Lyne Martineau, creator of the Minçavi Diet.
The Minçavi Diet was invented in 1984 by Lyne Martineau. This diet was inspired by the Canadian Food Guide. It proposes five weight loss programs, varying from 1400 to 2000 calories daily. On your initial visit to a Minçavi center you will be assigned a program based on your sex, your age, your body mass index, and your level of physical activity. Your program may be adjusted in function of your weight loss. Here are some of the diet principles.
Put the accent on fruits and vegetables. Depending on your program, you will consume 4 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. But you are allowed to eat as many vegetables as you want. Dark green vegetables are considered the best. Eat 4 to 7 servings of good fats such as olive, canola, and walnut oil each day. Eat 3 to 7 servings of cereal products daily. Eat 90 to 150 grams (from 3 to 5 ounces) of protein daily including 2 to 4 servings of dairy products, and some meat or meat substitutes. Drink at least three glasses of soy beverages weekly. Eat fish, the best is fatty fish, at least twice a week. Keep a daily food consummation journal and bring it to meetings with professionals. Spend 30 to 60 minutes a day in athletic activities. Go to Minçavi meetings that are held once a week in some locations.
Tasty food in the Minçavi Diet.
The Minçavi Diet has several advantages. It is easy to follow and is well adapted to families. Its meals are balanced and may be eaten in restaurants as well as at home. The company sells prepared foods. The disadvantage is the need to count the number of portions.
Here are two sample menus, both are in the 1400 calorie range :
Menu 1 Breakfast: Banana and chocolate waffles. The mid-morning snack is a yogurt and 15 (half an ounce) milliliters of nuts. Lunch: Cabbage soup. 4 crackers. 5 milliliters of non-hydrogenated margarine. Spinach and parsnip loaf. The mid-afternoon snack is an apple. Supper: Vegetable juice. Green salad with 30 milliliters of dressing. Chicken tournedos. A kiwi.
Menu 2 Breakfast: French toast. 15 milliliters of natural syrup. 150 milliliters of strawberries. The mid-morning snack is a yogurt. Lunch: Sole. Green salad with 45 milliliters of dressing. Low-calorie jelly. Two slices of cantaloupe. The mid-afternoon snack is a peach and 30 milliliters of almonds. Supper: Tomato soup. Calves liver. Baked potato. 5 milliliters of non-hydrogenated margarine. Peas and carrots.
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