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Posted by: Klaudija | 2010/03/17

Opinion please

Good Morning Doc

Please give your opinion on the attached - it is only a two week diet

Much appreciated!




MONDAY
Breakfast: Black coffee or tea without sugar and milk (limitless quantities)
Lunch: 2 Boiled eggs and spinach with a little salt
Dinner: 1 Big steak or 3 small steaks (grilled or baked), green salad and
1 fruit of choice

TUESDAY
Breakfast: Black coffee or tea without sugar and milk and 1 dry bread roll
Lunch: 1 Medium steak (grilled or baked), green salad and 1 fruit of choice
Dinner: Cooked ham in limitless quantities

WEDNESDAY
Breakfast: Black coffee or tea without sugar and milk and 1 dry bread roll
Lunch: 2 Boiled eggs, green salad and fresh tomatoes
Dinner: Cooked ham and green salad

THURSDAY
Breakfast: Black coffee or tea without sugar and milk and 1 dry bread roll
Lunch: 1 Boiled egg, carrots (cooked or raw) and Swiss cheese
Dinner: Fresh fruit and natural yoghurt

FRIDAY
Breakfast: Black coffee or tea without sugar and milk and grated carrots with
lemon
Lunch: Steamed fish and fresh tomatoes
Dinner: 1 Big steak (grilled) and green salad

SATURDAY
Breakfast: Black coffee or tea without sugar and milk and 1 dry bread roll
Lunch: Half a grilled chicken
Dinner: 2 Boiled eggs and grated carrots

SUNDAY
Breakfast: Tea with lemon and no sugar and milk
Lunch: 1 Grilled steak and fresh fruit
Dinner: NOW YOU CAN EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT




NOTES: Only black tea and black coffee without sugar and water are allowed. You cannot change anything on the diet and have to follow it as it is.

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Our expert says:
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Dear Klaudija
This is a variation of the Atkins diet, namely high-protein, high-fat (including high- cholesterol because you will be eating so many eggs and limitless quantities of meat) and practically zero carbs. It is also basically unbalanced because it excludes milk, dairy products and high-fibre grains and cereals, so it would lead to a calcium deficiency if you use it for longer periods. You will probably get constipated because of the lack of dietary fibre.
The reason why I and my dietetic colleagues have a problem with high-protein diets is that such diets automatically will expose you to high levels of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol because all animal protein foods such as meat, eggs and poultry contain animal fats which in turn contain these 'bad' fats which in turn can exacerbate high blood cholesterol and lipid levels predisposing to heart disease and certain cancers. A high protein intake may also have a negative effect on kidney function and leach calcium out of the body. There is also not yet sufficient evidence that shows that these high-protein diets sustain weight loss in the long-term, which is after all the purpose of trying to lose weight. Then there is also the problem of a lack of protective nutrients (bioflavonoids, phytochemicals, etc which are mainly found in plant foods) and dietary fibre, so that using a high-protein diet for long periods can cause certain deficiencies and constipation. So, if it works for you and you don't use it for longer than about 2 weeks at a time, then that is fine. but please be aware of the potential dangers of such diets. You should still be getting at least 1-2 portions of carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index (GI) at each meal to supply you with fibre and readily available energy.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Our users say:
Posted by: Tinkerbell | 2010/03/17

Personally I dont think it is a good diet. U have to have a certain amount of carbs per day. Your body needs carbs to function. Carbs is fuel for your body (gives u energy) Also a persons body needs a certain amount of fats per day

Reply to Tinkerbell
Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/03/17

Dear Klaudija
This is a variation of the Atkins diet, namely high-protein, high-fat (including high- cholesterol because you will be eating so many eggs and limitless quantities of meat) and practically zero carbs. It is also basically unbalanced because it excludes milk, dairy products and high-fibre grains and cereals, so it would lead to a calcium deficiency if you use it for longer periods. You will probably get constipated because of the lack of dietary fibre.
The reason why I and my dietetic colleagues have a problem with high-protein diets is that such diets automatically will expose you to high levels of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol because all animal protein foods such as meat, eggs and poultry contain animal fats which in turn contain these 'bad' fats which in turn can exacerbate high blood cholesterol and lipid levels predisposing to heart disease and certain cancers. A high protein intake may also have a negative effect on kidney function and leach calcium out of the body. There is also not yet sufficient evidence that shows that these high-protein diets sustain weight loss in the long-term, which is after all the purpose of trying to lose weight. Then there is also the problem of a lack of protective nutrients (bioflavonoids, phytochemicals, etc which are mainly found in plant foods) and dietary fibre, so that using a high-protein diet for long periods can cause certain deficiencies and constipation. So, if it works for you and you don't use it for longer than about 2 weeks at a time, then that is fine. but please be aware of the potential dangers of such diets. You should still be getting at least 1-2 portions of carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index (GI) at each meal to supply you with fibre and readily available energy.
Best regards
DietDoc

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