Green diet is the best option for the so-called light weight loss and detox. In other words, when your purpose is not to lose a record number of kilos, but simply get back into shape you lost over the winter months, or, for example, during a vacation spent in all-inclusive regime. Your best allies in such a weight loss journey will become foods… of all shades of green!

Green diet is not just a way to become lighter due to the loss of several accumulated kilograms, but also a great detox.

After all, all green foods are generally low in calories and high in fiber.

Fiber “works” as a brush and literally cleans out toxins and the remains of poorly digested food from your body. At the same time, low caloric value will allow you to gradually lose weight and avoid hunger.

Features of the green diet

Conventionally, green diet is an eating system that consists, as far as possible, from green products.

For example:

Fruits and berries:

green apples (Golden and other varieties),
avocados,
limes,
pears (such as Conference),
green grapes,
kiwi fruit,
pomelo,
green gooseberries.

Vegetables:

asparagus,
most varieties of cabbage (green cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Romanesco and others),
spinach,
cucumbers,
fresh herbs (onion, parsley, dill, etc.),
zucchini,
green peppers,
celery,
lettuce,
all leafy vegetables,
green peas.

Fruits and Berries
Vegetables

Why them? In fact, most of them (except for, e.g. avocado) green foods contain a minimum amount of calories, and are rich in natural vitamins and minerals. In nature, fruits and vegetables get a green color due to the action of chlorophyll pigment. In addition to the emerald color, this substance gives the products an ability to strengthen our immune system and improve metabolism.

From a scientific point of view

In addition, green diet has valuable dietary quality.

  • Products that it includes, suppress your appetite.

Numerous psychologists’ studies have shown that the products of bright colors (red, yellow, orange), as well as glistering food (for example, covered with oil, frosting, gelatin or sauce) stimulate your appetite at a subconscious level.

While products of soothing shades, and especially green tones, do not cause distinct pulses for food. 

  • In other words, red bell pepper looks to our brain much more appetizing than the same of green color does.

Therefore, if you want to eat less, do not overload your stomach, and gradually get rid of excess weight, it makes sense to choose green products.

What the nutritionists say about the usefulness of green products? In a united chorus they are clearly for the use of fresh green vegetables and fruits. Apart from the fact that these foods are rich in nutrients and highly digestible, many of them (for example, cucumbers, cabbage, green apple, pear, and quince) contain a “magic” ingredient, which is the tartronic acid. The beauty of this acid is that it dramatically slows down the lipogenesis process (conversion of carbohydrates into fat).

Strictly speaking, by enriching your menu with products that contain tartronic acid, you won’t leave your body almost a single chance to accumulate fat.

Sample menu for the day

Perhaps, there are such weight loss fanatics, who, having believed in the essential benefits of green diet, completely and dramatically change their nutrition, trying to make their breakfast, lunch and dinner entirely of green products.

Do not go to extremes! No one said your body’s need for protein and a minimal amount of fat (without which, incidentally, many vegetables are simply not assimilated and become useless) has evaporated. So, you need to try, maintaining the common sense, to make up your daily menu of not only green and low-calorie foods, but also of useful in the conventional sense.

For example:

Breakfast: 100 g fat-free cottage cheese, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt; 2 green apples, green tea;

Second breakfast: a handful of pine nuts, 1 tablespoon of bran;

Lunch: any light soup (cooked with fish, turkey or vegetables), salad of fresh cabbage and cucumber (you can add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a bit of soy sauce); an hour later – any fruit;

Breakfast

Dinner: any meat or fish steamed or grilled; salad of leafy vegetables with 50 g of cheese (season with 1 teaspoon olive oil);

An hour before sleep: 2 egg whites.

Naturally, the model menu does not include the entire range of recommended products. But it is easy to experiment by yourself.

Try to create such a daily menu that has:

  • enough high-quality protein (lean meat, fish, dairy products, eggs),
  • fats, but no more than 30-40 grams per day,
  • fresh green vegetables and fruit in large amounts.

! Do not forget to drink about 1.5 liters of pure non-carbonated water a day.

Green Diet: interesting

A small nuance that concerns the green diet and perfect time for eating different products:

  1. vegetables can be eaten during most of the day (up to 22 hours, specifically),
  2. light protein product (for example, low-fat yogurt, or egg white) can be eaten, even at night,
  3. slow carbohydrates (cereals, whole grain bread, toast etc. besides vegetables) – better to eat in the morning,
  4. fruit are not allowed after 5 PM.
Green Diet Interesting

Green diet does not promise a rapid and total weight loss. I will definitely not manage to lose 5 kg in 3 days. Yet, you will be able to tone your shape, get rid of a few kilos in 2-3 weeks, improve the condition of your skin and get a fantastic mood.