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Fit for life diet

Developed in the 1980s by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, the Fit For Life Diet promotes the concept of food combining. The Fit for Life's diet meal plans focused on combining certain foods, or excluding them at certain times.

They believed that when certain foods are mixed, the intestine has problems absorbing them, and we store fat.

Diet meal plans on the Fit for Life Diet include eating fruit in the morning to help the system purify itself, however, you cannot mix the fruit with any other food.

Other meals include a mix of grains, beans and veggies, but you are not allowed to mix vegetables and other carbohydrates.

Pros : Fit for life diet

  • Makes you think about what you eat and when - no Big Macs for breakfast!
  • The emphasis is on fresh foods, grains, beans, vegetables etc
  • Detailed meal plans, menus and recipes are included, plus shopping tips
  • Allows you to eat unlimited portions of the foods you like

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Publications : Fit for Life diet

Fit for Life claims to put an end to yo-yo dieting. It offers the promise of new levels of overall good health and wellbeing.

Features include:

  • The three vital principles to bring permanent weight loss and high energy
  • The secrets of timing and food combining that work with your natural body cycles.
  • A complete four-week meal plan, menus, delicious recipes and essential shopping tips.

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Example recipes : fit diet

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cup All-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup Corn meal
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener (honey or organic raw sugar recommended)
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tbsp Ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup Cold water
  • 1 1/4 cup Soy milk

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Verdict : fit diet

Although based around a selection of healthy foods, a diet plan review reveals that the principals on which it is based are unsupported by scientific data.

If you choose to follow this diet, check your food intake carefully as the plan can create deficiencies in certain key vitamins.