Ok -I finally had a chance to read through the entire 100 page Diet Solution Manual – wow. On my journey to burn my body fat fast in a healthy way, I never expected to find such a wealth of credible information related to diet. Furthermore, it is useful information – something you can use to start making incremental changes in your lifestyle to achieve your goals of losing body fat, losing weight, and generally becoming the person you want to be.
In my article on fat loss diet plans, I went through my thinking on some critical components of choosing a diet, and provided my opinion on why so many diets fail, and end up depressing people versus helping them.
Here I want to share a brief summary of what I consider the highlights of the full Diet Solution Program Manual, without of course replicating the program here [and getting in trouble with Isabel De Los Rios!].
Fat Loss Incorporating your Mental State
Too many diet programs throw questionable information at you, may require purchasing hundreds of dollars in special foods, group “therapy” sessions, or have you dive right into a diet that feels like starvation.
Not this program. A section that really resonated with me was the very beginning of this manual – It starts with a focus on setting your MIND up for success – where the mind goes, the body follows. Isabel does a great job of explaining the state of mind you must be in, and re-iterates tried and true principles around negative thinking, personal commitment, and setting realistic goals that include the opportunity for positive affirmations,
I am a strong believer that your mind, especially subconsciously, controls every aspect of your body – including how effectively you process foods as well as storing and burning fat.
Kudos to this program for starting with this aspect – if your mind is not in the right place, it won’t matter how hard you try to follow a fat loss diet plan – it won’t work. You need to be reminder of why this is important to your goals of cutting your body fat percentage.
As part of this overall first section, the Diet Solution Program then provides what I consider foundational information on metabolism and diet basics – if you don’t understand this material you won’t get the full benefit of the plan. I’m personally sick of programs that simply lay out a series of steps to follow without any context or evident or rationale behind why those steps are the best way to burn body fat. Often without this basic understanding of the underlying principles, your mind is not bought in, and eventually you cease to follow any aspect of the diet. If you don’t understand, and agree, with these principles, then you shouldn’t try and follow the diet. You need complete alignment of your mind and body.
This fat burning foundational knowledge continues with further information on metabolism types, information on how to understand what type of metabolism you have, then moves into the basic facts around Calories. You hear the term calories multiple times a day, and many fat reducing diets focus solely on superficial calorie “facts” – however, Isabel De Los Rios goes further. She provides information around the latest research showing that “not all calories are created equal”. Probably anyone with a belly like mine [definitely not six pack abs] already knows this.
In fact, the section comparing the same calorie intake each day and the dramatically different outcomes was eye opening – the information in this section alone reset many of my preconceptions around calories and fat / weight loss, and by itself provided me with information I can use regardless of where I am when choosing foods to eat.
Organic Food and Cutting Body Fat
What? I just can’t starve myself on low calorie foods, drink gallons of green tea, and get the fat burning results I crave?
Uh, doubtful from my perspective. This section of the manual kicks off a hugely valuable set of chapters covering what you need to know about “conventional” foods, and why organic should be part of any healthy lifestyle, especially if you are shooting for fast body fat reduction.
I confess we can’t afford to buy everything organic. I focus on thin-skinned fruits and vegetables where either I’m eating the skin [like apples], or the surface is thin enough that there is a good chance pesticides leaked through. I don’t however, buy organic meats, although I try and get nitrate and nitrite free lunch meats, bacon, etc. whenever I can find it on sale.
I also buy nest free, vegetarian fed chicken eggs. After reading fast food nation and a few other books on the American poultry industry, I shudder to think what I was putting in my body all those years. And certainly the moral “guilt” over how some chicken production houses run can be very compelling.
I’ll continue this post in a few days on some of the other key elements of this incredible fat loss diet plan and why I think it will work for me, and why I think you need to investigate it further if you are serious about losing body fat fast, in a healthy way that is sustainable over time.