Watermelon diet, its options and contraindications

Autumn is a generous time and the best time for a watermelon diet. Why is the watermelon diet good, you ask? Does it suit everyone? What is its peculiarity? Today I will reveal the secrets of the watermelon diet.

The watermelon diet is one of the most delicious mono diets, and is very suitable for watermelon lovers. It allows not only to lose weight, but also to improve the health of the entire human body. The watermelon diet is especially useful for obesity, insomnia, atherosclerosis, anemia, constipation, arthritis, gout, liver and biliary tract diseases, and loss of strength.

The essence of the watermelon diet

Throughout the diet, you need to eat only watermelons. Nutritionists believe that 1 kilogram of watermelon should be eaten per 10 kilograms of body weight, and watermelon should be taken 5-6 times a day. However, I want to warn you that if the watermelon is very sweet, then having a weight of 80 kilograms and eating in the proposed mode (you need to eat 8 kilograms), you can not lose weight, but, on the contrary, only gain it.

It is well known that 100 grams of watermelon contains 38 kilocalories, therefore, with a daily requirement of 1500 kilocalories, it is permissible to eat no more than 4 kilograms of watermelon. I propose to choose the middle ground: with a weight of about 60 kilograms (or less), it is permissible to eat up to 3 kilograms of sweet berries, with a weight of more than 70 kilograms - no more than 4 kilograms of fruit, if the watermelon is very sweet.

You can lose weight up to two kilograms per day on such a diet.

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If you have read my article: the beneficial properties of watermelon, then remember that watermelon contains soluble sugars (fructose, glucose, maltose, sucrose), as well as fiber and pectin fibers. They accelerate metabolic processes in the body, help reduce appetite, remove excess fluid, and reduce body fat. All this contributes to weight loss. In addition, pectin reduces cholesterol levels and lowers blood sugar levels, removes toxic substances from the body, and normalizes the intestinal microflora.

Know, before starting a watermelon diet, it is better to check the reaction of your body to the active use of watermelon. To do this, consume 400-500 grams of watermelon per day in addition to the usual diet for 3-4 days. If you do not feel uncomfortable (flatulence, increased stool, heaviness in the abdomen), then you can start.

Watermelon diet options

There are several options for the watermelon diet.

  1. Fasting day - one day watermelon diet. During the day, you need to eat only watermelon (about 5-6 times), as much as you can, but do not get carried away very much. Remember the number of calories per day. Remember, too, that in order to avoid swelling in the morning, the last time a watermelon should be taken 5 hours before bedtime.
  2. A lighter option - for 5 days, three times a day, 1 hour before meals, eat 1-2 kilograms of watermelon. Then you can eat regular food, but you must exclude sweet (chocolate, candy, pies) and salty (middle, chips, pistachios, peanuts).
  3. 5 days watermelon diet - during this time we eat watermelon, as in the fasting day, but you can pamper yourself with 2-3 slices of rye or whole grain bread if you are very hungry. Bread will provide you with the energy you need. Remember that the last piece of bread must be eaten before 4 pm, otherwise the body will not be able to digest it before sleep. If you have gastritis, then rye bread should be replaced with whole grain.
  4. Soft diet - allows replacing watermelon in one of the meals with stewed or boiled vegetables or cereals (breakfast or dinner). It's up to you to decide which option suits you best.
  5. Combined option - recommended for 4 days

First breakfast: 150-200 grams of low-fat cottage cheese and 3 slices of watermelon.

Second breakfast: 1-2 slices of watermelon.

Lunch: 1 bowl of rice porridge (in water, but you can add salt) and 3 slices of watermelon.

Afternoon snack: 50 grams of low-fat cottage cheese and 1-2 slices of watermelon.

Dinner: 1 bowl of rice porridge (in water, but you can add salt) and 1 slice of watermelon.

This diet option is due to the fact that rice supports the intestines in a normal mode (after all, 70% of watermelon is liquid), and cottage cheese, in the doses used in the diet, fully compensates for the loss of calcium with the active use of watermelon.

After sitting on a watermelon diet for several days, you can lose 3-6 kilograms, but in order to avoid unwanted complications, you need to get out of the diet correctly. After the end of the diet, it is recommended to eat in a certain mode for 2 weeks: for breakfast - porridge on water (rice, buckwheat, oatmeal) and a small amount of protein foods (cheese, cottage cheese, eggs); for lunch - lean meat, fish, chicken with vegetables, for dinner - watermelon. Then in 15 days you can lose up to 8 kilograms.

Feature of the watermelon diet

This diet not only helps to lose weight, but is a diet of youth and beauty. As a result of the diet, the body is cleansed of toxins and radionuclides, the skin becomes more youthful and elastic, fine wrinkles are smoothed, complexion improves, cellulite becomes less pronounced, hair acquires a beautiful shine, nails strengthen.

But not everything is so perfect, there are contraindications for the watermelon diet.

Contraindications for the watermelon diet

Watermelon pulp is a powerful diuretic, resulting in severe stress on the kidneys. The watermelon diet is prohibited for kidney stones, as it can provoke their movement and lead to renal colic.

It is contraindicated in pyelonephritis, problems with the gastrointestinal tract, prostate gland.

For people with cardiovascular diseases, this diet can only be used after consulting a doctor, since the diet excretes potassium and sodium salts from the body, which are so necessary for the heart muscle to work.