Simple Diet Transitions.

Posted on July 16, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations. You have reached a weight milestone and plan to transition to the Second Phase or on to the Simple Lifetime Diet. Any dietary modification calls for a review of your goals and potential modifications or reinforcements of these goals. Remember why you are losing weight and why health maintenance is so important to you. In this transition period you should renew your passion for your health and weight management goals. Daily repeat your health-promoting self-talk like “I can achieve and maintain my health-promoting weight by following the Simple Diet guidelines including shakes, entrees, fruits, vegetables and physical activity.”

Second Phase of Simple Diet. If you have lost about 75% of the weight you have planned in order to reach your health and weight maintenance goal, you may wish to transition to the Second Phase. Here you can use two meal replacements daily (shakes and/or entrees), continue five servings of fruits and vegetables and include low-fat dairy, poultry or fish, and whole grains. See our Green Light Calorie Guide (p. 201). We recommend you continue the Second Phase for six months before transitioning to the Simple Lifetime Diet.

Simple Lifetime Diet. At a health-promoting weight, you want to review the four dimensions of health maintenance. Maintaining your health and wellness requires these dimensions: emotional—having a heart or passion for your health; soul—having a deep-seated personal priorities for your wellness; mental—having an active mind that plans your diet and physical activity and proactively uses your brain to verbalize health promoting self-talk; and physical—using your body as a machine to perform the nutrition and physical activity required to continue to improve your health and wellness. “Every day I awaken with a thankful, positive attitude and make plans and follow them.”

More specifics are given in The Simple Diet, Facebook, and other nutdoc blog. You can access these through andersonsimplediet.com. Best, Jim

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SIMPLE DIET JOURNEY

Posted on June 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Success with the Simple Diet weight management program is similar to planning a trip or a journey. This involves: GOAL, JUSTIFICATION, VEHICLE, FUEL, RECORDS, and SUPPORT. Let’s look at a theoretical physical journey and see how this resembles components for success with the Simple Diet.

If your brother had loaned you his car to drive to Boston for a temporary position and he announced his wedding date and needed the car back, this is what you probably would do. GOAL: drive 3000 miles from Boston back home to San Diego to return his car and attend the wedding. JUSTIFICATION: you would be very motivated to return car and attend wedding. VEHICLE: classy sports car. FUEL: gasoline. RECORDS: gasoline receipts for reimbursement that your family wants to provide. SUPPORT: frequent phone calls from sister.

SIMPLE DIET SUCCESS—GOAL: lose 30 or more pounds. JUSTIFICATION: you are committed to improving your health and enjoyment of life. VEHICLE: the Simple Diet. FUEL: your physical activity brings you energy and positive feedback that “fuels” or sustains your diet efforts. RECORDS: essential for tracking your progress and keeping score on how you are doing. SUPPORT: very important for sustaining your efforts over the 12 weeks of longer required, on average.

SIMPLE DIET SUCCESS requires establishing a firm goal and making the commitment to achieve the goal. Think long and hard about your commitment to health and the justifications. Just as you would not embark on a long journey without commitment and planning, you need similar passion and commitment achieving these health-promoting goals.

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