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Pritikin Diet Review

Overview

Created by Nathan Pritikin, founder of the Pritikin Longevity Center in California, the Pritikin Diet was first published as a healthy diet and fitness program in 1979. It is a low-fat, high-carb diet plan. Other Pritikin diet books have pursued and expanded his approach to weight loss.

The Pritikin Diet Principle is based around the importance of calories for weight loss, but instead of calculating calories per food item, dieters are advised to plan the general calorie-content of a meal. This is done by following Pritikin's rankings of foods according to calories per pound and by choosing regular servings of low-calorie and medium-calorie foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, bread, rice and pasta), with only occasional forays into high-calorie foods. Ideally, you create meals with an average of 400 calories or less per pound of food. So while it's less fiddly than calorie counting, it still requires some approximate mathematical calculation.

The Pritikin Diet provides menu examples and general dietary suggestions like: include a maximum of 3.5oz animal protein per day, and only two servings of fat-free dairy foods a day. But the focus is on whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables and low-fat carbohydrate foods. In short, it encompasses a very healthy range of foods and generous portions which should fill you up without any danger of weight gain.

Pritikin Diet - Claims

  • Steady weight loss.
  • Improves health.
  • Improves eating habits.
  • Choose your own meals.

Pritikin Diet - Drawbacks

  • There is no specific diet plan. Each dieter must design their own meals by following Pritikin's general dietary advice.

Pritikin Diet - Summary

  • Recommended. This is a very sensible, healthy diet which offers the prospect of lasting weight loss.

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