A Military Diet for Beating Jet Lag That Actually Works

Together with the invention of the airplane, the world received a new affliction — jet lag. For travelers who don’t want to miss a minute of sightseeing and business people who must stay focused at important meetings, jet lag can cause major inconveniences. But thanks to some simple rules created by Charles Frederick Ehret, a molecular biologist from the US, there’s no longer a need to waste half your trip trying to catch up on sleep and pounding back copious amounts of caffeine.

Bright Side found the Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet to help every tourist quickly adjust to new time zones and make the travel experience much richer.

Determination and preparation

The Argonne diet consists of the alternation of feasting and fasting for 4 days leading up to the flight. The most important meal is breakfast — it tells our internal clocks and our stomachs that the day has started. In the beginning, it’s important to figure out when it’s breakfast time at your destination — it will be the beginning and the ending of each of the diet’s “days”.

Important: coffee, tea, alcohol and soft drinks that contain caffeine are allowed only between 3 PM and 5 PM. All other meals can be consumed at regular times.

Day 1: feast day

During this day it’s important to eat high-protein meals. For example, breakfast and lunch should contain eggs with bacon, cheese, meats, high-protein cereal, cooked dried beans or peas. They should be followed by a high-carbohydrate dinner like pasta, pancakes, potatoes, rice, bread or a sweet dessert. You should only consume caffeine between 3 PM and 5 PM in your home time zone.

Day 2: fast day

The second day you should follow a modified fast: eat light salads, light soups, fruits, and juices for every meal. Try to eat as few high-calorie and fatty foods as possible. Again, caffeine and alcohol are allowed only between 3 PM and 5 PM in your home time zone.

Day 3 and 4: more of the same

On day 3 repeat your feast day again. On day 4, fast. This is the day of the flight, so you’ll eat partially on the plane. If the flight is long, sleep until breakfast time at your destination, but no later. After waking up, eat a high-protein breakfast. Stay awake and active and continue the day’s meals according to mealtimes of the destination. If you are traveling westward, consume caffeinated drinks only in the morning. Drink no alcoholic beverages on the plane.

Adaptation

Break your fast by having a high-protein breakfast at breakfast time in your destination city. It’s better to eat a meal before your departure, order something on the plane, or, at least, to bring a pre-made breakfast with you. Try to sleep before you eat, and after breakfast try to stay active. Leave your reading light on.

Do you travel a lot? Have you ever experienced jet lag? Do you have any other tips on how to adapt to a new place? Share your experiences in the comment section!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/a-military-diet-for-beating-jet-lag-that-actually-works-649310/

9 Ways to Lose Weight That Have Nothing to Do With Diet or Exercise

When it comes to losing weight, we always imagine women who have to eat pounds of fruit and parsley in breaks between exhausting workouts. Well, it is true — it’s difficult to reach the desired result without eating healthy food and doing physical exercise. But as it turns out, there are ways of losing weight that don’t necessarily require you to go to the gym or change your diet, like eating from a red plate.

Bright Side found out which tricks you can use to lose weight without limiting the food you like or doing exercise.

1. Eat from red plates.

This may seem a little strange but research shows that people eat less food from red plates that from white or blue ones. The thing is, this color is associated with prohibitions and is a signal to stop, so people instinctively eat less. There was an experiment where the participants were given cookies on red, white, and blue plates. The ones who got a red plate ate a lot less than the other participants. And yes, they weren’t eating healthy food. So, this piece of advice only works for situations when you eat unhealthy foods.

2. Drink from a narrow and long glass.

Here’s a fun and scientifically proven fact: if you drink beverages from tall glasses, you will drink about 25-30% less. American scientist Brian Wansink explains it as an optical illusion that tricks the brain. Tests have shown that even professional bartenders pour more into low and wide glasses.

3. Remove unhealthy food from your sight.

Research has shown that if people keep high-caloric foods in their sight, they will most likely weigh more than those who hide unhealthy foods from themselves and keep fruit out instead. The thing is, the sight of tasty (but unhealthy) foods increases the sense of hunger and temptation which makes you eat more. So, make sure you can only see healthy foods at home.

4. Eat more protein.

When you eat foods rich in protein, you kill your hunger faster. Research has shown that a 15% increase of protein in the daily diet helped the participants eat 440 fewer calories. Because of this, they managed to lose 10 pounds of extra weight on average in 12 weeks without actually limiting any foods.

The foods that have the most protein are: meat (chicken and red meat), fish, eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, and beans.

5. Chew mint gum when you are slightly hungry.

When you are just slightly hungry and you might risk having an unhealthy snack, chew some sugar-free mint-flavored bubble gum. The mint flavor dulls the function of taste buds and the urge to eat something immediately disappears.

6. Add ice to your drinks.

All the foods we eat and drink are heated by the body to the body temperature. This thermoregulation process burns calories and the more heating the body needs to do, the more calories it burns. Add some ice to your drinks (coffee, tea, juice, cocktails) and drink them through a straw. Cold food also makes the body burn more calories.

7. Sleep more.

Research published in 2013 by Nature Communications magazine showed that people who sleep less than 6 hours a night eat high-caloric foods more often and gain more weight than people who get enough sleep. So, try sleeping for at least 7-8 hours a night.

8. Buy a smaller size dress.

Buy a new dress or a new pair of jeans that are a few sizes smaller and hang them somewhere in your house where you can see this piece of clothing. This way you will always have a reminder in front of you of the goal you want to achieve.

9. Lose weight together with someone.

Unite with your friends or join a group of people who are trying to lose weight too. This will make the process more rewarding. A study shows that people who teamed up with other people who were trying to lose weight reached their target 20% more often.

Bonus: Using ice packs to get rid of fat

According to researchers at the University of Maastricht, cold temperatures help to burn fat. The cold will transform white fat into brown fat that is more easily metabolized by the body.

  • Wrap an ice pack in a thin cloth and place it on the area where you have fat.
  • Leave the pack on for around 30 minutes.
  • Do it once a day for 12 days.

In order to avoid a frostbite, remove the bag from time to time. If you notice symptoms like skin redness, tingling, or skin numbness, stop the procedure immediately.

Do you know any other nonobvious ways of losing weight? Tell us in the comment section below.

Illustrated by Leisan Gabidullina for BrightSide.me

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5 Signs That Your Diet Is Harming Your Health

It’s been said that if a person follows a diet, they’re always hungry and in turn, angry and annoyed. But sometimes our irascibility turns into depression. It might not necessarily be connected with hunger but rather from a change in your eating patterns. When we start keeping a diet, we usually focus on getting rid of excess weight and completely forget that our bodies need lots of microelements to be healthy.

Bright Side has decided to find out why our eating patterns can cause depression. Here are 5 signs indicating that your diet is affecting your health and mood.

5. Menstrual problems

This sign indicates one of the most common issues when it comes to hormonal problems. These hormones are responsible for our metabolism and if a hormonal imbalance occurs, it can cause depression. If you think your thyroid is failing to work normally, you should go visit an endocrinologist.

In most cases, the reason for this is a lack of iodine in the body. But even if we eat many products containing iodine, it may still not be enough. So it’s recommended to take iodine supplements (don’t forget to consult your doctor first).

4. Memory problems

Omega-3 is a fatty acid that helps our brains work properly, concentrate, and remember important things. If your body experiences an omega-3 deficiency, it starts absorbing more trans fats. Scientists have proven that such fats can cause depression.

If your depression is accompanied by memory problems, try to consume more omega-3. This acid is contained in:

  • fish
  • nuts (especially walnuts)
  • oils (especially flax oil)
  • sprouted wheat grains

3. Leg cramps

You have to pay attention to your diet if you start experiencing recurring leg cramps. This may indicate that you need more magnesium which helps activate enzymes responsible for serotonin production (that’s why you feel depressed).

In cases of a lack of magnesium and depression, doctors usually recommend magnesium-rich medications. In cases of minor deviations, you may consume foods enriched with elements contained in:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • peas
  • pine nuts

2. Loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath

A loss of appetite can really make a person who wants to lose weight happy. But it may also be accompanied by shortness of breath and fatigue, which aren’t good at all. These symptoms indicate that your body is experiencing iron deficiency anemia which causes depression.

You can solve this problem by consuming iron-rich supplements or foods like:

  • liver (beef or pork)
  • kidney (beef, lamb, veal, or pork)
  • octopus
  • soybeans

1. Bowel disorders

If you follow an unhealthy diet, your gut will soon let you know. It’s important to remember that the intestine is an organ where lots of significant hormones are produced. For example, serotonin, a hormone of happiness, is produced in the small intestine.

If you feel depressed and experience gut problems, try to control the amount of zinc that you consume (it’s also responsible for healthy digestion). Zinc is contained in:

  • wheat germs
  • cheese (especially ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella, and gouda)
  • meat (especially liver and beef)
  • seafood (especially oysters)

Bonus: A drink to clean out your colon

Did you know that it’s really important to clean out our intestines from time to time? Don’t worry, it’s not scary at all! We’d like to share a great recipe for a drink that you can make at home.

You’ll need:

  • a pineapple
  • a cucumber
  • an apple
  • aloe vera

Mix all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy your healthy and incredibly tasty drink. Your intestines will definitely thank you.

We want to remind you that depression isn’t the only possible side effect of an unhealthy diet. So if you notice any changes, you should go see a doctor. Don’t forget to let your doctor know that you keep a diet.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/5-signs-that-your-diet-is-harming-your-health-625310/

How a Man That Looks 20 at 50 Lives and What His Diet Is Like

Chuando Tan is a photographer from Singapore who attracted the attention of the whole world to himself by not only taking photos of other people but his own photos too. Why is this so interesting, you ask? Chuando was born in 1967, which means he is 51 years old now but he looks as if he is 20. So what’s the secret?

Bright Side decided to find out everything and learned how this person lives, what he does, and what he eats. Perhaps we will find the secret of eternal youth from this “Dorian Gray?”

How did it all start?

It’s known that this Singaporean man used to work as a model in the 1980s; he even managed to become a pop singer in the ’90s. But his career in singing didn’t last long and that’s why Tan chose another activity — photography. Once, instead of posting another work of his, he posted a photo of himself and that’s when it all started.

The photographer shared in one of his interviews, “I started an Instagram account because some friends told me that clients these days would want to know how big a social media following a photographer had. In order to pepper my account, I posted several photos of myself to share my thoughts in captions.”

The users instantly noticed that Tan doesn’t change and doesn’t look as if he was 51 years old. Some people think it’s all about genetics, others that the secret is in the place he lives because Singapore has clean air, good medicine, and products of high quality. But to be sure in those guesses, let’s see how the photographer spends his day.

He eats 6 eggs for breakfast.

Tan sticks to the principle that you are what you eat and believes that the health condition of a person, as well as his appearance, depends 70% on the food he eats and 30% on exercises. That’s why he eats 6 hard boiled eggs for breakfast with only 2 yolks (due to cholesterol). Additionally, he drinks a glass of milk and sometimes adds avocado with berries to his breakfast. This is a good amount of protein and energy for the beginning of the day.

Apart from eggs, he eats chicken with rice, grilled vegetables, and fish soup during the day. The photographer admits that ice cream is his weakness and that’s why he sometimes eats it but only in the first half of the day. He also avoids coffee and tea but drinks a lot of water. He doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink alcohol, and eats a salad made of fresh greens for dinner.

He spends about 90 minutes on exercise per day.

Tan does strength training 4 times a week, or at least 3 times if he is too busy. He spends no more than 30 minutes on this activity. Strength training is always followed by cardio training; however, due to a knee injury, he doesn’t jog but walks at a fast pace on a treadmill. Moreover, he tries to swim every day — he attends a swimming pool in the evenings and swims there for about an hour.

He does only what he likes to do.

Perhaps it will sound trivial but how many of us do what we really like and want to do? Perhaps that’s the secret of eternal youth? Because everything that you do affects the psyche and, therefore, the whole body.

Tan says, “I have tried many different jobs and stopped at what I really like. I love people, love communication, love to set up a photo shoot, and love to take photos. If you do what you don’t like, then you’ll be feeling bad and, of course, it won’t strengthen your health.”

He doesn’t use skincare items.

Some people are sure that Tan gets plastic surgery and uses some special cosmetics. But here is what he says, “I have sensitive skin that’s why there are only 2 things I use daily: gel face wash and moisturizing cream.”

Once he was gifted a Botox procedure. He tried it but didn’t like the effect. He didn’t visit cosmetologists since then. However, Tan admits that he does use hair dye because of his gray hair.

He doesn’t take a bath late.

In fact, he tries not to go to bed after 11 PM and wakes up early every day. Tan is sure that working at night and watching movies after midnight don’t improve the health. In order to get good sleep, he stops eating 5-6 hours before going to sleep.

Chuando says, “Trust me, going bed early is worth it. Having had enough sleep, you’ll be able to do more things during the day rather than if you work at night.”

So what’s the secret?

As it often happens — everything is very simple: work that you love, a healthy diet, full-time sleep, and exercise. Jared Leto, Chris Evans, Margot Robbie, and many other celebrities stick to the similar lifestyle. Do you agree that all of them look younger than their real age? Moreover, they claim that they haven’t had any plastic surgery.

What lifestyle do you stick to? Please tell us about it in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-people/how-a-man-that-looks-20-at-50-lives-and-what-his-diet-is-like-605860/

A Blogger Showed the Changes in Her Face When She Started to Eat Meat After a 4-Year Vegan Diet

A blogger from the Netherlands, Kasumi Kriss, tells about her digression from a vegan diet that she followed for 4 years. Only 3 weeks of eating high-quality meat transformed her from both the inside and the outside.

This blogger shared her personal story where all of us will find something useful. At least, we at Bright Side hope so.

Kasumi Kriss decided to try a vegan diet for reasons connected with health and it really helped for the first time. Her acne and pimples changed, her well-being improved, and she became more energetic. But at the beginning she faced some issues with digestion.

After 2 years the condition of her skin changed (acne, dryness, and irritation appeared again), while the food started to seem like it was working against her. Her nails and hair became brittle and due to the stress on her body, her menstrual cycle stopped for 4 months.

Once, during this vegan exploration, Kasumi allowed herself to eat one boiled egg. The effect of that egg exceeded all expectations: she didn’t have any negative thoughts for the next 3 days and her mood started to improve drastically.

Shortly after, the blogger decided to stop her vegan diet and changed her eating habits. She shared her feelings with her subscribers saying, “Sometimes I feel strange, but I think it’s the right solution.”

After only 3 weeks on this new diet, Kasumi sums it up saying, “My skin became better, my face is less chubby, but the main thing is that I don’t feel lifeless anymore.”

So here are the results, “The left photo shows her as a vegan for 4 years, eating only fruits and vegetables. The right photo shows the result of 3 weeks of eating a diet that incorporated high-quality meat.”

Which do you prefer: vegetables, fruits, or meat? Please, tell us your story in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/a-blogger-showed-the-changes-in-her-face-when-she-started-to-eat-meat-after-a-4-year-vegan-diet-602310/

10 Healthy Diet Myths That Sabotage Your Weight Loss Badly

The tendency to gain weight is evolutionally determined because, for thousands of years, Homo sapiens had to survive in a time when there was a limited amount of food resources. We had to hunt for food and store it. Those who were good at it were ahead of the others. Modern life is different but people are still wired to gain weight. A sedentary way of living and the consumption of high-energy foods reinforce this tendency. That’s why many people end up starving themselves while believing the myths about healthy dieting that we want to debunk in this article.

When a person’s body mass index (BMI) is normal, they have a good chance of living a long life. That’s why trying to lose excess weight is definitely worth it. However, you should be careful when battling stubborn pounds. Bright Side found out which advice it’s better to avoid and why.

Myth #1: Brown sugar is better.

1 tsp of brown sugar contains 17 calories. 1 tsp of white sugar contains 16 calories.

Many people who try to lead a healthy way of life believe that brown sugar contains calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese that are all beneficial for the body. However, their amount is so small that it’s really doubtful you’ll get any of the health benefits.

These types of sugar hardly differ: the key distinctions are in taste and the influence on pastry dough.

Myth #2: Oatmeal is the best breakfast food.

Oatmeal is only good for you if you make it yourself and definitely not good if you poured boiling water into the processed instant mix. Instant foods contain a lot of carbs, the amount of which will increase if you add fruits, honey, or nuts to the mix.

That’s why if you really want to eat healthy food for breakfast, you should spend dedicate about 10 to 15 minutes to cook the oatmeal yourself.

Myth #3: All vegetables are good.

Almost all diets and healthy dieting rules claim that vegetables are good for you and you should consume as many as you can. But there are pitfalls here too. We rarely think about where those vegetables we buy and eat were grown. Many of them contain pesticides and nitrate. You can read our article about choosing fresh and tasty vegetables and fruits here.

Some vegetables can have a negative influence on the blood sugar level in your body. It depends on the individual features of one’s body. For some, it’s potatoes, for others — tomatoes. You should be careful with vegetables but it’s pretty pointless to deny all the beneficial effects of eating them.

Myth #4: Coffee keeps you energized all day long.

Only the dosage of coffee determines how energized you’ll be after drinking it. On average, caffeine requires 15 to 45 minutes to spread all over your bloodstream and wake up the body. The effect weakens during the following 5-6 hours. Thus, if you have a cup of coffee at 8 AM, you’ll feel twice as tired by 2 PM.

Coffee provokes a rapid rise of blood sugar that leads to the feeling of a burst of energy, As soon as the glucose level drops, your “battery” dies. That’s why coffee won’t make you feel strong and energized all day long.

However, this beverage has a lot of benefits for the body so it can do more than just give your brain a jump-start.

Myth #5: Olive oil shouldn’t be used for frying.

One of the main reasons this myth is really popular is because of the olive oil burning point. Many people think that the food won’t have time to fry properly before the oil burns out. It’s a myth. The burning temperature of olive oil is 375°F. Most of the products we eat get cooked at even lower temperatures.

Plus, olive oil isn’t as beneficial for our health as we’re usually told. It contains vitamin K, iron, potassium, calcium, and sodium; their amount isn’t great enough to have much influence on your health.

Myth #6: Sea salt is better than table salt.

We’re sure you’ve heard that sea salt is better than table salt. In fact, it’s not true. They’re both made of salt deposits in the seas. Table salt gets processed and cleaned of all contaminations while sea salt might contain various microelements.

Don’t forget that table salt is iodine enriched (40 mg/kg), the lack of which can lead to serious health problems. Besides iodine (0.7 mg/kg) and other impurities, sea salt might contain heavy metals. However, the amount of beneficial and toxic components is pretty small, so it’s highly unlikely they’ll influence your health.

Myth #7: Dairy products that are high in fat are bad for the heart and can cause obesity.

High-fat dairy products are rich in high saturated fat and contain a lot of calories. That’s why people on a diet try to eat only low-fat dairy products. High-fat milk and cottage cheese ascribe an increased risk of heart disease.

However, scientists came to the conclusion that this was not true. Consuming high-fat dairy products has no influence on the development of cardiovascular diseases and even lowers the risk of obesity.

In countries where cows eat grass, eating high-fat dairy products helps people lower the risk of heart disease by 69%.

Myth #8: All calories are the same.

In fact, calories consumed with a candy bar and those contained in Brussel sprouts are totally different as they go along different metabolic ways. They also have a direct impact on the fat burning process, hormones, and the centers of the brain that are responsible for your appetite.

For example, a high protein diet can boost the metabolic rate up to 80-100 calories a day and decrease the feeling of hunger. That means calories do differ.

Myth #9: It’s bad to eat at night.

In fact, it’s not. The time that you consume calories doesn’t matter to your body; what matters is the quality and the amount. Scientists from the US proved this using monkeys in their survey. They found out that monkeys that consumed food at night didn’t gain more weight than those who rarely ate at night.

Again, the “burn more than you consume” principle works for everyone who doesn’t suffer from serious health problems.

Myth #10: There are diets that don’t work.

A regular diet means a cut in calories intake. It doesn’t really matter what foods you eat to reach that goal: some doesn’t eat fats while others don’t eat proteins and carbs and some people simply cut back on food entirely. Anyway, if you strictly follow your diet, you will definitely lose weight. However, if you go back to your regular eating habits, your excess weight will return, as well.

It’s not fair to claim that diets don’t work. The truth is they are all effective in their own ways, but to keep the result you reached, you’ll have to cut back on your favorite foods for a long time. Experts believe we shouldn’t follow various diets but should stick to a balanced eating plan that is good for you.

Do you know any myths about healthy dieting? Share them with us in the comments.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/10-healthy-diet-myths-that-sabotage-your-weight-loss-badly-595010/

Halle Berry Spilled Her Diet, Fitness, and Lifestyle Secrets That Make Her 51 Look Like 31

Diagnosed with diabetes type II at the age of just 19, Halle Berry has been on the road to maintaining good health ever since. She learned early on to take her diet and her body seriously and now makes it all look effortless. A talented actress, a wonderful mom, and a great friend, Halle is an inspiration for many. She often shares bits and pieces of her life on her Instagram account, and 3.3 million followers are happy to be a part of it.

We at Bright Side are stunned like everyone else by how flawlessly perfect she looks and want to share her secrets with you. Enjoy!

She nails sports like a pro.

To stay in shape (curvy and toned, but not too muscly) and to manage her disease, as well, she exercises a lot. Halle isn’t a fan of heavyweights and prefers to work with what she has and she does a lot of cardio.

The main focus is placed on her abs. Her personal trainer, Peter Lee Thomas, says she has half-hour core sessions 3 times a week. He also mentions that she’s capable of enduring all kinds of training sessions, no matter how intense they are.

She has a clean and strict diet.

Halle Berry knows something we often forget about — that a healthy mind and body start with a clean and healthy diet. Her top secrets are in fact no secrets at all: just cut back on sugar, food that’s high in fat, and processed carbs.

She goes for lots of fresh veggies, chicken (not red meat), fish, and whole grain pasta. To cut back on sugar, she decreased the amount of fresh fruit and substitutes it with Xylitol when needed. “The most important part of being healthy and in great shape largely depends on what and when you eat.” She said.

She takes cares of her skin whenever she can.

Berry treats her skin as much as she does her body. Her skin routine has been a strict and profound one since the age of 14, she says. 3 cornerstones of her regimen are cleansing, toning, and moisturizing twice a day every day.

When she’s not out in the spotlight, she doesn’t wear makeup and lets her skin rest. What’s more, she likes to indulge in regular facial treatments at her cosmetologist’s (Olga Lorencin-Northrup) office. And she wears SPF, of course!

She goes for healthy energy snacks.

For an energy boost, she chooses to load up on shakes with added vegetable protein and healthy snacks. The latter include things like prosciutto roll-ups or zucchini chips.

It’s all part of the Ketogenic diet plan that she’s been following for a long time now. Moderate protein, low-carb, and healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, etc) help Berry’s body burn healthy fats instead of carbs for energy.

She sets her priorities right.

A devoted mother of 2, Berry loves to spend time with her family and never forgets to do so. Time spent with your loved ones is beneficial for both her mental health and the emotional development of her children.

Halle also isn’t shy or dull. Just watch at how she performs a crazy dance on Ellen’s show! Having a good time and not taking yourself too seriously is definitely the right way to stay young.

She always finds time and room for reading.

On her Instagram, she shares that she’s “passionate about reading and would love to have a place where she can share her favorite books and why they move her.” Her IG profile (especially her own bed) became such a place. She has a hashtag #HBbooksfrombed now and adds new books to it regularly.

I’d rather have my nose in a book than in someone else’s business.” She says. It’s definitely good advice to follow since self-education is key.

But Halle won’t turn down a glass of good wine or a nice Aperol Spritz. Because “wine not!

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Dr. Now’s Diet for ‘My 600-lb Life’ Has Some Good Pointers for Anyone Trying to Lose Weight

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For patients on My 600-lb Life, change begins with Dr. Younan Nowrazadan. While, of course, the change must also come from within, the renowned weight loss surgeon — known affectionately as “Dr. Now” to his patients and fans alike — offers a pre-weight loss operation diet plan that has gotten people all over the country on the right path for a major and necessary life change. 

As fans of the show know, people travel to Houston from all over to see Dr. Now and begin to change their lives, and — without fail — the first step on that journey is Dr. Now’s tested-and-true diet plan. 

While word of their newly implemented weight-loss regimen is often met with resistance, it’s not only an undeniably valuable part of the process, but also an important lesson for anyone trying to lose weight. 

My 600-lb Life’s 1,200-Calorie Diet Is the First Step for Those Looking to Lose Weight 

When contestants on the show — or “regular” people who seek the 73-year-old doc’s guidance when it comes to weight loss — visit Dr. Now’s office, they are actually given a customized diet plan created by Dr. Now himself with that individual’s needs in mind. However, all of Dr. Now’s diet plans are similar at their core, beginning with restricting every patient’s intake to somewhere between 1,000 to 1,200 calories daily (something which, more often than not, does not sit well with Dr. Now’s on-camera patients).

By limiting the patient’s daily caloric intake, Dr. Now not only ensures the patient is taking initial steps to living a healthier lifestyle, but also teaches the patients to limit their consumption following their surgery. Additionally, the initial diet plan often gets patients to a healthy stage at which point they can be medically cleared for the surgery. 

As Dr. Now states on his website, the most commonly performed restrictive surgeries — the ones we see most often on the show include the Lap Band System and the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy — “may address the mechanics of how much food you will need in order to feel full, or how much of the nutrients and calories are absorbed into your system, but the surgery does not control your own post-surgical behavior.” In other words, yes — the surgery helps you lose weight by decreasing the size of the stomach — but still, it’s up to the patient to actively make a change about his/her eating habits, even after the surgery is performed. 

On Dr. Now’s website, he breaks down a preliminary diet for people looking into weight loss surgery; on the generic outline, he offers guidance on how much of each food group an average adult man or woman should consume based on the USDA’s guidelines. 

Here’s (Basically) the Exact Menu Given to People on the My 600-lb Life Diet

At its core, everyone on the show is told to follow a low-carb, low-fat, high-protein diet; they’re also told to avoid sugary snacks and drinks, as well as high-carb foods like potatoes (in pretty much any form, be it chips, french fries, or mashed potatoes), rice, pasta, and cereal.

L.B. Bonner — who was featured on Season 6 of the show, shortly before his untimely death on Aug. 2 at the age of 30 — shared the exact sheet he was given by Dr. Now at his first visit, which can be seen below:

Yes, the Before-and-After Photos Prove the My 600-lb Life Diet Really Works

In the six seasons that the show has been on the air, people looking to change their lives have seen incredible results. Of course, the results wouldn’t be possible without the necessary surgery — but as Dr. Now explains time and time again, the willingness to lead life on a healthy path begins with the decision to change one’s eating habits and behavior, and must be maintained long enough the procedure. 

Amber Rachdis — who, can be seen above with her weight loss of more than 400 pounds since her 2014 appearance on the show — has been one of the show’s many success stories; last year, she took to her Facebook to explain why changing your diet and embracing exercise is more important than simply having the surgery, especially when it comes to sustaining the weight loss. 

When asked in February 2017 if she believed in the long-term success of the gastric bypass surgery, Amber wrote, “No. I do not. Not fully. I think it’s a great tool for the temporary impact it has on the leptic cycle, stomach capacity, and insulin secretion processes of the body. I think mostly what it does is buy an overweight person time to learn new habits, get into therapy, and learn to make better choices on their own. Tons of folks need revision if they don’t focus their energy on learning new skills while the surgery is super restrictive. Dr. Nowzaradan likes to say he has no permanent success stories. I may very well need a revision someday if I’m not careful.”

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