Tag: Nutrition

The Best of Life diet

This diet originated from Bob Greene, a exercise physiologist. It gained popularity when Oprah tried it out, and as far as diets go, it’s one of the better ones. This plan isn’t a short term one, it’s one that lasts forever.

The diet works in three phases:

  • Baby steps—lasts four weeks, this is the step where individuals are asked to go out and be more active and discard six ‘problem foods.’
  • Get moving—this one lasts another four weeks. This is where people continue to increase their daily activity, learn more about hunger, and portion control.
  • Your best life—this is the third and final phase. And this one is ongoing. Activity is asked to be increased again, people are to reduce saturated fats, sodium, added sugars, and discard trans fats.

Food: three meals a day, 1+ snack, supplements, and water

Breakfast: fiber and calcium-rich breakfast, no eating 2 hours before bedtime, no eating: alcohol, soda,                   trans fats, fired foods, white bread, whole milk or yogurt.

Portion controls, allowing for more calories the more individuals exercise.

Nutritional foods, adding quality to calories.


This diet is a safe bet, instead of being a fad or quick process, the diet is a more permanent solution. It places a focus on reaching a healthy weight and maintaining it through the year. The steps in it are manageable and allows ample time for adjustment periods. It doesn’t alter current diets traumatically. Additionally, there isn’t a strict calorie limit on. Instead, the diet looks at the nutrition of food, the exercise, and the person. This diet, like most diets, is not easy to stick to. It does take effort, especially when individuals go out to eat.



The hCG diet

The hCG diet is based off a hormone that occurs naturally during a pregnancy. This diet combines hCG with a low-calorie diet, extremely low at only 500 calories a day, and promises weight loss.

Key points:

  • The diet claims to ‘reset your metabolism’
  • 500 calories a day for 8 weeks
    • Two meals a day: lunch and dinner
      • Meal is one protein, one vegetable, one grain, and one fruit.
        • No eating ‘visible’ fat, limited choice of vegetables and bread.
      • Take hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) as a shot provided by healthcare provider.
        • Patients are given hCG as a fertility treatment.
        • Over the counter hCG are available, FDA does not support companies that make hCG products.
      • Not a safe diet
        • Especially for vegetarians
          • Lack of protein
        • Difficult diet to stick to



I would not recommend this diet to anyone. This diet requires that the person takes in a very low number of calories, so few that it is impossible to meet a person’s nutritional needs. Unfortunately, people who do this diet to lose weight and are able to stick to it will see weight loss. This is not because of the hCG hormone, studies have shown that this hormone is ineffective at causing weight loss.




Diets for review

Eating healthy foods and monitoring your diet is a struggle that many people face. Guidelines are constantly changing, new ideas are constantly evolving, the idea of what is best to eat is something that is not easily decided. Take coconut oil, out of no where a few years ago, people decided that it was the gold standard. This product is high in saturated fats and most nutritionists actually don’t support it as the ‘amazing’ thing that so many individuals think it is.

The same can be said for diets. There are a variety of diets available for individuals to try, but not all of them are decent or healthy for you. In America, there is a fear of being fat. Some diets extort this fear by restricting foods, promoting baseless claims, and promote unhealthy behavior.

As part of my nutrition class, I’ve reviewed two diets. One that I would recommend, the Bob Greene (or Best of Life diet) and another ones, the hCG diet, that I would not.