A high carbohydrate, low protein diet in which specific foods must be eaten in a strict order. For example, in the first week the dieter is allowed to eat only specified fruits, such as pineapples, which are claimed to have fat-burning properties. Most nutritionists and doctors dismiss claims made in the diet as having little scientific basis. Weight loss may occur as a result of water losses associated with the laxative effect of eating large amounts of fruit. It may also occur because the reliance on one type of food produces effects similar to fasting. There is no scientific evidence, however, that weight loss occurs because enzymes from the fruit burn excess body fat. The laxative effects of eating large amounts of fruit are so great that the diet became commonly known as the ‘diarrhoea diet’. Needless to say, the diet is not generally recommended by dietitians.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.