Monday, January 5, 2009

Lose Weight! 6 Foods to Avoid

When Oprah Winfrey wants to lose weight, she turns to Bob Greene's Best Life Diet, a three-phase plan that bans six foods in particular during the most aggressive weight loss stage.

The first phase of the diet focuses on increasing activity, while the second phase emphasizes shedding pounds. The third phase is lifetime maintenance.

Greene, author of "The Best Life Diet," says the pounds will really drop off in the second phase, which lasts at least four weeks. "Now is the time to eliminate a few foods from your diet and replace them with less fattening foods that will curb your appetite," he writes on While you can add these foods into your diet in moderation once you've reached your weight loss goal, you shouldn't eat any of them while you're actively trying to shed pounds.

If you're serious about losing weight, make sure these six foods aren't in your pantry or on your plate:

1. Soft drinks
Talk about empty calories! Ditch the sodas and drink plain or flavored water, herbal iced tea or skim milk. If you just have to have a sweet drink, indulge in one glass of fruit juice a day. Even diet sodas should be limited to just one a day to help you diminish your taste for sweet drinks.

2. Foods Containing Trans Fats
Read labels so you know which foods contain this diet-busting, unhealthy ingredient. Be especially alert to trans fats in margarine, vegetable shortenings and processed foods. If a food has "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil," it has trans fats. Instead, choose heart-healthy olive oil and canola oil.

3. Fried Foods
Fried foods in restaurants are typically cooked in oil that is reused, which can create byproducts that are linked to a number of diseases. These foods are also high in calories. If you just love fried food, try "frying" in the oven. For example, make your own French fries by cutting potatoes into strips, toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and then bake them at 400 degrees or until they are brown.

4. White Bread
You don't have to ban all carbohydrates, but you do have to make sure the carbs you eat are whole grain. Besides, they are more nutritious and their increased fiber will fill you up longer.

5. Regular Pasta
Pasta, in and of itself, isn't a bad food. It's the way we eat it that can be bad. Look for whole grain pasta with at least four grams of fiber per two dry ounces.

6. High-Fat Dairy Products
Cheese, milk, yogurt and even ice cream are good for you because they are an excellent source of calcium and protein, but you don't need to eat the full-fat version. Instead, choose low-fat or no-fat to lower the calories and fat content.--From the Editors at Netscape

If you want to better know Bob Greene's works, here's a selection of his best-sellers:

The Best Life Diet Revised and Updated
From the bestselling author of Get With the Program! and Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover comes The Best Life Diet, a lifetime plan for losing weight and keeping it off. Bob Greene helped Oprah achieve her dramatic weight loss, and he can help you too. You'll eat the same delicious food that Oprah enjoys, and, just like Oprah, you'll have Bob to encourage you at every step. Unlike a celebrity, however, you don't need to hire a staff of experts to aid and advise you, because Bob's plan, easily tailored to an array of tastes, lifestyles, and activity levels, acts as your personal trainer and private nutritionist. Just open the book and let Bob help you get started down the path toward your best possible life.

What sets Bob apart from all the other experts who claim to have plans that work is that he admits that weight loss is difficult: seventeen years of watching people struggle to lose weight on a seemingly endless string of trendy crash diets, only to backslide and regain the pounds they've shed, have taught him that dropping pounds is not simply a numbers game. By acknowledging that it is not simple laziness but a complicated web of social rituals, cultural expectations, and habits that drives people to gain weight, Greene is able to attack the problem of weight loss realistically and offer not a short-lived, quick-fix formula, but a long-term program that accounts for the challenges and constraints of the real world.

Divided into three phases, The Best Life Diet gives you the tools you need to change your life. In each phase, you'll be asked to reexamine the decisions you make on a daily basis and gradually alter your habits to achieve lasting results. The book also includes easy-to-follow meal plans that make it simple to meet your daily energy and nutrient requirements, whether you are on the run and breakfast means a quick smoothie or you have time to shop for fresh produce and make something special.

You'll watch the weight disappear as you learn to prepare festive and flavorful dishes like Fire-Roasted Tomato-Shrimp Veracruz, Chicken Sausage Jambalaya, or Flank Steak with Chimichurri Topping and indulge in desserts like Roasted Peaches with Ricotta and Almonds or Apple Rhubarb Walnut Crisp. And for each delicious recipe, there is a detailed nutritional analysis, so you know exactly what you are eating and how it fits into your personal eating plan.

Most important, Bob's plan doesn't end once you've lost the weight. Instead, it gives you the tools you need to make living your best life second nature, because for Greene, a diet is not something you go "on" or "off" but a set of guidelines that will help you claim the life you deserve. Get it at Amazon

SPRI Bob Greene Total Body Makeover Strength Training Kit
Celebrity fitness trainer Bob Greene has teamed up with SPRI, one of the leading manufacturers of rubber resistance exercise products, to create a 5-piece versatile strength training program, designed to strengthen and tone upper- and lower-body muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce body fat. The set includes two durable Xertubes, one Xering, a door attachment, and easy-to-follow instructions with photo demonstrations of 20 strength-training exercises. The flexible Xertubes allow you to choose the right amount of resistance for your workout, while offering progressive resistance levels for multiple uses and fitness levels.
Set includes red and green Xertubes, green Xering and door attachment
The Xering will shape your legs and improve overall lower-body muscle tone, and includes rubber grips for added comfort.

This is the perfect set for the beginner looking for a fitness program to strengthen and tone muscles, or for anyone looking for a low-impact full-body exercise regimen. Further, for people with a hectic schedule and always on the go, Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover is light and portable and can easily be toted to the gym, the office, or even on vacation. With the numerous benefits of strength training - increasing muscle tone and flexibility, losing weight, and reducing body fat, to name a few - this set will allow you to do squats, lunges, bicep curls, shoulder presses, lateral raises and many more effective exercises to improve overall body strength and fitness. Get it at Amazon

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