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Food Lovers Fat Loss System: Diet Review

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The Food Lovers Fat Loss System is touted as the no-diet weight loss plan for people who love to eat. Developed by a company called Provida with certified nutritionist Robert Ferguson, MS, it is a relatively simple diet plan focused on pairing the right foods and eating every few hours.

Dieters learn about fast and slow carbs and how to pair them with lean protein and healthy fats on the Fat Loss Plate. Dieters can expect to lose up to 3 pounds per week, depending on starting weight.

whole wheat cereal with fresh fruits

The foundation of the diet is similar to other healthy diet plans that promote plenty of non-starchy vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats in controlled portions and combinations. It can be modified for vegetarians and is diabetes-friendly and heart healthy, Ferguson says.

The plan starts with the 21 Day Metabolism Makeover, followed by the Food Lovers for Life long-term maintenance diet plan.

Promotional materials lead you to believe this diet revs metabolism and green lights all the wrong foods.

"Eat all your favorite foods, at every meal and reduce your waistline" is one of the somewhat misleading claims on the web site that overpromises the actual diet. Most favorite foods, like the piece of chocolate cake pictured on the web site, are allowed in the maintenance phase and only in controlled portions when paired with other foods. What's more, dieters are encouraged to skip the chocolate cake altogether and choose sugar-free alternatives.

Food Lovers Fat Loss System: How It Works

Eating the right combination of protein and specific types of carbs is designed to teach dieters how to combine foods on the fat loss plate to, according to the plan, "speed up metabolism, which helps burn fat."

Fast carbs quickly convert to sugar and increase insulin levels, whereas the preferred slow carbs are metabolized more slowly without spikes in blood sugar and insulin. The plan's secret is managing carbs and eating them with protein to blunt the effect on blood sugars and insulin.

Ron Dudek, PhD, an obesity and diabetes researcher at East Carolina University and a consultant paid by Provida to review the plan, says you can turn your body into a fat-burning machine with the right foods.

"When you overeat carbs, as most Americans do, it triggers a rise in blood sugar and a rise in insulin, which is the culprit for obesity because insulin promotes fat deposition. When you control carbs, pair them with lean protein, insulin does not spike and your body then burns the fat instead of depositing it," Dudek says.

Getting Started on the Plan

Weight loss is jump-started in the 21-day Metabolism Makeover, the core of the diet plan. Each day, the plan unveils a simple diet strategy to help dieters develop healthy lifestyle habits that support long-term weight loss. Habits like keeping a food, water and exercise log, eating breakfast, controlling sodium, choosing healthy fats, drinking lots of water, finding a buddy, eating more fiber, and getting enough sleep are just a few examples.

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