Finding a Diet Plan You Can Live With!

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Question: What is the best diet out on the bookshelf now? I need something that I can follow because I won’t maintain it any other way.
Answer: Arnold said it best when he said, “Any diet will do as long as you can follow it.” Of all the diet books out there, and there are an amazing number of them, the Zone Diet, which was published and on the shelves in 1995 and the South Beach Diet, which has also ben around a while, are closest to being reasonable to follow. The Zone concept is simple to follow but difficult to understand from the book. I have the original and it planned out meals in blocks based on carbohydrates, fats and protein intake based on your weight, lean body mass and calorie needs. The original block planning method was confusing but the reality of the diet plan is it’s simplicity; 40% carbohydrates, 40% protein, 20% fat. The carbohydrates should be low glycemic index carbs which are high in fiber and low in sugar. For instance, rice cakes are the highest on the index, above table sugar and broccoli is very low. Your protein sources should be lean meats like chicken, fish and lean cuts of beef while your fats should be primarily unsaturated, healthy fats like nuts or peanut butter.
The South Beach Diet is similar to the Zone in that it uses low glycemic carbs when you are allowed to eat them but for the first two weeks you basically cut them out. When you do replace them it is in stages which weans you off of the white sugar, white flour and white rice concept. It is a bit lower in protein than I like but other than that it is livable once you replace low nutritional value foods with higher nutritional value foods. The no carb period is tough for a lot of people at the beginning.
Finding and following a diet plan developed for diabetic patients is an excellent way to lose weight and be healthy. They are often similar to both the Zone and South Beach. Whatever plan you choose, find something you can live with long term. Get clean for two to three weeks without cheating and then integrate a cheat meal once a week to maintain your metabolism and sanity.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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