CELEBRITY FAN: Gwyneth Paltrow
WHAT’S INVOLVED: This diet is more about healthy eating on a long-term basis, rather than participating in a fad diet. The eating regime is made up of 40 to 60 per cent whole cereal grains and brown rice, 25 to 30 percent of vegetables, five to 10 per cent of beans and legumes, miso soup and a very small portion of naturally processed foods such as fruit juice. Meals are designed to be made with these ingredients and consumed on a daily basis. Fish and seafood, seeds and nuts, fruit and cooking seasonings should be eaten two to three times per week. If you need to eat meat due to dietary requirements then you should do so when needed. The biggest thing to remember with this diet is that all food should be chewed thoroughly to help with the breakdown of food and boost weight loss.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Whole grains
- Fresh vegetables
- Fruit Juices with no added sugar
- Beans and legumes
- Miso soup
- Seeds and nuts
VERDICT: Jessica Porter, author of The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics told the Los Angeles Times, “Major elements of the macrobiotic diet are becoming mainstream on their own.” Unlike other fad diets, the Macrobiotic Diet (macro- meaning “large”, -biotic meaning “life”) is more about eating whole grains and less protein than starving the body of food. Jessica says it’s not about turning into a hippie either: “You don’t have to trade in your Jimmy Choos for a pair of Birkenstocks. Whole foods, cooked certain ways, will strengthen every cell of your body. And where your body goes, so do your heart, mind and spirit.”
Ryan Penny, Clinical Nutritionist and Conditioning Coach for The Wellness Brothers, offers this advice: “The first and most important thing about this plan is, unlike the majority of fad diets played out over limited periods, this approach to food is for life. It’s obvious to most people that the losing weight part is not really the challenge, but rather it’s the keeping the weight off that has most people beat. The fact is we live in a world of dynamic equilibrium which means that our bodies respond to absolutely everything. That’s why being ‘on’ and then ‘off’ a diet means being ‘up’ and then ‘down’ in weight. Sustainability comes from continuity. That’s the inconvenient truth about dieting! In saying that, the ‘way of life’ proposed by the Macrobiotic Diet will not be everybody’s cup of tea. A modern mix of Zen Buddhism and Western-style vegetarianism, the diet is intended to be much more than a list of foods, most of which it must be said, are very good ones.
The best description of the diet itself is ‘flexitarian’ - a mostly vegetarian diet that has the flexibility for you to eat occasional meat or fish. There are also rules governing eating, cooking, and lifestyle practices such as eating slowly and chewing food thoroughly. Both are valuable considerations in providing fuel for your body. As with all diets it’s necessary to match the person and the plan. Some suit some better than others. This is definitely the case with the Macrobiotic Diet, for reasons both biological and philosophical. The take-home message of this diet: find the foods that help you look, feel and function the way you want to and that you enjoy enough to keep eating for life!”
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