Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight Loss Solution
OverviewIn his book, The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution, Phil McGraw, PhD, focuses on the importance of getting to the heart of your weight struggles and confronting your “personal truth.” The talk-show host and psychologist outlines what he believes are the seven keys to permanent weight loss. In addition, he helps you set realistic expectations and goals and assess your readiness for change.
How Is This Diet Supposed to Work?Dr. Phil’s plan focuses on changing everything that affects what you eat—your thinking, your behavior, and ultimately, yourself. He believes that if you are overweight you are out of control, and you need to regain control. His plan focuses on taking control of emotional issues that may affect your eating behavior, changing your eating habits, and prioritizing exercise.
What’s Involved?According to Dr. Phil, there are seven keys to permanent weight loss. These keys are:
- Right thinking—Eliminate self-defeating thought patterns and believe that you will succeed.
- Healing feelings—Learn how to break the cycle of overeating in response to emotions and stress.
- A no-fail environment—Create an environment in which it is virtually impossible for you to fail at weight control.
- Mastery over food and impulse eating—Identify the cause of self-destructive habits and behaviors and replace them with new behaviors.
- High-response cost, high-yield nutrition—Eat mostly foods that take time to prepare, ingest, and are high in nutritional value.
- Intentional exercise—Make regular exercise a priority in your life.
- Circle of support—Surround yourself with people who are supportive of your weight loss efforts.
- Baked or broiled fish
- Baked or roasted chicken breast
- Broiled or grilled lean meat
- Soy burgers
- Low-fat dairy
- Whole grain breads and cereals
- Whole-wheat pasta
- Brown rice
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Broth-based soup
- Nuts and seeds
- Baked goods
- White-flour based breads
- High-fat dairy products
- Fast food
- Fried fish and shellfish
- Sugar-sweetened fruit juices
- White pasta
- White rice
- High-fat cuts of meat
- Most luncheon meats
- Snack foods
- Creamed or candied vegetables