Average Weight Loss: Varies. You can lose weight by reducing your daily calories, but this diet is more of a lifestyle than a weight-loss plan.
Type of Diet: Plant-based, low-fat, high-fiber organic diet.
About The Diet
A macrobiotic diet involves eating grains as a staple food, supplemented with other foods such as local vegetables, and avoiding the use of highly processed or refined foods and most animal products.
Following a macrobiotic diet is not hard if you can handle it because it has few choices and lots of restrictions (which is true with most diet and/or lifestyle plans). Your diet will largely consist of whole grains, vegetables, and beans and bean products (i.e., tofu, tempeh, and miso) but this plant-based, l0w-fat, high-fiber dietary plan may help reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease.
There is a glitch to the “following a macrobiotic diet is not hard” and that is your foods should be organically grown, and fruits and vegetables should be locally grown. And, if you do not like tofu, you will have to make some adjustments to this diet or eat more beans. You are also discouraged from eating any processed foods, meats, and anything with refined sugars.
Avoid spicy foods and drink only when you feel thirsty are two other noteworthy quirks in this plan. Certain alcoholic beverages, sodas (diet and regular), and coffee are also not part of this lifestyle.
Other foods this diet suggests you do not eat include:
- Tropical fruits and fruit juice
- Certain vegetables including zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, tomatoes, and spinach.
Don’t really like beans and tofu? You don’t have to eat much. On this plan only about 10% of your diet is bean-based, 40-50% of your daily nutrition comes from organically grown whole grains, and 20-30% will come from locally grown vegetables.
- There really is no official website for macrobiotics, but the Macrobiotic Guide (a UK website) has great information to help get you started: http://www.macrobiotics.co.uk/
- Macrobiotic Diet What Should I Know About It?
- Diet is somewhat pricey and inconvenient if you do not have access to local farmers.
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This diet is generally considered safe, however, soy products may be unsuitable for people with hormonal imbalances or other health conditions. Be sure to talk to your doctor about whether or not a macrobiotics diet is right for you. You should also consult a nutritionist to make sure you are getting the proper balance of protein.