The Diet Smart Plan (TDSP) is the creation of author Barry Sanders. The plan involves a series of small, healthy changes to a person’s diet that result in more significant benefits over a period of time rather than drastic measures to meet a expected deadline for weight loss goals.
A typical dieter has a goal of exiting the diet as soon as possible because in their mind, a diet is restrictive. If the diet was more in alignment with their normal diet, the dieter would not want to vacate the program as quickly and desired results would happen through consistency of healthy behaviors.
The Diet Smart Plan is based on the participants’ eating awareness. TDSP is calorie conscious but not concerned with more detailed nutritional aspects such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, points, or good fiber.
Keeping the dieter focused on just a few simple aspects, the dieter is more likely to adopt those few healthy habits and make them behaviors rather than overwhelming them with multiple items that lead to frustration and eventually, failure.
TDSP has only three basic guidelines:
The Diet Smart program categorizes food into 5 groups:The five food categories are
Most participants did not eat a significant percentage of vegetables in their diet prior to TDSP. In the first few days of the program, many dieters turn to free foods to maintain a full feeling while trying to stay under their daily calorie count. When the dieter does not feel hungry and sees weight loss, the participant changes their perception of diets.
Based on a 200lb person.
|1/4 pd. Cheeseburger (lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard)||295|
|2 oz. potato chips||150|
|Side salad with raspberry vinaigrette||80|
|Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (55 pieces)||140|
|6 oz. Chicken tenderloins – grilled||180|
|1 cup green beans||40|
|medium baked potato with ultra low-calorie butter||195|
|After dinner snack|
|1/2 bag of popcorn||100|
Prior to each meal or snack, participants “research”, or verify the calorie count of foods prior to consumption to ensure that the meal or snack fits within the daily limit providing for flexibility in many situations. After the meal is consumed, calories from items eaten including condiments and other extras to ensure all calories are counted (unless the food is a free food).
TDSP is only concerned with the total from the meal, not details from individual items. The participant keeps a running total all day. At the end of the day, the slate is wiped clean and the participant starts again the next day at zero.
Asking participants to wait to begin an exercise program rather than starting day helps participants readily adopt an exercise program later. Participants begin by focusing on weight loss for six weeks and then begin a regular weight loss program.
The loss of weight helps participants exercise more easily and separates the concepts for easier adoption. Participants who did not have a regular exercise regime prior to TDSP are asked to wait until week six to begin a routine.
The Diet Smart Plan works well through dual accountability. The participant commits to having a support team to help keep them on track.
In return, the support team members commit to the participant not to tempt them when dining, being supportive, and being there through “thick and thin”.