You'll need a book to follow the Rice Diet.
The Rice Diet, also known as the Kempner Diet, was created by Doctor Walter Kempner in the struggle against cardio-vascular illnesses, diabetes, and an excessive level of cholesterol. Rice is a source of easily assimilated proteins. Dieters may lose about 15 to 26 pounds (7 to 12 kilograms) in 2 weeks in this 5-phase diet. Here are some of the diet principles.
During Phase 1 consume only rice, fruit, and drinks. Stick to this phase as long as possible. A serving of rice is three quarters of a cup of cooked rice. You may replace this with one and a half cups of puffed rice, two thirds of a cup of wheat cereal, or three quarters of a cup of cream of rice. All fruits except dates, avocados, and tomatoes may be eaten. Drink no calories beverages, tea, decaffeinated coffee, or water. Don’t use salt or spices but you may season with lemon juice. During Phase 2 you may add tomato sauce or tomato salad to your diet. During Phase 3 add fresh vegetables or frozen vegetables that contain no salt. Celery, spinach, and watercress are out because they contain a lot of sodium. Phase 4 allows proteins. You may eat 60 to 80 grams (about 2 to 3 ounces) of skinless chicken or turkey breast, 60 to 110 grams of lean fish, half a cup of dry raw legumes, or 110 to 170 grams of tofu. Start with a single serving of protein per week and slowly build up to a serving per day. Reintroduce starches, cereals, and eggs to your diet. There are specific recommendations for those who don’t have diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney problems. During Phase 5 you may eat other foods depending on your individual experience with the previous phases. In any case, limit your consumption of fat to a tablespoon per day and avoid calorie-rich foods as much as possible. Exercise, for example practice yoga, walk, bicycle, or swim.
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The Rice Diet is said to aid the fight against cardio-vascular illnesses, diabetes, and a high level of cholesterol. Disadvantages include its excessive strictness during the first four phases. It may make you tired. Many nutrients are lacking and dieters may have digestive problems. The meals tend to be monotone and unbalanced.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 (Phase 1) Breakfast: An orange. Decaffeinated coffee. Lunch: A bowl of strawberries. A pear. A serving of hot rice. Tea. Supper: A serving of cream of rice. A banana. An apple.
Menu 2 (Phase 3) Breakfast: An orange. Tea. Lunch: Spanish rice. Zucchini. Pineapple. Tea. Supper: Onions with tomatoes. Asparagus. Fresh fruit salad. An infusion.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.