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Schwarzbein Principle Diet Plan

The Schwarzbein Principle was created by Dr Diana Schwarzbein, after treating many diabetic and non-diabetic patients with a low carb diet.

The general public was introduced to her theory with the book, “The Schwarzbein Principle”. Two low carbohydrate cookbooks have also been released: “The Schwarzbein Principle Cookbook” and “The Schwarzbein Principle Vegetarian Cookbook”.

This low carb diet works to improve your metabolism and health. Through eating unprocessed food, you can lose weight and maintain your body weight ideal. The Schwarbein Principle is a two phase diet plan, involving “Healing” and “Maintenance”.

The length of time spent on the “Healing” process differs depending on your health. Carbohydrates, sugars, chemicals and drugs are eliminated in an attempt to restore health.

A basic rule to use when deciding which food is good for you, is that you should choose foods that you could theoretically hunt, fish, gather, pick or milk. Calorie counting is not required with this low carb diet.

Dr Schwarzbein recommends that we eat foods from the four nutrient groups to create a balanced diet:

Proteins

  • Considered to be essential.
  • You can eat as much as you want.

Fats

  • Three types of fats – saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
  • Eat as much as your body wants.

Non-starchy Vegetables

  • Provides your diet with vitamins, minerals and fiber – fresh organic non-starchy vegetables are best.
  • Considered to have “zero carbs” due to their low glycemic index, therefore you may eat as much as you want.

Carbohydrates

  • Eaten in proportion to fat and protein intake.
  • Depending on your metabolism and activity level, carb intake is different for everyone.

Using the Schwarzbein Principle, you could expect to eat similar to this in your daily diet plan:

Breakfast

Sausages/Ham/Bacon with tomato and egg omelette, small bowl of oatmeal.

Lunch

Chicken salad with low carb dressing, piece of fruit.

Dinner

Red meat with rice and salad.

The Schwarzbein Principle, as well as being a low carbohydrate diet plan, also recommends stress management techniques, exercise, and the elimination of harmful stimulants (like coffee, cigarettes and alcohol).

Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet

Drs Richard and Rachael Heller introduced the world to their low carb diet plan, “The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet” in 1991. In 1997, they revised the original diet and released “The Carbohydrate Addict’s LifeSpan Program”.

The Heller’s research indicated that carbohydrate addicts produced higher levels of insulin the body. These high levels of insulin results in hunger and more carb cravings, resulting in the storage of fat in the body.

This low carb diet plan aims to reduce hunger and cravings for carbs, which in turn enables weight loss. The weight loss is achieved through the control of insulin levels in the body, through a low carbohydrate intake.

Unlike some popular low carb diets, there are no induction or maintenance phases to this diet. If you choose The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, remember to be sensible about how you introduce your body to the new diet.

In the The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, you are allowed to eat two low carb meals a day, and can reward yourself with a third meal, where you can eat anything you want, including carbs.

Reward meals can only be eaten after a low carbohydrate crave reducing salad is eaten before the meal. The reward meal must have equal portions of carbs, proteins and vegetables, and should be eaten within one hour for maximum effect.