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The Fit for Life Diet
The Fit for Life philosophy is based on the idea that eating foods in specific combinations at certain times of the day will result in weight reduction and increased energy levels. Very specific guidelines are outlined for the types of foods to be eaten throughout the day. Dairy and meat products are strictly limited, while over 70 percent of the foods eaten are fruits and vegetables. The Fit for Life program believes that Weight loss results from improved digestion. It does not adhere to the belief that weight loss results from restricting calories and fat.
With the Fit for Life Program, no food portions need to measured and caloric intake is not the focus. Higher calorie foods simply are not part of the diet, so restricting caloric intake is not an issue. As much of the recommend food as is desired can be eaten every day.
The assertion made by Fit for Life is that when foods are eaten in inappropriate combinations, absorption of these foods from the intestinal tract is prevented. This causes toxins to build up in the body and corresponding weight gain.
The diet suggests that fruit be eaten, on it's own, from the time one wakes until mid day. Dinners are either a 'carbs meal' or a 'protein meal', and no combination of the two is permitted. The belief is that mixing protein and carbohydrates in the same meal prevents proper digestion and causes a build up of toxins, because the enzymes that digest protein cancel out the action of the enzymes that digest carbohydrates, and vice versa. All dairy products and all products with refined sugar are forbidden.
As with other diets that heavily restrict food choices, many experts believe that the Fit for Life Diet does not provide sufficient nutrition. Particularly limited in this diet is protein, zinc, vitamins D and vitamin B12.
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