When looking at a diet, one needs to consider how beneficial it is, how practical it is and how sustainable it is in the long term. So, it is no wonder that the Pritikin diet has constantly been lauded as one of the most sensible diets since its inception in the late 1970s.
So what exactly is the Pritikin diet? The idea behind it is simple – eat foods that are high in fibre, and low in fat, while also getting regular exercise. What foods are acceptable in the Pritikin diet? Soups, vegetable salads, fresh fruits (not juice!) and whole grains (oats, barley, rye, millets, quinoa and red rice) are ideal, with a focus on unprocessed, whole foods as much as possible. Besides what you eat, also watch what you should not eat – alcohol, aerated drinks and sodas, red meat, fried food, fast food, excess salt, processed sugar and so on. You can instead satisfy cravings with filling options like omega 3-rich fish (salmon and trout), low-fat dairy (milk, cheese and yoghurt), egg whites and legumes, as well as starchy vegetables like potatoes and yam.
The Pritikin diet, coupled with a sensible exercise routine, can help boost metabolism and knock off weight. It is also good for the heart, keeping cardiovascular diseases, blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of stroke at bay. Of course, the Pritikin diet means cutting down on nuts and seeds, which are key nutrition areas. Get around this by keeping one day a week as a cheat day, where you include these in your diet.