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Take up chess.

Strange as it may sound to those who spend their lives trying to diet, jog or Pilate away a few pounds, grandmasters who go into chess championship play without an intensive exercise and nutrition plan can find themselves losing weight they didn't intend to lose.

“It seems absurd,” Aishwarya Kumar writes in ESPN.com. “How could two humans – seated for hours, exerting themselves in no greater manner than intermittently extending their arms a foot at a time – face physical demands?”

Robert Sapolsky, a stress researcher at Stanford University, told Kumar competitors in major chess tournaments exhibit the kind of breathing rates, blood pressure and contractions observed in elite athletes such as competitive marathon runners. A chess player can burn 6,000 calories a day, or three times what the average person requires, Sapolsky said. The mental and physical grind of a 10- or 12-day tournament can lead to an average weight loss of two pounds a day, Kumar said.

You're thinking: Maybe skip the workout, go straight to a table in Promenade Park and set up your rooks, pawns and knights.

But this is not necessarily a good thing. As Kumar noted, Rustam Kasimdzhanov lost 17 pounds during the World Chess Championship series in 2004. At least Kasimdzhanov finished and won the six-game series. In 1984, a five-month championship series had to be called off; defending champion Anatoly Karpov had lost 22 pounds. “He looked like death,” another grandmaster told Kumar.

Maybe stick to Pilates.

 

 

People Are Worried Jessica Simpson Lost Weight Too Fast

 

  • October 05, 2019

Jessica Simpson gave birth to her daughter Birdie Mae in March, and she is already showing off a much slimmer body. While it’s quite common for celebrities to “bounce back” after going through a pregnancy, some people are definitely concerned Simpson has done it a bit too quickly. She lost quite a lot of weight in the past several months, but how did she do it? Is an extreme weight loss like this healthy?

Jessica Simpson | Michael Stewart/Getty Images

Jessica Simpson reportedly lost 100 pounds in six months

Recently, Simpson took to social media to share her weight loss progress with followers. The 39-year-old revealed that she managed to lose 100 pounds after giving birth to her daughter.

“6 months. 100 pounds down (Yes, I tipped the scales at 240),” she wrote on Instagram. “My first trip away from #BIRDIEMAE and emotional for many reasons, but so proud to feel like myself again. Even when it felt impossible, I chose to work harder.”

During her pregnancy, Simpson was open about her many struggles, including the fact she had acid reflux, bronchitis, bloating, and swellings.

Although Simpson did not share the secrets to her weight loss, her personal trainer did. She worked with her longtime trainer Harley Pasternak, who said this weight loss challenge was more difficult than her previous ones.

“I’ve kind of helped her come back after each baby, and this is a bit different, in that she said she was tipping the scales at 240 [post-delivery],” Pasternak revealed to People. “This is sort of the aggregate of being pregnant nonstop for a decade, and so we had a little more of a challenge between this and the other ones.”

Pasternak helped Simpson get into a healthy routine everyday. She made sure to do five things daily: “getting in her steps, unplugging from technology for an hour, getting sleep, eating healthfully and exercising.”

Simpson walked a lot everyday and ate meals that are full of fiber and protein. She also hit the gym for 45 minutes but only for three days a week.

“My mantra is you get lean in life, and strong in the gym,” Pasternak said. “So the majority of the weight loss actually came from everything she did outside of the gym, and then everything in the gym is about toning and tightening.”

Simpson also updated Pasternak everyday on how she accomplished the five tasks. Ultimately, Pasternak shared, the goal was never about losing 100 pounds, though by incorporating a lot of healthy habits into her daily life, she was able to shed the weight quickly.

While Simpson seems to have lost weight in a healthy way, many people are still questioning whether doing it quickly like that was a good decision, especially since she lost weight remarkably faster than what the CDC recommends.

According to health experts, there is no clear-cut answer. Like most other things related to health and weight loss, it all depends on the person and their situation. Cynthia Sass, a nutrition editor, told Health that outside of eating healthy and exercising, Simpson could have also lost weight through breastfeeding since that does burn some calories. Moreover, if she was 240 pounds during her pregnancy, a lot of the weight she lost could have been “the baby, placenta, fluids, and blood volume.”

Health also reports that it’s normal for women to get their pre-pregnancy body back around six to twelve months after giving birth, according to the NIH.

Ultimately, Simpson definitely made a lot of progress in the past several months and it’s clear she is happy with the results that she got.

So, It’s been a while since I blogged…..sorry about that people!  Summer is a really busy season for us here at the radio station and it seems to fly by without me even blinking an eye!

As you probably know, I lost 154 pounds from July 2018-July 2019 by going to Medical WeightLoss & Wellness in Oak Creek and Racine and following their plan for the Keto diet.

Well, since I last blogged, I went into MAINTENANCE!!!  WOOHOO!!!  I hit my goal around the beginning of July (you can see me celebrating with the lovely gals at Medical WeightLoss & Wellness celebrating the day I hit it in the above pic) and have been continuing on with the Keto lifestyle since then.  I still try to go into Medical WeightLoss & Wellness at least every two weeks to check-in and get my Vitamin B shot, but otherwise, I just keep on with the lifestyle and add things in gradually.

Related: Alley Faith Loses 67 Pounds in First 4 Months

I still have no desire to “CHEAT” as some would say (and I get asked that A LOT - lol) because I’ve found plenty of replacements for the foods I used to love.  When I want something sweet, I grab a chef Kayla dessert or make myself a Chocolate Shake from the Medical WeightLoss & Wellness cookbook (yes anyone can stop in there and buy a cookbook!)… which includes ingredients of cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup.

Related: Alley Faith Officially Loses 100 Pounds!

I’ve gone from a size 24 to a size 8!  Can you believe that?!  I still can’t believe it when I’m shopping for clothes. I was just at Bayshore Town Center the other day and was blown away when I fit into a size 8... I didn't know I was capable of that!  It's a pretty good feeling!

Related: Two More Shockers Around Alley Faith's Weight Loss!

Ok, so let me just get to the good stuff, which is me answering all the questions I get on a regular basis about my weight loss.

This idea to blog about this came after my trainer at Bridgewater Performance, Keith Kahlfeldt, told me he gets the SAME THREE QUESTIONS over and over about me.  Sooooo…I’m here to finally answer those and other questions I get regularly!

So here are the 3 Keith gets all the time…..

1. How many times a week do I work out?  2 days a week

2. Do I do a lot of cardio?  Nope.  Never.  I do weight training.  Strong is the new skinny remember!

3. Do I take supplements?  Nope.  I take a multivitamin but that’s about it.  I don’t even do protein shakes!  Lol!

Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who is receiving rave reviews for his performance in the upcoming film Joker, lost a whopping 52 pounds and the transformation took a toll on him. The actor revealed that he developed a ‘disorder’ and became ‘obsessed’ with his new weight, reported E! News.

Phoenix opened up about how shedding the weight took a toll on him, revealing that it became a “disorder” for him. “Once you reach the target weight, everything changes. Like so much of what’s difficult is waking up every day and being obsessed over like 0.3 pounds. Right? And you really develop like a disorder,” the Oscar nominee said.

But in light of the physical and mental challenges of losing so much weight, Phoenix said that it was necessary for him to have a delicate frame as it helped carry out the iconic comic book villain’s movements and mannerisms.

“But I think the interesting thing for me is what I had expected and anticipated with the weight loss was these feelings of dissatisfaction, hunger, a certain kind of vulnerability and a weakness,” Phoenix said.

“But what I didn’t anticipate was this feeling of kind of fluidity that I felt physically. I felt like I could move my body in ways that I hadn’t been able to before. And I think that really lent itself to some of the physical movement that started to emerge as an important part of the character,” he added.

Phoenix also revealed that the late actor and performer Ray Bolger influenced Joker’s dance moves in the movie.

“There was a particular song called The Old Soft Shoe that he performed and I saw a video of it and there’s this odd arrogance almost to his movements and, really, I completely just stole it from him,” the star said.

“He does this thing of turning his chin up. This choreographer, Michael Arnold, showed me that and tons of videos and I zeroed in on that one. ‘That was Joker, right?’ There’s an arrogance to him, really. That was probably the greatest influence. But also disco,” Phoenix added.

While the actor’s performance is being largely praised, the film, on the other hand, is being criticised for its dark content and sympathetic tone towards the villain.

Directed by Todd Phillips Joker features a new take on the comic book character’s origin story, and follows an aspiring stand-up comedian called Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) whose mental health issues escalate, ultimately leading him to a life of criminality.

Also read: Kangana Ranaut: ‘Parents should be okay with children having sexual partners and having responsible sex’

Apart from Phoenix, the movie also features Robert De Niro, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

The upcoming flick is a part of the DC Comics universe but will serve as an independent origin story and will not feature any appearances by Batman and other caped crusaders.

The film is getting early Oscar buzz after winning the Golden Lion, the Venice International Film Festival’s top award. Earlier this month, Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation at its Venice Film Festival premiere for the origin story that the makers mapped out for Batman’s arch-villain - Joker.

The movie is slated to release on October 2 in India.

 

Does Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Eat Too Much?

 

  • October 06, 2019

Ever since audiences first met Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the wrestling ring, they’ve been impressed with his wide chest, broad shoulders, and bulging muscles. Johnson has an incredible physique that’s now able to dominate movies. But it requires a lot of hard work to maintain, and that means tons of calories and lots of protein.

While his diet is far from average, it does allow Johnson to build the kind of body that demands respect. You’ll be amazed when you see that the surprising amounts of food that the Rock eats every day.

Dwayne Johnson eats massive amounts of food

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson | The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA via Getty Images

Johnson has always been very open about the diet he follows and for most people, it’s an incredible amount of food. While he was preparing for the role of Hercules in 2013, Johnson posted a sample diet to his Twitter account. His example included an estimated 5,470 calories spread over seven separate meals.

Although he gave us this sample several years ago, most sources indicate he still eats in a very similar way today. Most of Johnson’s calories come from lean protein, like fish and eggs, and simple carbs, like white rice or potatoes.

Fish isn’t a food that most of us eat in large quantities, except for Johnson. He eats about 36 ounces of cod every day. That’s about 1000 calories, just in cod. On top of that, he eats about a dozen egg white each and every day. This includes a 10-egg-white omelet that he likes to finish the day with. All that protein can’t be easy for his grocery budget, good thing he’s a Hollywood big shot

While he eats almost no sugar in his diet, Johnson isn’t afraid of simple carbs. He loves white rice and eats about 5 cups of it a day. All those easily digestible carbs supply him with plenty of energy to keep up with his intense workouts. 

Dwayne Johnson always includes a cheat day

Although Johnson follows a strict diet, he does allow himself a cheat day– usually while watching Netflix, like the rest of us. And when he has a cheat day, he really goes all out. Since Johnson has a habit of sharing his cheat meals on Instagram, we know what he eats on those days. 

One of his favorite cheat meals is chocolate chip pancakes. But not just one or two. Johnson eats a huge stack of thick pancakes- there has to be at least ten in the photo he posted. And he includes all the ‘fixings,’ like real maple syrup and whipped cream.

Another cheat meal includes 10 cookies or an entire sheet of brownies. 

When Johnson has a cheat day, he really goes all out. But what makes it work for his lifestyle, is that the next day, he’ll return to his normal high-protein, no sugar diet. 

Why does Dwayne Johnson eat so much?

 

Johnson eats a huge amount of food, but he also has a massive amount of muscle on his body. Muscle burns more calories than fat, about 5.5 times more. According to The Daily Mail, at 47 years old, Johnson is 6 feet 4 inches tall, and weighs about 270 pounds. While we don’t know exactly how much of that weight is muscle, just by looking at his physique, we can guess it’s a very high percentage. 

And it’s not just his body size that requires lots of calories. To maintain all that muscle, Johnson does several high-intensity workouts throughout the day. All those simple carbs in his diet help power him through those workouts. 

If Johnson wasn’t eating a high-calorie diet, he’d probably lose too much weight and he’d be unable to build the incredible amount of muscle that he has on his body. Most people aren’t able to get away with eating as much as Johnson. But because of the way he lives, Johnson needs that much food. 

6 Popular Intermittent Fasting Schedules, Explained By Experts

Plus, which one is the best for weight loss.

Intermittent fasting is officially the diet of the moment. Celebs like Jenna JamesonVanessa Hudgens, and Halle Berry all swear by it, and with tons of people pairing it with keto eating plans, it's likely you know someone who's doing it.

In case you're unfamiliar, intermittent fasting (IF) is a type of eating plan that calls for periods of eating and fasting (in which you can only consume water, coffee, and tea). During the time periods you can eat, you can generally eat what you like, which is why the plan works for a lot of people. It's simple, and you can tweak the schedule to fit your needs.

That being said, IF is definitely NOT for everyone. As WH previously reported, intermittent fasting can be a tough diet to follow if you're the type who likes to snack and feels like you're starving when you can't. It's also not a good idea for anyone with a history of disordered eating.

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Still, it can be worth trying for people who want to lose weight and are able to make the fasting work with their lifestyles. Luckily, there are tons of different fasting schedules you can follow, so you can experiment with which schedule is the best fit for you, says nutritionist Amanda Baker Lemein, RD, who is also a WH advisor.

Of course, this begs the question: Is there one intermittent fasting schedule that's best for weight loss? Here are six popular IF approaches you'll come across online and on social media that people tend to follow for weight loss purposes—and exactly what the current research says (if any exists!) about the potential benefits for each one.

1. The 16:8 diet

The 16:8 method of intermittent fasting involves fasting every day for 16 hours and restricting your daily eating window to eight hours. For most people, this schedule means not eating anything after dinner and skipping breakfast. You might eat between, say, noon and 8 p.m.

As far as how the 16:8 method fares for weight loss? It could work, the (very limited) research shows. In a recent (albeit small) study published in the journal Nutrition and Healthy Aging, 23 obese men and women followed the 16:8 diet for 12 weeks. Compared to a group that had eaten normally and not within a set timeframe, those on the 16:8 diet took in 350 fewer calories per day, lost a modest amount of weight (about 3 percent of their body weight on average), and lowered their blood pressure. Still, it's important to note that this was a small study, and few others have examined the 16:8 diet specifically, so it’s tough to say that following the 16:8 diet is a surefire way to shed excess weight.

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Interestingly, following this kind of eating plan may help with appetite control (counterintuitive, no?). A recent study in the journal Obesity showed that people who ate only during a six-hour window, compared to following a normal eating schedule, felt less hungry than the control group, even though both groups ate the same amount of calories.

2. The 5:2 method

To follow the 5:2 diet, you eat normally five days a week and cut back to 20 percent of your normal daily calorie intake for the other two. Women are supposed to have about 500 calories on "fasting" days, while men have about 600.

This IF method resulted in more weight and fat loss compared to day-to-day calorie restriction in a 2017 study in the International Journal of Obesity. Again, research on humans is limited, so it's tough to draw major conclusions from one promising study.

3. Alternate-day fasting

As the name implies, this diet involves fasting every other day. There are several different versions of this plan, with some of them allowing about 500 calories on the fasting days, and some encouraging that you eat even fewer or close to zero calories on fasting days.

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Many of the existing studies on the health benefits of intermittent fasting used some version of this particular diet, though much of the weight loss-focused research hasn't been conclusive.

4. Eat-stop-eat diet

This method of intermittent fasting involves a full fast for 24 hours once or twice a week. For example, you may eat dinner at 6 p.m. and then fast until 6 p.m. the next day, and you would do this one or two times per week—but not in a row.

There's no research currently on this specific method of IF, but because of calorie reduction, it's likely to result in weight loss if it's a fasting schedule that works for you. (Of course, keep in mind that not eating for a full 24 hours can be pretty tough.)

5. The 14:10 diet

This one is similar to the 16:8 method, but involves fasting for a 14-hour window and eating for 10. It's a little easier to stick to than 16:8 because you have a longer eating window, but it's possibly less effective when it comes to weight loss.

Given that the fasting period is short and pretty much follows the way people already eat, it may be hard for some people to achieve a caloric deficit with this diet.

6. The Warrior Diet

This diet is way different from the rest, with the majority of eating happening at night. The Warrior Diet was coined by fitness author Ori Hofmekler. It involves eating only small portions of raw fruits and vegetables during the day, then feasting on one huge meal at night within a 4-hour eating window.

There's no specific research on the Warrior Diet, but since the "fasting" periods still allow for some food, it may be more practical for some people. Still, the period when you can have heavier foods is very small, and the diet also involves focusing on paleo foods, so it's stricter than other forms of IF. If you can achieve a caloric deficit on this diet, it may lead to weight loss like other IF methods.

So which intermittent fasting schedule is best for weight loss? Whichever one you'll actually stick to, TBH.

In short, the one that's easiest for you to follow. "It is all about sustainability for the individual," says Lemein. "If one of these diets work well for you and your lifestyle and preferences, then you will likely see some success. If not, then you'll likely not see the results you're are looking for, as the sustainability piece will not be there." That means picking a diet that work best with all the lifestyle factors you need to consider, like your work schedule, family dynamic, living situation, commute time, and travel commitments, notes Lemein.

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It's worth pointing out, though, that the 16:8 diet seems to be the most doable for a lot of people who are into IF. The 16:8 method also scores points for preventing overeating at night, which can often be a big obstacle for weight loss. And sticking to an eight-hour eating window during daylight hours allows your metabolism to run as it’s supposed to—you fuel up for energy during the day (when you’re most active), and stop eating for rest and recovery at night, per a 2017 article in the journal Nutrition Reviews.

Of course, any weight loss that you experience from IF is most likely due to the basic fact that you're consuming less calories, not necessarily the timing of your eating, says Lemein. And you can totally eat less, and lose weight, without taking on fasting. Case in point: A meta-analysis published in the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports in 2018 found that intermittent fasting had similar weight loss results to a traditional calorie-restricted diet. So, unless fasting makes dieting easier for you, there's really no reason to chose IF over other diets.

The bottom line: All intermittent fasting schedules may lead to weight loss if you can follow them sustainably, and the 16:8 method may be the easiest way to follow an IF diet.

 

Cucumber Diet Review: Does It Work for Weight Loss?

 

Healthline Diet Score: 2.0 out of 5

The cucumber diet is a short-term diet that promises quick weight loss.

There are many versions of the diet, but most claim you can lose up to 15 pounds (7 kg) in 7 days.

While cucumbers are healthy, you may wonder how effective this diet really is.

This article reviews the pros and cons of the cucumber diet and whether it’s a sustainable way to lose weight.

RATING SCORE BREAKDOWN
  • Overall score: 2.0
  • Fast Weight loss: 3
  • Long-term weight loss: 1
  • Easy to follow: 2
  • Nutrition quality: 2
BOTTOM LINE: The cucumber diet aids short-term weight loss by restricting your calorie intake. However, the diet is lacking in nutrients, extremely restrictive, and ultimately unsustainable.

 

What is the cucumber diet?

The cucumber diet is a short-term weight loss diet. Most versions of the diet claim that following it for 7–14 days can lead to a 15-pound (7-kg) weight loss.

In fact, proponents of the diet sometimes use the tagline, “7 days for 7 kilograms.”

The diet consists mainly of cucumbers, along with a few protein-rich foods, such as eggs, chicken, fish, and nuts.

It recommends replacing most foods with cucumbers, meaning even other fruits and vegetables should be kept to a minimum.

Since the diet lacks variety, following it for longer than 14 days is not recommended.

Finally, while many have touted its weight loss effects, no studies support these claims.

SUMMARYThe cucumber diet is a weight loss diet that promises to help you lose 15 pounds (7 kg) in 7–14 days. It comprises mainly cucumbers paired with some protein-rich foods.

 

Rules of the diet

There are no standard rules to this diet, aside from the recommendation to eat cucumbers at most meals.

The diet advises that whenever you feel hungry, you should eat a cucumber.

The theory is that because cucumbers are low in calories, you can eat as many as you want and still be in a calorie deficit.

Cucumbers are low in protein, a nutrient that your body needs to maintain the health of your skin, muscles, and joints. For this reason, the diet recommends pairing the cucumbers with some protein-rich foods (1Trusted Source2Trusted Source3Trusted Source).

Furthermore, you’re allowed to add some carbs to meals, such as toast, brown rice, or potatoes.

As the rules of the diet vary, you may choose to be more or less strict about the food you eat.

SUMMARYTo follow the cucumber diet, eat cucumbers whenever you feel hungry. You may add small portions of protein-rich foods, such as eggs, lean meat, cottage cheese, and nuts.

 

 

Does it work for weight loss?

No studies have analyzed the cucumber diet specifically. However, you can expect to lose weight while following it, as it’s very low in calories.

However, this weight loss will only occur for 7–14 days — the length of the diet. It’s unlikely that you’ll lose a substantial amount of weight and keep it off once you resume your normal diet (4Trusted Source).

Restrictive diets are difficult to stick to long term. Contrarily, diets that are easy to implement and adhere to generally yield much better, more sustainable results (4Trusted Source5Trusted Source).

One analysis found that a very-low-calorie diet of less than 800 calories per day was not effective for long-term weight loss. The more restrictive the diet, the more difficult it was for participants to follow (6Trusted Source).

Though it may seem that consuming an endless amount of cucumbers would add up in calories, the average 10-ounce (300-gram) cucumber has only 45 calories. Even if you ate 10 cucumbers, this would only total 450 calories (7Trusted Source).

Also, cucumbers only provide a small number of nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. They lack protein, fat, fiber, calcium, iron, and many other nutrients needed for good health (7Trusted Source).

Even if you add protein to each meal, it’s unlikely that you’ll meet your daily needs due to the limited variety of food.

Finally, most people regain the weight they lost after ending a strict weight loss program like this one, especially if the diet did not teach healthy eating behaviors, such as portion control and reading nutrition labels (5Trusted Source8Trusted Source).

To lose weight and improve your health, you’re better off eating a diet full of variety. Aim to eat many different whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and lean and plant-based protein.

SUMMARYThe cucumber diet is very low in calories and will likely lead to short-term weight loss. However, it’s likely that you will regain any weight lost after ending the diet.

 

Downsides of the cucumber diet

While you may lose weight temporarily, the downsides of the diet outweigh any of its potential benefits.

It’s very restrictive

The cucumber diet restricts most food groups and encourages eating almost only cucumbers for up to two weeks.

This diet is not only nutritionally inadequate but also promotes negative eating behaviors, such as extreme dieting, that may lead to an unhealthy relationship with food.

Research shows that restrictive dieting is a form of disordered eating that can negatively affect your ability to control your food intake (9Trusted Source10Trusted Source11Trusted Source).

Despite patterns of food restriction, this form of disordered eating is highly associated with the development of obesity (9Trusted Source10Trusted Source11Trusted Source).

Low in fat and protein

Cucumbers can be a good source of nutrition when coupled with a balanced diet.

However, cucumbers are naturally low in calories, as well as protein and fat, which are two essential macronutrients. A single 10-ounce (300-gram) cucumber only provides 2 grams of protein and 0.3 grams of fat (7Trusted Source).

Protein is important for many functions in your body, such as the production of enzymes and hormones, maintenance of skin structure, and muscle growth (3Trusted Source12Trusted Source13Trusted Source).

Meanwhile, fat provides a concentrated source of calories, with 9 calories per gram. Furthermore, fats are important for nerve function, brain health, and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K (1415Trusted Source).

The diet suggests pairing cucumbers with protein-rich food sources, such as chicken or eggs, which will provide some protein and fat.

However, research shows that protein should be consumed at every meal to aid muscle maintenance and growth (12Trusted Source).

It’s not sustainable

The cucumber diet is not designed to be followed for longer than 7–14 days.

It cannot be sustained long-term, as it’s very low in calories and will not provide a complete source of nutrition.

For example, a typical day on the cucumber diet would provide approximately 800 calories. This would include around 6 cucumbers, a serving of chicken or fish, 2 eggs, 1 cup of cottage cheese, and a few other vegetables (7Trusted Source).

Keep in mind that some versions of the diet are even more restrictive.

Extreme calorie restriction can lead to a slower metabolism over time, as this is your body’s response to real or perceived starvation (8Trusted Source16Trusted Source).

As a result, you’re more likely to regain any lost weight — even if you continue to eat fewer calories than you did before you started the diet (16Trusted Source).

Finally, restricting food variety is not enjoyable or nutritious. While it’s important to keep desserts and other treats to a minimum, humans also enjoy food for its taste, memories, and celebrations.

There is absolutely no reason to limit whole and healthy foods, such as fish, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits (17Trusted Source).

SUMMARYThe cucumber diet is very restrictive and may promote disordered eating patterns. It’s low in protein, fat, and calories and not sustainable long term.

 

Foods to eat

This diet requires you to eat cucumbers at every meal and most snacks.

Because the diet is low in protein, it recommends adding a source of protein to each meal.

Below is a list of foods allowed on the cucumber diet:

  • Vegetables: cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, celery, and other vegetables in small amounts
  • Protein: chicken, lean beef, fish, eggs, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese
  • Carbs: brown rice, potatoes, whole-wheat bread
  • Fats: olive oil

There are no clear guidelines on beverages, but most versions of the diet recommend a low-calorie drink, such as water or tea.

SUMMARYCucumbers must be included at all meals. Protein-rich foods, such as chicken or eggs, should be added to each main meal. Stick to low-calorie drinks, such as water or tea.

 

Foods to avoid

While the diet does not require you to avoid any specific foods, it encourages replacing most food with cucumbers.

Here is a list of typical restrictions of the cucumber diet:

  • Fruits: These are usually limited to smoothies or parts of a small meal.
  • Cooking techniques: While these aren’t discussed, roasting proteins is preferred, as it’s a lower-calorie cooking method compared with deep-frying.
  • High-sugar foods: Sweets like candy, desserts, and soda should be limited.
SUMMARYNo foods must be avoided on this diet. However, high-fat and high-sugar foods are typically limited or completely avoided.

 

Sample menu

Here is a three-day sample menu of the cucumber diet:

Day 1

  • Breakfast: 2 eggs with a side of cucumbers and herbs
  • Snack: 2 cucumbers
  • Lunch: cucumber salad with lemon juice and Greek yogurt
  • Snack: 2 cucumbers
  • Dinner: roasted chicken and cucumbers with a side of brown rice

Day 2

  • Breakfast: cucumber smoothie (cucumber blended with a green apple and spinach)
  • Snack: 1 cucumber and a handful of almonds
  • Lunch: 1 cucumber, 1 orange, and a few slices of cheese
  • Snack: green tea
  • Dinner: 1 cucumber and cottage cheese

Day 3

  • Breakfast: Whole-grain toast, cucumber, and cheese
  • Snack: 2 cucumbers
  • Lunch: cucumber salad with tomatoes and olive oil
  • Snack: 1 green apple
  • Dinner: seared salmon, cucumber, and roasted potatoes

In very strict versions of this diet, you can only have two cucumbers at each snack.

There is limited information available on portion sizes for non-cucumber foods.

SUMMARYEmphasis is placed on eating mostly cucumbers at each meal.

 

The bottom line

Following the cucumber diet may result in weight loss if you can stick to it for at least one week.

However, once you resume your normal diet, you will likely regain all the weight you lost.

Furthermore, the diet is lacking in nutrients, extremely restrictive, and ultimately unsustainable.

If you are looking for sustainable, long-term weight loss, you are better off following a balanced, nutrient-dense diet that promotes a variety of food and avoids severe calorie restriction.

 

7 Health Benefits of Eating Cucumber

Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.

It's high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.

Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.

This article takes a closer look at some of the top health benefits of eating cucumber.

 

1. It's High in Nutrients

Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals.

One 11-ounce (300-gram) unpeeled, raw cucumber contains the following (1):

  • Calories: 45
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 11 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 62% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 13% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 12% of the RDI

Although, the typical serving size is about one-third of a cucumber, so eating a standard portion would provide about one-third of the nutrients above.

Additionally, cucumbers have a high water content. In fact, cucumbers are made up of about 96% water (2Trusted Source).

To maximize their nutrient content, cucumbers should be eaten unpeeled. Peeling them reduces the amount of fiber, as well as certain vitamins and minerals (3).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers are low in calories but high in water and several important vitamins and minerals. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients.

 

2. It Contains Antioxidants

Antioxidants are molecules that block oxidation, a chemical reaction that forms highly reactive atoms with unpaired electrons known as free radicals.

The accumulation of these harmful free radicals can lead to several types of chronic illness (4Trusted Source).

In fact, oxidative stress caused by free radicals has been associated with cancer and heart, lung and autoimmune disease (4Trusted Source).

Fruits and vegetables, including cucumbers, are especially rich in beneficial antioxidants that may reduce the risk of these conditions.

One study measured the antioxidant power of cucumber by supplementing 30 older adults with cucumber powder.

At the end of the 30-day study, cucumber powder caused a significant increase in several markers of antioxidant activity and improved antioxidant status (5Trusted Source).

However, it's important to note that the cucumber powder used in this study likely contained a greater dose of antioxidants than you would consume in a typical serving of cucumber.

Another test-tube study investigated the antioxidant properties of cucumbers and found that they contain flavonoids and tannins, which are two groups of compounds that are especially effective at blocking harmful free radicals (6Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease.

 

3. It Promotes Hydration

Water is crucial to your body's function, playing numerous important roles (7Trusted Source).

It is involved in processes like temperature regulation and the transportation of waste products and nutrients (7Trusted Source).

In fact, proper hydration can affect everything from physical performance to metabolism (8Trusted Source9Trusted Source).

While you meet the majority of your fluid needs by drinking water or other liquids, some people may get as much as 40% of their total water intake from food (2Trusted Source).

Fruits and vegetables, in particular, can be a good source of water in your diet.

In one study, hydration status was assessed and diet records were collected for 442 children. They found that increased fruit and vegetable intake was associated with improvements in hydration status (10Trusted Source).

Because cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, they are especially effective at promoting hydration and can help you meet your daily fluid needs (2Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, which may increase hydration and help you meet your daily fluid needs.

 

4. It May Aid in Weight Loss

Cucumbers could potentially help you lose weight in a few different ways.

First of all, they are low in calories.

Each one-cup (104-gram) serving contains just 16 calories, while an entire 11-ounce (300-gram) cucumber contains only 45 calories (1).

This means that you can eat plenty of cucumbers without packing on the extra calories that lead to weight gain.

Cucumbers can add freshness and flavor to salads, sandwiches and side dishes and may also be used as a replacement for higher calorie alternatives.

Furthermore, the high water content of cucumbers could aid in weight loss as well.

One analysis looked at 13 studies including 3,628 people and found that eating foods with high water and low calorie contents was associated with a significant decrease in body weight (11Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers are low in calories, high in water and can be used as a low-calorie topping for many dishes. All of these may aid in weight loss.

 

5. It May Lower Blood Sugar

Several animal and test-tube studies have found that cucumbers may help reduce blood sugar levels and prevent some complications of diabetes.

One animal study examined the effects of various plants on blood sugar. Cucumbers were shown to effectively reduce and control blood sugar levels (12Trusted Source).

Another animal study induced diabetes in mice and then supplemented them with cucumber peel extract. Cucumber peel reversed most of the diabetes-associated changes and caused a decrease in blood sugar (13Trusted Source).

In addition, one test-tube study found that cucumbers may be effective at reducing oxidative stress and preventing diabetes-related complications (14Trusted Source).

However, the current evidence is limited to test-tube and animal studies. Further research is needed to determine how cucumbers may affect blood sugar in humans.

SUMMARY:Test-tube and animal studies show that cucumber may help lower blood sugar and prevent diabetes-related complications, although additional research is needed.

 

6. It Could Promote Regularity

Eating cucumbers may help support regular bowel movements.

Dehydration is a major risk factor for constipation, as it can alter your water balance and make the passage of stool difficult (15Trusted Source).

Cucumbers are high in water and promote hydration. Staying hydrated can improve stool consistency, prevent constipation and help maintain regularity (16Trusted Source).

Moreover, cucumbers contain fiber, which helps regulate bowel movements.

In particular, pectin, the type of soluble fiber found in cucumbers, can help increase bowel movement frequency.

One study had 80 participants supplement with pectin. It found that pectin sped up the movement of the intestinal muscles, all while feeding the beneficial bacteria in the gut that improve digestive health (17Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers contain a good amount of fiber and water, both of which may help prevent constipation and increase regularity.

 

7. Easy to Add to Your Diet

Mild with a distinctly crisp and refreshing flavor, cucumbers are commonly enjoyed fresh or pickled in everything from salads to sandwiches.

Cucumbers are also often eaten raw as a low-calorie snack or can be paired with hummus, olive oil, salt or salad dressing to add a bit more flavor.

With just a bit of creativity, cucumbers can be enjoyed in many ways.

Here are a few recipes to help incorporate cucumbers into your diet:

SUMMARY:Cucumbers can be eaten fresh or pickled. They can be enjoyed as a low-calorie snack or used to add flavor in a variety of dishes.

 

The Bottom Line

Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet.

They are low in calories but contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content.

Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.

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7 Health Benefits of Eating Cucumber

Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.

It's high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.

Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.

This article takes a closer look at some of the top health benefits of eating cucumber.

 

1. It's High in Nutrients

Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many important vitamins and minerals.

One 11-ounce (300-gram) unpeeled, raw cucumber contains the following (1):

  • Calories: 45
  • Total fat: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 11 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 14% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 62% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 10% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 13% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 12% of the RDI

Although, the typical serving size is about one-third of a cucumber, so eating a standard portion would provide about one-third of the nutrients above.

Additionally, cucumbers have a high water content. In fact, cucumbers are made up of about 96% water (2Trusted Source).

To maximize their nutrient content, cucumbers should be eaten unpeeled. Peeling them reduces the amount of fiber, as well as certain vitamins and minerals (3).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers are low in calories but high in water and several important vitamins and minerals. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients.

 

2. It Contains Antioxidants

Antioxidants are molecules that block oxidation, a chemical reaction that forms highly reactive atoms with unpaired electrons known as free radicals.

The accumulation of these harmful free radicals can lead to several types of chronic illness (4Trusted Source).

In fact, oxidative stress caused by free radicals has been associated with cancer and heart, lung and autoimmune disease (4Trusted Source).

Fruits and vegetables, including cucumbers, are especially rich in beneficial antioxidants that may reduce the risk of these conditions.

One study measured the antioxidant power of cucumber by supplementing 30 older adults with cucumber powder.

At the end of the 30-day study, cucumber powder caused a significant increase in several markers of antioxidant activity and improved antioxidant status (5Trusted Source).

However, it's important to note that the cucumber powder used in this study likely contained a greater dose of antioxidants than you would consume in a typical serving of cucumber.

Another test-tube study investigated the antioxidant properties of cucumbers and found that they contain flavonoids and tannins, which are two groups of compounds that are especially effective at blocking harmful free radicals (6Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease.

 

3. It Promotes Hydration

Water is crucial to your body's function, playing numerous important roles (7Trusted Source).

It is involved in processes like temperature regulation and the transportation of waste products and nutrients (7Trusted Source).

In fact, proper hydration can affect everything from physical performance to metabolism (8Trusted Source9Trusted Source).

While you meet the majority of your fluid needs by drinking water or other liquids, some people may get as much as 40% of their total water intake from food (2Trusted Source).

Fruits and vegetables, in particular, can be a good source of water in your diet.

In one study, hydration status was assessed and diet records were collected for 442 children. They found that increased fruit and vegetable intake was associated with improvements in hydration status (10Trusted Source).

Because cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, they are especially effective at promoting hydration and can help you meet your daily fluid needs (2Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers are composed of about 96% water, which may increase hydration and help you meet your daily fluid needs.

 

4. It May Aid in Weight Loss

Cucumbers could potentially help you lose weight in a few different ways.

First of all, they are low in calories.

Each one-cup (104-gram) serving contains just 16 calories, while an entire 11-ounce (300-gram) cucumber contains only 45 calories (1).

This means that you can eat plenty of cucumbers without packing on the extra calories that lead to weight gain.

Cucumbers can add freshness and flavor to salads, sandwiches and side dishes and may also be used as a replacement for higher calorie alternatives.

Furthermore, the high water content of cucumbers could aid in weight loss as well.

One analysis looked at 13 studies including 3,628 people and found that eating foods with high water and low calorie contents was associated with a significant decrease in body weight (11Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers are low in calories, high in water and can be used as a low-calorie topping for many dishes. All of these may aid in weight loss.

 

5. It May Lower Blood Sugar

Several animal and test-tube studies have found that cucumbers may help reduce blood sugar levels and prevent some complications of diabetes.

One animal study examined the effects of various plants on blood sugar. Cucumbers were shown to effectively reduce and control blood sugar levels (12Trusted Source).

Another animal study induced diabetes in mice and then supplemented them with cucumber peel extract. Cucumber peel reversed most of the diabetes-associated changes and caused a decrease in blood sugar (13Trusted Source).

In addition, one test-tube study found that cucumbers may be effective at reducing oxidative stress and preventing diabetes-related complications (14Trusted Source).

However, the current evidence is limited to test-tube and animal studies. Further research is needed to determine how cucumbers may affect blood sugar in humans.

SUMMARY:Test-tube and animal studies show that cucumber may help lower blood sugar and prevent diabetes-related complications, although additional research is needed.

 

6. It Could Promote Regularity

Eating cucumbers may help support regular bowel movements.

Dehydration is a major risk factor for constipation, as it can alter your water balance and make the passage of stool difficult (15Trusted Source).

Cucumbers are high in water and promote hydration. Staying hydrated can improve stool consistency, prevent constipation and help maintain regularity (16Trusted Source).

Moreover, cucumbers contain fiber, which helps regulate bowel movements.

In particular, pectin, the type of soluble fiber found in cucumbers, can help increase bowel movement frequency.

One study had 80 participants supplement with pectin. It found that pectin sped up the movement of the intestinal muscles, all while feeding the beneficial bacteria in the gut that improve digestive health (17Trusted Source).

SUMMARY:Cucumbers contain a good amount of fiber and water, both of which may help prevent constipation and increase regularity.

 

 

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