What is The Macrobiotic Diet?

November 24, 2014

As one of the most popular diets over the last decade, the Macrobiotic diet is a regimen which focuses on grains and vegetables as a healthy way to maintain your weight. Praised by celebrity fans such as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, it’s great for coeliacs, raw-food lovers, and can even be dairy-free.

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How does it work?

The Macrobiotic diet aims to eradicate all types of preservatives or fatty foods out of your diet – you won’t find any cheat-meals here. Rather than thinking of it as a strict diet, it’s actually an entire lifestyle change which relies on clean, wholesome eating and regular exercise to keep healthy for a prolonged period of time.

What can you eat?

An average meal will consist of grains and vegetables which will actually sustain the body longer than processed foods and animal meat. If you’re worried about the over-consumption of grains, there’s no reason to be. The Macrobiotic Diet encourages the consumption of many foods which have a very low glycemic index (GI) and are high in fibre (to keep your body feeling regular and bloat-free).

Stick to wholemeal grains such as brown rice and bread which are low in calories, and easier to break down in the body.

Is it a strict diet?

The diet does take a lot more effort and it does require more commitment as a complete lifestyle change. If your current diet involves a lot of processed food and animal products, you will find the Macrobiotic Diet somewhat of a shock in the initial stages. The key is to start slow, and your body won’t be craving any of the fatty foods from before.

Ease into the diet by incorporating some simple grains such as brown rice and beans into your main meals, before  completely changing the way you eat.

Would you try the Macrobiotic Diet?

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