Back in the 60s and 70s before modern weight loss techniques were invented, there were ways that were employed to reduce weight. Interestingly, some of those old techniques are coming back to light again with claims of authenticity and effectiveness. Having tried various modern methods in vain, some people have resorted to the old methods to try their luck. Some of these methods include The Grapefruit Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, and Cottage Cheese Diet.
The Grapefruit Diet
This type of diet basically involves the consumption of grapefruit or its juice before every meal. The 12-day meal plan is highly rich in protein and fat. Its main intention is to reduce the most amount of weight within the shortest time possible. The diet is based on a few rules like avoiding extremely hot or extremely cold foods. The explanation behind this rule is that grapefruit contains a lot of fat-burning enzymes which require conducive temperatures in order to be effective.
Generally, the diet has registered magical results among many people since the 1930s. However, there have been claims that the weight loss has to do majorly with the meals that are taken alongside the grapefruit. It is scientifically proven that grapefruit is a very nutritious and low-calorie citrus fruit. There is no scientific proof that grapefruit itself has anything to do directly with the weight loss. The meals accompanying the diet are the ones that play the major role.
Cabbage Soup Diet
This diet has registered remarkable results in terms of weight loss. It requires one to consume cabbage soup three times a day. The soup must be fat-free or accompanied by other meals which are fat-free and starch free. The diet runs for seven days and is very rich in fiber. It’s however important to note that health specialists have labeled the diet as very unhealthy as it deprives the body of many vital nutrients. The body is rendered weak and defenseless from diseases. Conclusively, the diet works in terms of weight reduction but it does that at the expense of your health.
This diet may be a little retro but it still is a reliable fast weight loss technique. The good thing about it is that it is low in calories yet it has rich nutrients like proteins and calcium which come in handy in building bones in the body. This diet plan is based on the principle that the first step to losing weight is cutting down on the calories one consumes.
Cottage cheese can be compared to consuming eggs during breakfast in the essence that it keeps you full hence reducing the amount of food you are likely to consume during the day. However, the diet is very low in calories and takes your body into starvation mode. This increases cravings and may result in a drop in metabolism. Too much sodium may also cause bloating, water retention, and puffiness. To increase its versatility, cottage cheese can be dressed with fruits.
So, should you try them?
Almost all of these types of diets will work short term because of the reduction of calories. Using one of these techniques may result in weight loss but we suggest a more balanced approach to meet all of your nutritional needs.
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