Smart and Light is perfect for the person that doesn't want to attend meetings, be weighed-in in front of other people, or can't afford a gym membership or just is too self conscience to attend a gym exercise class.
Founded by Sophie Reverdi, a woman from France who went through the humiliation of being overweight in a very weight conscience society in Europe. Her parents sent her to camps (here in the United States) and doctors to 'fix' her. As an adult she began to realize that there must be a way for those who are predisposed to gain weight to be able to lose weight, as well as those who have gained weight through simply aging, through pregnancy, or their own habits. Reverdi worked with doctors to develop a plan that would work.
Reverdi's plan is a 60-day program that includes a logbook, on line encouragement, on line physical fitness, and on line instruction by a chef. The program is done in France, so the videos are dubbed in English, however, they are still very easy to watch, simple to follow, and just long enough to get the information across.
The food preparation videos are my favorite, and I have watched some of them more than once to make sure I got what was being said. The personal trainer is descriptive, and he does exercises that the person that has not done much more than walk around their house or the mall can still do. Reverdi has encouragement videos, that one can overlook! So, make sure you make a mental note to watch them! Remember, she has been there, and she can encourage!
The meal plan changes each week, starting with not much more than tomatoes that one can eat! (That is an exaggeration!) Each week you add a food. Plan now that pre-prepared foods are not on the lists! Fresh foods are what you will be eating. Reverdi even put together the shopping list you will need each week! She has thought of everything!
What I found in doing the plan is that your body goes through a chemical change, for lack of a better word! Basically, you pull you body off of the junk and it begins to function in the way it is supposed to! My aches and pains waned. I wasn't surprised, I had an idea that I was eating things that were causing some of my aches. What I found out my downfall food is, is white flour. (No, I'm not on the gluten free kick, it is simply the white processed flour,) Something is in that processed flour that doesn't like my system. I was completely off of flour products, and we were at an outdoor fair. It was hot, I hadn't eaten since early that morning, and I was starting to really feel awful. I caved, and ate at one of the vendors at the fair, I had a ham and cheese slider. By that night, the aching along the back of my lower legs from the heel of my foot up my calf was back! I stayed off of white processed flour (just as the program states) and then there was another situation (honestly I don't remember what it was!) and I bailed and had white processed flour...kind of in an experiment mode, too. The same aches came back. That was it, I was done with white processed flour.
Now, I can't lose weight. The last diet I went on was the hcg diet, and I lost 35 pounds with it. When I went back on it, I lost 10 pounds (after gaining back about 10 pounds). I kept it off for a couple of years, and then all of a sudden it came back, with another 10 pounds. I had given up, I was watching everything I ate to just keep from gaining. No losing, just no gaining, sometimes. I had resigned myself to this new me. I didn't like it one bit. I was walking with my daughter every day, and that helped with some of the stiffness, but no weight loss. I went on this program and I have lost 10 pounds! I lost another one pound. Now, I'm having trouble losing anymore; but I don't really care because I'm losing inches. I have pulled out some clothes that I had put away. That made my day! I'm going to keep it up, and I'm not giving up. This works. Also, you don't feel like you are deprived because, the next week you will get to add another food back into your diet! So, you can make it to the next week!
They have given us a coupon code for our YTC readers, YTC50. Go to their site, http://www.smartandlight.com . The log book is available at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Light-Program-Logbook-weight/dp/151485306X (the coupon is not for the logbook, it is for the program). I like the logbook because you have the program in your hand and you don't have to keep going back to the website! But, I do like a book in my hand!