What is the Copenhagen diet plan, is it low sugar and is it is safe?

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THE Copenhagen diet claims to be a weight loss programme that allows you to lose up to 22lbs in just 13 days.

But health experts have warned against this short-term and severe diet. This is what it involves and the safety…

 The Copenhagen diet is also known as the 13-day diet and involves you following a strict diet plan for under two weeksGetty – Contributor The Copenhagen diet is also known as the 13-day diet and involves you following a strict diet plan for under two weeks

What is the Copenhagen diet plan?

The Copenhagen diet, also known as the 13-Day diet, is a strict, short-term shred that claims to enable consumers to lose between 13 and 22lbs.

It works on people eating large amounts of cholesterol and high-protein food.

It relies on the individual consuming under 1,000 calories a day, which is a large reduction from the 2,000 and 2,500 recommended calories for women and men respectively.

You should speak to your doctor before undertaking any radical diets for weight loss.

 The weightloss regime is short-term and won't help you keep off the pounds in the long runGetty – Contributor The weightloss regime is short-term and won’t help you keep off the pounds in the long run

Is the Copenhagen diet plan safe?

The diet is NOT a healthy way to lose weight and will not ensure you keep it off long-term.

It is said to cause such a shock to your metabolism that it should never be undertaken more than once in a two-year period, if at all.

Nutritionist Sarah Flower said to the Sun Online: “This diet is a far cry from healthy.

“Weight loss should be more about health than pounds lost.  A diet like this is not for the faint-hearted and will not work long-term.

“As soon as you start eating normally again, the lost weight will go back on.  People gain weight over a number of years of poor food choices and ill-health.

“To expect to reverse this in a matter of weeks is foolish and unrealistic.  The best long-term solution to weight and health is to eat a Real Food Diet.

 The Copenhagen diet works by heavily restricting calories and certain types of foodGetty – Contributor The Copenhagen diet works by heavily restricting calories and certain types of food

“Ditch the gimmicks and opt instead for a diet free from processed foods, rich in natural oils, good quality protein and lower in carbohydrates.

“Ditch the sugar (which is easy to do if you ditch the processed food).  Exercise is good for health but you can’t outrun a bad diet so you do need to address both parts.

“Good sleep and learning to de-stress is also necessary for health and weight loss.”

To lose weight healthily you should change to a balanced diet, take regular exercise and speak to your doctor.

If you feel overly tired, weak or weary from any diet plan you should come off it immediately and ask for medical advice.

 The diet involves you cutting out fatty foods in favour of salads and high-protein optionsGetty – Contributor The diet involves you cutting out fatty foods in favour of salads and high-protein options

How does the Copenhagen diet plan work?

There are many variations of the diet, but here is one example:

1st Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar

Lunch: 400g of spinach (cooked), coupled with two hard-boiled eggs and a tomato

Dinner: 200g steak (any kind, grilled), with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

2nd Day

Breakfast: Coffee with single cube of sugar

Lunch: 250g of ham with 1 cup of low-fat yoghurt

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

3rd Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) and a slice of plain toast

Lunch: 1 slice of ham, with 1 cup of lettuce and 2 hard-boiled eggs

Dinner: 1 tomato, with 1 piece of celery (boiled) and 1 piece of fruit (your choice)

4th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) and a slice of plain toast

Lunch: 200ml of any fruit juice (freshly squeezed or all natural) with 1 cup of low-fat yoghurt

Dinner: 250g of fruit (assorted bowl) with 1 hard-boiled egg and a carrot

5th Day

Breakfast: 1 carrot with lemon juice

Lunch: 200g of cod (boiled) with lemon juice

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast), with butter and celery (1 piece)

6th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) and a slice of plain toast

Lunch: 2 eggs (cooked the way you like it) with a carrot

Dinner: ½ a chicken (boiled) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

7th Day

Breakfast: Tea

Lunch: Water

Dinner: 200g of lamb (grilled) with one apple

8th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white)

Lunch: 400g of spinach (cooked, coupled with two hard-boiled eggs and a tomato

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

9th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white)

Lunch: 200g of ham with 1 cup of yoghurt

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

10th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) with a plain slice of toast

Lunch: 1 slice of ham with a cup of lettuce and two hard-boiled eggs

Dinner: 1 tomato, with 1 piece of celery (boiled) and 1 piece of fruit (your choice)

11th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) with a plain slice of toast

Lunch: 200 ml of fruit juice (freshly squeezed or all natural) with 1 cup of yoghurt

Dinner: 250g of fruit (assorted bowl) with 1 boiled egg and carrot shavings (1 piece)

12th Day

Breakfast: 1 carrot with lemon juice

Lunch: 200g of cod (boiled) with lemon juice

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with celery and butter (low-fat)

13th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) with a plain slice of toast

Lunch: 2 eggs (cooked the way you like it) with carrot shavings (single piece)

Dinner: ½ a chicken (boiled) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)




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