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The Best Life Diet on Oprah

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.

It's called The Best Life Diet.

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.

Join The Conversation
mississippigirl1 mississippigirl1 10 years
I've been combining this and Weight Watchers concepts and it's been working. I haven't even been working out other than the hike to class every day (about 20 minutes of walking). I haven't given up on the fried foods or trans fats, but I have started taking a multi-vitamin every night and I've stopped eating 2 hours before bedtime. I don't eat too much fried food anyway. I hit my high school weight this week. That was an exhilirating morning! True, it was only 4 years ago, but it feels like an eternity since I weighed what's on my driver's license!
RockinHeartJD RockinHeartJD 10 years
Most definitely something that everyone should live by! With the way America is eating, there needs to be a change soon. I started on a vegetarian diet on January 1st... it has done wonders to my body ALREADY!! In the grocery store, you will notice certain items that are marked with the BEST LIFE sticker.. Cascadian Farms products (organic cereals, bars), Yoplait yogurt, and 8th Continent Soymilk... all 3 products of which I eat regularly!
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I think people look to her because she once was really overweight back in the day - so people think Oprah can totally relate to what it feels like to not be a skinny minny. Compared to back then when she was 200+ pounds - I think she looks great. Plus, she's into supporting being HEALTHY and not ANOREXIC like all the other celebs. Oprah's down to earth - more like a regular person who enjoys a brownie sundae every once in a while.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Glad someone else said it, because I dont' trust Oprah on any dieting thing. She does look great now, but in three months.... Her weight yo-yo's more than any other public figure, yet everyone looks to her for dieting advice?? I never got that. This stuff does seem like common sense, anyway...even though none of us use that common sense.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
Last time I seen Oprah she look like sh*t.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Daisy - that's not nice. Have you seen Oprah lately? She looks amazing. I'm a huge fan.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
Oprah needs to try this diet.
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I have banished all diet books this year. I also include this as a diet book. When it comes down to it, we all know this stuff.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 10 years
I saw this in the mag, and I thought it was an absolutely fabulous common sense approach to a new, healthier lifestyle. I can't see this NOT working for anyone!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
yep -- I agree w/ fitnessgirl -- I'd get the book to -- I don;t do well with the sites -- they just don't work for me :(
isabellemybelle isabellemybelle 10 years
This is definitely a lifestyle change more than a diet. I highly recommend it. But like fitsugar said, just buy the book and go by the tips in there. Unless you really need the support and motivation from joining online. Whatever works!
DStirk DStirk 10 years
If it's got oprah's name on it, then I'm in!
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