If you’re already familiar with my articles, you are expecting the next sentence – DO NOT under any circumstances start any diet without previously consulting your doctor. Only after you’ve done that, you can engage yourself in this diet plan. For starters, get familiar with it.
1. What is It?
The “No Flour No Sugar” diet plan was invented by Peter H. Gott, MD. The diet is pretty much what the name suggests – you are not allowed to eat anything that contains added sugar, or anything that contains flour.
What differs from the quite controversial Atkinson’s diet, is, that you are allowed to have natural sugar. This means that you can eat fruits and vegetables. You are not allowed to have cookies, cakes, any type of sweets, sodas, bread, pasta or basically anything that contains either flour or added sugar.
2. How Does It Work
This diet works by removing all those “empty calories” from your system. Foods that contain added sugar and flour, such as pizza or doughnuts, for example, are in fact very rich in calories, but low in energy. So, what happens when you eat them? Simply, you get hungry again.
The final result of eating food with “empty calories” is a lot of extra weight. This happens, because this food is quite low in nutrients you need. For example, you’ll get the same amount of calories from a bowl of muesli for breakfast, as well as from a small doughnut. However, you’ll digest the small amounts of nutrients from that doughnut a lot faster, and become hungry again, and you’ll still have all the calories you initially got. Only now, you’ll need to add some more.
This diet solves exactly this problem. The food you’re allowed to eat doesn’t contain “empty calories” and you’ll only get pure energy from it. That way, you will be able to reduce the sheer amount of food you eat, while at the same time you will get the energy you need.
3. How to Stick to The Plan
It is not really that hard as you may think. If you’re already looking after your weight, and trying to eat healthy, you might just need a couple of extra modifications and that’s it.
You are allowed to eat all types of meat. It doesn’t even have to be too lean. Of course, it is better if it is lean, but a little fat will do you no harm. You are also allowed to eat eggs, fruits, vegetables, milk and dairy products and whole grain cereals. However, whole grain bread is still out of the question.
The easiest way to stick to the “No Flour No Sugar” diet plan is to be creative. For example, if you’re really craving for lasagnas – go ahead and make them. Instead of noodles, use sliced zucchini or eggplant. Make your own tomato sauce or buy one, you’re sure is absolutely sugar free.
Read every label carefully. You might be surprised to see that almost everything you buy contains added sugar – even packed vegetables. Buy organic food and try to cook as much as you can, for yourself. That way, you’ll always know what’s inside your food. Oh yeah, and forget about buying juices, even those that claim to be without sugar. Freshly squeeze your own juice at home.
4. Pros and Cons of the Diet
The biggest pro, of the “No Flour No Sugar” diet plan, is that this is something that will actually help you lose weight. Plus, the fact that you are still allowed to eat variety of foods, will make it a bit easier for you. You will also have a chance to detox your body, and to release it from all the bad food you eat every day.
When it comes to cons, the fact that you may lack energy, and strength, might be the one. Your body functions on sugar, so lowering the amount of it will be a bit tough. You may feel a bit tired, but still, you are not completely excluding sugar from your diet, so just grab a nice big peach, and all will be peachy again.
5. Menu Plan
- spinach omelet with fresh cucumber salad
- mushroom omelet with fresh tomato salad, and fresh unsweetened yogurt
- no sugar added, whole grain cereal with skim milk
- grilled chicken breasts with a small bowl of Greek salad
- grilled salmon with a small bowl of potato salad
- pork chops with corn on a cob
- chicken curry with yogurt sauce
- zucchini or zucchini
- meatballs in tomato sauce with polenta
- fresh fruit
- fresh vegetables
- small amounts of nuts