For people looking to make healthy lifestyle changes, sudden and radical alterations to diet is proven to not be as effective for long-term weight loss or fitness goals when compared to gradual changes over time. So how can you make successful long-term changes without feeling deprived of your favorite foods?
At Fresh, we believe our Traditional Plan – loaded with delicious, balanced meals made fresh and delivered right to your door – is the solution to helping you make successful, healthy changes to your long-term diet and overall lifestyle.
With a robust weekly menu, the Traditional Plan is designed to promote muscle growth and weight loss without making you feel deprived. Each Traditional meal has 30 to 40 grams of lean protein, 35 grams of complex carbohydrates and usually less than 10 grams of healthy fats, such as avocados or nuts.
With only 500 calories or less per meal, the Traditional Plan is perfect for active individuals or people looking to make a positive change in their life without going on an extreme diet.
Because this plan is so popular, we’ve integrated mouthwatering staple dishes, like the Bison Burger Club and Chicken Parmesan, to our weekly menu. And instead of eliminating carbs from your diet, our Traditional Plan incorporates healthy carb-loving alternatives, such as sweet potatoes, legumes and whole grains – leaving you full and satisfied.
It’s common knowledge that healthy eating, combined with regular exercise, is the key to long-term sustained weight loss and an overall healthy lifestyle. And while extreme diets, like juice and water cleanses or fasts, may be tempting with immediate and drastic results, such changes likely won’t last.
In fact, a UCLA Newsroom report found that extreme dieters are more likely to gain all the weight back, plus more, once the diet is ended. 
“People on diets typically lose 5 to 10 percent of their starting weight in the first six months, the researchers found,” reads the UCLA Newsroom report. “However, at least one-third to two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within four or five years, and the true number may well be significantly higher.”
Instead of dieting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] encourages people to lose weight gradually, one or two pounds per week, by making measured changes overtime.
“Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program,” said the CDC. “It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.”
For more information on integrating the Traditional Plan into your lifestyle for long-term successful change, visit the plan page.
1. Wolpert, Stuart. “Dieting does not work, UCLA researchers report.” (April 3, 20017.) UCLA Newsroom. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Dieting-Does-Not-Work-UCLA-Researchers-7832
2. “Losing weight.” (Feb. 13, 2018.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html