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Review of Food Combining Diet

There are several food-combining diets on the market. Their basic recommendation is as follows:

In order to optimize digestion and weight loss, you should avoid eating certain foods as part of the same meal. For example, you should not eat carbohydrates with proteins. Some versions advocate eating only fruit or fruit juices before noon. A typical food-combining diet lasts for 5 weeks, although some versions are indefinite.

The Claim - There is no scientific evidence to support food-combining diets. The idea that weight loss becomes more likely if you separate certain foods, is completely without foundation.

What you eat - Typically, for the first 10 days, you may eat only fruit. Thereafter, a small amount of bread and butter is  permissible with a few vegetables.  Towards the end of the third week, some meat/shellfish is allowed. Some food combining plans permit 'sweet-allowances' and a range of high fat treats like cheesecake, others don't.

Other do's and don'ts may include: (a) No foods to be consumed which are either very hot or very cold. (b) No aluminum pans to be used during cooking. (c) Allow 4 hours between protein meals and starch meals.

Advantages - A food combining diet may benefit you for a couple of days, as a type of 'de-tox' diet. Also, due to the very-low calorie nature of the early stages of the diet, weight loss is virtually assured. Indeed, one could rename it 'Very-Low-Calorie-Diet'.

Drawbacks - Lacking any scientific basis, many food-combining diets provide inadequate vitamins and minerals. Also, they fall well below minimum recommended calorie levels. For anyone who follows such a diet plan for         more than a few weeks, it poses a range of health risks. Finally, it completely fails to help change your eating habits which is the No 1 secret of permanent weight loss. Verdict? Avoid.

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