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The theme this month is “balance”. A balanced diet involves more than just meeting your nutrient needs – it’s a personal plan that balances with your likes, your dislikes and your lifestyle.

People often ask me, “is dieting good, or bad?” It’s such a general question that I often don’t quite know how to answer – partly because we toss around the words “diet” and “dieting” so much that they’ve almost lost their meaning.

 In truth, we’re all on a diet every day. We each have our own dietary habits and patterns that make up our usual “diet”. Sometimes we make changes to that diet – often to cut down on our calories – in which case you might say you’re “dieting” or “on my diet” (that is, until a few weeks later… when you’re “off my diet”).

What Makes a Diet Good or Bad?

There are certainly “good” diets and “bad” diets – we all know people who choose foods carefully and eat well, just as we know others who seem to eat nothing but fast foods and soda. And, if you need to lose weight, then “dieting” – in the most general sense – is probably a good thing. But it really depends on how you approach your weight loss.

If your weight loss diet is one you can stick with, is well-balanced and leads to a healthy rate of weight loss, then yes, in that case dieting is definitely “good”. But, if the weight loss diet you’re attempting to follow is unbalanced, if it’s so strict that you can’t stick with it, or if it’s so low in calories that you have no energy or you lose weight too quickly, I’d say that’s “bad”.

The Best Diet is the One that Works for You

The most successful “diet” is the one that works for you day in and day out. It’s the diet that provides your body with the nutrients it needs. It’s the diet that includes foods that you enjoy eating. It’s a diet that works with your lifestyle. It’s the diet that you can follow for the rest of your life. And it’s yours and yours alone.

With so many different “diets” out there, how do you put together the diet that works for you? I think the best way to start is to follow some basic principles, and then refine your diet and eating pattern until you find a way of eating every day that works for you.

Building a Healthy Diet from the Ground Up

I like to think of building your diet in much the same way you would if you were building a house. You start with the basic foundation, you build up your supporting structures, and then you add the finishing touches to personalize it, and make it uniquely yours.

If you were building a house from the ground up, you’d have a budget – you’d know how much money you have to work with and, therefore, how large your finished house could be. Similarly, if you’re building your diet, the first thing you need to know is how many calories you have to work with. Just as houses come in all different sizes, so do people and their calorie requirements. Calorie needs are individual to you, and are determined, in large part, by your body composition and the amount of activity you get. You can’t plan out what you’re going to eat until you have an idea of your daily calorie needs to help you achieve your dietary goals (whether it’s to lose weight, gain or stay the same).

Now – just like your house – your diet needs a strong foundation. Ideally, the core of your diet will be made up of lean proteins, healthy carbohydrates (in the form of vegetables, fruits and whole grains), and modest amounts of healthy fats. Most healthy people will have the same dietary foundation, and they’ll use these ‘raw materials’ to build the structure of the actual diet.

The next step in construction is dividing up the space and putting in the supporting structures – and in building your diet, you’re going to do the same thing. Your goal is to divide up your calories from protein, carbohydrates and fats in a way that suits your needs – just as you’d divide up the square footage of your house into different rooms in a way that works best for you.

In most cases, about half your calories (or about half the square footage of your “house”) – is going to come from carbohydrates. The other half will be – more or less – roughly divided between protein and fat. The proteins, carbohydrates and fats you eat, along with the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, provide the supporting structure to your diet, much like the supporting walls in your house.

Personalize Your Diet for Long Term Success

Now comes the fun part. Once the basic structure is finished, you get to decorate and personalize your house. The same holds true for your diet. Just as some people like carpeting and others like tile floors, you get to personalize your diet, too – by picking and choosing the foods you’ll eat that work with your likes and dislikes, your lifestyle, your budget – while still meeting your nutrition goals.

Personalization is really key to your success. For instance, kale is really popular right now. But if you just can’t choke it down, then find another leafy green that you like instead. There’s nothing magical about kale – there are plenty of other greens that offer up a similar nutritional profile. What really matters is the overall quality of your diet. And with so many healthy foods out there, there’s no shortage of items to pick and choose from. Just find the ones you like, and build these foods into your daily diet.

It wouldn’t be “good” if you felt uncomfortable every time you walked into your own home – if it didn’t feel like “you”. Similarly, a diet is only “good” when it’s good for you – because it nourishes you, and because it just feels right. And once you feel natural and comfortable with the diet that you can “call your own”, your weight should take care of itself.

Susan Bowerman is Director of Nutrition Training at Herbalife. Susan is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Posted in Nutrition Health Articles By Guy Alony

Iron is a vitally important mineral, but many people – especially women – don’t meet their iron needs.

Iron is the most abundant mineral on earth – and one that nourishes nearly all life on the planet. Plants need iron to make chlorophyll, which allows the plant to convert energy from the sun into energy for the plant and, in humans, iron is found in every cell of the body. Yet for all its abundance, many of us don’t get enough iron in the diet. In fact, lack of iron is among the most common nutritional deficiencies worldwide, including in the United States.

Related Article: Building Your Own Balanced Diet from the Ground Up

Iron’s number one job in the body is to transport oxygen from the lungs to all the cells and tissues of the body – iron makes up part of the hemoglobin molecule in the blood (and the myoglobin protein in muscle) that performs this function. But equally important is iron’s role in helping to extract energy from your food. So, when you consider these two key functions of iron, it makes sense that if you don’t get enough iron in your diet, you might feel your energy flagging.

In general, women are more likely to experience a lack of iron than men, and this is due partly to differences in diet, and also the fact that women of childbearing age experience iron losses through their monthly menstrual cycles, and also experience increased needs during pregnancy. And, since the mineral is necessary for growth and development, shortages may occur among growing children and teenagers (especially girls).

With careful attention to diet, however, most people can meet their body’s needs for this important mineral. Here are four things you should know about iron.

  1. If you associate dietary iron with foods like red meat, you’d be right. Animal proteins – like meat and poultry – are the primary sources of iron in a typical diet. This form of iron is called “heme” iron, and it is generally better absorbed than the iron found in plant foods.
  1. But, that doesn’t mean vegetarians can’t get enough iron. A different form of iron, called “non-heme” iron is found in plant sources, such as beans, lentils, oatmeal, nuts and leafy greens, as well as some fortified grain products (like cereals) and eggs.
  1. Vitamin C greatly enhances the body’s ability to absorb non-heme iron from plant sources. Vegetarians generally eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C, which helps explain how some vegetarians are able to meet their iron needs with a well-balanced diet. For instance, a vegetarian chili with beans and tomatoes, the Vitamin C in the tomatoes would help the body absorb the iron from the beans.
  1. Your body is able to adjust how much iron you take up, depending on your needs. When iron stores are waning, your body becomes more efficient at absorbing it. On the other hand, if you’ve got plenty of iron on hand, you’ll take up less.

Susan Bowerman is Director of Nutrition Training at Herbalife. Susan is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Posted in Nutrition Health Articles By Guy Alony

What’s the difference between Herbalife® Formula 1 and Formula 1 Sport?

All Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake mixes  share the same nutritional profile of 9g of protein and 12g of carbohydrates along with a vitamin and mineral blend. Within this line is the classic soy-based Herbalife Formula 1 as well as Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport, which is made with milk protein.

Formula 1 Sport is different from Formula 1 in that Sport:

  • uses whey and casein in the form of milk protein - contains a small amount of soy lecithin
  • has additional glutamine
  • contains a higher percentage of the daily recommended value of Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin C and Folic Acid
  • and each lot produced is tested clean for athletic banned substances and certified in the NSF Certified for Sport® Program.

    These differences were implemented to meet the increased nutritional needs of those engaging in an active lifestyle. However, they both offer similar overall benefits, and can be used interchangeably: athletes can use the classic, and non-athletes can use the Sport version.

Does Formula 1 Sport contain soy protein?

No. Formula 1 Sport contains milk protein; however, it does contain an emulsifier called soy lecithin at a very low level (less than 1%).  Soy lecithin helps prevent clumping and is commonly found in dairy protein products. Hence, if you have a soy allergy, you should not consume F1 Sport.


What are the ingredients in Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport and what do they do?

Gain confidence from your pre-competition nourishment. Balanced with carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals, Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport establishes a solid nutritional foundation for performance while being easy to consume.


Does Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport contain any artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners? 

Herbalife24® products do not contain any artificial colors or sweeteners.

  • Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport Vanilla Flavor contains Natural Vanilla and Natural Licorice Flavors.
  • Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport Chocolate Flavor contains Natural Flavors.


How many servings of Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport are available per container?

There are 30 servings of Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport per canister. Each serving size is 2 scoops (26 grams).

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