Get Lean: Belinda Benn

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The Get Lean Program was created by 45 year old fitness model and health writer, Belinda Benn. She designed this plan to help you make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle so that you can look lean, feel fit and be strong.

Get Lean Diet Basics

The program includes three phases, which allow you to gradually adjust to a healthier lifestyle. Benn says this is important because it makes it more likely that you will continue with the changes you implement over the long term, enhancing your ability to maintain an ideal body weight.

Phase 1: Momentum Phase

This begins the process of increasing your fat burning metabolism. You start to incorporate new eating habits and gradually cut down on your intake of calories and carbohydrates.

Phase 2: Acceleration Phase

In this phase of the Get Lean Diet you will significantly reduce your body fat percentage while eating to maintain the energy you need for your fitness regime. Your body starts to adjust to a lower intake of calories and this will allow you to notice an increase in fat loss.

Phase 3: Peak Phase

By the end of this phase you will be able to achieve your ideal lean physique.

Belinda Benn says that she discovered that it is not only how much you eat that matters but also what you eat and when you eat it. She explains that eating foods high in carbohydrates in the evening can promote weight gain so they are best consumed in the early morning as well as pre- and post-workout.

Throughout the entire Get Lean Diet, are structured Treat Nights where you are permitted to enjoy your favorite foods. In the first and third month you get two nights a week and in the second month, one night a week. This can make it easier to maintain your diet over the longer term.

Rather than simply concentrating on food Get Lean emphasizes the importance of all of the aspects of a healthy lifestyle including the psychological factors involved in our eating behaviors. The intention is that by increasing your awareness of these elements you will be better prepared to make positive changes in your diet, both to enhance your appearance as well as your general well being.

Included in the program is the 3 Phase Fat Burning System, 15 Powerful Fat Burning Foods, proven treat-meal strategies, Nutrition Intuition Guide, 12 weeks of daily meal plans and over 50 fat-burning recipes.

Recommended Get Lean Foods

Sweet potato, berries, bananas, figs, almonds, low fat natural yogurt, eggs, steel-cut oats, ground flaxseed, pears, papaya, asparagus, lentils. cinnamon, lean meat, whey protein, coffee, tea.

Sample Get Lean Diet Meal Plan

Breakfast

1-2 cups cooked oatmeal with cinnamon in skim milk, water or soy milk
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
¼ cup dried figs

Morning Snack

¼ cup almonds
¼ cup dried cranberries
175-350 g natural, sugar-free low fat yogurt
1 pear

Lunch

1 chicken breast baked in herbs, olive oil, salt, pepper and lime juice
2 cups green garden salad
1 cup whole wheat pasta

Afternoon Snack

1 Get Lean Powerhouse Protein Shake

Dinner

3-6 oz lean beef with green vegetables, red pepper, ginger, onion and garlic

Evening Snack (optional)

175 g natural, sugar-free low fat yogurt
Herb tea

Get Lean Exercise Recommendations

Belinda Benn says that many people don’t get good results in their attempts at losing weight because they don’t exercise in the Fat Burning Zone. She explains that this is when you are doing just the right amount of physical exertion to burn fat.

The Get Lean Diet eBook includes guidelines for activities that put you in the Fat Burning Zone that should be done for a minimum of 20 minutes, three times a week. Dieters are also advised to include a 30-minute weight training workout two or three times a week.

Costs and Expenses

The Get Lean Program is available in eBook format for $47.75.

Pros

  • Encourages consumption of a wide variety of natural, whole and unprocessed foods.
  • Does not require calorie counting.
  • Get lean Includes 90 days of meal plans, recipes and shopping lists.
  • Advocates goal setting, which is associated with a greater chance of success.
  • Emphasizes the importance of addressing mental and emotional health for weight management.
  • Comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
  • Includes personal email support.

Cons

  • Will not appeal to dieters who prefer not to follow a structured meal plan.
  • Requires time to be spent on meal planning and preparation.
  • The use of a protein supplement is recommended.
  • Difficult to eat out and stick with the Get Lean program.

Conclusions

The Get Lean Diet Program is a comprehensive weight loss plan, designed to help to you make permanent healthy changes in your lifestyle. It will appeal to highly motivated dieters who prefer to follow a structured eating and exercise plan.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 7, 2010. Disclaimer