The Fit For Life diet is similar to other diet plans where combining food in certain ways is thought to improve digestive processes and thereby lead to successful weight loss.
Type - Food Combining Diets
Are special products required - No
Is eating out possible? - Yes
Is the plan family friendly? - Yes
Do you have to buy a book? - Yes
Is the diet easy to maintain? - No
So how does it work?...
The Fit for Life diet is one of the easy to follow diets and essentially requires you to avoid processed food. It is a diet high in fruits and vegetables and limited in dairy products and meats. The Fit for Life diet also recommends that foods be eaten in specific combinations at certain times of the day.
The goal is rapid weight loss based on when and how you eat. It draws on various theories, including natural body cycles, the water content of food, food combining, ‘proper’ fruit eating and detoxification.
The theory behind diet plans such as this is that the body is not designed to digest more than one concentrated food in the stomach at the same time (any food that is not a fruit or a vegetable is considered concentrated). The authors cite research carried out in the 1940’s suggesting that carbohydrate and protein cannot be digested when consumed together. In addition, they suggest that eating two concentrated foods together will cause the food to rot because it cannot be digested properly.
The idea behind the high water content foods such as fruit is to maintain and replenish the body’s water content to prevent waste accumulation.
The Fit for Life diet also espouses ‘natural hygiene’ – a theory that the body is constantly seeking to clear itself of waste, and that helping this process along will improve your health.
According to the authors of the diet, the body operates in cycles:
• Noon to 8pm is for appropriation (eating and digesting)
• 8pm – 4am is for assimilation (absorption and use)
• 4am to noon is for elimination (of body waste and food debris)
The Diet Plan...
The Fit for Life diet advises that you eat only fruits in the morning, raw vegetables with whole grain bread or vegetable soup for lunch and salad with grains and meat for dinner.
The recommendation is to use a weight loss diet recipe that involves as little cooking as possible, as the authors of the diet claim this removes water from food and destroys its natural enzymes. If your diet does not include enough high water content foods, they recommend drinking distilled water, since the minerals in natural water are presumed to bind with cholesterol and for plaques. Eating fruit is highly recommended, but it should be eaten separately and never immediately following any other foods.
Is it good for you?...
The theory of the Fit for Life Diet is that by restricting certain foods at each meal, you will take in fewer calories overall and you will lose weight. Although one of the easy to follow diets, the scientific basis for food combining is unfounded, and there is no reason for most people to avoid combining foods.
However, if you often have difficulty digesting certain foods, or experience abdominal discomfort after eating, it may be worth following this diet plan for a few weeks to see if you feel any better.
Most food promoted diet plans such as this one are healthy, but the rules do not lend themselves to flexible, long-term habits that are easy to maintain.
The concept of daily cycles is based on normal hormonal changes in the body but there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that these fluctuations influence nutritional requirements. In addition, the authors of the Fit for Life diet argue that calories are the enemy only if they are consumed in foods that are highly processed or badly combined, rather than encouraging sensible portion control.
• Fruit salad of banana, grapefruit, and apple
• Vegetable salad of chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, Brussels sprouts, and sunflower or sesame seeds
• Whole-grain bread
• Bowl of creamy cauliflower soup
• Roast chicken breast with steamed green beans
• Green salad
• Glass of vegetable juice
• Handful of almonds