Bob Greene has been helping celebrities get healthy and now he's sharing his tips and diet plan with the rest of the world - lucky us.
Oprah Winfrey raves about this 4 phase program. After all, it's how she lost all of her weight and continues to keep it off and I think she looks amazing.
Phase 1: Truth, Commitment, and Self-Control - it's about getting in touch with yourself, and figuring out why you've gained weight in the first place since this will help you lose it.
Phase 2: Rev Up Your Metabolism by doing the following:
For the first month:
- Eliminate alcohol for now.
- Focus on exercising a little.
- Drink Water.
- Add a vitamin Supplement.
- Eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks.
- Stop eating 2 hours before bedtime.
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Phase 3: Get Real About Emotional Eating - understand why you emotionally eat and work towards eliminating it. In this phase, you increase your exercise and water intake.
Phase 4: Secure a Life of Health and Emotional Well-Being - Add strength training to your exercise routine. Cut fats from your diet and limit sugars and bad carbs. Prepare yourself for an active lifestyle that will last the rest of your life.
In the beginning phase of the diet, you want to watch out for these foods:
- No white bread - replace with a whole grain alternative.
- Replace regular pasta with a whole wheat version.
- No more soda.
- No trans fat.
- No fried foods.
- Ditch high fat dairy products like whole milk and ice cream.
Towards the end, you can re-introduce foods that you love, but in moderation of course.
If you want, you can sign up on-line, but I have to say, I tried and it seemed like a lot of work. Plus, the 1st 10 days are free, but after that, it's about $4 a week to be a member and receive the tips, exercise and meal plans, plus recipes.
I'd get the book for $15.60 and use that as my guide. This plan sounds doable and healthy - not like other diets where you're really restricting your favorite foods. It sounds like it will work for the long term too.