The Perricone Diet or the Perricone Weight Loss Diet is named after its creator, Nicholas Perricone, MD. The focus of the diet is to eat anti-inflammatory foods that are high in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. According to Dr. Perricone, the result will be a loss in weight and a bonus of beautiful younger looking skin. In addition, you will experience other benefits such as more energy, better mental clarity, and a boost in your well being.
How does the Perricone Diet work?
Inflammation is one of the major causes of cell damage and aging. An Anti-inflammatory diet should reduce or reverse this damage. This means that you can fight the signs of aging from the inside out while you are losing weight.
The diet is a 28 day diet, but you should see results in as soon as 3 days.
What you can eat:
In order to get your omega 3 fatty acids, you will be eating lots of fish and fish oil supplements. Fruits and vegetables and seeds and nuts make up a large portion of the diet which includes kale, avocados, pears, spinach, apples, cauliflower, flax seeds, chili peppers, walnuts, almonds, lentils, and beans. Also included is buckwheat and oats and low fat dairy.
Fish will be your protein of choice, chicken is fine and so is red meat (organic is preferred).
What you cannot eat:
Any food that is made with flour, sugar and any other sweetener is considered inflammatory. This means that foods such as cereals, crackers, breads, fruit juice, fried foods, pizza, pasta, jelly, rice, potatoes, snack foods such as chips and pretzels, tacos, tortillas, soda, sorbets, yogurt, and ice cream are off limits.
Each of your meals will include a protein. The diet says to eat your protein first which will suppress your appetite. Each meal will also include a carb and essential fatty acids. You are allowed up to 2 oz. of rich antioxidant dark chocolate daily.
A one day Perricone Diet sample menu:
The 3 Day Diet is Dr. Perricone's suggested precursor or jump start to the Perricone Diet.
A one day sample menu for Dr. Perricone's 3 Day Diet:
3-egg omelet and/or 4-6 ounce grilled salmon
4-6 ounces grilled salmon (or canned salmon)
4-6 ounces grilled salmon
Before Bedtime Snack
The diet is based on
Low glycemic carbs such as colorful fruits, veggies, and whole grains like oatmeal and legumes.
8 to 10 glasses of water and antioxidant beverages such as green tea
Healthy protein, especially cold water fish such as wild salmon, herring, sardines, halibut, and anchovies, along with seeds, nuts, and olive oil.
Organic foods are recommended.
Your eating regimen will be three meals and two snacks daily.
Regular exercise is promoted for about 30 -45 minutes daily four days per week.
Level of difficulty:
Medium. You will have many great foods and meals to eat, but you will be giving up a number of foods. Avoiding foods with sugar or flour may be a challenge for some people.
Perricone wants you to take Perricone's supplements. These are an important factor in his diet. You will take a packet of 8 supplements plus an omega 3 supplement, 3 times daily, a total of 27 supplements each day.
Perricone's supplements cost about $238 per month.
There is no support, you are on your own.
Vegan or Vegetarian?
You will need to get your omega 3 from sources such as canola, soybean oil. walnuts, or soybeans.
You should be able to adapt this diet to gluten free, just watch the labels.
Does the Perricone Diet Work?
You should lose weight. The diet is high in fiber to help you to feel satisfied. Fish which is the preferred protein is a great source of healthy fats along with Selenium and Vitamin D.
Look and feel better
Look and feel younger
Reduced risks of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Restrictive, giving up sugar and flour may be difficult for some.
Liking fish seems to be a plus, disliking fish and seafood may be a major problem
High cost of Perricone supplements
The Perricone Diet is a healthy diet and you should lose weight and keep it off. The diet, however, is not for everyone. Foods like bread, cereal, pasta, pizza, etc. may be hard to give up and the supplements may be expensive for some. I give the diet a thumbs up, but I am reluctant to recommend it. If this diet is a good fit for you, consider adding it to your list of weight loss options. If it is not a good fit, there are many other great diets for you to consider.
Thank you for reading, my friends.
I wish you success on your weight loss journey.
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