The online diet program Best Life, created by Bob Greene, is celebrating its fifth anniversary by launching a “Best Life Member Panel.” The panel is made up of successful Best Life members who have volunteered their time to share their experiences and help others along their weight loss journeys. They will be available to answer questions from other members, in addition to sharing their stories and advice over the course of the next six months.
“We are always looking for the best way to answer our members’ questions, and also give the most up-to-date information about nutrition, exercise and weight loss,” Bob Greene told DietsInReview. “We thought the best way to do that is with a format like this, where it incorporates the voices of the experts.”
Combined, the ten members have lost nearly 440 pounds, and many have maintained weight loss for a number of years while others are still working towards their goal weights. “It really is a nice mix of people,” says Susan Rubio, who is joining the panel. She has been a member of The Best Life for five years, and runs an exercise thread on one of the community boards. “I really feel like the program has done so much for me that I really want to be able to pay it forward,” she says.
Created according to the principles laid out in the book by the same title, Bob Greene launched the Best Life diet in 2007 with an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition to providing an online weight loss program, Best Life awards a seal of approval to products that meet Greene’s nutritional standards. Greene says that one of Best Life’s biggest successes has been working with companies to make their products healthier. “We have great instances where the formulation was changed to adhere to the guidelines of Best Life, whether it was reducing sodium or reducing calories.”
Of course, Greene also counts the inspiring weight loss stories from individuals like the panel members among the program’s big successes. “The diet is what attracted them to the diet because they had an amount of weight to lose,” says Greene. “But they didn’t bargain on how this would change their lives in such a meaningful way that’s completely separate from losing weight.”