The “I” Diet – also known as The Instinct Diet – was created by Dr. Susan Roberts, a weight loss researcher at Tufts University.
Through the course of her research she analyzed many factors related to obesity and discovered five elements or ‘instincts’ that have an influence on the way we eat.
When we understand our eating instincts we can learn to control them and this makes it easy to lose weight without experiencing hunger or deprivation.
Roberts claims that you can lose 15 pounds in eight weeks by adjusting your relationship with these five instincts.
The key of the Instinct Diet involves understanding the factors that trigger our eating instincts and then working with our biology to make it easy to lose weight. According to Roberts we have five intrinsic instincts that are related to our eating behaviors.
The I Diet is divided into three stages:
Fresh fruit and vegetables, high fiber cereal, whole wheat pasta, legumes, low-fat cheese, low-fat sour cream, nonfat milk, chicken breast, lean beef, salmon, legumes, low-fat peanut butter.
¼ cup high fiber cereal
1 cup broth-based soup
Diet hot or cold chocolate drink
4 oz lean steak
The I Diet believes in the importance of exercise however Roberts states that research suggests that it has a very small effect on weight loss, so exercise is not emphasized in this book. She would prefer that dieters spend time on preparing healthy meals because this has a greater impact.
In the final phase of the Instinct Diet, 15-30 minutes of exercise is encouraged each day because it helps with maintaining weight loss.
The “I” Diet: Use Your Five Food Instincts to Lose Weight and Keep it Off – Without Feeling Hungry retails at $13.95 in paperback.
It was previously published in hardcover format as “The Instinct Diet” which retails for $24.95.
The I Diet can help increase awareness of the triggers behind our food choices and eating behaviors. This program combines practical strategies with behavioral modification techniques while also providing dieters with education about nutrition and healthy eating.
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