The Fast diet to deflate the belly and reactivate the metabolism

The Fast diet to deflate the belly and reactivate the metabolism

Protein for the first 3 days, then a real metabolic recharge. All menus of the week

"Fast" is not one of those adjectives that go well with a diet. The risk that those who want everything immediately run is in fact that of losing muscle and water instead of fat and, after a certain period of time, magically seeing the needle rise again. But, if necessary, it is possible to follow specific dietary regimes that can reactivate the metabolism, promote proper digestion and allow you to control that feeling of having a swollen stomach that makes us so uncomfortable.

The ideal diet

The diet includes five meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks, with the addition of two drinks (a lemon juice as soon as you wake up and a draining herbal tea to sip during the day). “The first days of the week – explains Dr. Corrado Pierantoni, medical specialist in endocrinology and metabolic diseases and clinical nutritionist in Lanciano (Ch) – are mainly protein in order to stimulate a condition called ketosis, which allows you to take advantage of the accumulated reserve fat to produce energy and start weight loss. On the fourth day, however, we implement a real metabolic recharge to prevent the body from remaining in ketosis. It is therefore important to take carbohydrates, and this is why pasta (or potatoes), fruit and bread appear on the menus. Finally, the last 3 days of the week provide for the exclusion of complex carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, rice and potatoes, but the simple ones remain, such as seasonal vegetables, fruit and white sugar ".

Weights? No thanks

All foods can be consumed in free quantities, obviously without exaggerating. “But let's check the amount of complex carbohydrates. These substances are responsible for a sudden increase in blood sugar, and a consequent production of insulin, also known as the body weight accumulation hormone. For this reason it is advisable not to take them in large quantities, ”explains the doctor. The ideal dose? “60 grams of pasta, weighed raw; 1 slice of wholemeal bread, preferably toasted and made with mother yeast; 80 grams, weighed raw, of cereal grains, which can replace pasta, when indicated in the menus ".

Herbs of health

"I always suggest to my patients to combine their diet with daily physical activity: half an hour of brisk walking a day is enough. But also herbs can help us: a draining herbal tea based on red fruits, birch leaves, grass root and green tea leaves has an antioxidant, purifying and diuretic action, which activates the peripheral circulation ", advises Dr. . Pierantoni. In the morning before breakfast, however, it would be advisable to sip a juice obtained from one or more lemons, possibly with the addition of water. "This drink is able to stimulate the metabolism and is one of the most powerful natural antibacterials that exist".

The proposed menus – which can be repeated for 2 weeks – can be followed by all adults who do not have particular pathologies, in agreement with their doctor.

The menus of the week

MONDAY

BEFORE BREAKFAST: Lemon juice

BREAKFAST: HD skimmed milk; 1 coffee without sugar; 2 tablespoons of oat bran or flax seeds

MORNING SNACK: Draining herbal tea; low-fat yogurt HD

LUNCH: Turkey breast with lemon, oil, black pepper and turmeric

AFTERNOON SNACK: Draining herbal tea; 5 slices of bresaola

DINNER: Fish in salt

TUESDAY

BEFORE BREAKFAST: Lemon juice

BREAKFAST: HD skimmed milk; 1 coffee without sugar; 2 tablespoons of oat bran or flax seeds

MORNING SNACK: Draining herbal tea; low-fat yogurt HD

LUNCH: Grilled chicken seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and aromatic herbs

AFTERNOON SNACK: Draining herbal tea; 5 slices of raw ham

DINNER: Steamed cod with extra virgin olive oil and parsley

WEDNESDAY

BEFORE BREAKFAST: Lemon juice

BREAKFAST: HD skimmed milk; 1 coffee without sugar; 2 tablespoons of oat bran or flax seeds

MORNING SNACK: Draining herbal tea; Low-fat yogurt HD

LUNCH: Grilled beef burger

AFTERNOON SNACK: Draining herbal tea; 5 slices of smoked salmon

DINNER: Seafood salad (without potatoes) with oil and parsley

THURSDAY

BEFORE BREAKFAST: Lemon juice

BREAKFAST: 1 slice of toast with a layer of honey; HD skim milk; 1 coffee with 1 level teaspoon of brown sugar

MORNING SNACK: 1 seasonal fruit; draining herbal tea

LUNCH: Pasta salad with crunchy vegetables (carrots, corn, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes)

AFTERNOON SNACK: 1 seasonal fruit; draining herbal tea

DINNER: Chicken meatballs; mixed salad

FRIDAY

BEFORE BREAKFAST: Lemon juice

BREAKFAST: 1 fruit; low-fat yogurt HD; 1 coffee with 1 level teaspoon of brown sugar

MORNING SNACK: 1 slice of toast with 2 slices of lean raw ham

LUNCH: Chicken salad (lettuce, grilled chicken, lemon, extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sweet mustard)

AFTERNOON SNACK: 20 g of dark chocolate

DINNER: Tomato and tuna salad

SATURDAY

BEFORE BREAKFAST: Lemon juice

BREAKFAST: 1 fruit; HD skim milk; 1 coffee with 1 level teaspoon of brown sugar

MORNING SNACK: 1 fruit

LUNCH: Slice of veal with pizzaiola; spinach with lemon

AFTERNOON SNACK: 1 seasonal fruit

DINNER: Tuna meatballs; mixed salad

SUNDAY

BEFORE BREAKFAST: Lemon juice

BREAKFAST: 1 fruit; low-fat yogurt HD; 1 coffee with 1 level teaspoon of brown sugar

MORNING SNACK: 1 slice of toast with a layer of honey; draining herbal tea

LUNCH: Chicken bites with curry; steamed carrots

AFTERNOON SNACK: 1 fruit and vegetable juice

DINNER: Sweet and sour prawns; chicory sautéed with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chilli

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