Heard of the Cohen diet and fancy giving it a try? Ohmymag brings you some tips and tricks to help you make the most of it...
Everything You Need To Know About The Cohen Diet
What is it?
According to Dr. Cohen, a diet must be healthy and balanced above all else. The principle of his diet is based on the idea that to slim down, it is necessary to limit caloric intake by reducing the amount of food consumed, all the while eating more fruits and vegetables. In addition, he advises an increase in physical exercise.
There is no forbidden food in this slimming program, which makes it easier to stick to and avoid the dreaded yo-yo effect. For a one-month diet, the first week, Dr. Cohen recommends 1,400 calories a day. Then, the second week, he advises to decrease to 900 calories every other day. In the third week you should consume 1,200 calories a day. And finally, during the fourth, it's important to go back to 1,400 calories a day to help the body stabilize the weight. The rate of weight loss is around 4 kg per month.
The aim of the diet is to correct hormonal imbalance, which often tends to be the main culprit of weight gain or inability to lose weight effectively. The result? Acquring and making dietary changes according to one's individual profile will allow to trigger a natural response in the body in order to burn fat safely and efficiently.
1. Sample one-day menu: The typical menus depend on the phase of the diet you are at. For the first and fourth weeks at 1400 calories a day, breakfast can consist of fat-free fromage frais and fresh fruit. At lunch, you can eat raw vegetables, two slices of ham, steamed vegetables, and a small piece of cheese. You can eat fruit as a snack. Finally, at dinner, you might choose to eat raw vegetables, 200 g of fish without added fat, green vegetables, followed by a 0% fat yoghurt.
For the 900 calorie phase, breakfast can consist of fat-free fromage frais and fruit. At lunchtime, you might eat raw vegetables, then a tofu fillet with steamed vegetables and a small amount of rice. At dinner, you could eat raw vegetables and a fillet of low-fat fish with green vegetables.
3. The recipes: This is a Cohen diet soup recipe that can be eaten at lunch or dinner. This is based on 800 g of pumpkin, 25 cl of semi-skimmed milk (or vegetable milk), 50 g of Roquefort, and a handful of squash seeds.
Start by cooking the diced pumpkin in a saucepan of boiling water for about 15 minutes. Then, switch to the blender, add the milk, salt, pepper, and the pumpkin seeds. Add the Roquefort when serving the soup.
The bottom line?
Whilst this diet regimen has been based on scientific research, it is important to note that everyone's body is different and so factors such as metabolic rate, genetics and other lifestyle factors such as exercise will affect the individual who decides to try this diet. Whilst it has been proven effective to some, it is always best to consult your doctor if you're unsure if this diet is for you and, more importantly, if this diet is safe for you. Good luck and enjoy slimming down!