CELEBRITY FAN: Alicia Silverstone
WHAT’S INVOLVED: The Kind Diet is the brainchild of actress Alicia Silverstone who has published a book of the same name. Alicia’s principles focus around her vegan diet, free of meat, dairy, white sugar and processed food. Largely a plant-based diet it’s not for the foolhardy. However, those who aren’t confident in tackling a vegan diet have the option to start slowly with the plan offering varying entry points from “Flirting” to “Ultimate Superhero”. The Flirt allows you to slowly replace meat and dairy products, though Alicia recommends that if you want fast results, you should opt for the Superhero. “No counting calories and no deprivation is my mantra,” she spills, “and if you follow the plan you can lose weight.” This hardcore diet is based mostly on grains and sea vegetables.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Strong willpower
- The Kind Diet book by Alicia Silverstone
- A grocery list filled with grains and vegetables and no meat
VERDICT: Nutrition professionals do believe a plant-based diet has numerous benefits for the body as they are free of artificial preservatives. However, by cutting out meats experts believe you are cutting out essential nutrients including calcium, iron and vitamins B12. Kate Geagan, author of Go Green, Get Lean, recommends taking supplements to balance the diet: "At the end of the day, a vegan diet is a super-healthy, lower-fat and -calorie diet with some nutrient limitations that can be corrected as long as you are aware of getting enough calcium, vitamins D and B12.”
Ryan Penny, Clinical Nutritionist and Conditioning Coach for The Wellness Brothers, offers these words of wisdom: “As the title suggests this diet is one driven primarily by a philosophy of what should be on the menu rather than what is merely the best fuel for the body. This diet is about as “clean” as you get and probably one of the best kinds for both wellness and weight loss. By now you know that wellness weight loss is my song.
This diet gets you thinking beyond your weight and waist size. It raises good questions about the ethics of what we eat. The author is a passionate animal activist and conservationist, and says that a plant-based diet is not only good for your body but also saves animals and is one of the ‘Greenest’ things you can do. What’s nice about this one is that you can actually learn something beyond just trying to help yourself. I would say that if your diet was 80 per cent ‘Kind’ and 20 per cent ‘Atkins’ you would be in the ballpark for a good, healthy and enjoyable way of losing weight and staying well.”
Have you tried this diet? If so, let us know what you think in the comment box below.