The Transitions Diet claims to help you get rid of unwanted pounds through your participation in the program's unconventional lifestyle adjustment methods, according to the diet's website. While on the Transitions Diet, you can eat foods you prepare yourself, and consume the company's portion-controlled meals and weight-loss shakes to supplement your diet.
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The Transitions Diet is a weight-loss program that claims to teach you how to make healthy choices while you eat a typical, diverse diet, according to the diet's website. The diet company says that the Transitions Diet is different from other meal plans because it does more than provide you with a list of foods you can and cannot eat. Furthermore, you can participate in the diet on your own or as part of a 12-week group workshop that helps you gain support from other Transitions Diet members.
The Transitions Lifestyle System offers a total-system weight-loss approach that includes weight-management supplements, meal plans, behavior modification education and a low glycemic index, or GI, diet, according to the diet's website. Low-glycemic diets lead you to eat foods that are believed to prevent drastic increases in your blood sugar level, according to MayoClinic.com, which might help you lose weight and prevent you from getting diabetes. The program also includes 30-day journals that help you record your exercise regimen, menu selections and lists of high, moderate and low GI foods.
You join the Transitions Lifestyle System through a monthly subscription that you can cancel at any time, according to the diet's website. Once you pay for your first month, you receive access to an exercise planner and exercise demonstrations to help you design your own fitness regimen. You also receive a personalized online meal planner, email access to company representatives, individualized tracking tools and access to the company's online archives which include numerous behavior modification techniques. These behavior modification techniques include learning how to balance your body-mind connection, how to give up sweets and how to stay on track with your weight-loss goals.
While on the diet, you are encouraged to eat low GI foods such as 100 percent stone-ground wheat, legumes and sweet potatoes. You are also encouraged not to eat, or to severely limit your intake of, high GI foods such as white potatoes, white bread and bran flakes. You can eat lean proteins, such as chicken and fish, while on the diet.
Furthermore, the Transitions Diet recommends that you take all or some of the company's seven different types of supplements every day to help you lose weight. These supplements include Transitions Thyroid Support, which the company claims promotes healthy thyroid function. The company also recommends that you take its product Thermochrome, which it claims helps to boost your energy and suppress your appetite, according to the diet's website.
Although the program does provide you with low GI meal planning assistance, the company also offers weight-loss shakes that it recommends you drink in place of breakfast. It also offers packaged portion-controlled meals that you can eat for breakfast and lunch.
Behavior modification programs help obese people lose moderate amounts of weight, says researcher J.P. Foreyt of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in the "Annals of Internal Medicine." Foreyt says that obese people who underwent behavioral modification treatments lasting 18 weeks lost an average of 21 pounds. He also says that 66 percent of subjects studied maintained their weight loss after one year.
Talk to your doctor about your weight loss goals in relation to the Transitions Diet before you begin the program. You might have special dietary or lifestyle needs that the diet does not support, or you may need to visit your doctor regularly for medical supervision while on the diet. Furthermore, the Transitions Thyroid Support Formula contains holy basil, an herb that might cause serious bleeding if you take it with a blood-thinning medication such as warfarin, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Finally, the company's Thermochrone supplement contains Hoodia, an herb that you should not take if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, says Drugs.com.