Watermelon Diet: Types, Benefits and Risks


Watermelon Diet: Types, Benefits and Risks

We figure out how to lose 5 kilograms per week with a watermelon, and is it safe.

Watermelon diet ─ a dream for those who want to quickly lose extra pounds, but are not ready to deny themselves goodies (juicy sweet pulp easily replaces them). Diets “built” on a watermelon ─ clear and understandable ─ operate on the principle of “eat and lose weight.” Is it really that simple? Mikhail Gavrilov, a psychotherapist, candidate of medical sciences, the author of a patented technique for correcting eating behavior and losing weight, a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM, USA) helped us figure this out.

We assume …

… that watermelon is good. And indeed it is. It contains folic acid and magnesium. The first one has a beneficial effect on the metabolism of fats, the second one ─ helps to regulate blood sugar levels (and additionally reduces the risk of stones in the gall bladder and kidneys). The watermelon diet not only cleanses the body of toxins and toxins (long live beautiful skin), but also helps to remove cholesterol (this is especially good for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases). And watermelon “weight loss” is easily tolerated, because it does not allow an acute sense of deep hunger.

What really

Watermelon is indeed one of the lowest-calorie foods: 100 grams of pulp contains only about 25-45 kcal. The unique properties of the liquid contained in the watermelon help remove excess water that is formed as a result of the breakdown of fat. Therefore, those who want to lose weight, in the summer, quite reasonably include it in their diet. Watermelon is especially recommended for hypertensive patients. But women prone to hypotension, who are losing weight and thereby reduce the calorie content of their diet, should not get involved in it: watermelon is a diuretic and can cause a sharp decrease in blood pressure.

So, you decided to try a watermelon diet. Pay particular attention to product selection. We explain why this is so important. If the watermelon is nitrate, then the bound liquid of its pulp is no longer so remarkably useful. When losing weight, this is especially dangerous, because the body, which does not get what it needs, begins to “get” the toxins stored there from the fat depots for years, and the liver is desperately trying to process them. It’s definitely not worth loading them with nitrates from the outside, if you don’t want to get health problems in the long run after a watermelon detox. Our advice is simple and not as absurd as it seems at first glance: stock up on a nitrate meter.

The permissible nitrate norm in a watermelon is 60 mg per 1 kg!

Industrial-grown watermelons often contain a quantity of nitrates that is twice the permitted value, and this, including watermelons that are sold in stores today. You can go the other way: in parallel with watermelons, eat foods containing large doses of vitamin C, which ─ proven! ─ reduces the harmful effects of nitrates and nitrites. Of seasonal fruits and vegetables, this is blackcurrant, sweet pepper, cauliflower, greens, as well as universal year-round citrus fruits.

First option

Description: one of the most popular watermelon diets ─ mono-diet. For five to seven days you only need to eat a watermelon and nothing else (although it probably won’t work anymore, because for every 10 kg of your weight per day it is prescribed to eat 1 kg of watermelon). In addition, in addition you need to drink about 1.5 liters of water per day.

Result: minus 3-5 kg ​​per week.
Earn at home, working 2-3 hours.
Nutritionist comment: Of course, you can resort to watermelon days as fasting days, if you are not hypotensive (we spoke about this above). But the watermelon diet during the week simply undermines the metabolism – its speed decreases due to the lack of proteins in the diet, which are the basis for the synthesis of hormones and enzymes. In addition, with a decrease in the calorie content of the diet below 700 kcal, the activity of the thyroid gland is inhibited, which maintains the balance of metabolic processes. After that, going to the regular menu, you will quickly gain weight again, and even with a significant increase. Finally, in 7-10 days of a watermelon diet, most of the declared 5-6 kg will be water, not fat, and it is very easy to replenish its reserves (read, “get fat”). Do you still intend to torture yourself?

Second option

Description: again, watermelon is taken as the basis, but in this case, you need to add two slices of rye bread to each meal. Such a diet is longer – 7-10 days, but to transfer it to those who are used to getting up from the table with a feeling of full satiation will be much easier. Here the flip side of the coin ─ exit from the diet. It is not the easiest: in the first week after watermelon detox, protein-carbohydrate nutrition must be strictly observed. It is allowed to eat cereals, egg whites, chicken, cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables. And four hours before bedtime, all this time you need to eat 3-4 pieces of watermelon.

Result: 3-7 kg in 10 days.

Nutritionist Comment: From a rational dietary perspective, the option is similar to the first, and here’s why. The amount of bread consumed during weight loss ─ with any diet ─ must be minimized. According to this diet, only for bread with 5-6 meals a day will be about 1000 kcal, while for watermelon on average – 500 kcal. Now consider that weight loss begins on average with a calorie intake of about 1200 kcal and below. It means that you won’t be able to lose weight with bread, and by removing the bread we get mono-diet No. 1, the dubious benefits of which have already been clarified.

Third option

Description: option for those who psychologically and physiologically cannot eat only one product for several days. Watermelon from the daily diet does not disappear, but is “diluted” with protein foods and vegetables. The daily norm of watermelon pulp is about 2 kg.

Result: minus 5-6 kg in 10 days.

Nutritionist Comment: The most balanced and reasonable version of a watermelon diet. I note that in this case, of the proteins, you need to give preference to fish, lean meat and cottage cheese (in the absence of intolerance to dairy products), and from vegetables – non-starchy green ones (for example, broccoli, green peas, asparagus, cucumbers, celery).

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