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Denmark Diet – Not a fan

16th June 2011

The Denmark Diet, often referred to as the Danish Diet, is a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate and low-fat program that reportedly offers significant weight loss in a short space of time. Although many people connect Denmark with scrumptious pastries and breads, the diet is very different. It uses foods only in their basic and fresh form and prioritizes protein and vegetables. The foods eaten are: meat (ham, beef, chicken, pork chop), fish (steamed cod, trout or skate), yogurt, eggs, green salad, cottage cheese, butter, celery, carrots, fresh fruit and for just two meals of the 13 day diet, one slice of toast is permitted. Lemon juice is used to add flavor to the salad and yogurt must be 100 percent natural.

The plan is restrictive and breakfast can be as little as a large carrot only. Tea and coffee may be consumed but without sugar or sweeteners. Water is suggested as a means of overcoming hunger. The plan is generally followed for just under two weeks and statistics associated with it suggest that weight loss can be up to twenty-six pounds. Many people find the mental effort as great as the physical symptoms such a low-calorie diet can engender. It is highly structured and any deviation from the plan, no matter how small, is seen as serious enough that the plan must be terminated until it can be re-started some months in the future.

Although most dieters will lose weight, critics have commented that this is not only fat but also water and muscle content. Many people find it difficult to combine this diet with daily living because of the associated issues, such as headaches, lack of energy and the constant temptation to eat more than the permitted amount or forbidden foods. It is reported that the weight loss, though fast, is not generally sustained as individuals regain weight when they begin to eat more regular amounts after the end of the diet.

The diet should not be attempted by anyone with existing medical illness or conditions. Such a low-calorie intake would be dangerous for pregnant women on nursing mothers, due to the lack of sustenance and nutrients. Many of these types of diets were devised for obese patients prior to heart surgery, so these patients have the security of being medically monitored and the diet has a medical purpose. For obese individuals, the loss of weight before surgery can be helpful as there is a higher risk of difficulties when under sedation. Before you attempt any diet it is essential to check with your physician that you are suitable. Rapid weight loss can be seductive but the human body has certain needs to work efficiently and this diet is extreme.

When considering your weight issues, a balanced diet and regular exercise will allow long-term and sensible weight loss. Re-discover the natural sweetness of fresh fruits and vegetables, enjoy snacks of nuts and seeds and head to the great outdoors for a free workout courtesy of Mother Nature! Walk, bike, hike or run in any of the stunning scenery of our natural lands. Just be safe and buy McKesson bandages or other products for your first-aid kit. You can re-sculpt your body and your life in this natural way, so enjoy your exciting adventure!

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