The Venus Factor Diet Book by John Barban is probably one of the simplest diet plans you have ever tried in your life. The reason is that it doesn’t give you any specific menu to follow and it doesn’t exclude whole food categories from your daily meals. This system emphasizes the fact that weight loss is about achieving and maintaining a calorie deficit. There are no good and bad foods. All foods have their place inside the program. In fact, the belief that there are 'good' and 'bad' foods can be very counter-productive.
According to research there is a certain psychological phenomenon that occurs when a person thinks they have eaten a ‘bad’ food. They enter a state of 'disinhibited eating' that leads to a feeding frenzy. The most probable scenario is the following: the woman is on a diet for about a week or more, eating only 'good, healthy' foods like vegetables, fruits, lean protein sources and no 'junk' foods. Then one day she’s out with friends and instead of eating a salad she indulges in a slice of pizza. After that her inner voice tells her that she has now crossed the line and the whole day is lost. She might as well eat 2 more slices of pizza and some ice cream and get back on track the next day. So because of this black-and-white thinking, instead of eating a couple hundred of surplus calories, she consumes at least a thousand of extra calories and now she really has ruined the whole day! For this reason this system doesn’t make any distinction between good and bad foods.
However, for those who need some menu suggestions, there is the Venus Factor Cookbook, which is a pdf that contains the lower-calorie version of several common recipes. There are many options for breakfast, dinner, lunch, appetizers and desserts that will help you feel satisfied and make your weight loss journey enjoyable and very tasty!
Visit the Venus Factor Website, or read the Venus Factor Review or the Venus Factor Diet Workout for more information on this program.
Sources and References:
Lemmens SG, et al. Dietary Restraint and Control Over “Wanting” Following Consumption of “Forbidden” Food Obesity (2010) 18, 1926–1931. link