Light Lifestyle Eating Plan
The main aim of this plan is to be effective and achievable. We have tested the diet on real people to ensure that it is effective for a variety of people and we have provided a wide selection of recipes on this site that are quick and easy to prepare and suitable for family meals to make the plan achievable. The diet also doesn't limit the volume of food you consume, rather focussing on the types of food you eat. This prevents the hungry feeling that is so often the undoing of good intentions.
The diet is based on low carb principles but with plenty of flexibility built in and an emphasis on making sure you get enough of the right foods to ensure your health, not just your waistline benefits from the plan.
There are four simple rules regarding food on the Light Lifestyle program:
- Eat at least 3 meals a day, including breakfast within an hour of waking up
- Include protein in all your meals
- Eat low GI, low carb foods
- Drink plenty of water - at least 4 cups a day
How to do it:
Eat low carbohydrate foods as much as you like.
You can also eat 1-2 servings of medium carbohydrate foods a day.
Don't eat any high carbohydrate foods until you are happy that you have stabilised where you want to be, at which point you can also eat high carbohydrate foods at one meal a week. (Useful for Christmas and Birthdays)
Low carbohydrate foods:
Vegetables: Non-root and pulse vegetables and green beans, turnips, radishes
Protein foods: Meat, eggs, poultry, fish, soya, nuts, cheese
Fruits: Avocado, coconut, berries
Full fat dairy: Cream, yoghurt, cheese
Fats: Avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, butter, ghee
Fluids: Water, coffee, tea
Sweetners: Sucralose, sugar alcohols - xylitol, maltitol, isomalt
Herbs and Spices
Caution: Sweetners, salt and butter can all cause cravings so are best consumed as part of a meal
Medium carbohydrate foods:
Vegetables: Carrots, Beans and pulses (small portions)
Fruits: Citrus fruits, passionfruit, peaches, kiwi, melon, plum, pineapple, apricot, watermelon, starfruit, small apples, small pears
Fluids: Full fat milk, vegetable juices
High carbohydrate foods:
Vegetables: Potatoes, parsnips, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, yams
Grains: Wheat, corn, oats, rye, barley etc.
Fruits: Bananas, grapes, all dried fruit
Fluids: Fruit juices