Philosophers and doctors from different parts of the world used the term “Macrobiotics” to describe life in harmony with nature, on a simple, balanced diet. Products included in the Standard Macrobiotic Diet are:
- whole grains,
- non-flavored teas.
Foods that are allowed for occasional consumption are fruit and some alcohol-containing drinks. Usually, people who keep to this slimming diet exclude from their menu:
- high-purity sugar,
- processed foods,
- products of potato family,
- dairy products,
- eggs and other animal products.
However, you will not find a strict list of prohibitions, because freedom of choice is highly appreciated in macrobiotics.
Mono diets refer to the most widely used group of weight loss diets, the essence of which lies in the consumption of a single product. Such diets have a strict timeframe and allow losing 2-3 kilograms within a record time. There is a rich palette of mono-diets, the most popular of which today are diets, based on:
- natural yogurt,
- cottage cheese,
This dietary concept has gained fame thanks to the American naturopathic Herbert Shelton and – to a lesser extent – the physician Howard Hey. The concept is based on the idea of compatibility and incompatibility of food products. The main postulate of Sheldon says “The simpler our food, the more value and benefit it brings to our body”.
The founder of the food combining system advises not to mix more than two or three products at the same time (which, by the way, is the direct opposite of Ayurvedic nutrition, where up to six flavors can be present in a dish at the same time). Other aspects are also important with a healthy diet, such as:
- having frequent meals,
- lessening of portion size,
- consuming more fruit and vegetables,
- slow chewing.
All these inevitably lead to an overall improvement of the body.
People decided to calculate the caloric content of their menu to lose weight back in the 20s of the previous century, and such eating system quickly gained popularity. Even those, who don’t care about weight loss, are aware of the fact that a piece of cake is higher in calories than an apple is.
Calorie counting is one of the most acknowledged weight loss methods. You need to determine a certain amount of calories for your body every day. This value may vary depending on the individual characteristics. Using a guide that says how many calories each specific product contains, make sure that you do not exceed this number.