The Peanut Butter Diet

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By Tess Thompson



Amazing as it may sound, a Peanut Butter diet exists that aims at achieving natural weight loss. The diet was introduced in 2002, and when it was launched, it surprised many people that a high-calorie food was the chosen food on which the diet was based.

It is a fact however, that the diet is based on basic scientific knowledge and an understanding of human psychology.

  1. Peanut butter was chosen as the basis of the diet since many people love peanut butter. A diet that allows a certain intake of peanut butter is more manageable than the others that recommend starvation or deprivation of all favorite foods.
  2. Peanut butter acts as an appetite suppressant. The satiety that peanut butter provides can make it easy to stay off from other fatty foods for a considerable amount of time. A study that was conducted in Purdue University (published in the International Journal of Obesity) proved that participants who consumed peanuts and peanut butter had lower levels of hunger for the next two and a half hours. On the other hand, participants who consumed other snacks like crackers were hungry again after about half an hour.
  3. Consuming the preferred peanut butter makes it easier to stay off other foods that are desired, since you feel that you have indulged enough for the day.

Even though the peanut butter diet allows a certain amount of peanut butter everyday, it is still, at the end of the day, a reduced-calorie diet. A sample recommended meal plan for the day includes a banana, a cereal and milk for breakfast; a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple for lunch; a peanut better snack in between lunch and dinner; and a dinner menu that is devoid of peanut butter that contains chicken, nuts and salad.

This meal plan adds up to a calorie intake of 1500 calories for women and 2200 for men and a weight loss of between one-half to one pound can be expected per week. Women are allowed four tablespoons of peanut butter while men can enjoy up to six spoons a day as part of this peanut butter diet.

The peanut butter diet plan also recommends a moderate level of exercise each day. Forty-five minutes of aerobic exercise is advised to obtain best results.

Given that this diet plan is less demanding and does not expect dieters to starve, it has been successful in helping many people achieve weight loss. The diet does not need additional weight loss supplements to be included as part of the diet, as it targets an achievable reduction in daily calories.

References:

http://www.bellybytes.com/recipes/pbdiet.shtml
http://www.thedietchannel.com/Peanut-butter-diet.htm
http://weightloss.about.com/od/eatsmart/a/blppp.htm

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