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Body for Life Review

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Body for Life is an intense twelve week program that has a rigorous exercise regimen with structured nutritional intake that can lead to a healthier lifestyle. The founder of this program promises that results in just 12 weeks. The program is designed to be quite challenging with weight training for 45 minutes 3 times per week and aerobic exercises for the remaining days.

The diet involves eating six small meals each day for six days. On the seventh day, you can cheat and eat whatever you want and you also get a break from the exercises. For six days, you choose foods from their “allowed” list and only eat a fist size portion each time. The meals are lean proteins and complex carbohydrates will usually promote weight loss.

The Body for Life websites provides resources for support groups, meal plans, exercise regimen, grocery shopping lists, recipes and more. The expectation is that you stick to eating six small meals a day, which will support your metabolism and help with weight loss. The focus is more on protein than any other component of diet. If you follow this program, you are getting about 40 to 50 percent of you calories from proteins, 40 percent from carbohydrates and very little fat.

The allowed foods are lean proteins like white portions of poultry, lean cuts of beef, egg whites, non fatty fish; complex carbohydrates like wild rice, oatmeal, bran, whole grains and some heart healthy fats. You must eat a fist sized portion of lean protein, a fist sized portion of complex carbohydrate and two portions of vegetables. You must also drink ten glasses of water each day and a tablespoon of healthy oil such as flaxseed or olive oil. This can be used in cooking. They also offer supplements on their website.

Body for Life is an effective program if you follow it closely. However, it may become difficult to stick with it long term. The Institute of Medicine, IOM recommends 20 to 35 percent calories from proteins, 50 to 60 percent from carbohydrates and 10 to 20 percent from fats for a healthy person. The Body for Life provides 40 to 50 percent calories from protein and carbohydrates and very low calories from fat. That much amount of protein can be taxing on the kidneys , dehydration and calcium loss, if followed for a long time. It is however, okay for people with healthy kidneys for a short period of time.

The exercise recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is 30 minutes of aerobic training for 6 to 7 days a week and about 20 minutes weight training twice a week. This recommendation is also not followed by the Body for Life program. The aerobic training of 20 minutes 3 times a week is much less than the recommendation and the 45 minutes weight training three times a week is very intense. This may not be appropriate for beginners. It might be okay if you are an intermediate or expert in weight lifting. Always check with your doctor before start any rigorous exercise program.

Eating small meals a day can speed up your metabolism, curb your appetite, stabilize your blood sugar and provide greater energy, but you must choose your foods carefully and stick closely to portion control. This is a good program to get started with small meals and exercise. Just remember that you may not look like some of the pictures advertised in the book or on the website in just 12 weeks, it takes more time than that and requires commitment.

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