May 17, 2009

Diva Pyramids for Weight Loss and Better Health!

Phase One: Diva Reduction—For Ten Weeks
(click here to enlarge Diva Reduction Pyramid)

Phase One—Diva Reduction of the MY DIVA DIET program is based on 1,200 to 1,300 calories a day for ten weeks. You may start with three to six weeks if you choose.

The targeted nutrient ratio for Phase One—Diva Reduction is:
  • 35% protein/45% carbohydrates/20% fat (those of you who want to be extra-lean Divas can reduce fat intake to 15%).
So, for a 1,300-calorie day, you would eat approximately 113 grams of protein/150 grams of carbs/28 grams of fat.

Phase One—Diva Reduction is created as “close to ideal” for dieting. If we adhered to all the dietary rules, we would be a vision of perfection with 13% body fat, lacking many of the common health issues we face today. But we are not perfect; we do not live in an ideal world. My Diva DieT takes this into account and also reminds you that some fat on our bodies is not only healthy, but attractive.

Paw Caloric intake Guide
In the Diva Reduction Phase, it’s important to calculate your daily caloric intake so you know how many calories you are consuming each day and how to gauge your daily caloric intake for fat reduction.

Here are some examples:
  • If you are consuming 2,000 calories a day, you may only need to drop to between 1,400 and 1,600 per day to reach your goal.
  • If you’ve just come off a restrictive- or starvation- diet plan (1,000 calories per day or less), you may need to slowly build up your daily calories, starting with 1,000 and slowly moving up into the 1,200 to 1,300 range.
  • If you exercise regularly or you are an athlete, you may need more than 1,300 calories; even if you are trying to lose fat.

Phase Two: Diva Maintenance—For Life
(click here to enlarge Diva Maintenance Pyramid)

The second phase of the MY DIVA DIET program is Phase Two—Diva Maintenance.

This phase is to make sure you preserves what you have accomplished in the Diva
Reduction Phase. You’ll go on doing what you know is right, but you’ll also have more leeway to deviate from the strict plan of Phase One. Maintenance is a lifestyle. We can help you with more information (and menu plans that go beyond PART FIVE) via our website at

In Phase Two—Diva Maintenance you can eat more—about 1,400 to 1,600 calories per day, depending on your activity level (for women who are very active, daily calories may increase as high as 2,000 per day).

Some of you may be more comfortable staying at 1,200 to 1,300 calories per day (as
in the Diva Reduction Phase). That’s fine, but never go lower than that. Usually what happens anyway is that one day we may consume 1,200 calories and the next 1,600, and then the following day 1,300. That is why it’s always best to work within a range of calories and not get locked into a single number.

During the Diva Maintenance Phase, assuming 1,600 calories per day, if you divide
your daily calories by four, you should consume about 400 calories per meal. The approximate targeted nutrient ratio is:
  • 20 to 35% protein/45 to 65% carbohydrates/20 to 30% fat (these may vary and fluctuate)

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