the traffic light diet reviewThe Traffic Light Diet is nothing new. It’s a diet program that has existed for many years and there is more than one variation of it. That being said, each program essentially follows the same overall system that divides foods into three colored-categories that represent the colors of a traffic light.

For instance, Red includes foods that should be limited, Amber includes foods that should be consumed in moderation and Green is composed of all the good-for-you foods that should make up the vast majority of your diet. For this particular review, the Traffic Light Diet that will be discussed is the one created by Judith Wills, a UK author, journalist and food lover whose bestselling book was “The Food Bible”.

This diet is reportedly easy to follow, sensible without the need for any complicated calculations and is suitable for everyone from children to adults. The primary purpose of Wills’ Traffic Light Diet is to help people lose weight by engaging in healthy and uncomplicated methods that primarily focus on eating a lower calorie diet.

As was previously mentioned, foods in the Traffic Light Diet are split up into one of three color categories:

Green: These foods are low in calories and high in nutrients and include fruit, vegetables, low-fat milk and yoghurt, seafood, white fish, etc. This is the food category that should be consumed the most.

Amber: The foods in this category are high in calories but also high in nutrients and should be consumed in lower quantities than those in green. These includes foods like potatoes, lean meat, poultry, rice, pasta, nuts, seeds, high-fiber, cereals and breads, beans, oily fish and low fat cheese.

Red: This is where you’ll find foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients. This is everything from sugary treats, processed, fried and junky foods, and pretty much everything that’s not included in the amber and green categories. Red foods should be limited as treats and even avoided when possible.

Keep in mind that the above is just a sample of foods that can be found in each category, Wills’ book “The Traffic Light Diet” features an extensive color-coded chart that lists a wide range of foods and also includes advice on portion sizes. She has also included information on healthy eating as well as a selection of 7-day plans designed for different lifestyles including those for a single person, couples and families.

Overall, The Traffic Light Diet is a sensible plan and can lead to up to a 1lb of weight loss per week if reasonably followed. However, do remember that exercise is an important part of any weight loss plan. This is a long-term diet, so individuals expecting fast weight loss results may want to find another diet.

No foods are really off-limits in this diet and it can be modified to suit a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. That being said, you do need to make sure that you obtain the necessary amount of calories per day based on your gender, age and activity level.

Of course, since Wills isn’t a medical professional, you should definitely consult with your own personal medical physician before starting The Traffic Light Diet to make sure that it is the right fit for you or for anyone else in your family who may be keen to try it.