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10 Foods to Eat the Day After Your Halloween Splurge

10 Foods to Eat the Day After Your Halloween Splurge

Mend your sugar coma by incorporating these foods into your diet

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If your Halloween candy rush has got you feeling miserable, try eating lean protein with leafy vegetables.

Holidays always seem to put your diet willpower to the test. On Halloween, a holiday that celebrates candy, the odds are you are going to have a treat or two.

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If two pieces of candy are not enough, you may feel inclined to have a little more. Instead, take the necessary steps to feel like yourself again.

The best thing you can do is to get moving. This will help to free your mind and will keep you from laying down, which can possibly fuel heartburn or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Go for a walk or do a gentle yoga routine. Keep it simple and you will promote digestion through light exercise. Even if the last thing you want to think about is food, do not skip meals. Instead, prep a healthy meal with tons of nutrient dense foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That way, you won’t be depriving your body of what it really needs: nutritious foods.

Are you stuck on where to start? Try incorporating these foods into your post-Halloween plan. You will feel better in no time and will start November fresh.

Artichokes


Get your body moving and flowing by eating artichokes. Artichokes contain caffeoylquinic acids, which stimulates bile flow. Bile helps the body digest fats and can potentially clear the inflammatory substances found in fatty foods.

Avocado


You may think it’s a good plan to avoid fat the day after your splurge, but avocado provides your body with healthy, monounsaturated fats and glutathione, which blocks the absorption of certain other fats by the intestines, staving off oxidative damage. These healthy fats are also a great way to help support your liver in the cleansing process.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.


How to Do the 20/20 Diet

This article was co-authored by Courtney Fose, RD, MS. Courtney Fose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked as a Dietitian since 2009, and received her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas in 2016.

This article has been viewed 52,361 times.

If you're interested in losing weight, you might have come across Dr. Phil's new diet plan called the 20/20 diet. This plan was designed to help you lose by weight by focusing on very specific foods that will help keep you satisfied longer. In addition, these foods are supposed to help your body burn more calories through their digestion. The 20/20 diet is paired with a detailed book that provides specifics on the types of foods allowed, the specific diet phases, recipes and emotional eating tips. [1] X Research source Although this diet does start off being fairly restrictive and specific, in the long-term it becomes a fairly well-balanced plan that focuses on managing your weight, incorporating physical activity and improving your relationship with food.

  • Start by talking to your doctor about your desire to lose weight by following the 20/20 diet. Bring in the book, recipes and allowed food lists so your doctor can familiarize himself with this eating plan.
  • In general, the 20/20 diet can be viewed as a well-balanced diet however, the initial phase (which is short in length) is fairly restrictive. Talk to your doctor specifically about this phase of the diet and whether he thinks it'd be safe for you.
  • Ask your doctor whether or not he has additional guidance, advice or resources on safe and healthy weight loss for you.

  • Start by reviewing the allowed foods for whatever phase you're following. Also review the corresponding recipes that incorporate these allowed foods.
  • To make your meal plan, take a calendar or date book and write in what you plan to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any planned snacks. Do this for one week at a time.
  • Review your meal plan and recipes and write up a corresponding grocery list. This will help keep you on track in the grocery store and prevent you from purchasing things you don't need.

  • The first thing to do is to get clearance from your doctor. The diet recommends this and it's a general safety practice you should always follow. You need to make sure exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Consider joining an exercise program at a gym, working with a personal trainer, buy some fitness DVDs or watch them for free online, or just start walking for 30 minutes every day.
  • As you become more familiar with which exercises you enjoy, try to write out an exercise schedule for yourself week by week (you can ask a trainer to help you with this, too). It should be similar to your meal plan. Write out what type of exercise you want to do and for how long on each day of the week.
  • In phase one, it's recommended to start by increasing your steps and overall endurance. This is especially important if you haven't been overly active previously. [3] X Research source
  • However, if you're already in fairly good shape, Dr. Phil recommends that you start the 30 second exercise plan, which is detailed in his book. This is where you do 30 second bursts of very high-intensity activity alternating with lower intensity exercises.

  • The 20/20 app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. It's free to install with both.
  • The app provides a lot of the same information as the book however, the sources are less robust as is the overall content.
  • You can find information on each of the phases, lists of allowed foods and a variety of recipes on the app.
  • The app also has information on performing the recommended exercises.

  • The five day boost phase is the most restrictive part of the 20/20 diet. There is only a small list of foods that are allowed at this time. All are whole foods which are not processed and are naturally lower in carbohydrates.
  • Start by gathering the list of foods that are allowed during this phase. They include: coconut oil, green tea, mustard, olive oil, almonds, apples, chickpeas, dried plums, prunes, leafy greens, lentils, peanut butter, pistachios, raisins, yogurt, eggs, cod, rye, tofu and whey powder.
  • During this kick start phase, you'll need to eat four meals a day about four hours apart. Writing yourself a meal plan will help you stick to this schedule.
  • If you purchase the 20/20 diet book, there are recipes provided for this specific phase.

  • In phase two, there are additional foods that you can eat however, you need to continue with your current eating plan. Aim to have four meals a day about four hours apart.
  • In addition to the approved 20 foods, you can also add: chicken breast, tuna, oats, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cashews, and blueberries.
  • At each meal, you can add some of these new foods, however you still need to include two of the original 20 approved foods. This helps continue your weight loss.
  • Another addition that you can do during this second phase is to incorporate two "sensible splurges" each week. These splurges need to be calorie controlled and total no more than 100 calories per splurge.

  • In this last weight loss phase of the 20/20 diet, you are able to add in even more foods. These include: avocado, raspberries, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, quinoa, and black beans. They include more carbohydrate rich foods, but are still very nutritious and low in calories.
  • Again, the eating plan doesn't change. You're to aim for four meals about four hours apart and can still include the two "sensible splurges" for 100 calories each.

  • The 20/20 diet recommends that you evaluate your weight after phase three comes to an end. Do you still want to lose more weight? Or are you content with your current weight loss?
  • If you'd like to lose more weight, it's recommended that you restart from phase one and go through all three phases again. Repeat this sequence until you've hit your desired goal weight. [7] X Research source
  • If you're content with your weight loss, you can transition to phase four which focuses mostly on weight maintenance.

  • In order to prevent you from regaining the weight, the 20/20 diet recommends that you stay in phase three (with the occasional sensible splurge) long-term.
  • You're encouraged to continue trying new recipes and monitoring your diet so that you stay on track with the four meals daily about four hours apart.
  • Another important phase of maintenance is the continued work on your relationship with food and managing your desires to eat.

  • Research shows that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight or a weight loss is by including regular physical activity. [8] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source
  • The 20/20 diet in addition to most health professionals will recommend that you include at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity each week. Also include one to two days of strength training in addition to your cardio.
  • For cardio, you can try: the 20/20 diet's high-intensity interval training program, running, walking, using the elliptical, hiking, dancing or taking a spin class. For resistance training, try: lifting weights or taking a yoga or pilates class.

  • The 20/20 diet specifically emphasizes that you should monitor your splurges and cheats. It allows you two sensible splurges long-term, so use those wisely and make sure you stay accountable to those two splurges. [9] X Research source
  • You may want to keep a food journal or diary during your maintenance phase. This can help you plan for and remember splurges so that you don't overdo it.
  • If you do notice some weight regain, one of the first places you should evaluate is the amount of splurges you've been having.

  • The 20/20 diet says that your emotions play a big part in how much you eat and what you choose to eat. You need to continue to be aware of this so you don't fall back into old habits.
  • The book associated with this particular diet gives a lot of great advice and tips on how to continually manage this aspect of your weight loss.
  • For example, if you have a craving for junk food, try drinking a glass of water and going on a walk to help distract you from the craving. Or you could brush your teeth, which might keep you from indulging (and help support your oral health!).

  • The 20/20 book and many health professionals note that when you weigh in regularly and keep track of your weight, you're more likely to continue losing weight and have a much better time maintaining your weight loss. [11] X Trustworthy Source PubMed Central Journal archive from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Go to source
  • Try to get on the scale one time per week, long-term. Weighing daily isn't necessary since day to day fluctuations in weight are common and don't necessarily reflect an accurate overall trend.
  • If you notice your weight creeping up over time, revisit your exercise schedule and food journal to see what's causing your weight gain. You'll need to adjust what you're eating so your weight starts to go back down.