This is a full program for weight management that uses the Full Plate Diet (FPD) concept plus sessions on exercise and emotional and psychological issues related to weight gain. The FPD uses the book by Drs. Seale, Sherard and Fleming, which won the New York Times Bestseller a couple of years ago. The concept is simple, adding more fiber foods to the diet which are rich in fiber and lower in calories – so a person will eat more and still lose and control his or her weight. We have run this program for about a year now and are very happy with the results.
It is not a fad diet or even a crush diet. It is a program to change the lifestyle of eating, so once one lose weight on that, it is for a long time since this was a result of a changed and healthier way of eating and living. The program goes through describing what are the champion foods in terms of fiber content and how to incorporate them on a daily normal life. We also share recipes and devise strategies of how to eat out and make parties with the right kind of foods.
One client’s sharing her experience – Nora Smith (fictitious name, but a real client) – “When I started attending the classes I was not very sure if this would work, but I tried to apply the concepts and making appropriate changes on my eating habits little by little. After a couple of months in the program, I felt wonderful…and lost 15 pounds, and have more energy and was able to sleep better. It was an amazing experience because I did not feel that I was on a diet or craving for anything at all!”
The advantages of the Full Plate Diet go beyond the fiber and weight control. Most of the fiber rich foods are also nutrient-dense foods and so they are rich in vitamins, minerals and in the latest discovery of nutrition science, antioxidants. Antioxidants are powerful anti-inflammatory agents and they are related to the prevention of many chronic and inflammatory diseases. Therefore, the Full Plate Diet promote foods that are intimately related to the prevention and even treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, strokes and cancer. The Full Plate Diet is an indispensable prescription for the management of overweight and obesity and all of these lifestyle related diseases.
Even if a person tries a rigid diet or a very low calorie diet, he or she might need to go back to a routine diet. If the routine diet or “normal” diet is full of unhealthy foods, most likely the person will also go back to their former weight. This is the problem with dieting. Now, with the FPD the thing is different because it is not a temporary or even a nutrient depleted diet, it is a diet lifestyle that will help a person to lose but, in case of other diet treatments, will help the person to maintain the weight loss achieved.
Being overweight and having chronic diseases, however, is not only related to diet but also to other factors, we added two components to the program, exercise and psychology. During the program, sessions we will cover the basic exercises for health and recovery adjusted to diagnoses and individual needs. We will also have sessions on emotional issues related to stress, depression, etc., that might affect lifestyle and health.
We hope that the Full Plate Diet program helps you in your weight management but more, that it can help you in your whole life and that it can conduct you and your family to a Full Health Life. That is our main goal in this program.