Oct 7, 2009

The Five Factors Affecting Body Fat and Health: MY DIVA DIET

MY DIVA DIET addresses the root causes of why we are overweight and not at our full potential for optimal health. These comprise the Five Factors Affecting Body Fat and Health.

Here is a summary to help you understand how these factors
work for or against you:

Factor #1: Liquid Consumption
Too many poor liquid choices add unnecessary and empty calories to the American diet, and an inadequate water intake leaves women dehydrated, unhealthy, and unhappy.

Factor #2: Quantity and Distribution of Calories
  • Daily caloric intake (uncontrolled calories—too many or not enough)
  • Daily nutrient ratio: protein/carbohydrates/fat (unbalanced calories)
  • Number of meals in each day (too many or not enough)
  • Meal size (uncontrolled portions)
  • Meal timing (unmonitored timing)
Factor #3: Quality and Purity of Calories
  • Fat calories
  • Unhealthy calories
  • Dirty calories
  • Impure calories
  • Old and dead calories
Factor #4: Restrictive and Unbalanced Dieting
Because most women look for quick-fix solutions to our obesity and poor-health epidemic, we buy into gimmicks and false promises. We subscribe to dangerous pills and special packaged foods. We suffer needlessly. Sometimes we lose weight only to “rebound”—gaining more weight than when we started and usually at the expense of our health. We end up confused and more desperate. So instead of seeking the proper way to lose weight, we start the cycle all over again.

Factor #5: Exercise
Lack of exercise is a major factor in our health and often explains why we may be fat in the first place. We are a “remote-control” country: we lack physical activity and are frequently too lazy to exercise.

MY DIVA DIET Addresses the Five Factors: The secret to MY DIVA DIET is that we dissect these Five Factors and put together a comprehensive plan to ensure that calories are used for their intended purpose—energy and health.

Factor #1: Liquid consumption is monitored.

Factor #2: The quantity and distribution of calories are calculated.
  • Total daily calories are approximately 1,200 to 1,600 (or more in some instances, depending on whether you are in the Diva Reduction Phase or Diva Maintenance Phase of MY DIVA DIET, your activity level, and other variables).
  • Daily nutrient ratio for fat loss is 35% protein/45% carbs/20% fat (or close) and approximately 20 to 35% protein/45 to 65% carbs/20 to 30% for maintenance.
  • Number of meals is four to five per day.
  • Meal sizes are controlled appropriately (portion control).
  • Meals are timed appropriately (every three to four hours).

Factor #3: The quality and purity of calories are determined.
  • They must be lean (containing little or no fat, especially bad fat).
  • They must be healthy (conducive to health).
  • They must be clean (free from foreign or extraneous matter).
  • They must be pure (free from contamination).
  • They must be alive and/or fresh (recently harvested, with no decay, not preserved or processed, and not overcooked)
  • Animal protein should come from "animal friendly" foods (chicken, beef, turkey and fish that are raised, treated, and fed properly as well as killed humanely)

Factor #4: Restrictive and unbalanced dieting is eliminated forever.

Factor #5:
Exercise is introduced in a balanced regimen.
An effective exercise program should include:
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Strength and endurance training
  • Flexibility training
  • Core and balance training
  • Corrective exercises
  • Functional training

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Body2Shape said...

I really like your take on Calories and the detail you go into in relation to Protein, carbs and fats, great post!

Kieran from Body2Shape.com

Christine Lakatos said...

Thanks Body2Shape!