Exciting global diets to get you in the mood for another experiment
There’s a woman (or man, but mostly just a woman) out there that is most recognizable to others of her species – the Diet Junkie. From her teen years to post-menopause, nothing excites as much the latest fad diet on the block. While most of us are not as obsessive, we have to admit that reading about a new diet makes us intensely curious and we’ve been there and done that at least a couple of times in our lives. Here are a couple of hot new diets, from across the world, for you to consider.
The Dukan diet
When she married Prince William last year, it was said that Kate Middleton owed her svelte and stunning figure to this diet, that caught on like wildfire in France before it reached US shores. In lieu with the post-modern concept of not starving yourself to lose weight, the Dukan Diet – whose creator fiercely defends it against being called a fad diet – claims dramatic results without requiring dieters to count calories or go hungry.
It comprises of four phases. The attack phase encourages speedy weight loss with nothing but lean protein and Dukan’s special ingredient, oat bran culled from the husks. The cruise phase allows the diet to add vegetables, but not starchy potatoes or fatty avocadoes. The third, or consolidation phase, is the most critical, where you’re allowed to add one serving of fruit and two slices of whole wheat bread per day. The final phase, called stabilization, last the rest of one’s life. Now, you can eat whatever they want as long as you return to eating only pure protein for one day a week.
The Japanese are notorious for being religious about their single-ingredient diets. During the 80s, the country OD’d on boiled eggs and baby formula, in the 90s,came apple, cocoa and chili pepper. Between other obsessions with soy milk, beer yeast and toasted soybean, the new millennium zoned in on an increasing global favourite – bananas.
The Morning Banana Diet was invented by a pharmacist in Osaka to help increase the metabolism of her husband who lost 37 pounds. In this diet., you can eat one or many bananas and room temperature water for breakfast; anything you like for lunch and dinner (by 8 p.m.). A three o’clock snack is okay, but no desserts after meals, and you have to go to bed before midnight.
Originally created as a meal plan to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, the DASH diet – a 28-day diet plan complete with recipes – can help you lose weight and improve other health factors too, like your risk of diabetes or certain cancers.
You have to cut down on your salt intake and eat mostly whole foods, which lower blood pressure levels and reduce risk of heart disease and even kidney stones. It allows between 1,200 and 2,000 calories a day, depending on your weight loss goals, and insists on lots of veggies, fruits, protein, and whole grains but very little sodium. Sample meals might include a sandwich with soup and veggies on the side, or a large salad topped with chicken, followed by a frozen yogurt sundae. The main focus of this plan is improving cholesterol and blood pressure levels; weight loss is secondary, although it should occur for most people, particularly if you follow one of the reduced-calorie plans.
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