The late Doctor Herbert Shelton.
The Shelton Diet was created by Doctor Herbert Shelton. This is a strict vegetarian diet that does not allow eating fish, but does accept dairy products. Furthermore, dieters must not eat foods from more than one category during a given meal. For example, they may not eat eggs and yogurt at the same sitting. The low-calorie Shelton Diet lasts only seven days. Here are some of the diet principles.
Drink a lot of water, in particular spring water. Eat about 400 grams (14 ounces) of glucides daily. The diet divides fruits into different categories: acidic fruits such as pineapples, oranges, and tomatoes; semi-acidic fruits such as pears, apples, and grapes; and sweet fruits such as bananas, figs, and dates. Don’t mix fruits from different categories at the same meal. Eat 30 to 50 grams of protein a day. Eat 50 grams of lipids a day. Consume 25 grams of mineral foods a day. Chew your food extremely well. After a protein-rich meal you must wait four hours before eating starches or fruit. After a starchy meal you must wait four hours before eating proteins or fruits. After a fruit meal you must wait about two hours before eating proteins, starches, or vegetables. If you are allowed to eat a given food, you may eat as much as you want.
You'll need a book for the Shelton Diet.
An advantage of the low-calorie Shelton diet is that it lasts only a week. This diet can be quite frustrating to follow, especially because of its low calorie intake. It doesn’t allow for intense physical activity, which would engender extreme fatigue. Furthermore, there is a real danger that deprived dieters will quickly regain any lost weight once the week is over.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: Grapefruit or pears. Lunch: Fresh fruit. Yogurt with cottage cheese. Supper: Sliced raw seasonal vegetables. Brown rice. Butter.
Menu 2 Breakfast: Oranges or apples. Lunch: Bananas. Rehydrated dried grapes. Yogurt. Supper: Zucchini and bell pepper salad. Pasta. Butter.
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.