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The 20/20 Diet by Phillip C. McGraw
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√ Realistic & Credible

THE 20/20 DIET is a comprehensive guide to using the latest scientific research to plan your own personal strategy for success in losing weight. Dr Phil explains why other diets fail. He calls these blunders the "Seven Ugly Truths" about dieting. For example, diets often leave you feeling hungry. So guess what--you eat a lot. As another example, diets make you feel restricted in what you can eat--causing you to "rebel" against the diet.

Once we understand WHY diets don't usually work, we can use the latest scientific studies to help chart our own program. The 20/20 Plan is a combination of sensible exercise with some very special foods--Dr Phil calls these the "20/20" foods.

The foods in the 20/20 Diet are (naturally) called "20/20 Foods." They are selected because they tend to increase your metabolism--that's called the body's "thermogenesis." Secondly, these foods tend to "help you feel fuller when you eat them so that you feel satisfied." Finally, these foods have a "time-release" effect. That is, the full feeling lasts a longer time than with other foods.

The 20/20 Diet plan is actually in three Phases:

+ PHASE I THE 5 DAY BOOST: Allow your body to adjust to the new dietary balance. This gets you going in the right direction, and is mostly a learning phase, so you can better understand your body's signals about hunger versus habit.

+ PHASE II THE 5 DAY SUSTAIN: Builds on the success of the first phase by adding some more 20/20 foods to the mix. This phase also emphasizes the "30-Second Burn Burst" exercise program.

+ PHASE III THE 20 DAY ATTAIN: In this phase your goal is to maintain the steady weight loss, and even add some dining out occasions. There are more foods to choose from.

Besides the detailed diet plans, there are tons of excellent, inspiring ideas in this book to help you get started, and keep you on track. Here are some:

♦ Dr Phil points out that being overweight is not because you use food normally--it's because you MISUSE food: "You're going to have top stop using food for anything other than nutrition.

♦ One key to the 20/20 diet is to increase your metabolism. Naturally, your body will use energy just through normal activity, but also, you can exercise. Thirdly, your diet can help increase your metabolism. Picking certain foods will tend to increase your metabolism.

♦ Dr Phil notes that losing weight is about changing behavior. That requires that you change the way you think about yourself--and specifically, how you think about losing weight. He suggests a simple way to give positive affirmation to yourself: "You've got to decide, and really believe, that you can be good at losing weight."

♦ There are tons more tips from Dr Phil. In one section called, "Extinguish Your Fake Hunger," he suggests having a cup of water before you start reaching for something to eat. That's because we oftentimes confuse being thirsty with being hungry. Here's another interesting fact: Dr Phil points out that one study showed that drinking more water actually increases your metabolism.

√ In summary, THE 20/20 DIET is an inspiring, credible book. The book is nicely organized, and easy to read. To make your planning easier extensive, appendices list a large number of food items that you can pick up at the grocery store. These are the "20/20 foods" that Dr Phil wants you to emphasize. There is also an extensive reference section at the end to support the ideas presented here.
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