Our Fit for Life Diet review takes a look at one of the more bizarre diets of the past 20 years, a bestseller based on some rather eccentric food combining – but will you lose weight?
The Fit for Life Diet was all the rage for a while in the 80s and Harvey Diamond and his ex-wife Marilyn sold millions of copies.
The recent follow up – “Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life” – continues along the same lines.
Promoted as an effective and easy to follow plan that will not only help you to lose weight, but also boost your energy and fitness levels as well.
So just how easy and effective is it?
Fit for Life Diet Review – How Does it Work…?
Ok, our Fit for Life Diet review would conclude that you can distil the plan down to two principles:
Er, live and dead foods? Run that by us again?
Well, live foods are basically fruit and veg, fiber-rich and packed with nutrients.
Dead foods are meat and starchy foods.
Ok, I can see how meat can be classed as dead – don’t see many cows running around on dinner plates!
But, why are starchy foods classed as dead? Starchy foods are potatoes, cereals and grains, which if we’re not mistaken are plant foods.
So what’s the distinction between them and other ‘live’ vegetables?
Anyway, back to the diet.
You should aim to eat an equal proportion of both live and dead foods each day, more live foods if you can.
Just be careful how you combine them…
The second main principle is to avoid certain food combinations. For instance, don’t eat meat and other protein foods with starchy carbs.
Some foods should only ever be eaten on their own, fruits and fruit juices for instance.
So how do you eat the right combinations and avoid the wrong ones as you chomp your way through the day?
No more curry and rice, or spaghetti bolognaise, or bangers and mash, or tuna sandwiches…
However, you can eat as much as you like at each meal as there seems to be little portion control or calorie counting on the Fit for Life Diet…just as long as you follow the two main principles!
Fit for Life Diet Review – Does it Work…?
We would seriously doubt it!
There’s absolutely no evidence to demonstrate that food combining or avoiding certain food combinations will lead to weight loss.
The only way you’ll lose weight is by eating fewer calories than you burn off each day. Simple.
Sure, you can facilitate that process by eating less fat, fewer carbs, more protein, more fiber, low GI foods…
But avoiding certain food combinations? Give me a break.
This is pseudo-science, pure and simple.
There’s also very little information as to how to plan meals and how to achieve a balanced diet.
Dairy is also out, and we’d never recommend a diet that excludes a major food group.
The risk is you could effectively end up eating little more than fruit and salad on this diet, which will leave you short of nutrients and calories.
Equally, you could pig out on steak, chicken and pork chops, potatoes – not in the same meal as meat, of course! – pasta, rice, etc and end up eating hundreds more calories than you need.
There’s also no evidence to support not eating protein in the morning to facilitate weight loss.
To the contrary, eating some protein at breakfast fires up your fat burning metabolism and gets you off to a great start to the day.
Eat nothing but fruit in the morning and you’ll be starving by lunchtime and prone to overeat!
Fit for Life Diet Review – The Bottom Line…
Faddy nonsense. Our Fit for Life Diet review could find no evidence to support this approach to weight loss.
Sure, you’ll be eating fruit and veg, which is good for your health and to support weight loss, but the diet is very unbalanced.
Your body is designed to work on a combination of protein, carbs and fat at each meal – that’s proper food combining.
Not this nonsensical gobbledygook!
People may well end up eating fewer calories on this diet and lose weight as a result.
But it won’t be due to eating the right balance of live and dead foods!
If you’re looking for an effective weight loss plan that’s right for you, then you may want to check out eDiets and Find your perfect diet.
Our Fit for Life Diet review verdict? Bizarre and ridiculous? – Skip it!