You can't follow the Gesta Diet without a book.
The Gesta Diet was created by Madeleine Gesta, a dietician. Its first phase lasts ten days, followed by a stabilization phase that also lasts ten days. During the initial phase your organism cleanses itself of toxins. Each day you’ll eat 4 portions of glucides, 2 portions of protein foods, and 1 portion of lipids. The rules are quite complicated, they change from day to day and you have to pay strict attention to your watch.
Start day one and day eight by drinking two glasses of water before leaving the bed. It is felt that the prone position helps eliminate fats. For breakfast drink a bowl of hot chocolate made with skim milk and pure, unsweetened cocoa. Eat an orange or a grapefruit during the morning, or 15 minutes before your hot chocolate. Lunch is well defined; there is even a list of acceptable vegetables that accompany the fish or meat whose portions are also specified. Two hours after lunch eat a yogurt with a teaspoon of honey. At four in the afternoon drink a non-alcoholic mixture of water and honey. At seven o’clock drink three small bowls of vegetable bouillon. Twenty minutes later eat three little bowls of the vegetables used in making the bouillon. Eat another yogurt with a teaspoon of honey before going to bed.
Hydromel, part of the Gesta Diet.
The first phase includes three other daily menus, each one as detailed as the first. While you won’t need your watch as much as on days one and eight, don’t throw it away. During the stabilization phase you are limited to 4 eggs, 2 portions of red meat, a bottle of wine or 4 ounces (125 grams) of chocolate per week. Put the accent on fish and lean meat, and keep the portion size at about 7 ounces (200 grams). The biggest advantage of the Gesta Diet is that it lasts only 10 days. The biggest disadvantage is its complexity as shown by our simplified examples.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 (Phase 1, days 2 and 9) Breakfast: Hot chocolate with honey. 2 grapefruit. 2 glasses of bouillon. Lunch: Nothing. The mid-afternoon snack is a yogurt with honey and a glass of hydromel, a non-alcoholic mixture of water and honey. Supper: 200 grams of sole. 300 grams of celery and tomatoes. The evening snack is a yogurt with honey.
Menu 2 (Phase 2) Breakfast: An orange. Hot chocolate with honey. Lunch: A slice of roast beef. Ratatouille. A yogurt. The mid-afternoon snack is a yogurt with honey and a glass of hydromel. Supper: Half a bowl of lentils. Half a bowl of unrefined rice. An artichoke. A yogurt.
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