Q: One of my friends talked about a new diet but I have never heard about it: The Flexitarian Diet. Please let me know more informations about it.
A: Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: Flexible and vegetarian. It is not a new diet but not too many people know about it. Becoming a flexitarian is about adding five food groups to your diet – not taking any away. These are: the “new meat” (tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts and seeds, and eggs); fruits and veggies; whole grains; dairy; and sugar and spice (everything from dried herbs to salad dressing to agave nectar sweetener). A five-week meal plan provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes. You can follow the plan as it’s outlined, or swap recipes from different weeks to meet your preferences. It’s a 3-4-5 regimen: Breakfast choices are around 300 calories, lunches 400 and dinners 500. Snacks are about 150 calories each; add two, and your daily total clocks in at 1,500 calories. Depending on your activity level, gender, height and weight, you can tweak the plan to allow for slightly greater or fewer calories.
Q: Is the diet alone can help me to lose weight?
A: Diet alone might help you drop pounds, but you’ll have trouble keeping them off if you don’t exercise. And that’s not to mention the added benefits you’ll miss out on, from improved mood, to better sleep, to disease prevention. Typically, 30 minutes a day offers disease-prevention benefits, while 60 minutes helps with weight maintenance. Regular exercise also cuts the risk of heart disease and diabetes, improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels, promotes better sleep, and builds healthy bones, muscles and joints.
Marianna Szoke , Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant, Certified Personal Trainer
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