Dieting is big business these days, which is why there are some weird, wonderful and downright dangerous diet programmes doing the rounds. Thankfully, the TFL Plan is not one of them. TFL stands for ‘Total Fit Lifestyle,’ and this plan does exactly what it says on the tin, to coin a well-known advertising phrase. The strapline of the TFL Plan is ‘Making Obesity Obsolete,’ so this plan is not designed to provide quick results.
Devised by the TFL Coach, this is ‘more than just a diet.’ Coach, as he’s known to the followers of his plan, has very definite ideas about the definition of the word diet. ‘A diet is something you start at birth and finish at death,’ he says in the ebook that accompanies the plan, ‘not something you ‘go on’ when you want to lose a few pounds and ‘come off’ when you’ve done it.’
This is what the world’s nutrition and weight loss experts have been saying for decades, and Coach – a qualified nutritionist and personal trainer – has no time for fad diets or ‘quick fix’ weight loss programmes. The TFL Plan is based on sound nutritional principles. As Coach says, ‘Nutrition is the single most important aspect of being a human being.’ That’s true – without proper nourishment, it’s dificult to function at a basic level, let alone do everything that goes with a busy lifestyle, and still have energy for the things you want to do as well as the things you need to do.
The TFL plan is an evolutionary eating plan. Many diets are ‘revolutionary,’ in that they require you to make drastic changes in order to achieve weight loss, and this can send the body into a state of shock, so that it refuses to co-operate with your desire to lose weight. On this plan, you make small but healthy changes, week on week.
For example, if your usual breakfast is a couple of slices of white buttered toast and a bowl of sugary cereal, swap that for a bowl of porridge with apple, yogurt, cinnamon and pumpkin seeds, scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast or one of the other breakfasts on the plan. They’re all packed with fibre and complex carbohydrates, to provide a steady stream of slow release energy to keep you going until lunch time.
Lunch is the TFL Salad, with some low fat protein such as hard boiled egg, tuna or chicken, and you can make a big bowl of salad to enjoy more as one of your two snack meals each day. The TFL Plan is based around eating the three macronutrients – fats, proteins, and coarbohydrates – each day. By eating a variety of the plan’s recommended foods, your body will get all the micronutrients, or vitamins and minerals, that it needs. On this plan, you won’t need to take extra vitamins – all your daily nutrients come from the food you eat.
While the TFL Plan, like all weight loss plans, works on the principle of taking in 3,500 calories less than your body needs for every pound of weight you need to lose, there’s no need to obssess about calories. The recommended meals, plus a couple of snacks each day, should enable you to lose weight at the rate of 1 – 2lbs a week, which is the safest and healthiest way tp do it.
There are some interesting evening meal recipes – Cajun chicken with quinoa, Quorn chilli, and a healthy Friday night curry, so you’ll never feel deprived on the TFL Plan. As for portion size, the main meals should take up no more room on the plate than the two palms of your hands.
Losing weight is not just about cutting down on what you eat – exercise is important as well, for boosting the metabolism, toning the body and improving overall health. The TFL Plan includes a full training programme, broken down into four 4-week cycles, along with illustrations of the exercises, so you know you’re doing them properly. While the exercises are designed with the gym in mind, they can be adapted to do at home if you have no access to a gym, or if you’d rather not workout in front of witnesses.
The best thing about the TFL Plan is the level of support that’s available. Coach provides an email address and phone number, so you can ring him whenever you need to, and he’ll follow up on you at regular intervals, offering advice and support. There’s also online support via the Fat Loss Forums, which were established as a companion to the plan, but are open to anyone needing advice and support on fitness and weight loss.
The cost of the TFL Plan is 29.95GBP for the ebook containing all the fitness and weight loss information, plus personal support from the TFL Coach for life, via email, Skype or telephone. Once you’ve paid for the plan, there’s nothing more to pay. It’s a small price to pay for ‘Making Obesity Obsolete.’