What Is the Eating for Life Diet Plan?

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Many dieters are looking for the perfect plan. With the abundance of diet plans out there that promise to work and change your life, it's difficult to choose the right one for you. The ideal way to lose weight is to follow a consistent exercise plan while eating a healthy, balanced diet. The results are weight loss, a healthier body and a routine that you can follow not only for a little while but for your whole life. The Eating for Life Plan aims to be just that type of plan.

History

The Eating for Life plan was created by Bill Phillips, the popular author of the revolutionary life plan called Body for Life. His program has been a success worldwide and has change the way the diet industry looks on how you can lose weight and keep it off. Following the Eating for Life diet gives you the nutrients to lose weight while building up muscle and even giving you a day to cheat and eat the forbidden foods that are usually not allowed on other types of diets.

Diet Basics

In the Eating for Life plan, meals containing 40 percent to 50 percent carbohydrates, a small amount of fats and 40 percent to 50 percent of protein are considered healthy. The plan's philosophy is that if you follow these percentage breakdowns, there's no need to count calories. Meals are eaten every three—and no more than four—hours. One of the biggest appeals to this program is the Eating for Life-approved cheat day. One day a week, dieters following this plan are allowed to eat whatever they want.

Exercise Is a Must

Exercising is a must when following the Eating for Life plan. The Eating for Life plan co-exists with the Body for Life program. The fitness routine consists of three days a week of aerobic and weight-lifting exercises. The goal of the weight-lifting exercises is to build muscle so that your body burns calories and fat more efficiently. The new muscle makes your body toned and sculpted, thus giving women curves and men six-pack abs and pecs that alternative diet and weight loss programs also promise.

Sample Meals

Eating and exercising go hand and hand in this program, and everyone likes to know, before going into a plan or program, of what it consists. Here are some examples of some allowed foods you might eat when on this program:

Sample breakfast foods: oatmeal, pancakes, eggs and oatmeal, omelets, French toast or a myoplex shake (the protein supplement shake recommended by the Body for Life program, which can be found in grocery and health food stores).

Sample lunch foods: Tuna melt, chicken salad, tuna salad, grilled chicken, turkey sandwich and a portion of fruit.

Sample dinner foods: Chicken and pasta, turkey chili, grilled salmon, lean sirloin steak, turkey burgers and usually a serving or two of vegetables or a small salad.

Sample snacks: cottage cheese, apples and peanut butter, myoplex shake, pudding, myoplex nutrition bar and much more.

Drinks: tea, coffee, water, myoplex shakes.

Sampe Exercise Plans

The exercises in the plan help speed up weight loss and give you an energy boost that often lasts the whole day through. The plans are set up to be customized. Start out with weights at a lower level and work up toward higher weight levels as you progress. You will see results as long as you follow through with the plan.

Aerobics: Do 20 minutes a day, three times a week. Work yourself up to your hardest and highest point—almost near exhaustion—and then back down in one-minute intervals, with a warm-up and a cool-down period. Walk, dance, do exercise videos or anything else that inspires you to do your best.

Weight lifting: Do it three times a week. Pick out two different body parts each exercise session and never work the same body part two sessions in a row. Your session will include five parts, in which you start out at a low weight and work up to the highest point you can handle, back down two levels and then back up to your highest level for as many reps (usually up to 12) that you can handle. The higher the weight, the lower the amount of reps you'll do for the weight being used.

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