The Meal Measure

The Meal Measure review

The Meal Measure is a health and weight loss product that is meant to help people to learn proper portion control so that they can increase the odds that they are consuming the right quantities of the various food groups.

It is a tool that was designed to follow the food portion guidelines of the USDA’s “MyPyramid,” which replaced the 1992 “Food Guide Pyramid” in 2005. That said, it should be noted that since 2011, the USDA replaced “MyPyramid” with “MyPlate.”

The Meal Measure is a Handy Tool

This item is a product from a company called Ezy Dose, which is a brand of Apothecary Products. The Meal Measure is a round plastic tool that has been designed to sit on a plate. It has four compartments that are labeled for a different food group:

  • Protein
  • Starch
  • Vegetables or Fruit

There is one compartment for protein, one for starch and two for fruits and/or vegetables. Each of the compartments is one cup in size, but they also include a half cup line that is marked inside. As for the protein portion, it is approximately the size of a deck of cards.

The Meal Measure is meant to help dieters to be able to better portion out their meals to encourage faster and easier weight loss by eating the right amount of the various food groups, and to help to promote better nutrition by encouraging variety and appropriate quantities of the different foods necessary to stay healthy.

The MyPlate Guidelines

The USDA created MyPlate (formerly MyPyramid) as a reminder for Americans to find their healthy eating style and build it throughout their lifetime. What a person drinks and eats matters and the right mix of foods and beverages can help an individual be healthier in the present and in the future.

MyPlate is a more simplified version of MyPyramid. For the MyPlay icon, the USDA chose a plate to help grab the attention of consumers with a visual cue that serves as a reminder for healthy eating that is not intended to provide a specific message.

What makes the MyPlate plate image different from the Meal Measure tool is that the MyPlate image is divided into five sections:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Protein
  • Dairy

Grains and vegetables have the largest portions, with dairy being the smallest in size.

Convenient and Ideal for Most Meals

The Meal Measure is a practical product can be used for most meals and is dishwasher safe on the top rack. It is sold at a number of different websites and online marketplaces and is available in different colors, including blue and red.

On Amazon, the Meal Measure is advertised at being $9.34. As it does not need to remain on the plate when the meal is actually served, and is merely designed for proper portioning when the plate is being served, it can be used for multiple plates, so there is no need to purchase several when there will be more than one person eating and dieting together. This helps to make it not only practical but affordable.

Additionally, many people who have used it seem to like it. There have been dozens of customer reviews submitted online. Many of them found that the Meal Measure is a very helpful tool. They found that it was very easy to use, is clean and functioned very effectively as a method of gaining a better understanding of how large their portions should actually be.

Many people also pointed out that this was a much more practical way to portion food than using a plate that had dividers, as it was easier for them to be able to properly portion their servings without having to use different plates than everyone else. That fact was especially important at holidays and dinner parties.

An Oldie but a Goodie

Even though the Meal Measure is based on the older USDA MyPyramid Food Guidance System, all in all, it is still a valuable weight loss tool that provides a visual understanding of how much a person typically overeats in one area and doesn’t consume enough of other areas. This can be key in guiding an individual toward eating the right amounts of food and, therefore, naturally managing their weight and nutrition.

Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible

Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible book review

Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible is a book that was written by clinical nutritionist and television celebrity, Gillian McKeith. It is meant to be used as a food reference. Gillian McKeith is the host of several BBC television shows. Among them, the largest and most famous has been “You Are What You Eat,” in which she assists obese individuals in identifying the foods and eating behaviors that are causing them to gain massive amounts of weight, and then guides them with healthier options. McKeith also wrote the 2-million copy internationally bestseller “You Are What You Eat.”

Eating the Right Foods Can Help

The full name of the book is “Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible: How to Use Food to Cure What Ails You.” It is meant to help people to use the right foods to prevent and treat a range of different health struggles. It provides information and recommendations for more than 100 different common ailments, from migraines to yeast infections and asthma.

Many people forget about the healing powers of foods and the nutrients that they contain, but this book has been designed to provide people with a new way of looking at the foods that they eat. Although it does acknowledge that this does not replace a doctor’s care and that there will be times that medications will be required, it also reminds people that their eating habits can offer them some ways to prevent illnesses from happening in the first place, or at least to treat them in a drug-free way so that they don’t need to be as dependent on pills.

For instance, some of the food based treatments mentioned in this book include:

  • Wild yams help promote fertility
  • Almonds can assist with weight loss
  • Tomatoes contain antioxidants that can help prevent cancer
  • Oil and collagen production can be stimulated by eating foods like berries, spinach, broccoli and romaine lettuce

This Book May Not Be for Everyone

Among the strengths of this book are that the author is very qualified as a nutrition and medical specialist. Many people are looking for ways to treat minor ailments in natural ways without having to rely on medications each time. This resource is also a positive one in that it encourages people to eat healthier foods and to increase the amount of fresh foods that they consume. At the same time, it also promotes the reduction of the consumption of processed foods.

On the other hand it is also important to note that the suggestions made in Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible may not work for every medical condition and every person. The sheer number of conditions that are addressed in this book mean that there will be solutions that will work for some but not for others. This is because there is no single cookie cutter solution for everyone when it comes to medical conditions.

If you are considering following the advice in this book, it would be best to first consult with your doctor.

April 2020 Update

Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible that was reviewed above is no longer in print and is currently unavailable for purchase. This isn’t surprising as the book is several years old and Gillian McKeith is no stranger to controversy having been called out over the years for adding the term “Dr” to her advertisements and for even being branded as a “fake” for carrying out the role of being a therapist on Celebrity Big Brother, in spite of not being qualified as one.

Back in 2007, the “You Are What You Eat” TV presenter agreed to drop the title of “Dr” from her company’s advertising after complaints were sent to the UK industry watchdog. Although she has made millions from her books and television series, her credentials have been questioned by some experts.

After careful consideration, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decided that using the term “Dr” was likely to mislead the public, so McKeith decided to drop it from advertising. The reason this controversy occurred was McKeith had claimed that she was entitled to call herself a doctor due to her distance learning PhD in holistic nutrition that she had received from the American Holistic College of Nutrition.

However, this college was not accredited by any recognized educational authority at the time that she took the course, which means that McKeith does not hold a general medical qualification. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, she’s not a “Dr” as she claims.

The reason why this is important to note is that McKeith has other books that you can still purchase beyond the Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible. Although she does offer good advice that may be beneficial to some individuals seeking to lose weight, it is essential to keep in mind that she is a celebrity first and not a doctor. Her opinions and advice should not be placed above the advice of your own healthcare provider.

Metabovite

Metabovite ReviewMetabovite is an over the counter weight loss pill that is marketed as a product to help dieters to lose weight faster and more easily by way of energy boosting and fat burning. It is made and manufactured by a company called New River Naturals (NRN), based in Tennessee.

This product is designed to function as a lipotropic fat burner. In this way, the official NRN website claims that it will work as a “metabolism multiplier & appetite suppressant.” It states that through the use of this supplement, dieters will be able to achieve the kind of results they would expect from a weight loss clinic, but without having to pay expensive fees or undergo painful injections.

This is a relatively hefty claim for one pill to make, but just because it seems impressive it doesn’t mean that it’s not true. However, at the same time, diet pill consumers are reminded of the adage that if something seems too good to be true, it likely is. Therefore, it’s a very good idea to look more closely into this product before simply taking it.

A good place to start with this effort is to look into the formula itself. At the time this review was written, the Metabovite ingredients are: Metabovite formula was composed of Ascorbic Acid (50 mg), Thiamine (50 mg), Riboflavin (5 mg), Niacinamide (15 mg), Calcium Panthothenate (5 mg), Pyridoxine (5 mg), Cyanocobalamin (2,500 mcg), Chromium (100 mcg), NRN MIC Complex 250 mg).

There is a certain amount of clinical evidence to suggest that some of these substances do indeed improve the body’s ability to burn fat through a metabolic increase. Moreover, this product may also provide a boost to the user’s energy levels and some people might find that it helps to suppress their appetite to a certain degree. However, neither this formula nor any of these ingredients should be considered to be proven for weight loss.

To take Metabovite according to the package directions, users should swallow 1 capsule per day along with a full glass of water. The product package recommends that no more than one capsule should be taken each day.

That said, it is highly recommended that anyone thinking about taking this product should speak with a licensed health care provider. A doctor can help you to know if this product is likely to assist your weight loss and whether or not it will be safe for you when taking your individual health and weight loss needs and expectations into consideration.

The Six Pack Diet Plan

The Six Pack Diet Plan is one of the most popular weight loss strategies of 2017 and it has been growing in the number of its followers over quite a while. The goal of the plan is to achieve those ever-so desirable six-pack abs, also known as washboard abs. For many people around the world, particularly men, achieving this body appearance is quite the status symbol.
The Six Pack Diet Plan Review
The Six Pack Diet Plan is detailed in a book bearing that title, which was written by Rehan Jalali. The purpose of the book is to provide readers with the instructions they need to achieve a lean abdominal section of the body and then beef up those muscles to the point that they will continue long term.

Unlike many diet plans that make similar promises, this one doesn’t pretend that it will be either fast or short-term. The people who follow this strategy are meant to do so with the intention of working consistently and as a lifestyle that will be continued into the future. It is meant to help them to achieve long term weight loss and then weight maintenance as well as visible fitness.

The book encourages people to use nutrition, physical workouts, supplements and consistent hard work to achieve a six pack that they will be able to maintain for the rest of their lives. It includes a number of different recipes and menu options to make it easier for people to stay on track, particularly when they’re just starting out and getting the hang of it.

Over time, followers of this diet are meant to build an understanding of the calories in the foods they eat, the number of calories they eat in a day and how many calories are right for them. Moreover, instead of eating three large meals in a day, people using The Six Pack Diet Plan are supposed to consume several (around 8) smaller meals throughout the day. The goal is to keep the metabolism running at its fastest all day instead of having high times and low times.

While this may mean quite the lifestyle change for many people, depending on the habits they have already established, this is not typically considered to be an extreme diet and doesn’t require any drastic changes or restrictions.

Men following this plan are meant to take a number of different dietary supplements. For many people, this can be a nuisance, it can be expensive, and it is often not considered to be a long term strategy. This is because it is not uncommon for people to lose their motivation to keep up the use of the supplements.

The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet

The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet reviewThe Ultimate Volumetrics Diet: Smart, Simple, Science-Based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping it Off is a book written by Barbara Rolls PhD and Mindy Hermann. It promises readers that they will be able to keep their hunger control, drop the extra pounds and stop them from returning.

The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet has found itself in the top spot on the New York Times bestseller’s list. Though this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is effective, it does show that it has a great deal of appeal – enough that consumers are willing to put down money to learn more about it.

The book includes strategies, recipes and a number of resources that are meant to inform and equip the reader for more effective and efficient weight loss.

Overall, this strategy is a twelve-week program that is meant to be followed step-by-step. Throughout this time, dieters are supposed to build new habits that they will maintain over the long term in order to lose the excess weight and stop it from ever returning. Within the pages of the book, there are a total of 105 recipes that have been broken down into thirty five different food categories. These are supposed to be the basis of the personalization and preparation of the meals dieters will eat from that time forward in their lives.

Unlike many other diet programs, this one attempts to take many common dieter restrictions into account. For example, this strategy recognizes that the average person has neither unlimited time nor unlimited money. Therefore, as much as there may be a better way to lose weight healthfully by spending all day preparing an expensive meal, this diet shows that results can still be achieved considering a typical person’s limitations.

In fact, it offers a number of time and money saving hints in order to help readers to be able to shape a strategy that would otherwise require more of those resources into something within their reach.

It also recognizes that regular people can’t simply eat homemade meals for every meal and snack of the day. There are times when we want to eat out at restaurants or visit with friends who won’t follow the same diet. The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet provides tips for coping with those situations as well.
While many people have left very positive reviews on the sites that sell this book, this is clearly not a diet for everyone. That said, this doesn’t mean that the diet is nonsense, as there is no single strategy that will work for all dieters. For that reason, speak with your doctor before going ahead with this strategy. That conversation will help you to know if it is appropriate and/or safe for you and will help you to build your expectations properly.

MealEnders

MealEnders reviewMealEnders are a specially designed form of edible treat designed to help dieters to overcome their overeating struggles, employ improved portion control and reduce the need for snacking. They claim to be able to achieve these goals without the use of supplements or drugs. They are simply treats that can be eaten and that will expose the dieter to two carefully created layers of sensory experience.

According to the official MealEnders website, the outer layer of the treat is the “reward” layer. It is the sweet, “dessert” experience that is meant to trigger the sensation of the end of a meal since most people eat their desserts after having finished their main meals. The inner layer of the treat is a center that provides a “cooling/tingling” sensation. This cleanses the palate in order to provide the feeling of having finished eating.

Over time, the use of MealEnders is meant to help a dieter to train his or her mind to be satisfied with a meal on command. It trains the brain to know when it’s right to stop eating. This is done through a combination of engaging sensations in both the body and mind, says the official website.

While the official website does not provide any links to scientific study that would indicate that claims being made have been backed by science or medicine, it has received praise from Weight Watchers Magazine, About.com and Hungry Girl.

To use this product, dieters are instructed to pay attention to the way they feel during mealtime. As soon as that very first sensation of comfortable fullness starts to occur – about 20 minutes into the meal – it’s time to stop eating. They recommend a practice of leaving food on the plate in order to train the mind in a visual way. This can help to break the link between satisfaction from a meal and a clean plate. The idea is to teach the mind that fullness can be achieved with food left on the plate.

The recommendation is to eat three quarters of the meal and then eat one of the MealEnder candies. Twenty minutes from starting the meal, the sensation of satisfaction should be present.

It is also designed to provide an alternative to high calorie desserts as it does start with the sensation of sweetness before moving on to the refreshing layer that cleans the palette. Each serving of this product contains 15 calories and essentially no nutritional value.

Park Avenue Diet

Park Avenue Diet reviewThe Park Avenue Diet is a type of weight loss plan that uses a very low number of calories over a short period of time in order to try to drop the pounds very quickly. This strategy was developed by Dr. Stuart Fischer.

It was created in order to help a dieter to be able to get started on a new lifestyle that will help them to look and feel better. As a part of this diet and then the lifestyle that is adopted afterward, Dr. Fischer recommends a focus on diet and fitness, but also beauty and fashion.

The complete Park Avenue Diet strategy lasts for six weeks and is broken down into three stages. The three stages are:

 

• “Inviting Success” – This phase lasts for the first two weeks and focuses on self discovery. Here, dieters are given the basics of the program that involve developing a better understanding of the seven areas of image reinvention, and then gradually adding them into their daily routine.
• “Preparing for Greatness” – This phase lasts for the length of the third week. Here, dieters must keep up with their newly developed diet and continue to practice their new skills, developing them into habits.
• “Making the A-List” – This phase continues for the last three weeks, throughout which the diet is continued as it was, and exercise levels are boosted.

Though that outline makes it seem quite simple and achievable, the truth about the Park Avenue Diet is that it is exceptionally restrictive. Each day, three meals are allowed, as well as a snack and a dessert. The dieter must drink a large amount of water in order to ensure proper hydration. While there are a typical number of eating periods, calories need to be kept between 1,200 and 1,500 per day.

Dieters need to keep their portion sizes inside of controlled limits, and their foods are made up mainly of vegetables, fruits, brown rice, lean proteins, pastas, and select dairy products. All artificial sweeteners, fruit juice, milk, alcohol, sugar, and other sweets are required to be eliminated.

There are exercise recommendations provided throughout the length of the Park Avenue Diet. The intensity of the required workouts builds over time. According to information about the diet, the average participant loses between one and two pounds per week. This is a healthy amount of weight loss, but it is also the amount that many people will lose with less restrictive strategies.

Wheat Belly

Wheat BellyWheat Belly is a type of weight loss strategy that was first created by a cardiologist named William Davis, M.D., who wrote the book entitled with the name of the diet. Throughout its pages, this book goes on to describe Davis’s own struggle with excess weight. He claims to have carried 30 pounds too much of fat around his middle. During that time, he noticed that after he consumed foods containing wheat, his energy levels would droop.

In response to that discovery, he began an experiment that featured himself as the sole participant. That said, after a while, he also asked some of his own overweight patients and who were at risk of diabetes if they would join him in testing out a theory. He then eliminated wheat from both his and their diets for a period of three months, after which, he did a checkup on all of them.

What Davis says that he discovered in himself as well as the majority of his patients, was that they had lost a great deal of weight, and they experienced a reduction in blood glucose levels. This brought many of the overweight patients out of the range in which they were at risk of diabetes, and down into the normal blood sugar range. The doctor also reported that both he and his patients experienced a higher amount of energy, they had more restful sleep, they were able to focus more effectively, they had more regular bowel movements, and they enjoyed a range of additional benefits such as improved joint and lung health.

The prime issue that has been brought up among critics of this diet is that beyond Davis’s own experiment, there hasn’t been any significant evidence to indicate that this informal experiment was representative of what the average population would experience. Moreover, a review that the Journal of Cereal Science recently published showed that there is inadequate evidence to suggest that Dr. Davis’s claims about wheat – including a link with obesity – was accurate.

In order to follow this diet according to the Wheat Belly book, dieters are supposed to cut wheat from the foods that they eat, including cereal, bread, donuts, pretzels, and a surprising number of other foods that contain wheat and wheat products among their ingredients. Equally, it is important that this diet is focused exclusively on cutting out wheat, not gluten. This is not a gluten-free diet.

The 5-Factor Diet

The 5-Factor Diet reviewThe 5-Factor diet is a type of lifestyle based weight loss strategy that works along with a book that was published by Harley Pasternak, a celebrity fitness trainer. It is a program that is designed to help dieters to overcome feelings of hunger and wanting to overeat, because it involves the consumption of five meals per day.

The name of this diet is quite appropriate, as it works the number five into its strategy in many different ways. For example, dieters who adhere to this diet will – as was said – consume five meals per day. Among the recipes that are provided in the book, each one contains five different ingredients and each one requires five minutes to prepare it. Furthermore, dieters are instructed to complete 25 minute workouts (five times five is 25), and they are expected to do these workouts five times per week. Every 25 minute session is broken down into five different 5-minute exercises.

According to Pasternak’s claims within the book, by consuming five different well balanced meals every day, the blood sugar will remain even all day long and will not spike or crash. This is very important to the mood and motivation of the dieter as well as to his or her energy levels that will keep that individual going.

The five ingredient meals from the 5-Factor Diet are focused on the five different food groups, which are (according to this strategy):

• Fiber – for instance, fruits and veggies, particularly those with edible skin, as well as wild rice, beans, wholegrain cereal, etc.
• Protein – for example, fat-free dairy, fish, egg whites, lean meats, etc.
• Healthy Fat – for instance, tuna, salmon, sardines, canola oil, peanut oil, and sunflower oil.
• Complex carbs – such as wild rice, beans, sweet potato, quinoa, veggies, etc.
• A sugar-free beverage – for example, water, coffee, tea, sugar-free soft drinks, etc.

One day per week, dieters are allowed to “cheat” from the plan and can eat whatever they want. The goal of that day is to help to satisfy cravings for foods that are not appropriate within this eating plan. In this way, people will know that they can still have their treat food as long as they stick to the plan for the rest of the week. Aside from that one day off, the meals are restricted to those that are dictated by the plan and that fall within the five food groups identified for this program.

I Can Do This Diet

I Can Do This Diet reviewThe “I Can Do This Diet” is the creation of Dr. Don Colbert, who wrote the book under that title. It is currently available in hardcover, paperback, and audio formats. It was designed based on the results of a survey that was conducted online. The purpose of the survey was to discover why dieters seem to get off to a great start but then begin to cheat on their diets after the first weight loss results start being seen.

What Dr. Colbert says that he found was that dieters become frustrated with the fact that they can’t lose weight. Therefore, he has designed the “I Can Do it Diet” to help to turn those thoughts around and give the dieter a better ability to customize their own weight loss program in a way that they will be able to live with its design and, therefore, lose the weight successfully.

The book outlines the five leading reasons that a diet will fail. It also provides some of the basics of successful weight loss and describes various ways that plateaus and mental distractions can be overcome so that they will not lead to the failure of the diet.

Among the most popular features of this book is the fact that it is quite simple and straightforward. Many descriptions of the diet point out that this does not require a large number of radical changes to a person’s lifestyle. Instead, it is based on a foundation of regular, gradual changes that can be added over time in order to continually improve the results of the weight management.

This book requires the dieter to read the whole thing and dedicate him or herself to understanding what it is requesting and then following through with the design of their personalized program. The ownership of the book on its own will, of course, not have any effect unless the dieter chooses to take action on it.

One unique feature of this book that is rarely ever discussed in other diet books is that it provides information on the right foods to eat, how much of them to eat, and when to eat them in order to help to overcome hunger pangs. Hunger is one of the most common reasons that diets fail, so being able to beat the hunger through the tips in this book could be an important part of ensuring the success of a dieting effort.