Summer is the best time to become healthier. Nature gives us the opportunity to get the vitamins and microelements which we lack in winter. We all want to come to work looking slim, beautiful and full of energy in the new working year. There are different ways to lose weight and diets is one of the most popular. There are many of them, so which one should we choose?
They say that watermelon diet is good for your health and figure: you eat and lose weight, lose weight and eat! But is it true?
Watermelon caloric value
100 grams of watermelon contain only 25 kilocalories. Isn’t it great? What is more, most carbohydrates contained in watermelon is an easily digested fructose (over 80 %). Sugar and fruit sugar comprise just a small part, that’s why dietologists permit overweight people, pregnant women and even diabetics eat watermelons.
Watermelon consists of vitamins
People often unreasonably accuse watermelon of vitamins lack. It’s true that you can’t be satisfied eating only watermelons and you won’t get the daily norm of vitamins this way. Nevertheless, you can get some B, B2, PP and C vitamins from a ripe watermelon.
Besides, there are also little amounts of beta-carotene, pectin, folic acid, natrium, ferrum, phosphor and calcium in it. Watermelon is actually rich in only two microelements: kalium and magnesium. Kalium regulates organism water balance, and normalizes cardiovascular activity and magnesium is vital for the muscles, including cardiac, and bone tissue. By the way, one piece of watermelon consists a little less than a daily norm of magnesium (250 mg).
Watermelon diet is single-product, which means you should necessarily have predisposition to this product and your organism can’t have adverse reactions to watermelon. This diet is really strict, that’s why its duration is short.
We should notice that even if you eat watermelon with other food gladly, it doesn’t exclude the situation, when on the second day of the diet you feel pain – then you should stop the diet immediately. Watermelon has a strong diuretic effect and you have to take it into account – during the first couple of days most of the weight loss will take place due to the loss of water-salt concretions.
Watermelon diet menu
The diet lasts for 5 days. The main rule of the menu is restriction of the number of eaten watermelons a day: a kilogram of watermelon for 10 kilograms of your body weight (if you weight 80 kilos, you can eat 8 kilos of watermelon a day). Other products are forbidden. There are no time restrictions – you can eat watermelon whenever you want. During the 5 days of the diet you can drink only water (better non-carbonated and unmineralized – it doesn’t exacerbate hunger) or green tea. Just like in the Japanese diet any alcohol should be excluded.
The second variant of watermelon diet menu
This menu is a little bit less strict as you can eat op to two pieces of rye-bread with every meal. In this case the duration of diet can be extended to 8-10 days. Just like in the first case other products are forbidden (only watermelon and rye-bread).
You shouldn’t keep the watermelon diet longer than for 10 days even in the second case – but after you finish it’s recommended to eat low-fat protein and carbohydrate food: vegetables and fruit in any form, all kinds of groats, cereals, fish, chicken, cheese, curd, eggs etc. for breakfast and lunch. You can have dinner not later than 4 hours before going to sleep (usually at 6 p.m.) consisting of watermelon alone (maximum amount is determined according to the proportion: not more than one kilogram of watermelon for 30 kilos of your body weight) of watermelon and rye-bread, as in the milder variant of the diet. You should continue this sustaining diet for 10 days – during this period you’ll continue losing weight, but in a slower tempo, and your metabolism will normalize due to elimination of salt concretions, slags and toxins.
Advantages of watermelon diet
The main watermelon diet advantage is that it’s easy to bare hunger, unlike most restrictive diets, provided that you like watermelons and your organism doesn’t have aversive reaction to it. The second plus of the diet is that it’s highly effective in a relatively short time (partially because of the loss of excessive fluid). The third advantage is metabolism normalization and elimination of slags, toxins and concretions during the diet.
Disadvantages of watermelon diet
The main disadvantage of watermelon diet is that you can’t use it if you have kidney or urinary system diseases: kidney stones, pyelonephritis, diabetic disorders etc. – it’s the kidneys that do all the work getting rid of slags during the diet (it’s necessary to consult the doctor). The second minus is that the diet is strict, even in its milder version. Another disadvantage is that in the beginning you’re losing your weight not due to fat loss, but because you’re getting rig of excessive fluid.
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