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Precision Nutrition Diet

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author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
Precision Nutrition Diet
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The Precision Nutrition diet is a comprehensive weight-loss program that claims it will teach you how to eat for your individual body and your personalized goals. The program offers 11 nutrition guidebooks that allow you to create your own meal plan; one-year access to support from Precision Nutrition experts; 25 goal-specific exercise programs; and a 12-month membership to the Precision Nutrition article and e-book library. The program offers a quick-start guide to get you on your way and 10 habits of good nutrition to help you succeed.

Getting Started

Once you purchase the program and receive your materials, you start by reading the diet guide, which provides the information you need to build your custom meal plan. You create this plan by choosing meals from the three Precision Nutrition recipe books. The quick-start guide then shows you how to clean out your fridge and cupboard and create a grocery list from which to restock your kitchen. You put the 10 habits of good nutrition, or strategies for success, into practice, track your progress and get support through the Precision Nutrition forum.

Focusing on Three Goals

Precision Nutrition outlines three goals on which the program is focused, stressing the importance of working on these goals simultaneously for success. The first goal is to improve your body composition by reducing body fat and increasing lean mass. The second goal is to improve your health by decreasing your risk of chronic diseases and improving the overall status of your health. The final goal is to improve your physical condition by focusing on strength, energy and stamina.

Strategies One Through Five

Precision Nutrition outlines 10 strategies, or habits for success. Eat every two to three hours to help keep your blood sugar balanced and stimulate your metabolism. The program recommends that females consume 20 to 30 grams of lean protein at each meal, and that men get 40 to 60 grams of protein at every meal. You should have one to two servings of vegetables each time you eat. As for starchy and all other nonvegetable, nonfruit carbs, you should eat those only after exercising. And you should get no more than 30 percent of your calories from fat, with an emphasis on a balance of unsaturated fats.

Strategies Six Through Ten

The final strategies are geared toward helping you succeed with the program. You should stick to zero-calorie beverages and avoid drinking your calories. Instead of supplements, focus on eating whole foods, which provide a rich source of nutrients. Plan your meals ahead of time, eat a wide variety of nutritious foods, and allow yourself a little bit of room to cheat. You should aim to eat healthy 90 percent of the time and have a treat the other 10 percent, which comes out to about four cheat meals per week.

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