Kim Lyons Diet : Your Body, Your Life

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

kim-lyons-your-body-your-lifeKim Lyons is a personal trainer, nutritionist and fitness model, who is known for her appearances on the television program The Biggest Loser.

Her book entitled Your Body, Your Life outlines a twelve-week program that Lyons says will help you to change your lifestyle so that you can achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional fitness.

She guarantees that in just three months, you will make great improvements in your health on all levels.

Kim Lyons Diet Basics

The twelve-week program; Your Body, Your Life,  includes a complete diet and exercise plan that integrates behavioral and motivational elements. Kim Lyons helps dieters to identify mental and emotional factors that can potentially become a hindrance to successful weight loss.

There are four components to the program:

  • Part 1 – All About You
    Your body, your mind, your goals, your journals and your fitness.
  • Part 2 – Your Workout
    Understand it, plan it, work it and injury prevention.
  • Part 3 – Your Nutrition
    The bad fad, back to basics, beyond the basics, the deal with meals, grocery shopping, meal planning and recipes.
  • Part 4 – Your Future
    Re-assess and re-evaluation, glitches and gains, maintaining and motivation.

At the end of each chapter there is a homework section that involves various exercises and gives you several goals that will reinforce the major points that were outlined in that chapter. Dieters are also instructed to keep a journal so as to keep a record of results.

Kim Lyons recommends integrating a cheat day into your diet plan where you can indulge in your cravings to reward yourself for being disciplined throughout the week.

This also helps you to maintain a balanced approach to dieting that reduces the tendency for overeating that sometimes can occur as a reaction to an excessively strict diet.

Recommended Foods

Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, lean turkey, chicken breast, flank steak, shrimp, salmon, egg whites, almonds, peanut butter, light cheese, beans, low fat mayonnaise,

Sample Diet Plan

Breakfast

Magic muffins

Morning Snack

Apple
1 piece string cheese

Lunch

Tuna salad

Afternoon Snack

Chewy oatmeal cookies

Dinner

Grilled lemon chicken and veggie salad

Evening Snack

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Exercise Recommendations

Exercise is a major part of Your Body, Your Life and involves circuit training that is divided into three levels – beginner, medium and advanced. For each workout you will perform intervals of cardio, strength training and stretching exercises.

Information is provided on correct exercise techniques as well as how to prevent injuries. Kim Lyons also provides tips on how to exercise outside even when the weather is cold.

Costs and Expenses

Kim Lyons’ Your Body, Your Life: The 12-Week Program to Optimum Physical, Mental & Emotional Fitness retails at $17.95.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.

Pros

  • Based on making permanent lifestyle changes rather than a quick-fix approach.
  • Dieters are permitted a cheat day, which may make the program easier to stick with.
  • Program is created by a fitness expert with experience helping people lose weight.
  • Includes inspiring stories of successful weight loss.
  • Includes a meal plan and recipes.

Cons

  • Does not include any particularly unique information.
  • Will not appeal to dieters who don’t enjoy exercise.
  • Advice may not be relevant to dieters who do not feel that behavioral or psychological elements are involved in their weight gain.
  • May not appeal to male readers.

Conclusions

Kim Lyons’ Your Body, Your Life is a practical and inspiring guide that will help dieters to adjust their diet, fitness and psychological attitude in a way that supports healthy weight loss.

Although the program lasts for twelve weeks, it is possible to continue with this plan as a long-term lifestyle approach to weight maintenance.

    Citations:

  • Walfish, S. (2004). Self-assessed emotional factors contributing to increased weight gain in pre-surgical bariatric patients. Obesity surgery, 14(10), 1402-1405. abstract
  • Kenardy, J., Arnow, B., Kenardy, J., & Agras, W. S. (1995). The Emotional Eating Scale: The development of a measure to assess coping with negative affect by eating. International Journal of Eating Disorders, (18), 79-90. abstract
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: March 24, 2015. Disclaimer

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