A diet that alternates periods of low calorie intake with periods of moderate intake. This rotation of low and moderate energy intakes is aimed at preventing the body from lowering its metabolic rate as an adaptation to long-term low calorie intakes. In fact, the whole regime, which includes regular daily exercise, is designed to increase metabolic rate. This chop-and-change system also makes the diet less demanding on willpower than a continuous low-diet regime.
The menus appear to provide a healthy balance of protein, low fat, and high fibre complex-carbohydrate foods, with a strong emphasis on fruit and vegetables. However, this diet, like other low calorie diets, is potentially harmful to certain groups of people. The deviser provides an alternative higher-calorie scheme for diabetics, but anyone wishing to follow the diet should consult their dietitian or doctor first.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.