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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?   

Review: Change One Diet

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

downloadFitness, personal trainers, gymnasiums and health spa retreats are more popular than ever before. People from different walks of life value health and/or looking good these days.  Young and old alike have become conscious of their health and fitness one way or another.

There are many options and strategies available on health and fitness.  There are dietary plans and schemes which address how people lose weight or maintain their desired weight.  Choose from a meal-based diet, a lifestyle-based diet, choose dietary supplements or opt for calorie-counting as a means to lose and maintain weight.  Read this post to know more about calorie-counting.

Change One Diet is one of those dietary programs which is based on calorie-counting. The Change One Diet is a weight loss program from Reader’s Digest.  This is inspired by their health and nutrition writers. It was originally from the book Change One: Lose Weight Simply, Safely and Forever: The Breakthrough 12-week Eating Plan.  Its  tremendous positive response from the readers encourage them to put up an online format from the book with additional tools.  

The concept of Change One is really to make one change in your lifestyle and diet each week.  You can begin by changing breakfast habits, then lunch, then dinner and so on and so forth.  Each week, changes are introduced and implemented until the 12-week goal.

Read on to discern whether this type of diet plan which introduces gradual changes fit your lifestyle, orientation and needs.  Ultimately though, it is still in your hands.  

Benefits

  • It introduces a gradual change which may not put the dieter uncomfortable or uneasy and burdened which drastic measures have the tendency to do so.
  • It introduces a support system, community-based support and other tools for encouragement.

Challenges

  • Need for strong self-discipline
  • May usher the tendency to be lax and too lenient in the program.

Food and Recipes

There are no prohibitions of a certain food group like some of the programs which encourage low intake of carbohydrates or fats or protein.  The diet is based on a maximized caloric intake for weight loss.

Exercise

Exercise is definitely encouraged in the program.  These are one of the additional tools and support system which Change One recommends.  Although, there are no strenuous exercises or activities which are imposed, a physical activity of some sort is encouraged just to flex the muscles and burn necessary fats.

Finally,

As you become more conscious and determined to keep fit and healthy the Reader’s Digest Change One Diet may be a good diet for you to begin. The concept is inspiring.  Gradually changing one aspect of your lifestyle and diet each week is more appealing than drastic and radical changes.  With this, there is a bigger chance of persevering through the program.  Change One also introduces good eating habits and regular exercise – all positive points to consider, not to mention the other tools and the support system as added features to help you succeed in your weight loss.

 

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.

Recording your successful weight loss journey in a dairy

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

ID-10046773What's journaling got to do with your weight loss success?

You'd be surprised to discover that recording your successful weight loss journey in a diary is in fact one of the best tools you can utilize to attain the weight you desire faster.

It's amazing, right? But studies actually reveal that coupled with a weight management program, food journaling can double your weight loss. It shows that the more food records people kept, the more weight they lost. Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. (Ref: Keeping a Food Diary Doubles Diet Weight Loss)

It looks like the simple act of recording the successes you have in losing weight motivates you even further to consume fewer calories. Aside from that here are some of the reasons why you should start journaling your weight loss journey in a diary:

1. You can keep track of what you eat in your diary

You can't keep track of what you eat and how much calorie you have consumed in your memory. Your subconscious mind will probably remember all that but your conscious mind will eventually lose the little details throughout your program. It pays off to have them written down in black and white.

Over time, your diary will actually make you develop healthier habits without you noticing them.

2. You can easily monitor you weight loss management program

By seeing exactly your activities in your diary—what you eat everyday, your exercise regimen, etc.— you can easily monitor and evaluate your program. You can start to assess certain types of food out of your diet or add more hours to your exercise program.  You can easily assess whether you're not getting enough vegetables into your diet or you're skipping lunch a little too often.

Your diary will be your sounding board and record the things that you do and the food that you eat.

3. You can easily plan out your meals and activities

It is because you can monitor what you eat through your journal, knowing what you lack or what you indulge in can help you plan out your diet a little better than ever before.

You can actually take advantage of your diary to plan out your meals and organize your schedule for your exercise. This way you can easily stick to your program and not miss anything important rather than rely on random things you are accustomed to doing.

Some people may say that there's no need to keep a diary and journal your journey throughout.  However, keeping a diary can really help you to work out what’s going on.

Besides, it is not too much to update and journal as you eat. It will be too much if you forget the relevant details later on because you did not record things.

And you don't have to be specific. You can do whatever works for you personally and whatever fits your lifestyle. Plus, you've got different ways of doing it—try using a post-it note or download a spreadsheet online for free (Use google docs J). Be creative.

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How to easily cut 100 Calories from your daily intake

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

untitledThe issue of being overweight and/or managing obesity can be as simple as decreasing your calorie intake by 100 calories a day.If you think about it, eating just a little less is not really such a tall order compared to a lot of weight loss programs out there. It can be relatively easy on your part and be the solution to zap away the extra pounds without having to resort to just eating rabbit food.

The best weight loss news reveals that people who lowered their calorie intake lost an average of 13 pounds in six months no matter what kind of diet they were on. This means you don't have to be in a program where you don't like what you eat, as that would make it difficult to stick to. But cutting calories from your daily intake will give you the leeway to shape up and still enjoy your favorites.

How does that sound to you?

Cut 100 calories a day and you'll lose more than 10 pounds a year. These easy and practical steps will guide you along the way:

  • Cut the Calories

    Once again losing weight doesn't have to mean you will only be munching on carrots.The only thing that will slim down on this one is your success in sustaining it. Just cut the calories from what you are eating and eat fewer of them.

  • Cutting off the bottom crust

    Say yes to pie! Just don't consume all of it until you have scraped off the bottom. And when it comes to layer cakes, decrease the damage by 100 calories if you shave off the bottom.

  • Get an alternative for what you can ignore

    You can switch or swap something that is lower in calories whilst sticking to your regular foods. For instance, I bet you can almost ignore the taste between oil packed and water packed tuna. Well, opting for an alternative will get you your 100-plus decrease in calories, but chances are you won’t even notice the switch.

  • Substitute Your Liquids

    How about going for a seltzer than a soda? Or a glass of water and an orange juice instead of two mugs of creamy coffee? This will definitely save you 100 calories a pop.

  • Take out the Skin

    You can cut off 100 calories if you remove the skin from a serving of poultry. It's even healthier for you. A word of advice though, remove the skin after baking or broiling to keep it moist and yummy.

  • Lighten your intake of carbs

    Pizza, rice and potatoes— yeah, I know. It can be difficult to say no to this especially when your mashed potatoes are so creamy. Enjoy them, why not. But just lighten up your intake of them and save yourself hundreds of extra calories.

  • Slow down on the alcohol

    The ones with the little umbrella on them pose the greater danger. One concoction with two to five ounces of alcohol and a mixer equals 300 to 700 calories. Take the one-drink limit and go for a light beer with only about 100 calories for 12 ounces and keep happy hour under control.

How To Respond To Pangs Of Hunger On A Diet

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

 

Healthy Snack Some of the best ways to respond to hunger is with healthful snacks.

Health experts say it would be better to try eating every three to four hours, which may mean a nutritious low-fat snack between lunch and dinner.

When you feel the urge for food coming on, snacking on something healthy such as a slice of whole-grain toasted bread is a better alternative. Never skip a meal and eat snacks instead because that is the worst thing you can do if you are trying to control your eating habits and weight.

Seek out a healthy alternative to what you would have made a bee-line for in the past.  For example:
‘swap’ a health bar for a handful of almonds, or ‘swap’ that packet of crisps for air-popped popcorn, or ‘swap’ a chocolate bar for a small tub of low-fat yogurt.  The ‘swap’ ideas are endless. 

What are your favorite healthy snack alternatives?

Choosing A Raw Food Diet For Weight Loss Success

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

Raw food diets can be a natural way to help in weight loss, maintain good health and increase energy levles too!

There are many different raw foods available for us to eat too. There are a large number of different fruits, nuts, vegetables, and meats for us to incorporate into our raw food diet. However, with all these choices we can make mistakes in our consumption of these foods.

Raw fruits provide us with many needed vitamins, nutrients and they taste good. But there are some types of fruit that, when eaten in quantities which are too high, can cause us more health issues than they help to prevent. Generally speaking these are citrus fruits such as:- 

  • oranges 
  • grapefruits
  • pineapples  
  • lemons 

Each of these four fruits has high acidic levels and while they are good in moderation on a raw food diet, too much of them can be a bad thing. Because of these fruit’s high level of acid, if too much is consumed, the acid builds in the stomach and your body will try to get rid of it – fast, usually eliminating it in the form of diarrhea, before the acid begins deteriorating the stomach lining.

Another point about citrus fruit acid is that, in large daily quantities, the acid can actually soften the enamel that makes our teeth hard, to the point that the teeth can break.

The above is not to discourage you from including citrus fruits in your daily food intake. In fact, citrus fruits eaten on a raw food diet are highly suggested, but in reasonable moderation and in accordance with the amount of acid your body can handle in a healthy way.

Just as in all things in our lives, balance is the key principle to establishing and maintaining a healthy raw food diet.

 

 

Weight Loss And Avoiding “Fat-Free” Food Labels

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

How to read and interpret a food packaging label.

How to read and interpret a food packaging label.

With so much variety of foods and ‘brands’ on our supermarket shelves, it can sometimes be hard  not to fall into the so-called “fat-free” trap.  Manufacturers keep coming out with low-fat or fat-free versions of their best-selling foods, but are they really?

Why it is important to carefully read the food labeling, because “No fat” can mean “non-fattening.”  So the truth is, you are often getting just as many calories from the no-fat version, even if the calories are not coming from fat.  The term fat-free can be a trap if you start to believe that you can eat any amount of the foods that are advertised that way.   Share with us what you look for on the food packaging and labeling of your favorite brands.

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.