August 7, 2014 posted by

The Old 8 Week Transition Diet

The Old 8 Week Transition Diet

I first concocted this plan in the 80s. I first subscribed it to someone else in the 90s. It was one of the first things I wrote for Beachbody, just after the turn of the century. And here it is, again, as one of the first articles posted on The Beachbody Blog, more than 30 years after I first tested it. Diet trends come and go. Since the time I first began playing with this concept, the bestseller list has included diets based on  Beverly Hills, Pritikin, Grapefruit, blood type, Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, gluten, and more.  All are completely different. All promised nutrition revolution.  All faded, or will fade, eventually. Yet, there has remained one constant. Eat less junk, eat whole, natural foods, drink plenty of water, and life will be better. That’s what the transition diet is set up to do.

Basically, all you do is slightly restrict your diet bit by bit, week by week, until your eating habits change. The first version was six weeks. Through feedback it’s been tinkered with until it settled on eight as the transition rate that seems easiest for the greatest number of people. The only negative feedback I’ve received is that it doesn’t promise results quick enough. That is not its goal. What we’re trying to do is follow the easiest path to healthy eating because, in the end, that’s all that matters. Improve the way your body runs and results will naturally follow. They have to. It’s the simplest, and oldest,”trick” in the book.

Here’s an excerpt. Click on it for the plan.

It’s often said that no one diet works for every individual. While this is true, you may have noticed that all Beachbody eating plans target a similar goal: Eat more natural, whole foods and less junk. That’s because there are no secrets to healthy eating. There are strategies that can lead to various performance benefits, but 99% of the goal of eating healthy is to minimize junk and get your diet to consist of real food (you know, the stuff nature makes). With this in mind, our Beachbody nutrition guides use various strategies, all designed to lead you to the same place.

While those nutrition guides tend to be detailed, the 8-Week Transition Diet is for those of you who want simple. Outside of a small list of what you can’t eat, you’re free to chow down on anything. How hard can that be? You should also find that by making your transition gradually, the road to healthy eating is pretty easy.

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