Best known for his tough-talking approach to life, Dr. Phil McGraw made a decision to take a swing at developing his own diet program. The result is The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom. Instead of simply handing you a meal plan, Dr. Phil helps readers rectify the behaviors that lead to their obesity to begin with. His goal is to change people "from the inside out."
In other words, you are not going to be able to lose pounds until you differentiate your lifestyle: the way you feel, the way you think and the way you react to food. With the 7 keys, you will get a healthy dose of self-awareness. His main components include stress: right thinking, healing feelings, a no-fail environment, mastery over food and impulse eating, high-response cost, high-yield nutrition, intentional exercise and a support circle.
Do not expect a quick fix. Just as it took time to put on the weight, it is going to take time to make an attitude adjustment. For starters, change toxic thoughts with positive affirmations. He goes on to suggest ways to conquer emotional and impulse consumption. Of course, exercise must be a priority in order for a person to achieve lasting weight loss.
There is no carb counting or calorie tallying with the Ultimate Weight Solution. Instead he focuses on Low Response Costs Foods and High Response Cost Foods. According to Dr. Phil, Low Response Foods are ones that are eaten down without chewing or swallowing. Loaded with calories and lacking nutritional value, they bring very little to the table as far as health. High Cost Response Foods, on the other hand, are those that require preparation in the kitchen and that take time to eat. He points to raw broccoli, apples and other fiber-rich food as examples.
Dr. Phil wants individuals to eat foods that pack a powerful nutritional punch while also being limited in calories. For instance, foods that are high in fiber generally require more effort and time to consume. This prevents people from overeating. The meal plan largely consists of complex carbohydrates, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats.