There are new fad diets all the time and the vast majority of them frankly don’t work, but what about the watermelon diet? It sounds like a new fad but the logic behind it seems real—after all, filling up with water is one of the most highly recommended ways to suppress cravings and lose weight. So what is the truth?
Well first, let’s take a look at what exactly the watermelon diet consists of:
If you do a quick Google search, you’ll discover that there are actual several variations on the watermelon diet but most require a deprivation period where you eat only watermelon followed by a return to your regular diet or a slightly adjusted version of your regular diet.
Most of these diets require a deprivation period of 3-4 days and they generally recommend you eat one 20-pound watermelon per day.
Some versions of this diet suggest that people gradually start to incorporate other foods in their diet again. Still others have people eat two regular meals per day and snack on watermelon throughout the day to keep their belly full and energy levels high. The intended outcome irrespective of the diet schedule is to lose weight quickly.
There are also slightly longer watermelon diet plans which give specific meal plans including a heavy amount of watermelon. Here’s a sample meal plan for a 5 day watermelon diet:
- Day One: One cup of tea/coffee, two whole grain crackers, one cup of yogurt and one slice of watermelon
- Day Two: One cup of coffee/tea, one piece of whole grain toast with light cheese spread and one slice of watermelon
- Day Three:One cup of coffee/tea, one piece of whole grain toast with thin slice of ham and one slice of watermelon
- Day Four: One cup of coffee/tea, one piece of whole grain toast or whole grain crackers with thin slice of cheese and one slice of watermelon
- Day Five: One cup of coffee/tea, one slice of watermelon and one slice of whole grain toast with thin slice of ham
You should eat at least two slices of watermelon between breakfast and lunch, with at least one slice right before lunch. You can also make a glass of watermelon juice shortly before lunch to help avoid overeating.
- Day One: One plate of broccoli or another vegetable, one cup of plain yogurt and one serving of grilled chicken breast
- Day Two: One plate of boiled cauliflower or another vegetable, one cup plain yogurt and one slice of whole wheat toast with a thin slice of avocado
- Day Three: One small plate of salad with vinaigrette dressing, grilled salmon or shrimp and one cup of plain yogurt
- Day Four: One plate of broccoli or another vegetable, one cup plain yogurt and one serving of grilled chicken breast
- Day Five: One cup plain yogurt, one slice of whole wheat toast with a thin slice of avocado and one plate of boiled cauliflower
Make sure you eat at least two slices of watermelon throughout the afternoon with one of them right before dinner.
- Day One: One slice of baked fish with lemon, one vegetable salad with vinaigrette dressing and one slice of watermelon
- Day Two: One grilled hake, one fat-free vegetable soup and one watermelon
- Day Three: One tortilla filled with asparagus or spinach, one half plate of vegetable stir fry and one slice of watermelon
- Day Four: One plate of leek puree with grated cheese, one grilled chicken breast and one slice of watermelon
- Day Five: Grilled hake fillet, one plate of garlic sautéed artichokes and one slice of watermelon
If you must have a snack after dinner stick with one extra piece of watermelon.
Why does watermelon work?
The watermelon diet is an ideal choice for a cleanse because it has several properties that are good for your digestive system and overall health:
- Source of fiber – Fiber is essential to the proper function of your digestive system and can be found in all kinds of fruit; watermelon is a particularly good source
- Source of water – A watermelon is something like 90% water, which means it will fill you up and cleanse out your system
- Diuretic & blood tonic – Watermelon helps improve your waste elimination system and blood circulation
- Fit for diabetics – Unlike a lot of other fruit watermelon is low in sugar and carbohydrates, making it a great choice for diabetics
How effective is the watermelon diet?
Like any five-day diet the watermelon diet won’t make you immediately replace all your fat with beautiful, toned muscles, but it is much more effective than other fad diets at jumpstarting your weight loss.
An adjusted version of the watermelon diet with somewhat increased food intake can be used to lose more weight over time. Replacing your normal junk food snacks with watermelon is definitely a good first step towards losing weight.
The watermelon diet is a great way to begin your weight loss journey.
It’s simple, effective and easier to stick with than many other cleanses thanks to the wonderful taste of watermelon.
Remember to be careful about how much you exercise while actually doing the cleanse as your body won’t have enough protein to repair muscles after a particularly intense workout.