Blog Entry #133
By Anthoney J. Andersen – Steroidal.com
But what if there was a way to shed those unwanted pounds without having to give up some of your favourite foods?
Does this idea sound too good to be true?
Well, it isn’t.
Let’s take a look at one of the weight loss plans that has grown increasingly popular over the past few years.
WHY THE HYPE?
The Food Lovers Fat Loss System has been praised as the no-diet weight loss plan for those who love to eat, according to WebMD.
Developed by a company called Provida, certified nutritionist Robert Ferguson, MS, explains that the whole idea behind the diet plan is to pair the right foods together, while remembering to eat every few hours.
Ferguson further explains that dieters begin to learn about fast and slow carbs, and how to pair them with lean protein and healthy fats.
HOW IT WORKS
Consuming the right combination of protein and carbs is designed to teach dieters how to combine foods on the fat loss plate to, according to Ferguson, “speed up metabolism, which helps burn fat.”
Fast carbs – white bread, instant oatmeal, pretzels, crackers and white rice – rapidly transpose to sugar and increase insulin levels, whereas the preferred slow carbs – steel cut oatmeal, oat bran, lean beef, nuts, flax seeds and chicken – are metabolized at a much slower rate without causing blood sugar and insulin to inflate.
“When you overeat carbs, as most Americans do, it triggers a rise in blood sugar and a rise in insulin, which is the culprit for obesity because insulin promotes fat disposition,” says Ron Dudek, PhD, an obesity and diabetes researcher at East Carolina University.
Getting started on the diet plan is quite simple. The Food Lovers System will propel you into a 21 day ‘metabolism makeover,’ which is the essence of the whole diet plan.
During your diet makeover, you’ll begin to learn how to make smart decisions about food choices by keeping a food, water and exercise journal – which will help you remember to start your day with a well-balanced breakfast, control sodium levels and consume more dietary fiber.
However, eating the right foods isn’t enough. It’s recommended that each dieter incorporate a few hours of cardio and strength training per week, as a way to shed the weight faster, while making sure the pounds stay off for good.
According to Ferguson, dieters can expect to lose up to three pounds per week, depending on their starting weight.
The entire basis of the diet is similar to other diet plans that help promote plenty of healthy, non-starchy vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy and healthy fats in controlled portions.
The diet plan can of course be modified to fit the vegetarian lifestyle, and is diabetes-friendly and heart healthy.
When it comes to losing weight, there are a wide variety of avenues to venture down.
However, each diet plan – no matter the food regimen – can only be achieved by sticking to the guidelines and eating everything in moderation.
Also, any good diet plan should be coupled with a strict cardio and strength-training regimen, in order to see your hard work come to life.
1. “The Food Lover’s Diet.” 2012. September. 2. Fitness Magazine.