The New Beverly Hills Diet looks at how fats, proteins, and carbohydrates can be combined in meals for supposedly better digestion.
This complicated food combining diet is a multi-phase lifestyle eating plan that focuses on eating foods only with other specific foods thought to aid digestion.
Type - Food Combining
Are special products required? - No
Is eating out possible? - Yes
Is the plan family friendly? - No
Do you have to buy a book? - Yes
Is the diet easy to maintain? - No
So how does it work?...
The author of this program believes that certain food combinations are good for you, while others are not.
She claims that if carbohydrates and proteins are eaten at the same time, the carbohydrates will become trapped in the protein and do not get digested properly.
She also claims that undigested carbohydrates become fat. The New Beverly Hills Diet author looks at which foods are easiest to digest and makes many recommendations from there.
Fruits are the easiest foods to digest and should be eaten alone. Proteins are hardest to digest, which should be eaten only with other proteins.
The Diet Plan...
The first ten days of the New Beverly Hills diet plan includes foods from all food groups, but begins the complicated food combining concepts on day one.
Each day should begin with fruit, but you should never combine different fruits.
Interestingly, wine is considered a fruit.
After fruits you are allowed to eat carbohydrates until you eat a protein, after which you should no longer eat carbohydrates and for the rest of the day 80% of your diet should be protein.
After beginning to eat carbohydrates or protein in the day, you should not eat any more fruit.
The second main concept of the plan is the inclusion of “antidotes” and “precedotes” which are foods eaten either before or after a difficult-to-digest food in order to digest it better.
Antidotes are to be eaten at breakfast the day after eating a difficult-to-digest food.
Precedotes are eaten before eating the difficult-to-digest food.
The lists of antidotes and precedotes are long and can be quite hard to memorize.
Is it good for you?...
The idea of food combining has no scientific merit. The New Beverly Hills Diet, therefore, is based on ideas that have no proven validity or truth at this time.
Some of the claims don’t even make sense from a basic medical standpoint, such as the idea that undigested carbohydrates could become fat. Carbohydrates are always absorbed no matter what we eat with them.
Also the idea that our bodies are better adapted to eating only one type of food at a time is not supported by our evolutionary history and the fact that most food sources in nature are actually mixed.
Like all food combining diets, this is one you should approach skeptically.
You may lose weight while on the New Beverly Hills Diet if you follow the calorie restrictions and limit portion sizes, but the food combining aspect might best be skipped.
It is difficult to memorize and frustrating to keep track of in certain circumstances, like if you are eating out or attempting to plan meals for an entire family.
As a whole the New Beverly Hills diet is not as balanced as it could be and may not do what it is advertised to do.
• Dried apricots
• Spinach salad with leeks, mushrooms, and Mazel dressing (rice vinegar, sesame oil, cloves, garlic, ginger and pepper)
• Pasta with marinara sauce and broccoli
• All carbohydrates, protein or fruit, depending on the day
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