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Old 05-31-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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Let's Do Lunch diet?

Hello! Has anyone tried the Let's Do Lunch plan? It was featured in the June issue of First magazine and there is a book on it also.

Briefly, you make lunch your main protein meal of the day. Breakfast is eat as much fruit as you want, lunch is lean protein along with salads, veggies, dinner might include acceptable soups, vegetables, fruit, just no protein for dinner. The idea is that eating fruit early helps kick your cravings for sweets.

There is more to the book, that is just a few brief lines. <removed> The best part is no portion control.

I started it and have lost a little. I was just curious to know has anyone here tried this plan or known someone else who has tried it? And if so, what did you or they think of it?

Thanks, appreciate your feedback.

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Old 05-31-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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Re: Let's Do Lunch diet?

It probably works because high calorie density foods that are predominantly fat and/or carbohydrate are excluded.

If you can only eat fruits, vegetables (presumably not deep fried potatoes), soups (presumably not cream-based), and lean protein foods, then you will likely end up eating very low calories. The sodas, cookies, fries, chips, fatty meat, heavily buttered bread, pasta with cream-based sauce, greasy burgers and hot dogs, heavy piles of cheese, etc. that pack the calories into people's waistlines would be excluded. But some beneficial, though higher calorie density, foods may also be excluded, like beans, nuts, and fatty fish.

Eating all of a day's protein in one meal may not be optimal, and may make it more difficult to get sufficient protein if one exercises (as advised for good health and loss of excess body fat).

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:10 AM   #3
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Re: Let's Do Lunch diet?

Hi there! I haven't heard of this either. You will have to keep us all updated on your progress. I am a big fan of the Five Factor plan. I don't follow it exactly anymore, but it got me down to my goal weight of 115 and a size 2 and I felt great since it taught me to eat cleaner and well-balanced meals.

I think it's good to not eat overly carb-heavy. I used to eat too many carbs and not enough protein, fruits, or veggies. I now really upped my protein, but I eat it at EVERY meal and do great this way. I just limit myself to healthy carbs such as fruit and small servings of whole wheat bread or flourless Ezekiel breads. I eat mostly baked and grilled lean protein (usually chicken breast) and avoid anything too fatty, fried, or breaded. I get my fats from healthy sources such as avocado, walnuts, and cashew butter. I try to cut out more processed foods and eat more fresh items, less sugary foods, etc.

Soups are a great choice! Many are low cal, but definitely watch out for certain soups. Some are so creamy and fattening and some are loaded with sodium. If you can make your own soup, that is the best choice. Even the low sodium soups are still higher in sodium! I love a healthy beef stew with vegetables or a chicken and vegetable soup. Tortilla soup is another one of my favorites (Mmm, now I feel like having some!), but it's another one that can go very wrong if you add a bunch of fattening ingredients like sour cream.

Many diets have similar ways of eating, but I just avoid any that are way too restrictive or have me eating things I hate. If you enjoy the foods you eat on your diet, it makes it SO MUCH EASIER. I tried a low carb diet once and just could not do it for too long! You have to do what works for YOU and something that is healthy.

Good luck and I hope it all goes well for you! I just try to keep my protein, carbs, fat, and calories within a certain range. I keep track of them with an online tool and sometimes just estimate since I get very familiar with the nutrition facts of foods that I eat many times. I'm usually on the lower end of the range for carbs and higher for protein, but I do work out and lift weights, so I know I need the protein (and it helps keep me full!).

Old 06-01-2009, 06:42 PM   #4
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Re: Let's Do Lunch diet?

Dear tUrRrRa:
Thanks for your note. I think you and I eat similar foods. I am into health and fitness and I'm always up to try new things. I cook a lot of chicken and some lean hamburger. I like fish, I just don't seem to make it that often. I like sweets, however, I limit the amounts. I love homemade tortilla soup. I don't eat fried foods, and I'm not a big pasta person. I don't eat a lot of bread either. No potatoes, no white bread, no white rice. No chips. Well, once in a while tortilla chips - a low fat brand. I don't really eat fast food either. As you may have figured out, I did not have a lot to lose.

Anyway, I do enjoy trying new things and I am conscientious about what I eat. Like most people I work to maintain my weight and be healthy.

I was curious to see if anyone on the boards had tried this plan or maybe they had a brother, sister or co-worker, etc. try it.

Have a good evening.

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