The 4 Day Diet
From the title of the 4 day diet, it's hard to know what you are in for here. Do you eat for four days and not after? Do you lose weight in four days? Keep reading and find out the secret behind this diet from the mind of Dr. Ian Smith.
You may have heard of Ian Smith before. He came up with the 50 Million Pound Challenge. He charged American citizens with the challenge to lose weight and fight the obesity epidemic.
Dr. Ian Smith's 4 Day Diet
So far, many people have been encouraged to change their lifestyle. The 4 Day diet plan works to reprogram your body for better eating. The plan consists of seven modules which last for four days each. Changing food choices is supposed to stop boredom from setting in like it does with many other eating plans that stress eating the same foods.
The strictest module is the first one. It's reminiscent of the South Beach diet. This is the induction phase. Your body eats foods that are designed to detoxify your body. It's like this: before you can start again you have to get rid of what's in there already. The allowed foods and meals are detailed in the book.
The second module is when eating habits begin their transition. New foods are added like grains and vegetables. You know you are on a diet, but the point is not to deprive you but to teach you to become satisfied eating healthier.
The next module adds in the protein. Good health guidelines advocate eating lean meats, fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and dairy products like eggs and milk. Protein helps to build muscle fibers.
The fourth module lets you eat what you want. The program does stress moderation here, but even for four days eating pizza, burgers, fries, and sodas can be a temptation that could continue beyond the four days. Also, knowing that you only have four days to eat so well, you might go crazy and eat too much which would set back any weight loss up till that time.
Module five sees a return to a stricter eating plan. It could be to combat the effects of module four or just a reminder of how you should eat. Either way, it seems to work for many.
Modules Six & Seven
Module six and seven also has restrictions. This plan encompasses almost an entire month. The seven modules can be done over and over again until you lose as much weight as you need. The plus is that you won't get bored with the food and any ingredients you buy for meals will eventually get used.
For the person not used to cooking, there is a fair amount to do here. For the most part this plan is designed to meet your nutritional needs. Constant switching could be a problem for some people.
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Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: March 20, 2015
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