The Ancient Hawaiian Diet

The Ancient Hawaiian Diet has been around for centuries, and it has been modified so that anyone can follow it. The average weight loss after following this plan for three weeks is seventeen pounds.

The Ancient Hawaiian Diet, also known as the Waianae Diet, has been around for centuries, and recently, it has gained mainstream attention. It is touted as being a healthy and effective diet plan that can help you to improve your overall health, lose weight and maintain weight loss. This is far from a fad diet. In fact, it has been studied by numerous professionals and proven effective and sound. Although some of the ingredients in the original ancient diet regimen are hard to find, the diet has been modernized so that it includes viable food alternatives that are in line with the principals of the plan. While the Waianae diet is healthy for most people, it is not for everyone. People with kidney problems should not follow this diet plan because it is high in potassium-rich veggies which can put too much stress on the kidneys. Before changing your diet, it is always best to consult with your doctor.

Two of the Ancient Hawaiian Diet's primary foods are taro and poi - foods that most Americans haven't even heard of! Taro is a tuber root plant that is cooked to be eaten as it is or it can be cooked and pounded into a paste to make poi. The pounded taro is fermented, and in Hawaii, it can be found in cans at grocery stores (already pounded and cooked). In the mainland United States, poi is much harder to come by, although you may be able to track some down at specialty grocery stores or through online food retailers. Poi can be eaten in a number of ways: on its own, mixed with milk as porridge, or as a condiment. Keep in mind that poi is an acquired taste that will take some getting used to if you haven't been brought up on it like so many Hawaiians are. It has an acidic sour taste.

Since they're staples of the native Hawaiian diet, canned poi and fresh taro are very affordable products in Hawaii. However, in the mainland US, since these items aren't in high demand, the prices are pretty steep. Luckily, diet developers understood this limitation, and so the plan now suggests substituting such foods as brown rice, whole wheat breads and pastas, potatoes, and whole grain items. This diet also recommends that individuals eat plenty of fresh and cooked vegetables every day - five to six servings. Fresh vegetables are very important. Less than half of your veggies should be starchy (like potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, yams and squash), while the rest should be non-starchy veggies, such as broccoli, spinach, lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes. Seaweed and lentils are also recommended foods for the diet, as are fruits.

Noticeably absent from this diet plan are red meats and beef products. For protein intake, this plan advocates consuming only two to three servings daily of either fish or skinless chicken. Your diet should include only about seven to ten percent fat, but not less than seven percent (your body needs some fat to burn fat, and fat also improves the appearance of your skin and hair). Studies have shown that following this diet for three weeks can yield as high as a seventeen pound weight loss. Also, this diet has been shown to lower cholesterol, control blood sugar levels, and improve blood pressure.

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