Dr Phil’s Diet Plan

Is it me, or is Dr. Phil a pretty big guy? I just finished reading “The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom” this morning. Nothing new that hasn’t been screamed before. Phrases like “food is a drug,”  “Pay attention at how you feel when you eat,” and “don’t eat processed foods” kept the book at par with all the other celeb-turned-nutritionist’s books. It seems like everyone has a weight plan and the “secret” to weight loss.

How many diet plans have you tried in the last 5 years? I have read about or tried every “diet plan” I can get my hands on (and driven my bride crazy with the random grocery lists I bring with us to the store). Its not that I am trying to lose weight-on the contrary, I am very happy at the weight I am at. The reason I put myself through these diet fads is that my clients make themselves sick trying to find the “perfect plan” and then attempt to make that the only thing they eat. In order to know what the heck they are talking about, I put myself through these diets to see if the plan each diet subscribes to actually makes a difference. Here are the problems I typically find in most diet plans: fruits come and go with the season; diet plans often call for foods that are unavailable in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, or the Western hemisphere in general; and most importantly, most people are looking to lose weight from their waste, not the wallet. Lest we not forget, most diet plans call for an extreme reduction in calories, which leaves you hungry, somewhat malnutritioned, and depressed because there is an old fashioned blueberry doughnut in the conference room  and no one will eat it because they thinks its funny how you have been sitting at your desk drawing pictures of it and slobbering all over your desk just thinking at how delicious it would be just to smell it…hey, we all have problems, right?

In conclusion, here is a sample of day one of fourteen in Dr. Phil’s Rapid Start Plan. You’ll find the menus supply an average of 1,100 to 1,200 calories a day (good luck with that, homie) with approximately 30% from protein, 45% from carbohydrates, and 25% from fat. On average, the menus furnish 30 grams of fiber a day. You will find these menus are also low in sugar, sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

Meal Plan –Day1
One serving of high-fiber cereal (eg. All-Bran, Bran Buds, Fruit & Fiber, or Fiber One)
1 cup low fat, skim or soy milk
1 egg, scrambled (or two egg whites, scrambled)
Strawberries, kiwi or a banana (or other seasonal fruit)
Coffee or tea (hold the sugar and other additives


Water packed tuna with one sliced tomato served on a generous bed of lettuce, chopped green peppers, radishes, and other vegetables
2 tablespoons low-calorie Italian salad dressing

1 cup low fat, sugar free plain yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar-free apricot preserves

Roasted Chicken Breast
Asparagus spears, steamed or broiled
Summer Squash (crookneck), steamed or boiled

Now I am reading: Bob Harper’s Are you ready!

I love that guy! I never miss an episode of Biggest Loser. I love you!

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As a Leadership Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, James Leath teaches athletes from the professional ranks all the way down to elementary school about character and leadership of self, team, coaches and critics. His widely read blog at jamesleath.com is a top resource that educates athletes, coaches, and parents in sport psychology and personal development. James is currently finishing a graduate degree in Performance Psychology.