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Bob Greene and the Best Life Diet



Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey’s personal trainer, the man who will be featured on Oprah on Tuesday March 4, is the creator of the “Best Life Diet.” “The Best Life Diet” emphasizes the importance of routine exercise regimens and making wise food choices. There aren’t many good or bad foods. Instead, the guidelines say eat when hungry and stop when satisfied. Bob Greene encourages people to avoid emotional eating. The program emphasizes the importance of understanding how to make healthy food choices and how to incorporate routine exercise into your daily life. “Best Life Diet” is more of a lifestyle than it is a diet. Its a long term solution to weight issues.

Dieting…This verb has become a proverbial knife in my vocabulary. I have learned to hate diets with a passion I never thought possible. Although Americans, particularly young women, seem to be obsessed with food deprivation techniques, living each and every waking moment crusading for weight loss is not the most enjoyable life. Take my word for it, I know the life of a dieter, for I too used to live from diet to diet, trying a new bizarre claim when the previous one failed. (Lose weight eating paper!) My metabolism used to be able to handle anything I devoured. All night pizza binges and the morning lattes from Starbucks used to have nothing on me. My body simply metabolized the extra calories away. Suddenly, my metabolism slowed, and I was caught off guard. Instead of maintaining a trim, sleek figure, my waistline began to expand, my pants grew tighter, and I could no longer move as well. After a few months of this disturbing trend, I decided I aught to do something about it. Different supplements will be available for the person at the rebel health tribe for the good health. The charges of the supplements will be compared so that there will be availability of the best one. Proper research should be done through the person to get the best medication for the good health. 

At first, I tried a simple low-fat diet, but that didn’t work. Ate too many saltwater taffies between meals. After that, I tried to simply eat less at meal times, but I grew so hungry by the end of the day that I gorged right before bedtime. Exasperated, more desperate measures took effect. Weight Watchers fees began to roll in. Unfortunately, that program didn’t work. I simply didn’t have the self discipline to count the points. The Atkins diet followed. Dang, that one was a big mistake. Not only did my chest begin to hurt after a few weeks, the number on the scale began to get bigger too. That diet didn’t work out at all.

Finally, I grew tired of trying a new diet every time I failed. Diets just didn’t seem to work out, and I despised exercise back then. Really, I never gave exercise a chance until the very end. One day I just decided to stop eating altogether. If food was going to have such a negative connotation in my life, I didn’t want a thing to do with it. I somehow managed to overcome the massive hunger pains, and I noticed that the weight I had gained over the years finally began to melt away. Unfortunately, I felt terrible and weak. I was always hungry, but felt very accomplished. I felt as if I had complete control over my body, and that feeling spurred me on to further starvation.

I woke up one morning, got out of bed, and promptly blacked out. I got myself a doctors appointment for that afternoon to see what he would tell me. The doctor asked for a brief history of the last couple of month, a.k.a. what my eating habits were like, sleep habits, exercise habits, etc. I answered honestly. I told him I ate very little throughout the day. He took a urine sample, a blood test, and asked me to return in a couple of days, to which I agreed to do. I still refused to eat, though. Returning two days later, the doctor said that my body was slowing down, and some organs were at risk of failing. He then asked if I suffered from anorexia nervosa. The thought crossed my mind during my refusal to eat, but I never really dwelled on the thought. I broke down a little and said that I think I might.

The doctor set me up with a psychiatrist, who helped work my weight, body, and mind issues out. He set me up with a registered dietitian, too. Together, the dietitian and I worked out an method of eating that was both healthy and satisfying. She also advised me to start exercising, another request to which I complied. I am now happy to say that my eating is normal, and I exercise often and in a healthy manner. Granted, not all diets turn awry like mine did, but diets just don’t work in the long run.

Now, as I look at my exercise and eating habits, they are remarkably similar to Bob Greene’s “Best Life Diet.” I eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m satisfied, and get a healthy amount of exercise. I let my emotions go when I decide that it is time to eat, and I make a healthy food choice based off of the guidelines the dietitian gave to me. Occasionally, I’ll splurge and eat a piece of cake or a few cookies. That’s allowed. I don’t have to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains all the time. Food is there to be enjoyed, and the body needs a little bit of everything, from the basic vitamins to the negatively publicized saturated fats. Although it was never told to me at the time, my diet basically falls right in line with the “Best Life Diet.” I’m here to testify that not only does this program work, it is a happier way to live, as well. You’ll feel better both physically and mentally, and you won’t have to worry about jumping from diet to diet. This lifestyle will benefit a follower for life.

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