08 July, 2011
Food for The Bead Diet
The Accu Weight-Loss program, also known as The Bead Diet, promises a minimum weight loss of 15 pounds a month when adhering to their guidelines. The promised weight loss is a claim of the company and isn't backed by any peer-reviewed studies. The program incorporates acupressure beads worn behind the ears, Chi Gong breathing and a diet plan that begins in a restrictive phase that limits food choices. After the initial phase, other foods are reintroduced and there are no forbidden foods, though participants are encouraged to meet with Accu Weight-Loss consultants for a personalized diet plan, but the company website does not provide details about this phase of the program.
Milk and Yogurt
The diet allows you to eat approved only milk and yogurt between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. for the first two days, then alternates back and forth with two days of fruits and veggies, then two days of milk and yogurt, and so on. You can eat or drink them plain or use milk and yogurt recipes featured on Accu Weight-Loss's official site include various milkshakes, ice creams and coffee drinks. You can also eat certain soups you make yourself, such as cream of celery and Alfredo chowder. Each milk day has a specific allowance of milk that you'll need to deduct from the amount used in any particular recipe to follow the plan as the company intends.
Vegetables and Fruit
The restrictive phase of The Bead Diet continues with two vegetable days where you eat approved vegetable and fruit dishes from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. These days allow more variety, with most fruits, vegetables and spices permitted, but as with the milk days, you'll have to deduct the amount of each portion you eat from your daily vegetable allowance if you want to follow the plan exactly.
Snacks, Desserts and Condiments
Accu Weight-Loss allows up to six pieces of sugar-free gum or candy at any time during the initial phase of The Bead Diet. Sugar-free gelatin and ice pops made from sugar-free flavored beverages are also allowed. These are good options for eating after 6 p.m. Accu Weight-Loss doesn't allow for many condiments, though spices and herbs are permitted to flavor food. You can use 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard over a salad on your vegetable days.
Considerations and Warnings
The Bead Diet is a fad diet that doesn't include enough calories or variety of foods to get the necessary nutrients for most people. The University of Wisconsin-Madison cautions that diets that overemphasize certain foods, ban certain foods and guarantee fast weight loss aren't usually recommended by nutrition experts. In addition, losing weight too quickly makes it less likely you'll keep it off. The National Institutes of Health recommends a loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week during the first six months of your weight-loss plan. To pinpoint your ideal weight, you'll need to look at your BMI and discuss your specific health circumstances with your health care provider. Talk to your doctor about any diet or weight-loss plan before you begin.
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