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Curves plan diet

Designed by founder Gary Heavin, the Curves Plan is based around two different diet meal plans:

  • The "Carbohydrate-Sensitive Plan," a high-protein, low-carb diet
  • The "Calorie-Sensitive Plan," a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet that allows for slightly more carbs.

The Curves Plan offers sample menus and recipes, which, if you stick to them, will almost guarantee you lose weight - whichever diet meal plan you choose you will be on severely restricted calories, and thus will quickly lose weight.

The key question is whether you will gain weight again once you come off the restrictive, low-calorie program.

Pros : curves Diet

  • The plan teaches portion sizes
  • Good nutrition is emphasized
  • Shopping lists and recipes are included
  • Regular exercise is a key part of the plan - this is of course linked to the Curves women's fitness centres

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Publications : curves Diet

Despite the repeated salesmanship for the Curves franchise, this book offers plenty of practical advice for anyone wanting to get in shape and lose weight.

There are inspirational stories aplenty, plus loads of diet plans for different body types, and helpful shopping lists and recipes.

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Example recipes : curves Restricted Diet

Tuna Nicoise

  • 1 6-1/2 oz. water-pack tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 med. Potato cooked, peeled, and cut into wedges
  • 1 C sliced mushrooms
  • 1 9 oz. package thawed frozen green beans
  • 1/3 C light Italian dressing
  • 1/2 t Teriyaki sauce
  • 6 leaves leaf lettuce
  • 1 Lg. Hard-cooked egg, peeled and sliced
  • 2 t drained capers

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Verdict : curves Diet

A diet plan review of this program suggests that while it is an effective way to kick start your weight loss, it is not sustainable. Indeed, the suggestion that once you come off the diet you can eat 2,500-3,000 calories a day, because your metabolism will adapt to the increase in food, is likely to see most women put all the weight straight back on.