Author: Margaret Dew
August 18th, 2018 • 9 min read
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The watermelon diet is not only tasty, it also helps you lose weight and detox your body. But the best part about that is that this diet is simple to follow!
There are different varieties of the watermelon diet, but the most popular one is the 3 day watermelon diet in which the dieter simply eats nothing but watermelon for 3 days to lose weight (Depending on how you look at it, it might sound like a dream come true!). After the dieting period is over, the dieter goes back to their regular diet. Tasty, short, and simple.
It's not so surprising to find that the watermelon diet is being used for weight loss. After all, 91% of the content in a watermelon is all water (and very nutritious).
Watermelons also have plenty of fiber in them, which when combined with water helps keep you full longer. And so they make a great companion especially if you frequently feel hunger and struggle with certain diets.
Experts recommend the average person to drink 8 glasses of water a day to keep themselves hydrated, which understandably isn't always easy to do for most people. Watermelons can help greatly as they contain so much water content already. Here are some Reasons Why Watermelons Are Great For Weight Loss.
If you've been familiar with clean eating then you're already half familiar with the watermelon diet. The diet is low-calorie and it works by making your body burn more calories than it takes in. You're required to eliminate most processed food while consuming watermelons which helps to detox your body.
Eliminating processed foods is an effective strategy because it helps restore your natural detoxification process. By doing this, you have a better chance to eliminate toxins and waste from your body. Getting rid of toxins is important because they usually get stored in fat cells in order to protect your body. You might ask, "Why would I want to get rid of that?!" Well, more toxins means more fat and while you're burning the existing fat from the diet, you'll also help get rid of all the toxins that were stored in fat, efficiently eliminating them through the body's renewed detoxification system.
While you're going on a watermelon diet you can also benefit from all the fluids you're taking in from these fruits. Just by chewing and swallowing as you eat them your body will think it already ate a good amount of food. But the best part is that these "foods" are all just the rich content of water in watermelons!
The tough outer layer of the watermelon is edible by the way, and they're very nutritious, like apples!
If you're one with a sweet tooth, this watermelon diet can help provide you with 6g of natural sugar per 100g of watermelon.
In order for the watermelon diet to work, you have to stick to the foods that the diet is intended for. That means you should avoid all junk foods, highly processed foods and even alcohol as well.
In this version you eat watermelon for 3 days straight. The recommended amount to consume is at least 26 cups of watermelon in a day, which equates to 1200 calories--the minimum amount of calories you would need to prevent your metabolism from slowing down.
Find any time of the day to eat your watermelons. You might become bored of the taste after awhile but at least you won't be hungry since you're allowed to eat as much watermelon as you like, :)
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To get you started, try aiming for an amount equivalent to 6 cups of watermelon for breakfast, with coffee if you'd like. For lunch aim for 10 cups of watermelon and some coffee as well. And finally, for dinner you can aim for 10 cups of watermelon and some tea on the side.
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In this version you add watermelon to every meal for 5 days straight with no snacks in between.
Here is a sample meal plan:
In this version you eat 2 meals and only watermelons for snacks in a day, for 5 days straight. Drinks containing zero calories like coffee or green tea can be consumed to help push your body further from feeling full.
For these meals, it should include a reasonable portion of lean protein like lean beef, fish, or skinless chicken. The meals should also include a small bowl of rice as well or large portions of fresh vegetables.
The watermelon snacks should only be an amount of 2-3 slices per snacking session.
Here is a sample meal plan for this diet:
If you're planning to perform some exercising while on the watermelon diet, it's best to keep them light. Extreme and intense workouts can make you feel dizzy, light headed or exhausted since this diet only hands you very minimal amount of calories.
However, the good news is that studies have shown that watermelon is able to relieve muscle soreness because the fruits contain l-citrulline. L-citrulline is an amino acid that protects against muscle soreness.
For the best results possible, try to eat the watermelons before your workouts.
Also, a study in the African Food and Chemistry Journal provided 500 ml of natural watermelon juice with citrulline powder 1 hour before working out to 7 men. The results show that their intestines managed to absorb the citrulline more from the juices of watermelon than supplements do.
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Even though the watermelon diet is extremely effective and helps dieters lose weight fast, it can cause some serious harm if you aren't doing it correctly!
Here are some examples of what could happen:
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