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This is a calorie counting diet, but it is limited in fat grams. It goes by height and weight, and you can choose from several different fat budgets. A lot of the time I find if I just count fat grams, the calories stay under the limit naturally. However, if you eat a ton of fat free items, your total calories can still get too high, so food journaling is super important. If anyone want to follow this plan, just write me a note or send me an email at, tell me your height, sex and ideal weight and I can get you the information off the charts. if enough people are interested I could copy the whole thing and post it in the forum.

(Lotus's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc

Not OK

 How To Follow Choose To Lose:

Cut out the major sources of fat and use lower fat substitutes, such as light butter spreads, nonfat yogurt, lowfat cheese, lean meats, etc. It's perfectly fine to have a higher fat item if it is important to you, but you may find the substities are not so bad, and you are able to eat more in general, if you make good choices most of the time. White bread, candy, cookies, etc are not forbidden, but use common sense. These things will not nourish you and will make you crave more. Try to eat a balance of fruit, whole grains, vegetables, and lean proteins. Also do not cut fat out completely, or you will sacrifice your health. You may get thin but you might also lose your glow and maybe even your hair! Healthy sources of fat include fish, olive oil, sunflower oil, nuts and seeds, avacado. Avoid large amounts of saturated fat.
The book pretty much emphasizes cutting down on all fats, but more is known now about which fats are beneficial. It is true however that overeating even the healthy fats will cause you to gain weight(unless it is all you are eating like on atkins..but that's another story!)
  by member Lotus
My name is Karla Parsons and I have been on every diet on earth. My average size when I was a teenager was an 8 or a 9, but it kind of kept creeping up after I got married at age 20. I used to eat whatever and never cared to count calories, because I thought ...
member since: 28 Nov 07

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Lotus's top tips

1.This diet is based on reducing the fat in your diet. You choose from a budget of fat calories, either of 20%, 17%, or 15%. For example, I am 25 and my ideal weight is 120. According to my chart I need to eat 1404 calories to maintain a weight of 120. I then have the choice of 28 grams of fat daily(20%), 23 grams of fat daily(17%), or 21 grams of fat daily(15%).
2.As long as you stay with your calorie bracket and fat budget, you can eat virtually anything. But as anyone who has counted calories before knows, those calories go fast if you spend them on junk or high fat foods.
3.Reading labels and measuring everything is important on practically all diets, and this is no exception. It is extremely important to record everything you eat. Do not try to "wing it"! ALWAYS check portion sizes.
4.Eat fat free snacks, or very low fat snacks. But you must not go overboard with snacking, or you will not have enough calories left for nutritious food! I like to plan my three main meals for the day, then decide what snacks I want to fit in. It is always best to choose healthy snacks. Remember, fat free does not mean all you can eat.
5.It's so important to get enough fiber and protien, both to curb hunger and for general health.Look for whole grains in your breads, pasta, cereal, etc. Lite or fat free cheeese, fish, soy products, and lowfat dairy products are all good choices. There are lean cuts of virtually all meat,(except maybe whale) you just have to do a little label searching. This is a flexible diet for vegan and vegetarians as well.
6.On this diet, you can save your fat calories up over a period of time, by eating less than your budget for a number of days, and then add them onto a cheat meal. In this way you can have an occasional high fat meal without ruining the diet or regaining weight. After the splurge, go back to your normal intake, no guilt necessary! You can also pay for your sins afterwards if something comes up unexpectedly, but I can tell you, that is not nearly as much fun. Finally, if anybody wants to follow this diet, and would like to know what their recommended calorie/fat budget is, just drop me a note telling me your height, sex and ideal weight,and I will get that information for you from the book. Feel free to write me with any other questions as well.

About / History

This is from an older diet book, I stole it from my mom!
LOL, it's not new, but it's tried and true.
It works great for me because I don't feel deprived. Diets that cut out food groups are just so difficult to stick with in the long run.

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