The Bonus Years Diet

by Kimberly Hays | December 31st, 2012 | Diet Plans, Diet Strategy

dietIf you love red wine and chocolate, this diet is for you. It promises not only weight loss and a way to maintain your weight, but it also vows to add 6.2 years to your life. Dr. Ralph Felder developed this diet. In it, you consume seven foods in your diet on a daily basis to achieve amazing results. It is not only a diet, but a permanent lifestyle change that also will reduce your risk of disease. His book offers a 30 day plan to get you started, along with over 100 recipes to keep your taste buds satisfied.

The seven ingredients that the diet plan requires are red wine, fish, nuts, garlic, vegetables, fruits, and chocolate. He explains how much of each one to include each day: five ounces of red wine, five ounces of fish three days a week, four cups a day of vegetables and fruits, a clove of garlic per day, two ounces of nuts per day, and two ounces of dark chocolate daily. The premise of the diet is that these foods will lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, which in turn will lower your risk of heart disease by 76%. This is due to the antioxidants in the foods, as well as being rich in phytochemicals and flavonoids. An interesting fact about this diet is that aside from incorporating these foods, the rest of the diet is open for you to decide. Of course, you can’t eat a lot of fatty foods and expect good results, but if you make good food choices along with this diet, you will have success.

It could become boring to include these foods in your meals on a daily basis, but because Dr. Felder also gives you recipes to switch things up, it makes it a little easier. Does a pear baked in red wine and chocolate sound boring? This is just one sample of the recipes Dr. Felder offers in his book on the diet. The only other drawback would be if you do not like some of these foods. Alternatives are not given if you either don’t like the food or you have a nut allergy.

If you do enjoy the foods, it offers some tasty recipes and can easily be incorporated into your current diet. Dr. Felder is not only a doctor, but he is also a chef, which guarantees that the recipes will not only be healthy, they will be delicious.

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