If you are researching recent diet trends, and trying to lose weight, you may be considering going on the macrobiotic diet. The macrobiotic diet, which originated in Japan, is a program that not only is about losing weight and living healthy, but it also claims to balance you spiritually, giving your body an equal amount of ying and yang, or better known as cold foods and hot foods. This program does provide many health benefits, such as low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, and high amounts of fiber. People have made claims to this diet, and its ability to cure cancer, however these claims have never been proven in medical testing. So what does this plan consist of?
This program is mainly a low fat, high fiber plan, which also highly mimics the diet of a vegetarian. The main component in the macrobiotic program is whole grains. This includes whole grain or brown rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, rye, corn, and any other types of whole grains. At each meal, at least 50% of your food intake should be whole grains. Another quarter of your diet will be vegetables, preferably raw. In the macrobiotic plan, they believe that food in its natural state is best for your mental health and spirit, as well as your physical health. Other foods that you are allowed to eat, are locally grown fruits, beans, seeds, and nuts.
Also, one thing that you must consume is miso soup. According to WebMD, miso soup should consist of 5 % of your diet. Things that are normally avoided, while on your macrobiotic diet plan, are meats, poultry, dairy, and also eggs. If you would like, you are allowed to consume small portions of fish, otherwise all other sea food should be avoided. Although there are many health benefits, there are also precautions that health professionals recommend that you take while on this plan.
According to health professionals, this diet also lacks many important vitamins and minerals that your body needs, such as protein, B vitamins, and iron, and can cause serious malnutrition. There are both positives and negatives to this program, and every diet is not for everyone. Even though supplements are not a part of the plan, you may want to consider taking them, to make sure that your body is getting everything that it needs. Just like any other diet, or healthy plan, consult your physician before starting your macrobiotic diet, to make sure that it is right for you.