How do you do the Body for Life Diet?

Losing Weight

The Body of Life diet, is a weight loss program that promises to help you to lose weight and enhance you body in 12 weeks. Their promise is to give you a stronger, leaner and more energetic body in three months.

It combines diet and exercise to help you gain lean muscle, strength, endurance and lose weight. Those on the body for life for diet, balance carbs and eat good carbs (complex carbs).

The key is to have a high protein low and good carb diet. It is suggested to write down your weekly goals as it pushes you toward the end purpose, which is to get healthier and to lose those unwanted pounds. Many who have tried Best Body for Life claim it to be one of the best weight loss programs they have tried.

Here are some ways you can balance your carbs on the Body of Life diet and get the lean, strong body you’ve always desired.

Complex Carbs

It is advised to eat six small meal daily, spaced to to 3 hours apart. This will keep your metabolism and energy high and you will suffer no energy crashes. Body for Life discourages large meals or high carb meals that weigh you down and make you sluggish.

Bad carbs convert to sugar and then later cause you to feel tired and sluggish. Complex carb enhance your energy levels and give you real sustained energy.

Complex carbs include fresh vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, beans and whole grain cereals, sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans, oatmeal.

Size portions: In order to prepare healthy diet meals potions, measure each portion of food the size of your fist.  Use this measuring method for the protein and carbs portion of the diet plan and add a portion of vegetables.

Body for Life Diet
Body for Life Diet

Exercise and Diet

No diet is complete without exercise.   Exercise is not only good for accelerating weight loss, but contributes to toning and strengthening muscles including the most important muscle in the body, the heart. 

The exercise regiment you choose, will depend on your present medical and physical condition.  Before starting to exercise also check with your physician, especially if you are under the care of a physician.


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  People who skip breakfast tend to be over weight.  Make sure to start each morning with complex carbs and protien.   Complex carbs are food high in fiber, which help you stay full, have a low glycemic index which keep you blood sugar level , stimulate metabolism and sustain energy levels.

Healty Food Choices for the Body for Life Diet


Combine complex carbs with high protein food such a chicken, turkey, eggs, cheese or tofu. Make a turkey or chicken sandwich, with a glass of low fat milk or a glass of water.

Combine any of the complex carbs mentioned above with other high protein foods mentioned below. No high fruitose drinks or soda allowed on the Body for Life diet. They contain high levels of sugar, which has not health benefits and are high carb items.


Snacks are important in that they help to prevent you from getting so hungry that you eat the wrongs things in between meals.

For your afternoon snack, nuts, fruit or salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar are fine.

You can also munch on pickles, sliced tomatoes, celery and peanut butter, a small wedge of hard cheese, a hard boiled egg. Just make sure to combine protein with complex carbs for each meal or snack.

High Protien Meats

For dinner, meats that are high in protein are a 4 oz hamburger, a 6 oz steak. Beef contains 7 grams of protein per ounce.

Choose lean cuts or cut off excess fats. Chicken, fish or pork are also good high protein meats. Combine these meats with complex carbs for a good Body for Life dinner.

Your Free Day

On the Body for Life diet, you are allowed one free day where you can eat anything your want. This is a great break from the routine and you can survive the week know that you have a free day coming!

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Blair Rockefeller 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Awsome hub. I never heard of this plan, but it is what I'm doing. Eating lower fat and complex Low-carb meals. Also controlling portion size and not eating after dinner. Not doing the free day because of my bodies craving for sugar when it gets some. But doing a few higher fat meals a week.

Joey 6 years ago

Some EXCELLENT info there. The body doesn't really need the amount of carbs we in the developed world eat these days. There's just no need...especially as we're doing les and less excercise as our lives are being made easier due to machines and such.

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Psalmist4M 6 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

I'm struggling lately to get my weight & eating under control. This is helpful and timely. This inspires me to get on track. Thanks for the helpful tips & specifics.

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jasonycc 6 years ago from South East Asia

Useful information... especially on complex carb. Most of the time, I do not care about the category of food I consume. (protein, good carb, bad carb). Thanks for pointing out.

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thanks habee!

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

great info! I'm linking it to my low carb egg custard!

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Fred, it is so cool to know that you have not gained any weight since High School. Go Fred!

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Love it! I am very conscious of what foods I eat. It has helped me maintain the same weight since high school. 30th year reunion is today. I employ much of what you describe. Proof it works.

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

This type of diet does take some planning. Just like when juicing.

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Thank you for the tips. They sound great. I don't know if i can eat six times a day

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