nutritional information, as the program stresses portion control and not calorie counting.
Verdict: When coupled with his fitness workouts from “Body for Life,” this system has been proven effective since 1999 in helping people lose weight and keep it off.