The Rice diet is a weight loss program aimed at achieving drastic results in a short period of time. The program originated in a North Carolina clinic in the late 1930s. It was originally aimed at those suffering from conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, and heart disease. In its original form, it was monitored by qualified medical professionals. The idea behind the diet is to lose around 30 pounds of weight in the first week and approximately three pounds in each subsequent week of the diet. The diet also requires the implementation of stress-reduction techniques and exercise regimes. The primary approach of the diet is to restrict access to sugar, fat, salt, and processed foods. The diet encourages bodily detoxification, and the consumption of foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fiber.
The first week of the diet focuses on detoxification of the body. The projected weight loss during this period is between twenty to thirty pounds. The second week sees continued weight loss, and is a combination of the basic rice diet as well as five days of a diet known as the Lacto Vegetarian diet. The third week is focused on maintenance of the weight. The formula is basically the same as in the second week, but in this phase, one is expected to consume two hundred more calories than in previous weeks. When you stop losing weight, during this phase, you should maintain the calorie count at which this occurs.
The diet is ideal for those who require hard-core, rapid weight loss. It does deliver in these terms, if all the requirements of the diet are met. The diet is also based around healthy eating, exercise and stress reduction, all of which are positive things in terms of overall bodily health. This diet is specifically aimed at combating chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease.
It is important to remember that this diet is extremely restrictive with regard to calorie consumption in the first few phases. This will help you to shed the pounds extremely quickly, but it is recommended that this diet is undertaken only under the advice of qualified medical professionals. However, if you are trying this diet at home, it can be extremely challenging. Some of the suggested foodstuffs might even be difficult to obtain. The low protein content of the diet is can also be challenging.