Remember, no knife at supper.
The Forking Diet is really quite simple; for supper eat only those foods that you can eat with a fork. There are no restrictions on your other meals. The Forking Diet comes in two versions, the strict and the soft. The strict version lets you lose weight more rapidly. It bans any dish whose preparation requires a knife. The second version goes for permanent weight loss. For supper you may eat foods that were prepared with a knife, but set the tables without a knife or a spoon. According to Forking Diet partisans eating with a fork means eating smaller amounts or food and more or less foregoing those calorie-rich sauces. Here are some of the principles.
Don’t cheat by using your teeth to cut food that you would normally cut with a knife, such as steak. The strict version of this diet allows vegetables, grains, legumes, fish, and prepared foods. The soft version adds salads, pieces of white meat, shelled crustaceans, raw beef, and eggs to the list of acceptable foods. For supper, eliminate soup, bread, cheese, and dessert. Eat normally the rest of the day. Eat what you want but make sure to include dairy products and fruits for a balanced diet. Eat five portions of fruits or vegetables daily. Make sure to have lots of vegetables for supper.
I don't miss my knife.
A major advantage of the Forking Diet is its social character. You can eat out with friends. One disadvantage is the lack of sweets at suppertime.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: Two slices of toast. Two teaspoons of jam. A yogurt. An apple. Tea or coffee. Lunch: Broccoli soup. A chicken leg. Green beans. Brown rice. Soy dessert. An orange. Supper: Endive salad. Tagliatelli with vegetables.
Menu 2 Breakfast: Two slices of toast. Cheese spread. Strawberry and pear compote. Half a grapefruit. Tea or coffee. Lunch: Grated carrots. A veal schnitzel. Ratatouille. 2 kiwis. Supper: Tuna salad with tomatoes and cucumbers. Puree of peas.
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