You can eat cumcumbers in unlimited amounts on the Curves diet.
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The Curves diet program was developed in 1992 by Gary and Diane Heavin. Their goal was to design a weight-management plan that addressed the unique diet and exercise needs of women while providing nutritional counseling and an inviting workout location at women-only gyms. You can follow the Curves diet at home, or you can join a local Curves center for access to weight-loss coaching, support groups and exercise equipment. Before starting any weight-management program, talk to your healthcare provider.
Before starting the Curves program, dieters are asked to complete a questionnaire designed to help them determine if their metabolism is slowed more by high-calorie or high-carbohydrate eating. They are then assigned to either the carbohydrate-sensitive plan or the calorie-sensitive plan, both of which consist of three phases. During Phase 1, individuals on the carbohydrate-sensitive plan must limit themselves to only 20 grams of carbohydrates daily, while those on the calorie-sensitive plan can have between 40 and 60 grams. In Phase 2, both groups of dieters can consume up to 60 grams of carbohydrates daily. Carbohydrates are still controlled in Phase 3, but the total caloric intake per day is increased. All phases emphasize plenty of protein, eight glasses of water and a Curves protein shake each day, and unlimited free foods such as cucumbers, lettuce and spinach.
Strength training and aerobic exercise are crucial parts of the Curves diet program. Participants are instructed to engage in both types of physical activity for a total of 30 minutes, three times a week. Dieters who participate in the classes held at a Curves center take part in circuit training that alternates between 40-second repetitions on exercise machines and cardiovascular activity such as jogging. The time spent on the exercise machines is set up to focus on the arms, legs and abdominal muscles in turn.
American Dietetic Association spokesperson and registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner says the Curves diet program's emphasis on losing weight by eating plenty of fresh vegetables and lean protein instead of simply restricting calories can help dieters develop healthy lifestyle habits. The diet strongly encourages regular exercise, and many women may be more comfortable going to the program's women-only gyms than traditional gyms. The program includes specific meal plans and recipes for dieters following either the carbohydrate- or calorie-sensitive plans, and nutrition help is also available at the Curves centers from coaches certified by the Cleveland Clinic.
Dietitian Blatner cautions that people who follow the carbohydrate-sensitive plan may not consume enough whole grains and fruit. Both diet plans also require participants to consume Curves diet protein shakes daily. Jane Kirby, a registered dietitian, adds that the amount of exercise recommended by the program may not be enough to sustain weight loss for many women during Phase 3 of the Curves diet, when caloric intake is increased to as much as 3,000 calories per day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need a minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week, in addition to strength training, to reap health benefits. The Curves diet program calls for a total of only 90 minutes a week.