Devised by Bill Phillips, the body for life diet is one that has proved to be extremely popular all over the world. The eating plan marries well structured nutrition and fitness together to achieve a goal of gaining muscle as well as losing fat. The two naturally go hand-in-hand, as increased muscle mass in the body will burn more calories.
Although there are a few changes to make in your eating regime if you are interested in giving the body for life diet a go, the meals are still filling and satisfying. In order to keep the body’s metabolic rate high enough to burn calories all day long, the diet advocates eating around 5 times per day. Here are 4 tasty lunch ideas that you can try while on the program.
Turkey and Veggie Sandwich
A simple combination of a cooked turkey breast along with a spoonful of regular mayo and a handful of fresh salad leaves is very satisfying. Use wholegrain bread for the sandwich and add a side of low-fat cottage cheese if you are still hungry. Wash everything down with a glass of water.
Chicken Flatbread Wrap
It’s all about the spices here, as you mix slices of chicken breast with some chili powder before frying them in a pan with a few squirts of cooking spray. You can add any spice you like if chili is not your thing–don’t be afraid to experiment.
After the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and add a flatbread, such as a wholewheat tortilla to the hot pan to warm through. One warmed, place on a large plate and add the cooked chicken and the usual suspects–shredded lettuce, some salsa, low-fat grated cheese and even a dollop of fat-free sour cream.
In a large salad bowl, as well as the usual salad leaves, add a can of tuna that has been canned in spring water rather than oil. Then throw in some fresh black olives, quartered tomatoes, cooked french beans, sliced hard-boiled eggs, chunks of cooked potatoes and even a few anchovies if you like. Combine with a dressing made with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper and mustard powder for a protein-packed salad that is a meal in itself!
Start off by using wholewheat pita bread brushed with good quality olive oil and grill this in the oven for a couple of minutes to crisp up a little. Then spread some reduced-sugar pizza sauce over the bread before adding thin slices of tomato, shredded ham and chunks of pineapple. Top off with a handful of low-fat mozzarella cheese and put back under the grill until the cheese has melted.
If you prefer, you can substitute the ham and pineapple for chicken breast and capsicum, or tuna with olives. Enjoy!