One of the biggest challenges I had with my weight over the last few years was staying away from eating so many starchy carbs and not eating enough fruits & veggies. I struggled with working overnights and eating only junk on those nights. Other days I wouldn't eat at home thinking that would be a good way to keep off some weight. I walked and walked and walked but nothing. I would lose a bit of weight in the spring and summer only to gain it all back and then some in the winter months. Last winter I was able to maintain the weight which I was a least happy I didn't gain anymore.
It was time to figure out my eating habits once and for all and get that metabolism working for me not against me. I saw a infomercial (yes, I can hear you saying scam, scam, behind the computer monitor but keep reading) about this weight loss system that is based on eating not on working out. Yes, it includes a couple workouts on DVD but it isn't focused on exercise. How can this be the real deal you say?
First off I want to say I am not a Dr or nutritionist, I am merely reviewing the system on how I feel about it and how it worked for me. Don't forget to talk to your Dr before starting a weight loss system or exercise program.
Food Lovers Fat Loss System is a way of eating, it gets you feeding your body the foods that will work together to get your body into fat burning mode. This system is really what clicked for me and made me realize there is a way of pairing up food to get the best for your body & metabolism. It taught me portion size, what is fast & slow carbs, how much water to drink in a day and how often you should be eating & why.
When the system arrived I pulled it out super excited to get started right away and then I sat down with it all and got overwhelmed. There is SO much information with this system! The system is broken into three parts - 1 Reset Your Metabolism, 2 Lose the Weight & 3 Keep It Off... Forever.
It comes in a nifty box all organized into the three categories. Instead of looking at everything just pull out the 1st box and start there. You can do this! I made the mistake of peeking at everything. Yikes! I want to go through each section and tell you what I thought of each in my review.
1. Reset Your Metabolism:
This is your starting point! Included in this book is a booklet on how to make a Fat Loss Plate. It will give you the information need to help you pair the right foods together on your plate. There are a few different versions of plates that you can use all to fuel your body to burn fat. This is where we learn how to portion control by eyeballing foods and measuring. We are also taught what can be categorized as protein, fatty protein, fast carbs, slow carbs and fat. You will also learn the reasons why this system works.
In the next booklet you will have a 21 day guide to Metabolism Makeover & a rapid results journal where you an keep track of all the foods you eat and the water intake each day.
Another fabulous source in this section are the cds! There are five cds that go along with the 21 Day kick start. I loved popping these in during the day or on my commute to work. It was packed full of information that will help you each and every day.
The thing I love about this system is how it has you do something else each day. It isn't one of those "diets" that you jump in head first. You will ease into this life journey and enjoy each day to a new you. I wasn't a huge fast food person because over the years my body has started to disagree with those foods but we still enjoy having hamburgers, pizza etc at home. This system allows you to eat the foods you enjoy but pair them with other foods that will allow your body to be a fat burning machine.
2. Lose the Weight:
This is likely the best part of the whole system! Its all about the food. Lots and lots of tasty and easy recipes that will have your whole family wanting to eat it with you. There are so many recipes that you are sure to find some family favorites. The one thing I love is the breakfast ideas as I have never been a breakfast person. I have taken a lot of these recipes to help get a quick and easy breakfast into myself and also my daughter. The recipes are easy to make, they are pretty much regular everyday meals just tweaked to make them healthier.
I also the classic comfort food recipe cards. They are so handy to have in the kitchen for comfort food nights and treats. I also love the treat book with some tasty recipes to make and also the ones that are a better choice to choose in store. The one booklet also has great information on how to dine out including Food Lovers favorite restaurants and tips for what to order and ask your waiter for.
These booklets have made it onto my favorite recipe shelf as they are easy to make and taste great.
There is also a 7 day sizedown booklet to lose up to a pant or dress size in a week. This has everything you need to be able to complete this 7 day program right down to some tasty salad dressings. The menu is also made out in the booklet with all the recipes. I haven't tried the 7 day plan but I have tried a few of the recipes and love them. I plan on trying this one a little closer to the summer.
3. Keep It Off... Forever:
So you have lost the weight and need to keep it off. This section helps with tips on how add back your favorite foods after reseting your metabolism and keeping the weight off. There are tons of blank food tracking sheets in this book also to help you keep track of what you are eating & drinking. It also has tips on how to shop smart. There is also a CD to go along with this section and is a great resource.
There are also some workouts included in this system but I didn't end up using them as I was doing my P90 program. I do think they would be great workouts for beginners and really suggest people use them if they don't already have an exercise program they are doing. There is also a calendar to help you get active and achieve your goals!
This is a great system for anyone who needs to get a hold of their eating habits one step at a time, learning everything they need about how to fuel their body with the right foods at the right time with the right portions. I highly recommend this program for anyone starting out on their weight loss journey as it is a way of life not a diet! Once I figured out how to pair my foods together the right way, eating the right portion size and eating every 2-3 hours really got my metabolism into fat burning mode and the weight has been burning off. It'll become a habit when you reach for food or a snack and you wont be worried to have a cookie or a hamburger as you will know how to turn that meal into a fat burning meal.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above product in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~