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The "one aliment" dietI want to share with you a weight-loss diet I successfully kept. It is not too hard to keep it because you won't starve; it is just a little bit monotonous. You can eat as much as you want one single food all day long: grilled or boiled chicken (and nothing else - bread, salad, garnish, sweets or fruits), grilled or boiled fish, boiled or grilled beef (fried aliments are excluded), fruit or vegetable salads, boiled potatoes - but one of them exclusively. It is the so called dissociated diet launched by the Greek singer Demis Roussos. If the dieter doesn't cheat, he can lose up to 4 kilograms a week. It is important to drink 2/3 liters of plain water daily. If you keep the diet more than a week, you must take a multi-vitamin pill a day. Don't forget: every time you are hungry, eat as much as you want - but the same aliment- all day long.
Fruits dietThe fruits diet must last three days a week, with the interdiction of eating something else. It is not dangerous and the only side effect is that, besides the lost kilograms, we benefit from the healthy and necessary infusion of enzymes and vitamins.
Principle: the fruits are aliments rich in carbohydrates and contain an insignificant quantity of proteins and fats. Fruits contain vegetal fibers which can cause a laxative and disintoxicating effect and facilitate digestion. Fruits produce an important decrease of cholesterol and of the arterial tension.
Benefits: fruits are quite cheap, they are tasteful and aromatic. Each fruit has a different taste and they can be easily combined. Fruits give quickly the impression of satiety, due to the big size and to the large quantity of fibers and water they contain. This diet is successful because it provides few calories - between 800-1200 a day, and because it assures (if kept systematically) the loss of 2 kilograms per week.
Conditions: one can eat any fruits (except for bananas, which fatten). The fruit juices which can be obtained by squeezing the fruits (which can be mixed with carrots and with beets) are as good as energy drinks.
Caution: No bread! No sugar! No alcohol! No industrial carbonated beverage! Just FRUITS!
The 1.500 calories dietIt is part of the category of hypo-caloric diets. These are based on the limitation of calories consumption. They are the "traditional" and the healthiest diets kept for the weight loss.
It is the predecessor of all diets and its concept is to burn all the fat reserves and to adjust the daily quantity of calories according to the energy consumption. An adult needs 2.500 up to 3.000 calories a day. Under this value, the body's weight decreases.
- The five basic elements: spinach, bread, apples, fish, milk.
- Period of time: one month up to four months.
- Lost kilograms: after the first month - five. Then, kilograms are lost slower.
- Indications: Recommended to any healthy person.
Diet StructureBreakfast: - a glass of fat-free or low fat milk
- a slice of toast with butter or margarine or a glass of fat-free milk
- 2-3 spoons of cereals
Lunch: - 250 de grams of steamed (or green) vegetables prepared as salad with one spoon of olive oil
- meat - fish or chicken (up to 100 grams) - boiled or grilled
- a slice of integral bread
Afternoon snack: - an unsweetened tea, a slice of cheese or a yogurt
Dinner: - one egg omelet
- 150 g ham or fish
- green salad
- Between meals you can eat a fruit (an apple)
AdvantagesIt is one of the diets which contain all the necessary nutritive elements as well as enough vegetal fibers for a normal digestion. It can last several months without provoking damages to the body but always only under a doctor's observation. It guarantees the weight-maintain even if one continues with a normal (but equilibrated!) alimentation.
InconveniencesStarting with the second month the weight loss is slower because the body adapts little by little the energetic consumption to the calories received daily.
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