A Scandinavian Diet That Is Considered to Be One of the Simplest Diets in the World
Suzy Wengel, a Danish dietitian, and CEO of a biotechnological company, came up with a diet that grew to be very popular and effective. Later, her dietary plan was even referred to as the simplest healthy eating plan in the world. The main principle of the diet is described in Wengel's book, The Scandi Sense Diet.
Bright Side will tell you why this diet stands above all others and why doctors consider it to be incredibly simple and easy.
How does the diet work and why is it so simple?
The diet is simple to follow because you don't have to count calories, calculate the proportion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, or measure your meal portions according to any system.
The main rule: Every meal should consist of four handfuls of food. One handful of proteins + one handful of carbs + two handfuls of vegetables + 1 tsp of fat.
You don't have to count calories or weigh your meals especially if you're eating on the go or are busy at work.
At first, Suzy was developing the diet for herself.
"If your diet isn't healthy you can lose weight, but your health can get worse as well: your skin color and hair condition changes, and you have headaches.
After the birth of my second child, I gained weight and I couldn't lose it for a long time. My weight was almost 220 lb (I agree, that's a lot) and I tried dozens of diets to lose the extra pounds. The main problem was that three times I managed to lose 44-55 lb, but in a couple of months I gained back even more.
I realized that strict diet plans provoke overeating, so I created my own diet. I lost almost 88 lb in 10 months. Today, my weight is 132 lb. It's been like this for more than 6 years now."
"On the left is a 'before' photo, my weight was 216 lb. On the right is how I look today at 134 lb".
It is estimated that a person can lose up to two pounds in a week following the Scandinavian diet.
The good news is you can still have a glass of red wine, eat spaghetti, and use oil while cooking. On average, dieting women consume 1,500 calories, and men, 2,000 calories (and they don't have to count them).
What is the diet plan?
You won't have to spend much time searching for a meal and its recipe. The Instagram hashtag #sensekost will provide you with more than 45,000 photos of healthy and tasty meals.
You can see the sample menus of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners below.
- Vegetables (2 portions): several cherry tomatoes and green peas
- Protein (1 portion): 2 eggs
- Carbs (1 portion): 1 slice of bread
- Fat (1 tsp.): butter spread on bread
- 1 cup of coffee with milk
- Vegetables (2 portions): carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms
- Protein (1 portion): pate, an egg, a slice of bacon
- Carbs (1 portion): bread
- Fat (1 tsp.): cheese
- Vegetables (2 portions): carrots, parsnips, asparagus
- Protein (1 portion): meatloaf
- Carbs (1 portion): a glass of wine
- Fat (1 tsp): bearnaise sauce, oil used for frying vegetables
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