Author: Monika Preuk, medical writer
Last updated: January 14, 2021
Boost your metabolism and lose weight: This is what the metabolic diet provides. Meat, eggs, fish and vegetables are served every day, but hardly any bread and nothing sweet. The weight loss program should reverse the polarity of the energy expenditure so that the body permanently loses weight due to the increased metabolism.
Whether you gain or lose weight also depends on your own metabolism: a slow metabolism causes the body to store fat deposits. On the other hand, with a quick turnover, a lot of energy is consumed – excess weight is reduced or does not arise in the first place. The metabolic diet tries to influence the weight via the metabolism (metabolism).
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How the metabolic diet works
This form of diet promises to reduce up to ten kilograms of body fat in two weeks by boosting the metabolism. In addition, the diet after the metabolic diet should even change the metabolism in such a way that permanent weight gain is prevented for at least one year after the diet has ended.
It is not known who developed the metabolic diet. The strict diet plan provides that those who want to lose weight largely avoid carbohydrates. This form of nutrition is therefore a variant of the low-carb diet: bread, pasta and potatoes are strictly forbidden.
Because carbohydrates are formed from sugar molecules. These, in turn, cause the blood sugar level to rise rapidly and then fall again. This fluctuation creates a feeling of cravings even though the body does not yet need energy. The metabolic diet with its carbohydrate ban is supposed to prevent this. The blood sugar level remains constant. In this way, it should be possible to lose weight quickly without starvation.
Metabolic diet: strict rules for every day
The metabolic diet not only bans carbohydrates and thus sugar from the menu, but also salt and, like most other diets, drinking alcohol. Mineral water, tea and coffee are suitable drinks. The nutrition plan for the two weeks is precisely defined and is as follows:
1. Tag: Black coffee in the morning, two boiled eggs and spinach at noon. In the evening steak and salad – all unsalted.
2. Tag: A dry roll and black coffee for breakfast, steak and salad at lunchtime, and boiled ham in the evening.
3. Tag: In the morning as on the second day. Two boiled eggs and lettuce at lunchtime and boiled ham and lettuce in the evening.
4. Tag: In the morning as on day 2 and 3, at noon a boiled egg, hard cheese and carrots, in the evening natural yoghurt.
5. Tag: Carrots with lemon and black coffee in the morning, steamed fish and tomatoes for lunch, steak with salad in the evening.
6. Tag: In the morning like day 2. For lunch, grilled chicken with vegetables, in the evening two boiled eggs and carrots.
7. Tag: Tea with lemon in the morning, steak and fruit at noon, and in the evening a main course of your choice from the past few days.
After the first week, the menu of the starting week of the metabolic diet is repeated.
Pros and cons of the metabolic diet
The rapid weight loss speaks for this diet. The strict menu actually results in at least five kilos of weight loss in two weeks. However, there are also objections to the metabolic diet. Its effect has not yet been proven in scientific studies.
Nutritionists also warn against such one-sided, strict diets as the metabolic diet. Food cravings and a yo-yo effect after the end of the diet are inevitable. In addition, the protein-rich diet puts a strain on the kidneys due to the purines contained in animal protein. Basically, weight loss programs such as the metabolic diet, which do not result in a permanent change in diet, are unsuccessful in the long term.
Who is the metabolic diet suitable for?
From a medical point of view, the metabolic diet is not recommended because it is one of the so-called crash diets. It can definitely be dangerous for diabetics, people with a lipid metabolism disorder and for those with kidney disease. Cardiovascular patients are also poorly advised with the metabolic diet. A breakfast without calories in particular, as on the first and seventh day, can lead to irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia): the heart loses its rhythm.
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