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Diet Secrets for Female Bodybuilders

The Velocity Diet for Women is a weight-loss program that relies heavily on the use of meal replacement protein shakes and dietary supplements that proponents claim can stimulate weight loss and suppress your appetite. During the 28 days that the plan lasts, you will eat only one meal of solid food per week and follow an exercise regimen daily. While the plan promises quick weight loss and a lean, more muscular body, the Velocity Diet's many disadvantages make it a poor choice for long-term, sustainable weight loss.


• Eat More Fats. Hormonal disruption starts to occur in the premenopaual years, can last right through menopause and it doesn't stop there but to keep hormones happy, you need fat in your diet.

Make oily fish a regular dietary habit, snack on seeds or add their oils and butters to your meals and snacks and consider supplementing with Omega 3 fats.

• Go easy on grains. Yes, unrefined grains offer fibre, vitamins and minerals but they are still a rich source of sugar when broken down into their component parts after digestion and you don't need many of them in a day unless you exercise a lot. 

  • Ms Kirk says menopausal women need to eat more fats to create hormones at a time when they are being disrupted. She suggests eating oily fish like salmon a regular habit

  • Office workers should limit starches like bread, pasta, rice and other grains. Instead, eat carbohydrates from vegetables and limit starches to one or two a day

  • A proper lunch, such as a hearty bowl of soup and a mixed salad with plenty of protein, keeps hunger at bay for hours and prevents snacking

  • Sushi and sashimi are good sources of iodine, which feeds the thyroid. The thyroid can become sluggish before, during and after the menopause


    Proponents of the diet claim that you can lose as much as 20 lb. in the 28 days that the program lasts, in addition to helping wean you off unhealthful food. The program is extremely simple to follow because it doesn't have any special meals to prepare, no calories to keep track of and no fat grams to count. The plan emphasizes both mild cardiovascular and weight-training exercises and, when you do eat solid food during the month, only unprocessed, low-fat foods are emphasized in order to help train you to continue in healthy eating habits after the 28 days on the program are complete.


    The most striking disadvantage of the Velocity Diet for Women is the plan's heavy dependence on meal replacement shakes and dietary supplements. Not only can this be prohibitively expensive for many dieters, it can make the process of dieting a serious strain as followers try to adhere to the plan's restrictions. Women who have families and children to care for may find the program especially difficult as they try to take of the nutritional needs of their family members. Additionally, health professionals contend that diets like the Velocity Diet for Women don't provide sustainable weight loss -- as soon as you have completed the program, chances are you will regain all the weight you lost. Because of the extreme nature of the diet, you should consult your doctor before starting the Velocity Diet.

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