Is it really any wonder that diets don’t usually work? Don’t eat this, eat more of this, don’t eat at this time, always eat at this time, write down what you eat, count your carbs, keep track of your calories…honestly, what person could or would want to keep up a system like that forever?
That’s why I was intrigued when I heard about the Swap & Drop Diet from Best Health magazine. Created to give Canadians a sensible plan for living better and feeling great, it sounded like a diet that could actually be maintained. I received a copy of the book so that I could see for myself what it was like.
The Swap & Drop Diet approaches healthy eating with a great week-by-week plan that lets women ease into a healthier lifestyle. I really appreciated the way that the diet introduced a new challenge to focus on each week. From eating breakfast every day to mastering some simple stress relief techniques, the goals were simple and effective tools to overall better health.
I also loved the portion check section of the book. Canadians tend to consume huge portions at meals and having a visual guide right in the book to show me what a proper portion of meat, fruit, vegetables and grain products really was helped me understand proper portions much better. Did you know one serving of spaghettini should have the diameter of a dime when uncooked and held in a bunch?
The book is packed with fun and interesting facts as well. I learned that a diet with moderate fat is more effective than a low-fat diet and that dairy products help promote weight loss. I also liked the quizzes that covered topics including how diet-friendly my kitchen was and what triggered my desire to eat.
I must say that there were some suggestions for meals and substitutes that I didn’t agree with. I am a big believer in real food and so substituting non-hydrogenated margarine for butter or artificial sweetener for sugar is not something that I’ll personally ever do. But the book itself points out that even fad diets usually have some great fact-based information or tips to help you reach optimal health and overall, the Swap & Drop Diet is the most sensible and well-balanced diet plan I’ve ever come across. Since it offers so many alternatives and choices at every stage, picking and choosing to make it work for you is simple.
The book is rounded out with a 12-week walking plan to ensure maximum fat burning and adequate exercise and an incredibly handy Dining Out section that provides appropriate meal choices for Canada’s most popular restaurants including Boston Pizza, The Keg and even McDonald’s! I try to make most of my family’s meals whenever possible but I was excited to learn about which options were the healthiest choices for my family on those occasions when we do eat out!
Overall, the Swap & Drop Diet isn’t really a diet at all. It’s a gradual adjustment to your way of life that will let you continue to enjoy all the foods you love in moderation as you add other healthy foods and habits to your day. No food is off-limits and the included recipes are absolutely scrumptious! Who wouldn’t want to be able to have pancakes for breakfast, crab cakes for lunch, a steak for dinner and still lose weight?
The good people at Best Health want you to have the chance to start your new healthy lifestyle, so they are very generously offering one lucky reader their own copy of the Swap & Drop Diet book, a $30 value! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment with an easy tip for living a healthier life.
If you’ve been trying to live a healthier lifestyle or if you’ve been disappointed by the results of a fad diet, why not give the Swap & Drop Diet a try? The book retails for $29.95 and includes four issues of Best Health magazine, a $19.95 value! Check it out for yourself and learn how you can lose weight, gain energy and improve your overall wellness with small lifestyle switches that make a big difference over time!
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