One of the biggest realizations I have made in the past 2 years is that I have been eating portions of food that are just way to big. How did I get into that habit? Let me explain. I grew up in an Italian household. My parents moved to Canada from Italy in the 1970’s and I was born here. At the age of 4 my mom opened an Authentic Italian Restaurant which she owned and operated for 30 years. My mom is an amazing cook and this is a big reason why I am so passionate about food myself. My mom made homemade pasta, pizza, and bread all which were signatures at the restaurant. I was truly blessed! I am very grateful for my mother and what she has taught me.
There was an abundance of food surrounding me all the time! I love food I love cooking and I love eating! Naturally we were all taught to finish all the food on our plate and encouraged to eat more! So this is where my warped idea of what a size of meal should be came from. I would eat pasta pizza and bread all in one seating and oh boy was it good! I love meat sauce! I would spoon out meat sauce into a bowl and dip fresh baked bread covered in butter and have that as an appetizer! Crazy! I did manage to never get too much over weight because I was a very active child! I met my best friend when I was 5 years old and we grew up to be tomboys and athletes running around all the time and playing every sport possible! Marianna and I are still best friends today and support each other in all life endeavors.
Now that you have a bit of back ground about me you can see how changing my eating habits has been such a journey. After discovering The Diet Solution Program I had a vehicle to drive myself to a healthy lean body and healthy lifestyle. After studying the program and testing it out over the past 2 years I have become an expert on losing weight I can officially say I have been there and done that when it comes to losing weight and finding my ideal weight and healthy lifestyle. Whenever I ask people for advice on various things such as making money or working out I always value the opinions of the people who have been there and done that. I would never take advice from someone about money unless they have the results in there life that I desired and this is true for me for all advice. True life experience is so important to me. The fact that I have experienced losing weight and creating new lifestyle habits gives me the confidence to share with you my advice and my experience on what worked for me. The Diet Solution Program helped me change my life!
The secret to losing weight is portion control! The Diet Solution Program has taught me Portion Control. I discovered through the program how much food I really needed to eat according to my weight and metabolism. Once I got started I purchased a digital scale to help me weigh out and portion my meals. It was a huge eye opener for me to see what portion size was appropriate for me. The most amazing thing was that I never felt hungry.
Here are the steps you will learn in The Diet Solution Program to teach you how much food you require.
1. Determine Daily Calorie Requirements
Daily calorie requirements vary from person to person and depend on weight, foods consumed, activity levels and a long list of other factors. Isabel De Los Rios has come up with a calculation that she finds works great as a starting point.
Multiply your current weight (in pounds) by 13, 14 or 15 – use 13 if you have a particularly slow metabolism and do not exercise much, 14 if you perform moderate exercise three or more times per week, and 15 if you exercise vigorously more than three times per week. The result is your daily requirement for weight maintenance:
_______ pounds x _____ = ______ calories per day
For healthy weight loss you must reduce your maintenance calories by 20%
__________ calories x 0.80 = _________ calories per day
For example consider a 150 pound female who does moderate weight training and walking three times per week.
Maintenance plan: 150 pounds x 14 = 2100 calories per day
Weight Loss plan: 2100 calories x 0.80 = 1680 calories
The Diet Solution Program goes into much more detail on this topic. Please note that this is a guideline only. Every person is different and some people may need fewer or more calories. Isabel says: ” The goal is to consume as many calories as possible while still losing fat, because the more fuel you give the body, the harder your metabolism will work, and you want to keep that metabolism cranking to see long-term weight loss.”
2.Determine Your Metabolic Type
In The Diet Solution Program there is a test you will take that will help you determine your metabolic type. There are three types: Protein Type, Carb Type and Mixed Type. Once you have determined this you will know how to plan your meals and what foods to eat.
3. Create your Personal Meal Plan
In The Diet Solution Program there are 4 charts that will help you determine how to create your personal meal plan. The first chart will show you the ratio of protein, carbs and fats you need to eat. This is called The Ideal Food Ratio and there is a different ratio for each of the metabolic types.
The Second chart is the allowable Serving Chart this is amazing and shows you a list of foods for carbohydrate choices and for protein choices. For example 1 serving of carbohydrate would be 1 cup of broccoli and 1 serving of protein would be 1 ounce of chicken.
There is another chart that lists the Fat Choices for all Metabolic Types, for example 1 serving of fat would be 1 ounce of avocado.
Currently I am on a daily calorie intake of 1600 calories and I am a Protein Type. A perfect example of a meal for lunch for me would include the following:
4 ounces of grilled chicken
1 cup of mixed vegetables( I like to mixed sweet peppers and cucumbers)
2 ounces of avocado
It is so easy! All you have to do is pick from the choices on the various charts and you are able to customize all your meals with the foods that you enjoy.
What did you eat for lunch today? Are you lost when you are trying to plan your meals for the day. Pick up a copy of The Diet Solution now! Start eating and start living the life you have always wanted!