Diet Programs And Menus — The Shelton Diet
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; the best is 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 any given 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.
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:
Breakfast: Grapefruit or pears.
Lunch: Fresh fruit. Yogurt with cottage cheese.
Supper: Sliced raw seasonal vegetables. Brown rice. Butter.
Breakfast: Oranges or apples.
Lunch: Bananas. Rehydrated dried grapes. Yogurt.
Supper: Zucchini and bell pepper salad. Pasta. Butter.
Some information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Regimes, written by Jenny de Jonquieres and published by Amerik Media. Her book describes over 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. La Bible des Regimes is presently available only in French.