Most diets come with rules such as “you can’t eat the following ingredients” or they include specific meal plans for each day. The Swiss Diet has a different take on these rules. You get a list of several ingredients that you are allowed to eat throughout the day. It may seem rather limited, but the key of this diet is using your imagination since you can cook and combine them differently every day. Also, do not get confused by the diet’s name: it’s not what Swiss people usually eat, but it was developed by a group of Swiss nutritionists.
The Swiss diet is not very restrictive on calories, but it can help you lose up to 11 pounds over the course of two weeks. Also, if you have any illness it’s not recommended that you follow it. This diet is safe, but it is intended for healthy people.
The allowed foods are intended to offer all the essential nutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats), vitamins and minerals, while maintaining a low to moderate caloric intake to ensure steady weight-loss.
– 200-300g of lean meat or fish. You can cook them any way you want as long as you don’t add extra fat.
– 2 eggs. Just like above, don’t add any fat.
– 0.5 l of low-fat milk.
– 1 slice of whole-wheat bread. You cannot have any white bread during the diet.
– 100 g potatoes (boiled, baked, mashed).
– 50 g of fat (try using vegetable fats and switching between multiple kinds during the diet).
– at least 2 l of water.
– fresh fruits (you can eat as many as you want).
This diet is more effective if you choose your meal times and stick to them. They can be anywhere from 3 to 5 meals every day, and the last one should be at least 3 hours before bedtime. Also, fruits can be eaten at any meal, except the last one.
The Swiss diet has only simple and accessible foods so it’s not too hard to follow. Physical exercise is not mandatory but it is recommended, like in any diet, to promote faster weight loss. The only problem of this diet, and probably the reason why it’s not recommended to follow it for more than 2 weeks is its lack of vegetables in the allowed list of foods. Nevertheless, fruits are allowed so it does include a source of vitamins.