Food combining can be very effective for losing weight. The basic idea behind food combining is that foods digest better when eaten in combination with certain other foods.
Some foods require different types of enzymes for their digestion. When foods that use different digestive juices and enzymes are eaten together they may not break down properly and nutrients won't be completely absorbed.
Enzymes help digest food more effectively, so combining foods compatibly will ensure optimal digestion. By digesting better you will avoid an inefficient metabolism as well as fat and cholesterol accumulation.
Improved digestion will lead to better health and will also aid in losing weight. Follow these steps to attain your weight loss goals and an optimal digestive system.
Do not eat proteins and starches together. Proteins require an acid base for digestion and starches an alkaline one.
Eat fruit by itself or with other fruits, except for melons, which should be eaten alone because they digest very quickly. Fruit eaten with melon will simply sit in your stomach while the melon digests, causing unnecessary fermentation. A handful of nuts can be eaten with very sweet fruits.
Do not eat acid or sub/acid fruits with sweet fruits at the same meal. Some acid or sub/acid fruits include, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapple, apples, grapes and peaches. Some sweet fruits include, bananas, dates and raisins.
Eat fats and oils in moderation, as they will slow down digestion. They can be combined with everything except fruit.
Wait two hours after eating fruit to eat something that doesn't combine with it, three hours after eating starches and four hours after eating proteins.
Tips & Warnings
- Take an enzyme supplement daily.
- If you eat protein and starch in the same meal, then eat some legumes to offset the effect.
- If you eat dairy make sure to eat an acid fruit.
- If you have eaten too much protein, eat papaya the next morning
- It is best to consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet.