Macrobiotic Diet Review | 2.5/5 Not Great

Rod Ferris March 12, 2013 Comments Off on Macrobiotic Diet Review | 2.5/5 Not Great
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Macrobiotic Diet plan is a low fat, high fiber diet program that is devised to enhance the body’s energy flow thus promoting for its overall health and well being. Literally meaning ‘long life’ in Greek, this plant-based diet plan was developed in early 1900s by George Ohsawa – a Japanese philosopher – by integrating the philosophies of Zen Buddhism and Asian medicine with western medicine. In fact, it is more than just a diet plan with a recommended list of foods and focuses on improving both physical and psychological health of an individual through the principles of ecological wisdom, balance and temperance, and harmony and diversity. In other words, a macrobiotic diet emphasizes on governing all physical and mental functions rather than counting calories, eating negative calorie foods and gauging nutrients.

What foods are recommended?

The macrobiotic diet plan recommends you to intake foods that are natural to your environment as well as climatic zone.

As such, your basic macrobiotic menu plan should include:

  • Whole Grain: Nutrient packed whole grain is an important segment of this diet plan. Whole grains are complex carbohydrates, apart from enriched with protein, iron and soluble fiber. This will improve your digestive and cardiovascular health. Some of the recommended whole grain items are wheat, kamut, oats, millet and barley.
  • Organic Vegetables: The intake of lightly cooked vegetable or raw vegetable salad will help to provide your body with necessary antioxidants, calcium and fiber. Dark leafy vegetables and rooted vegetables are highly preferred.
  • Sea Vegetables: Under this diet plan, sea vegetables are regarded as super foods, since they have high content of proteins, minerals and vitamins.
  • Beans and legumes: As this diet limits the intake of meat items, your daily macrobiotic diet should consists of beans and legumes. This will provide your body with nutrients such as protein and iron.
  • Fruits: All kinds of fruits, especially those rich in folate, fiber, Vitamin C and phytonutrients, should be included in the diet. Cherries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are among the fruit items that top the list.
  • Macrobiotic Pickles: Since they are not salty or spicy, pickles like Daikon radish pickle, takuan and organic sauerkraut can be used with one to two meals per day.
  • Soy Products: Soy items, miso and tempeh should be an important part of the diet, as they consist of high content of proteins.
  • Additional Daily Foods: To ensure your optimal health and well being, it is also important to include certain protein supplementing foods, soups and drinks should be incorporated in your daily macrobiotic diet, such as naturally sweetened desserts, noodles, kukicha twig tea and soup seasoned with miso.

For best results, it is better to seek assistance of an experienced macrobiotic practitioner to help you design an effective diet plan.

What are the foods that should be avoided?

It is vital to avoid or limit the consumption of certain food items such as:

  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Spicy foods
  • Processed foods
  • Foods with artificial flavours and preservatives
  • Meats and dairy products

How is this different than the other diet plans?

Even though macrobiotic is a restrictive diet plan, it is not thoroughly a low calorie diet plan as in the case of most of the other fruit and vegetable based diets, since it involves the intake of almost all types of food items in balanced amount, such as whole grains, meats and sea food dishes. In fact, a great thing regarding this diet plan is that you’ll never get bored or deprived of your favorite food. Another unique aspect of this diet plan is that it is environmentally based and hence factors such as season as well as time of the year are taken into account for devising the plan. For instance, this diet program recommends the intake of raw food items like salads during summer and spring. Likewise, heavy and concentrated foods are encouraged in winter and fall. This, in turn, is to ensure that your body gets right amount of energy and nutrient in a particular season. Perhaps the prime highlight of the macrobiotic diet is that it is inexpensive and can be easily followed with the selection of foods that are readily available from your nearby grocery or supermarket.

What are the rules for this diet?

The Do List

  • Cook rice in a pressure cooker
  • Take food only when you feel hungry
  • Sit in good posture while eating food
  • Chew your food completely and slowly
  • Use a hot wet towel to massage your body until it becomes red. This is to enhance the flow of electromagnetic energy in your body.

The Avoidance List

  • Avoid longer baths as it may drain minerals from your body
  • Avoid the usage of foods prepared using microwave oven

MyFit’s Conclusion

The Good

This diet plan is a lifestyle rather than a short term gain diet (we like this).  The likelihood of sticking to a diet like this one increases the more it focuses daily living and less on numbers and counting calories.

It also focuses on everything you hear about healthy eating in general.  Eat your food slowly, sit up straight, eat lots of vegetables and avoid processed foods etc.  While this is good advice; it’s not generally a diet that is going to make you get noticed for your new found ripped abs.


The Bad

For those looking to lose weight and change their body composition this diet may not provide as much protein required for protein synthesis when a weight training regimen is integrated (as it should). We recommend a different diet such as the ABS DIET POWER diet.  This diet is descriptive, easy to follow, suggests that you weight train and also is clear and concise which this diet is not.

The Bottom Line

There are too many rules and the diet doesn’t provide the results that you came to MyFit to find out about.

 


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