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Fit for Life Paperback – August 16, 2010
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"It is not only what you eat that makes the difference, but also of extreme importance is when you eat it and in what combinations," say Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, authors of this classic bestseller. Their program results in eating balanced, nutritious, high-fiber foods, making dieting "unnecessary and as obsolete as sealing wax."
The Diamonds explain that body functions have a daily cycle: noon to 8 p.m.-- appropriation (eating and digestion); 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.--assimilation (absorption and use); 4 a.m. to noon--elimination (of body wastes and food debris). Fit for Life aims to return you to a lifestyle based on your natural body cycles. That means 70 percent of your diet should be "high-water-content foods"--fruits and vegetables--which facilitate all body functions. Consume nothing but fruit or fruit juice until noon, then eat salad and vegetables with every meal for the rest of the day.
Two-thirds of the book is explanation and discussion; one-third is menu plans and recipes. You won't be hungry, your food choices will be healthy, and you'll lose weight without dieting. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A phenomenally successful health regime" Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Spoken from personal experience as well as hvg witnessed a business associate get healthy over an 18mth project.
The book theorises that the body undergoes 3 major phases of food processing through a 24hour day. Phase 1 - Eating & Digestion (12noon-8pm); Phase 2 - Absorption (8pm-4am); and Phase 3 - Excretion (4am-12noon).
The author categorizes food into 3 categories: 1) carbohydate, 2) protein and 3) vegetables and advocates that food be consumed in compatible category combinations that would result in optimal digestion. For example, it maintains that proteins and carbohydrates should never be consumed together as the enzymes secreted to digest the respective classes tended to cancel out each other's digestive powers, neutralising the acidity/ alkalinity of the enzymes. As a result of which slows digestion, lengthening the time poorly digested food spends in the stomach. Nutrient absorption is impaired, and food would end up sitting in the digestive tract longer than it should, exposing it to a higher incidence of putrefication whenever it encounters sugary substances (desserts after a meal is a bad idea). This contributes to rapid putrefication - imagine foul odious sludge & gas sitting in one's intestines, going no where and the resulting emissions!. Rather - the aim is to maximise digestion and absorption and waste material expelled in the shortest possible time.
RATHER than carbs as the common food staple, theory advocates treating vegetables as the staple (common food) to be taken together with proteins and then separately in a different meal with carbs. Importantly, Diamond advocates that fruits be consumed on an empty stomach, best for breakfast in any amount till satisfied up till noon. The rationale here is to avoid diverting fresh energy from the previous night's good sleep to digesting a heavy meal, preferring rather to channel the available energy to the day's morning pursuits. Simple carbs from fruits are in absorbable form and provides the required energy for the cleansing (waste mgmt) cycle in the morning - when excretion best take place. A logical deduction from here then is for carbs & vegetables to be eaten at lunch - hence allowing the energy it generates to be used through the afternoon (rather than stored overnight). Proteins & vegetables otoh, is best consumed at night to resource muscle repair & recovery after the day's pursuits.
This overall eating formula aims to promote digestive health as well as aid effective weight loss - and it works! Caution though that what works for one may not work or be redundant for another. Hence listen to your own body. It's a gem for me.
One of the suggestion I got out of this book was to eat my fruits first thing in the morning and infact only have fruits until noon or lunch time. This alone has changed my life. Fruits help with detoxing the system and are most effective on an empty stomach. The book talks about the value of "green" foods over meat or dairy product and how much protein we actually need.
It also provides some recipes in the end, which I have not really used, as I found them a bit intense. But this book will clear a lot of your misconceptions that we have grown up with, such as having a heavy breakfast is good for you...
This is a book you will want to read a couple times to fully understand and incorporate while some things will just jump out and be easily incorporated in your daily life, with quick results. Yes, I lost weight while on this diet, and my skin absolutely glows. I also get compliments on how shiny my hair look. Enjoy this book and use it for life.
Discipline!! Want to get results? Read and apply all the Easy Rules that are in this book.
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Some of the information and opinions are extreme and should be taken with a grain of salt, but when I followed the diet strictly, I lost 3 lbs a week without any effort (other than eating tons of fruit and farm fresh veggies). This time I'm looking forward to trying more of the recipes and am psyched to revisit this great book.