Diet Plans 101 – Part 2

Diet Plans 101

Presented here are another 10 diet plans from our Diet Plans 101 series.

Body For Life Diet Plan

Body for Life is a rigorous diet and fitness program. In an era where the easiest programs are the most popular, Body for Life is talked about for its intensity. But the weekly payoff should be quick, baiting you to persist until you get a great body for life.

Prepare for a challenging fitness program then, entailing 45-minute weight training thrice a week. It also necessitates 20-minute cardiovascular exercise thrice weekly.

For the diet, prepare to eat six times a day, consisting of small meals full of carbohydrates and lean protein. Get ready to graze on vegetables, whole grains, fish, and lean meat to accelerate fat burning and normalize your energy levels.

Then for one day a week, you are left in wanton abandon. Feast on anything you want. Sleep all day on the sofa even.

Created by Bill Phillips, Body for Life has generated a book; Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength, and a website. In Body for Life you would learn unheard-of weight loss tips from Phillips, plus tens of “before and after” pictures of people who have achieved their “bodies for life.” Meanwhile, the website has a compendium of meal plans, recipes, workout videos, and shopping lists. It also lets you connect to a supportive network, with a lot of success tales to tell.

Brown Fat Revolution Diet Plan

There are many kinds of fats. Key to losing weight is reckoning which one of them is friend or foe.

“Yellow fat” is that enemy, “brown fat” the ally, claims top American plastic surgeon James Lyons. He claims the latter is the BFF you never had, holding lots of benefits to the body – like weight loss.

Don’t all kinds of fat make you gain weight? According to Dr. Lyons, it depends. If you take in yellow fat, you are likely to pack more calories in your body. If you take in brown fat, your body does the reverse, burning more calories to produce heat energy (thermogenesis). Yellow fat abounds in the body; the opposite is true for brown fat.

Dr. Lyons’ The Brown Fat Revolution: Trigger Your Body’s Good Fat to Lose Weight and Be Healthier would hopefully teach you how to overturn this disproportion and give you more brown fats. You had many brown fats at birth, but they have since been greatly depleted with age. This eating and exercise regimen would help you make up for lost brown fats, which would have otherwise accelerated your metabolic rate.

Brown Fat Revolution entails four weeks of managed intake, alternating between consumption of carbohydrates and proteins. It also requires you to exercise every day for 20 minutes at least, with an emphasis on resistance training.

Cabbage Soup Diet Plan

Your wishes of weight loss should spur you enough to try the Cabbage Soup Diet. If you’re the type who could stomach eating nearly only cabbage soup for one straight week, then you may give this diet a go. All the monotony would be worth 10 pounds of supposed weight loss.

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This diet was not invented by the Cabbage Patch Kids but they might as well. No one could attribute this diet to anyone. Yet several versions of this anonymously invented diet have been floating around the Internet, fax machines and even typewriters for decades. Books have even been published based on this diet, like The Ultimate Cabbage Soup Diet and The New Cabbage Soup Diet.

As simplistic as it is, the Cabbage Soup Diet does not come with any exercise tips and behavioral strategies. You only need to mind your intake on each of the seven critical days.

You may extend beyond a week if you are not content with the results. A sage warning though: Follow this diet only a week at a time. Give some time to return to your normal diet before starting yet another hell week of cabbage soup galore.

Carb Lovers Diet Plan

Numerous diets have put carbohydrates in a bad light. They portray carbs as the enemy, something to be reduced, if not eliminated from your plate.

No idea could be more rubbish, according to the book The Carb Lovers Diet: Eat What You Love, Get Slim For Life by Ellen Kunes and Frances Largeman-Roth. This book vindicates carbohydrate, a nutrient overly denigrated by countless diets through time. It tells readers that you need carbs more than ever, both for energy and, if you eat the right one, weight loss.

Many fad diets have shot to fame at the expense of maligning carbs. In contrast, The Carb Lovers Diet cleans up the name of its eponymous nutrient. In turn, it propounds a new way to be nourished and reduce weight at the same time.

Tell this to the millions indoctrinated against eating carbs though. You would feel like you’re talking to an empty auditorium. Brainwashed by the media, people would not believe you straight away, which is unfortunate. Carbs, the right kind and in the right portion, may be your saving ticket out of the fat muck.

Caveman (Paleo) Diet Plan

People tend to think better days have passed, no matter what decade they are in. But some think the best days are prehistoric, in terms of people’s diet at least. In an age when every food imaginable can be processed, people have waxed nostalgic for diets of yore, when everything was organic by default.

Colorado State University teacher Loren Cordain has played on this nostalgia, penning a book declaring the world’s best diet to be primordial. Called The Paleo Diet, the book outlines the eating style of the Paleolithic man and expects you to follow suit.

Known also as the Caveman, Stone Age, or Warrior Diet, the Paleolithic Diet entails eating wild plants and animals as people did ten millennia ago. The rationale is that our bodies have not changed much from our Paleolithic lineage. They have not yet fully adapted to modern food.

Besides Cordain, the Caveman Diet has many other advocates who have written whole books about their passion. They raise many points, central of which is the inauspiciousness of the modern Western diet. Prehistoric communities did not have pandemic cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Paleo Diet advocates like to chalk up such imperviousness to the kind of food prehistoric people had.

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For them, the prehistoric diet fits humankind then as now. It has the right balance of nutrients for people to long lives and thwart killer diseases.

Cheater’s Diet Plan

Honesty is a policy that does not extend to matters of weight loss. In losing weight, cheating is everything, or so the Cheater’s Diet: Lose Weight by Taking the Weekends Off says.

Written by weight reduction expert Dr. Paul Rivas, this tome concedes to the human tendency to slack off at one point or another in a diet. For Rivas, the question of whether or not you cheat is immaterial. What matters is the frequency with which you cheat.

In this view, the Cheater’s Diet permits you to cheat, provided you do it at the right time, i.e. the weekends. So long as you exercise and follow a nutritionally balanced diet, you can shed pounds even though you are essentially “lying to yourself.”

You would love the Cheater’s Diet if you adore Mediterranean cuisine. Better yet, you would love the Cheater’s Diet if you are not prepared to sacrifice your favorite food, most especially on a lazy Saturday night.

Cookie Diet Plan

At first, you may think weight loss and cookies should not be in the same sentence. Then you discover you should not have to sacrifice one for the other.

This has been the situation since 1975, when Florida obesity expert Dr. Sanford Siegal invented a cookie designed to help his patients shed pounds. The Cookie Diet was born and jars have never been the same since.

Several versions of this diet are being passed around today, the most widespread being the Smart for Life Diet and the Hollywood Cookie Diet, besides Dr. Siegal’s own program. Some cookie diets need to be carried out under medical oversight, while others can be done on your own.

One of the foremost reasons why dieters fall of the wagon is the temptation of sweets. But with the Cookie Diet, you have one less sweet to let go of.

Ultimate Weight Solution Diet Plan

Before becoming Oprah’s fitness consultant, Dr. Phil McGraw paid his dues as a counselor to overweight and obese people. Now the straight-talking psychologist is using his superstar status to advise millions more through his books.

He has a new book out titled Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom. The trade secrets, the advices, and the wisdom he has dispensed over the years are said to be all here.

Dr. Phil’s seven keys are for your introspection. With them, you would be able to unlock perceptions of yourself that even you may not know about. You would then trade any negative perception for more positive, life-affirming ones.

Dr. Phil. believes weight loss begins in the mind. To him, the ultimate weight loss solution is making a change within, re-evaluating your goals, and aspiring for your “get-real weight.” This means a goal weight that is attainable and realistic, factoring in your age and genes.

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When you have settled your internal issues, Dr. Phil would teach you how to replace bad habits with better ones. He would also teach you how to combat emotional eating. Above all, he would point you to healthy foods, i.e. those which offer high nutrition for fewer calories, those that cannot be eaten fast.

Dr. Phil’s weight solution is incomplete without broaching the subject of physical activity. He would teach you how to integrate it in your life, lest you lose control of your weight.

True to form, his weight solution requires you to build a network of support. Like the psychologist that he is, Dr. Phil believes changes in behavior succeed only when you surround yourself with people who can cheer you to the task.

Dukan Diet Plan

French people always seem to be slim by default. But believe it or not, the French are just as vulnerable to obesity and overweight like anyone else. Still that has not stopped both sides of the Atlantic to mimic the Gallic nation in hopes of becoming skinnier.

That’s why The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever is such a bestseller in the US. Written by French obesity physician Pierre Dukan, The Dukan Diet has supposedly thinned down five million French people. No less than beautifully bodied singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and supermodel Giselle Bundchen have supposedly used The Dukan Diet to shave off weight after giving birth.

This diet bids you to eat to your heart’s content so long as your meals consist mostly of lean protein. It also tells you to exercise at least 20 minutes a day; drink plenty of water; and eat lots of oat bran.

If you’re feeling a little déjà vu, it’s because the Dukan Diet takes a leaf out of the Atkins Diet. Like that diet, Dukan promises big bait: up to two pounds of weight loss per day, at least in the initial phase.

Eat More Weigh Less Diet Plan

Its name says it all.

Eat More, Weigh Less will make you just that. It causes weight reduction through a unique combination of vegetarianism and physical activity.

This diet tears itself apart from its peers insofar as its claims are concerned. Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly, the book, contains information easily comprehensible to lay persons. Its content never teeters on sounding too technical. Yet for all the simplicity of its language, the book has a very strong scientific basis.

Its credibility as a book can be attributed to its author, who is renowned for his successful treatments of heart disease. Eat More, Weigh Less is penned by Dr. Dean Ornish, the same man who has successfully developed a method of reversing heart blockages, which had been heretofore implausible without surgery. This diet is said to be an offshoot of that method.

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  1. Anakin says:

    I really love the Dukan diet – weight loss without hunger!

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