Body For Life Diet Revealed
The Body For Life Diet - What's It All About?
The Body For Life Diet was created by former competitive bodybuilder Bill Phillips back in the late 1990s. You may have noticed the many before-and-after pictures in your gym promoting the Body For Life annual physique transformation contests.
This plan is far more focused on a lifestyle healthy eating and exercise approach than a strict weight loss approach. It's heavier on the exercise and weight training portion than many diets but also includes a calorie-reduced diet.
The diet has been criticized because of it's heavy promotion on EAS supplements (the originator of the diet - Bill Phillips - was once the owner of the EAS company). However Phillips has since sold his interest in both the EAS company and Body for Life.
How The Diet Works:
The Body For Life diet has you eating regularly throughout the day - 6 mini meals. Meals are a combination of protein and carbs. The focus is on wholesome foods that include all major food groups.
The plan would not be described as low carb or low fat in nature, but rather closer to an isocalorie approach where both nutrients are included.
A typical day on the Body For Life diet plan would have you eating scrambled egg whites with a piece of toast and peanut butter along with some fruit for breakfast, a RTD shake for a snack, some turkey breast on two slices of whole grain bread along with some carrots and Greek yogurt for lunch, a high protein snack bar for a snack, and then some salmon with brown rice and grilled vegetables for dinner.
You also get 1 'free' day per week where you can eat whatever you want and you also don't have to exercise.
The second part of the plan is the exercise component. The program emphasizes both cardio and weight training for 6 days a week (3 days cardio, 3 days weight training).
The weight training portion does get a bit complex - especially for newbies. You will really need to be in a gym with dumbbells, a barbell and a Smith machine to do the program properly.
How Does It Rate?
Is It Fast?
The program really depends on how closely you follow it, your gender and how much weight you have to lose. But most people can probably expect to lose from 1 - 3 pounds per week on this plan.
You should also note however that if you're building muscle (since it weighs more than fat), you may not "lose" as much but your clothes will still fit better.
Is It Easy To Follow?
This diet can be challenging to follow. The diet portion is not overly hard (but it does require you to make the 6 meals yourself and buy supplements if you choose).
The exercise portion can be a bit complex, especially if you're new to the gym. You will also probably need access to proper weight training equipment (and/or a personal trainer) to follow this program.
Is It Safe?
The plan has been used by thousands of people safely and effectively. It offers a good balance of protein and carbs with an emphasis on healthy foods, grains, lean protein and vegetables.
However if you're new to exercising it might be a good idea to pay a personal trainer to help you implement the weight-training portion of this program.
Does It Permit 'Treats'?
Yes. Your 1 cheat day or 'free' day a week will allow you to eat treats, sweets and basically whatever you want. This will help give you a break and get back on the program the next day.
Is There Support?
You can find a lot of promotion of the Body for Life diet at local gyms and even some support groups online. However you're probably best to read the original book for a true handle on what the program entails.
Final Grade: C
While the Body For Life diet is definitely well-rounded with a good balance of protein and carbs, healthy foods and exercise (both cardio and weight-training), it can be challenging to follow.
It may not be the best for those who don't like to exercise or for other health reasons, may not be able to work out. Also many people also don't like the heavy supplement-pushing in the diet book.
While it will definitely work for an overall healthier lifestyle and fat loss, it can be labor-intensive and you'll probably need a gym membership to follow the plan properly.
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