Pritikin Diet

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Following is information about the famous Pritikin Diet. The Pritikin Diet is a form of a low carb diet, but less strict allowing some healthy carbs and focusing on fruits and vegetables. The Pritikin diet allows more flexibility in eating than other low carb diets.

The Pritikin Principle

Everyone who’s ever thought about going on a diet has at least heard of The Pritikin Approach: a low-fat diet, not vegetarian, but largely based on vegetables, grains and fruits. Fat in the diet accounts for a mere 10%. Since 1976, more than 70,000 people have spent time at the Pritikin Longevity Centers learning how to eat healthily, prepare low-fat meals and snacks, and incorporate exercise and stress-reduction techniques into their lives. Several books by Nathan Pritikin carried the message of the Pritikin approach to the masses. It was an approach designed largely to promote well-being by lowering cholesterol and helping diabetics normalize their blood sugar without taking insulin. That people lost weight was an added plus.

Now his son, Robert, has taken over and tweaked the concept. The same plant-based foods of the original are the staples of his diet, and the fat content of the regimen is still about as low as you can go. But Robert’s latest book, The Pritikin Principle (following The New Pritikin Program and The Pritikin Weight Loss Breakthrough) focuses on something he calls The Calorie Density Solution.

He claims the concern is not calories but rather how dense they are in any given food. Fill up on foods that have relatively few calories per pound and you will lose the “excess body fat that threatens your health and longevity.”

Choosing foods that are not “calorie-dense,” such as apples and oatmeal, promises to “give you the freedom to eat until you are full and never limit your portions or be hungry in order to lose weight.” The higher the caloric density of any given food, the more likely it is to cause weight gain because you will consume more calories to feel full than if you choose foods with a lower caloric density. A pound of broccoli, for instance, has only 130 calories (that’s raw and unbuttered, of course) but a pound of chocolate chip cookies has 2,140 calories. You get the drift — broccoli, good; chocolate chip cookies, bad.

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