We’ve all heard so much information, so many various “diet plans”, so many – often conflicting views that it’s hard to see the Quorn for the Quinoa.
But with obesity now an ever more concerning issue both for ourselves and our children it makes sense to know you and your family are eating healthily.
Whether you want to lose weight for a special occasion like a wedding or reunion, or want to feel better about yourself on the beach, now is the best time to start!
Probably the most important thing when dieting is keeping motivated.
Obviously you’re motivated at first or you wouldn’t be ready to start, but the key is keeping motivated throughout.
This happens best when you can see the results of your efforts.
The 3 week diet has proved very successful at this due to the fast results in the first few weeks which encourages you to continue. Without these fast results it’s very easy to become demotivated and give up.
What To Look For
There are several issues to consider when looking at diet plans
- Is it healthy?
- Does it give fast results?
- Is it time consuming?
- Is it sustainable?
- Does it work?
A healthy diet is very important, try not to get caught up in some of the “fad diets” that you will see especially the ones which starve your body of necessary nutrition for several days. The best and most successful way to lose weight is to do it slowly and consistently so that your body is essentially re-educated to both expect less food and your mind is adapted to your new eating regime.
All of these can individually or combined scupper your good intentions and leave you back at square one and back to searching for a new plan.
I’ve done a lot of research on the issues and I think I can help you decide the answer to these questions.
You need quick results to give you the incentive to continue. There’s little more demoralizing than trying hard at something which you’ve worked up to starting, got in the right frame of mind for, invested time researching and money buying, only for it not to work. Fast initial progress gives you a feeling of achievement and motivates you to continue. It’s surprising how much easier it is to face the sacrifice of less food when you can see it paying off.
Fitting into your routine is vitally important too. If a diet uses ingredients you have to go out of your way to find (obscure herbs, berries etc.) then the chances are you’ll either run out at some point and quit, feeling guilty that you haven’t followed through you might give up altogether. Time, effort and money wasted, plus you’ll have the added thought that you can’t do it which will deter you from trying again.
If it’s difficult to prepare you run the same risk of giving up, where you find yourself short of time one day and decide the lengthy preparation isn’t something you have the time or energy for, and you’re back to feeling guilty and in danger of letting your doubts get the better of you and giving up.
Not feeling hungry is very important so that you don’t undo all your good work by snacking. There are things you can do to take your mind off feeling hungry but you will always have a nagging feeling that you want to eat something, and if you go out to take your mind off it you run the risk of stopping off for a quick burger!
3 Week Diet – What Is It?
One particular diet program has been gaining a lot of publicity lately due to it’s popularity with celebrities and ease of fitting into your lifestyle with good results, is the 3 Week Diet.
The plan consists of several phases starting with a detox phase, and overall is a low carb diet. The diet plan is in PDF form and costs $47
It’s name is intriguing to many as it alludes to fast results, which is ideal if you have an important upcoming engagement, holiday, vacation or reunion, so let’s have a look in more detail.
The 3 Week Diet bases it’s efficiency around controlling triglycerides and making them work for you.
Triglycerides, sometimes called “lipids” are the main form of fat in the body. When you consider excess fat being stored on your hips or belly you’re thinking of triglycerides.
Without sounding like a medical text book, they are the end point of digestion and breaking food down within the body from sources of energy like carbohydrates, they are also made and stored by the liver to transfer energy into your bloodstream. Between meals when your body needs more energy, hormones release triglycerides into your bloodstream so they can be burnt by the muscles.
Triglycerides play an important role in metabolism, for a very detailed explanation you can go here
http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/endocrine-and-metabolic-disorders/lipid-disorders/overview-of-lipid-metabolism by Anne Carol Goldberg MD.
Merck Manuals in US & Canada) are the global standard in medical reference for Doctors, Students & Consumers.
3 Week Diet – What’s Included
The 3 Week Diet includes 4 specific manuals:
- Launch Handbook: the science behind it
- Diet Handbook: calculate your body mass v fat percentage and provides you with a tailored weight loss plan to suit your body type.
- Activity Handbook: detailed instructions of the 20 minute workout program to be completed 3-4 days per week.
- Mindset and Motivation Handbook: techniques to focus on your weight loss goal and remain motivated to stick with it.
All four manuals are in PDF format and are available via download so there is no waiting for delivery, the day you order is the day you can start the plan.
Results and Feedback
The 3 Week Diet creator claims you’ll lose up to 23lbs in 21 days.
In my experience of any diet plan the results are dependent on several things: your starting point, your ability to stick to the diet, if you are able to maintain the exercise required, and most importantly your motivation.
People who choose this diet are generally looking to lose the weight for a particular date or event and clearly if you can stick to it you are going to lose some weight – whether you lose the amount stated will depend on your ability to stick to the rules!
Feedback is generally good from this plan as it starts with a couple of days of detox and is a low carb plan, this kick-starts your body into losing weight which people have said gives them the confidence that what they are doing is working so giving them the positive attitude to keep to the plan.
It is split into phases, each one being less restrictive than the last, so there is “light at the end of the tunnel” feeling if you find yourself feeling hungry during these few days. This is something that regularly scuppers people’s diets, as if they feel it’s never going to end it can be all too easy to fall off the plan if it’s too difficult to keep to.
The motivation manual is a good inclusion as it can give you the boost you need on those days when you just want to splash out on a doughnut or cookie!
What To Watch Out For
The diet plan does include meat so if you’re vegetarian / vegan it could prove difficult without varied vegetarian dishes.
If you are taking medical advice from your doctor about a diet plan you should refer to them before considering this diet.
Be aware some sites are offering what they say is the 3 Week Diet plan for a very low price, the genuine sales page is HERE
- Is it healthy?: it is a low carb diet which is also good for heart health
- Is it affordable?: the cost is $47 for the diet plan
- Is it time consuming?: extra time of 20 mins 3-4 times per week will reap benefits
- Is it sustainable?: could re-educate your eating habits
- Does it work?: in short – yes
The diet does work if you are motivated to stick with it, even better if you can include some exercise.
It attempts to re-educate your food choices and can form the basis of new long-term eating habits.
The quick results motivate people to stick with it.
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