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Is the Biggest Loser menu plan worth it?

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The Biggest Loser menu plan can be worthwhile for people who work hard, commit to improving their dietary habits and incorporate other aspects of the Biggest Loser weight-loss plan. The plan is flexible enough to accommodate people avoiding gluten and/or meat.

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Is the Biggest Loser menu plan worth it?
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The menu plan focuses on small meals eaten often, and it incorporates lean protein, low-fat dairy or soy. It also includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and whole grains. People are allowed 200 extra calories a day to use as they wish. The majority of the foods are low in calories but high in fiber, with the aim of keeping people feeling satisfied longer. The theory is that eating five or six small meals a day with the right kinds of foods keeps blood sugar and hunger balanced. Adherents should also drink six to eight glasses of water daily and stay away from caffeine.

The plan does not mandate any packaged foods or meals, and all food groups are open. However, some cons of the plan are that it is possible to not meet a minimum of 1,200 calories a day, in which case, vitamin supplements can help. Another possible negative is hefty time commitment that exercise requires. The overall weight loss reduces a person's risk of getting type 2 diabetes, stroke, some types of cancer and high blood pressure.

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