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Whole Grain Diet

With fad diets fading, it's time to get the whole truth.

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As the low-carb craze starts to fade, people are beginning to embrace a more balanced approach to eating. Fad diets come and go, and they take your weight loss goals with them. Over the fad and ready to give people a foundation they can live by, the Whole Grain Diet Miracle, by Drs. Lisa Hark and Darwin Dean, provides sound principles that will support weight loss goals and increase overall health. Dr. Hark hosts the popular Honey We're Killing the Kids on TLC.

The Whole Grain Diet can help you lose weight, but also minimize your risk of heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes. This diet is rich in fiber, as you'll eat upwards of 48 grams per day.

The program has two phases - The Jumpstart Session and The Everyday Menus. Both phases are fairly regimented and do not provide a lot of leniency.

PRO
  • Reduce risk for disease
  • High fiber
  • Learn to read food labels
  • Authors are experts in diet and nutrition
  • Not a hard switch to new diet
  • No counting
CON
  • Some foods are not commonly available
  • Not flexible
  • Very restrictive
  • Not customized
DIET and NUTRITION

You'll remove processed foods that use refined grain products, like white bread, white pasta, white rice and store-bought cake and muffin mixes. Start incorporating whole-grains as much as possible and seriously boost your fiber intake, which can also be accomplished with fresh fruits and vegetables. You'll also need to drink a lot of water, as it aids digestion of fiber.

During the first phase, The Jumpstart Session, your diet will be very regulated. This session lasts two weeks and requires you adhere to the following:

  • No alcohol
  • Meals eaten on the same schedule
  • Do not skip meals
  • 2 cups of fruit/day
  • 2.5 cups of vegetables/day

During the Everyday phase, which lasts four weeks, you'll have a little more flexibility:

  • One alcoholic beverage/day is permitted
  • Reduce salt
  • 3 servings of dairy or soy daily
  • Sugar-free drinks only
  • Control portion size
  • Trim fat from meat

The Whole Grain Diet book does provide guidance for creating meal plans, recipes that incorporate whole-grains and even a guide to eating out.

EXERCISE

The goal is to exercise about three hours each week. There is not a lot of support for exercise in the Whole-Grain Diet.

CONCLUSION

More people are turning away from fad diets, opting instead for more long-term, balanced diet programs. The Whole Grain Diet is one such program that removes unnecessary, unhealthy foods and replaces them with more nutritious choices. This diet is very rich in fiber, which offers many health benefits, in addition to losing weight. Those who've purchased the book and followed the program give it positive reviews.

Common Misspellings

Grain Deit, Hole Grain Diet, Whole Grane Diet


Related Diets: Bob Greene's Bestlife, Dr. Oz YOU On A Diet, Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, Low-Carb Diet


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amy

my boss had some real health issues mainly because he was overweight and he used this diet and the pounds just start melting off.

posted Sep 24th, 2009 11:48 am


Paul

I grind my own whole wheat flour and have been doing so for years. I lost A LOT of weight one time on mostly a whole wheat, and vegetable diet with some (very little) lean meat, nuts and dairy. The problem is and always will be this: 1) Quantity, i.e., you need very little whole grains to sustain you. 2) Exercise, i.e., you need to exercise every day. 3) Eliminate, or drastically reduce (in this order) all oils, butter, etc, simple carbs -- sugar, honey, etc, and salt. Doing this I lost my weight gradually (but at a goodly rate -- 3 to 5 pounds a week) and kept it off for nearly three years. Then I fell off the wagon. What got me in the end was I gradually started drinking milkshakes and eating other fast foods, eating more than my body needed, AND stopped exercising daily. Go figure.

posted Sep 28th, 2008 9:51 am


iceedva

whole grain diet? i've heard that whole grain is the way to go so I'd be willing to try this. processed foods seem to be the enemy on just about every diet i've looked at


georgie

sounds like a good approach to losing weight...It's pretty drastic change all at once though



   
 

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