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Review: New Lifestyle Diet

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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Ever heard this advice? Eat like a king at breakfast; eat like a prince at lunch and eat like a pauper by dinner? 

Well, a regular meal-orientation consists of a three-meal-a-day paradigm. And the New Lifestyle diet is a protein-based meal replacement of these healthy meals. Other diet plans focus on carbohydrates for increase of metabolic rate.  While some diet plans cut-out on the carbohydrates.   New Lifestyle Diet is designed to give a balance of  protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  It is emphatic about  maximizing whey and casein protein which gives  the body muscle mass and higher metabolic rate. As the individual loses weight in the program, lean muscles are formed and metabolic rates are increased.

This diet plan menu consists of pudding, shakes, soups and hot drinks. They also have nutritional bars. 

Particular programs are customized for those who are planning to go through the New Lifestyle diet and which combination of foods you choose to consume are planned according to the individual needs.  All nutrients are capsulized in these energy food preparations to replace regular three healthy meals a day.

The New Lifestyle also focuses in behaviorial change and orientation of the certain individual who undergoes the program to sustain their weight even after the program is completed.

Eating teh combination of pudding, soup, hot drink and one healthy meal a day cements the idea about eating like a king, prince and a pauper. However, it may not be the right solution for people who traditionally eat three square meals a day.  

Benefits

  • fast preparation
  • intake of whey and casein protein have their own benefits aside from the ones mentioned 

Challenges

  • It can be expensive.
  • It can be monotonous to the taste buds and to the individual
  • Frequently asked questions come up like, “Can I take my healthy meal at night rather than day?”  Does it signify the program as non-healthy or is this a mere play of words?  It can be considered a disadvantage.  

Food and Recipes

The program has a customized plan for every individual according to his needs.  This may come in a variation of soup, pudding, hot drink and nutritional snack bars and one healthy meal. A variety of almost eighteen flavors are available for pudding, shake, soup and drinks.

Exercise

Exercise is encouraged which also depends on the fitness of a person. However, it is not imposed. 

Exercise is always recommended whether one is in a program or not.  It is part of healthy living and this is the philosophy behind the New Lifestyle diet program.

Finally

The difficulty lies in the orientation shift of the person where the New Lifestyle diet is concerned.  Perhaps, it is the reason behind why it is termed as a new lifestyle. Breaking through old habits can be problematic. 

If you pay a visit to their site, the overview about the diet plan includes the following:

  1. Create the necessary skills and motivations to truly change your life.
  2. Learn how to create self directed change and grow stronger each day.
  3. Develop new behaviors and learn to continually strengthen them.
  4. Learn how to handle food cravings and how to stop emotional eating.
  5. Control your appetite and understand the triggers that are causing you issues.
  6. Learn how to handle stress without turning to food.
  7. Create an inner dialogue with yourself and use it to influence your behaviors.
  8. Learn to recognize the saboteurs around you and how to handle them.
  9. Overcome visual, time, and the hard social situations in your life.
  10. Learn to appreciate yourself and improve your self-esteem and body image.
  11. Never take your success for granted by avoiding relapses.
  12. Learn how to keep the weight off and continue to live your new lifestyle.

A change which endures through time can be problematic.  Can the New Lifestyle address this challenge?   

Diet Review: Bill Phillips – Eating For Life

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

Who is Bill Phillips?  He is the author of the bestselling book Body for Life.  From this success comes a lifestyle-based diet philosophy “Eating for Life.”  Its foundation is to shift the mindset of people who are going through some kind of a diet program who stay away from food.  
Eating for Life holds the conviction that one should not do away with what is necessary.  Food is very important in the corporeal aspect of a person.  Instead of looking at food like a mighty foe or running away from it like some contagious virus, food must be treated as a friend.
Bill Phillips encourages a fun adventure of eating often.  He recommends eating at least six small balanced meals per day.  He recommends further to take in a balance portion of carbohydrates with other foods within the meals.   

This lifestyle-based diet program is inclined to take care of the body when it is hungry rather than torment it in starvation.   

Eating for Life points one to a re-orientation of health values and patterns.  It does not provide a short-cut to looking fit and fabulous.  It works for a discipline which can have results in the long-term. 

Benefits

•    It addresses the physical, the orientation and the values of the individual   
•    It is a laid-back kind of diet plan. It is not too rigid.
•    It is accessible by anyone.
•    No deprivation of food. No starvation.
•    Long-term results.

Challenge

•    Need for strong self-discipline
•    Support system is necessary for a self-regulated program to persist and endure for some people.

Food and Recipe

Eating for Life promotes a low in fat diet with a distribution of 40%-50% protein and 40%-50% carbohydrates.  As was mentioned, six small meals a day may be observed.  One day is given to oneself to eat anything they want without feeling guilty afterwards. 

The book showcases more than 200 healthy recipes, with images on quality-stock color plates, and utilize commonly-found ingredients, discussed in a concise and uncomplicated way.  

Exercise

Cardiovascular exercises and training may be opted at least three times a week.  This is to develop muscle mass and increase body’s way of burning fat fast. 

A balanced-diet in six small meals and regular exercise are amongst its lifestyle orientation checklist.  

Finally,

Eating for Life does not just address the physical needs of the body but a re-orientation of what one has always known to be what should be.  It is a straight forward and helpful advice book for weight loss, energy gain and improved lifestyle through healthy diet and exercise habits.

Prepare your body before you over-indulgence

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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Unless you’re Scrooge or you’re simply planning to hide in a cave this holiday season—then you don’t need to read this post.

It’s because I am going to bet (no matter how much you want to stick to a very strict weight loss program), you will allow yourself to overindulge during the holiday season. And please don’t beat yourself up if you do overindulge…because it is “unavoidable” (okay, if you have a better word that will appeal to your logical mind, then write me a message in the comment section below!). However, I won’t have the space in this post to argue with you that you can avoid not to overindulge this holiday season—because you can. But if you can’t, then I do have some tips on how you can prepare your body before you overindulge.

1.    Consider a pre-festive detox (Read the post I wrote on why you should detox)

A detox will allow you some space in your body when the festivities get under way. Before you put in the junk, de-clutter so to speak.  This way, your body can go through lesser adjustments, rather than more drastic measures when 2014 kicks in and you find yourself developing pockets of fat on your belly all of a sudden.

2.    Don’t forget to continue your exercise routine (if possible, bring it to the next level)

It doesn’t mean that if you have momentarily developed “amnesia” over your weight loss management rules on your calorie intake, then it will give you the excuse to forget everything else like your exercise routine.

Don’t forget that energy in=energy out is the ideal equation for maintaining our desired weight.

Exercising will prevent you from drifting into a weight loss plateau during the holiday season. Continuity is crucial. Read how to avoid weight loss plateaus and discover more.

3.    Remember to keep a positive mindset

It won’t do you any good if you keep on telling yourself every time you pick up a delicious goodie, “Why have I overindulged?” “I promised not to do it but here I am stuffing myself!” “I am doomed!” “I’ll go back to being overweight!” “It’s my fault!” “I can’t do it!” and on and on.  

This can lead to emotional eating on your part and you will most likely eat more. This can also decrease your motivation and energy to continue with the program you’ve started.

I am in no way encouraging you to waste away and ravish like someone who has been deprived of food for a decade. What I am saying is that when you can’t avoid the tempting and delicious food in front of you this holiday season, it’s okay. But be sure to prepare yourself if you can’t say “no.”

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What Causes Obesity?

Posted on: September 13th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

ID-100112630Obesity happens when your body takes in more calories and stores these as fat without you burning them through exercise and normal daily activities.

Let us consider the various factors (usually a combination of these) which affect one's body weight and cause obesity:

  • Disparity between the energy you put in from what you put out

    The ideal equation is an energy balance which is determined with the energy you put IN which should be equivalent to what put OUT. A lack of this will cause obesity.

    The energy you put IN is derived from the energy or calories from food and drinks you take in. If the energy you put OUT which your body uses for physical activities does not consume what you put in, then, you're in trouble.

    You don't have to balance the two every day. The balance is accumulated through time. Overweight and obesity develop over time when you take in more calories than you use.

  • Sedentary Lifestyle
    You should understand now why being such a couch potato will do you more harm than the pleasure you get out of watching TV the whole day.   People who are inactive have the tendency to gain weight. Remember the ideal equation discussed above. 

    Unfortunately, more and more people bury themselves in computers doing work, schoolwork, and leisure activities giving no more room to move.

    And what's with being dependent on cars and elevators instead of walking? (Sigh…)

  • Environment

    Despite the rigid campaign for "health", what we see in our environment doesn't fully provide more venues for healthy lifestyle habits.

    Take the following examples:

    1.       Affordable gyms for the public to make it easy for people to be physically active rather than the exotic ones where celebrities frequent and where one needs to maintain dues.

    2.       Fast food chains and oversized food portions which are good businesses. But are they good for the health?

    3.       Access to healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, is costly.

    4.       Unregulated food campaigns from food companies which are often directed to children. Campaigns which are really about high-calorie, high-fat snacks and sugary drinks.

  • Emotional Factors

    There are people whose eating habits are triggered by their emotional state. Depression, loneliness, anger, low self-esteem are often times the potent emotions which can lead people to eating more than their usual intake.  In time, this can lead to weight gain and cause overweight or obesity.

  • Not enough sleep

    Sleep is one factor which affects your hormones like ghrelin and leptin which make you feel hungry or full. When you lack sleep, ghrelin goes up and leptin goes down which makes you feel hungry compared to when you have a full eight-hour sleep at night and you are well-rested. 

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Weight Loss and Diets.

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

 

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D o you remember how difficult it was to tie your shoe laces when you were little?

You struggled to get your tiny fingers to work looping the laces.

You practiced and practiced and practiced.

Then one day… you got it!

It was EASY!

What used to be hard became easy.

Trying to lose weight is a lot like learning a new task isn’t it?   Weight loss success in a diet plan is most successful when old 'bad' habits are broken and new 'good' habits aer formed. 

But if you tackle it like a task and break down that task and adopt a one-day at a time, one-week at a time mentality.  What starts out as being difficult becomes easier over time.

Each week you will see how far you have come

In life, things that will challenge you in the future will eventually become easy if you know to expect
you will need to go through a tough learning curve first.

Remember, no matter how much you struggle with anything in the beginning…

What once seemed impossible virtually always ends up becoming easy.

So persist… persist… persist.