Dr. Susan Kleiner has created the Good Mood Diet and has had some astonishing results in the Seattle area and beyond. The diet claims that it will boost energy levels and improve your mood all while cutting your weight. This 14 day program differentiates between feel-good and feel-bad foods and tries to explain the science behind its nutritional program.
Practitioners will tell you that there are a wide variety of “feel good” foods, including such items as red wine, coffee and chocolate (although not in the first two weeks). The book presents many delicious recipes that teach you how to cook tuna noodle casserole, spinach strudel, whole wheat pancakes, black bean salsa soup and more. One of the key components of this diet plan is being able to whip up a high energy smoothie
Dr. Kleiner is not one to be constantly counting calories and strictly limiting your food intake. She states that many of these low calorie low carbohydrate diets can lead to low energy levels and depression. Her 25 years in the nutrition industry have expanded her knowledge and give her credibility, along with her consulting of champion athletes, all of which she shares in her book.
The book also contains chapters on exercise and rest, both of which are important to weight loss programs. She also points out which foods are “feel bad” foods. Namely fatty or fried processed foods. Also, refined sugars and starches, alcohol and large doses of caffeine are verboten. The “feel good” foods include whole grains, nuts, fish and an assortment of fruits and vegetables.
The Good Mood Diet claims that in one day you will feel better than yesterday. In one week you will erase depression and in one month you will lose weight forever. These are bold claims, but she offers three different meal plans to achieve these goals. Certain “feel good” foods are required every day, including a nightly cup of hot chocolate. Fish five times a week is another must, along with a multivitamin and lots of water.
While Dr. Kleiner does have a scientific background, she presents most of her findings as being based on trial and error experience from her work with professional athletes. As such her claims that some foods can instantly make you feel energetic may be misleading. After all, not every person is an elite athlete.
The Good Mood Diet presents a 14-day diet plan that focuses on the connection between what food we eat and how it affects our moods. This is a growing area of research. With the high concentration of “feel good” foods that include fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, eggs and more, the Good Mood Diet can change how you feel about food. This change will have the happy by-product of reducing your weight, and lead you towards a healthier lifestyle. The plan, when combined with an exercise program and proper rest, will lead you down the road to healthy eating and sustainable weight loss.
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