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Pritikin Diet – What You Need to Know

According to U.S News, a popular publication in the Unites States, the best diet of 2012, and for three consecutive years now, remains the DASH diet.

Which begs the question: How many more of these diets must we have to go through in order to find what really works?

Pardon my cynicism but how could you take a feeding tube diet seriously. I mean, even if it does work, just how can you put yourself through something like that, not unless you are in the hospital.

Beats me, how people buy into stuff like this, when there are tried-and-tested diets like the Pritikin Diet.

Pritikin Diet – Then & Now

In order for one to understand the Pritikin Diet in its current form, it’s probably a good idea to understand its origins and history.

The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise was created in 70s by Nathan Pritikin, and for being so well-received by becoming a New York Times best-seller, it found its rightful place with other popular diets such as the Scarsdale and the Atkins Diet.

So you can see what is meant by tried and tested! It’s not just a decade but almost 30 years of research that has gone into making this diet a success.

However, after Nathan, his father, and creator of the Pritikin Diet, passed away, Robert Pritikin carried on his father’s good work to help people combat obesity, and in turn, made a few changes to the program.

While the main elements of the program remain the same, Robert focused on an aspect known as ‘calorie density’, where food choices for the diet, in its new avatar, was based on how many calories was present in the food per pound.

Also called the Pritikin Principle, this diet has almost 20 pages of charts which inform the participant as to the caloric density of most foods eaten these days.

With that said, let’s look at the basic principles of the Pritikin Diet.

Pritikin Diet – What You Need to Know

Bearing a similarity to the Ornish Program, the Pritikin Diet only allows 10% of its calorie intake to come from fats. In other words, the Pritikin Diet was a low-fat diet.

However, Nathan Pritikin made a significant change by emphasizing on eating vegetables as well as lean meats and seafood in the meal plans that he designed. It’s a common practice for Americans to only eat meat, and this was probably the reason for weight gain.

The diet went on to claim that if people who followed this program managed to keep at the diet by eating little fat content, there would be no necessity to count calories.

In following this diet, eating whole grains, fruit and vegetables was permitted without question, and in large servings as well. Also, the diet also followed a principle where one should eat as often as possible extending to six to seven meals a day so as to keep from feeling hungry.

Apart from the benefit of losing weight with this diet, it also lowers cholesterol while also helping diabetics to normalize their blood sugar level so that they would not require insulin shots.

Better still, it was stressed that exercise, in the form of a 45-minute walk, was also necessary.

In Closing

So, is there anything that we might have missed out in regard to the Pritikin Diet? Please feel free to share in the comments section below.

Also, here’s an overview of the Leptin Diet that has been covered at length.

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