Attention fruit lovers, this is the diet for you. The 14-day fruit diet is a weight loss diet that includes eating all the fruits that you want. This plan divides fruits into four categories to guide you on which fruits to eat during certain times of the day. In addition to weight loss, some of the many benefits of the fruit diet include soft, supple skin, regular bowel movements, excretion of excess sodium and joint pain relief.
Choosing Fruits From the Four Categories
Category 1: Sweet fruits (grapes, pears, bananas, figs and dates) Category 2: Semi-sweet fruits and acidic fruits (all other fruits except melons) Category 3: Melons Category 4: Dinner fruits (cucumbers, berries, tomatoes and peppers)
Initially, do not mix fruits from categories one, two and three for breakfast or lunch. Mixing fruits may cause gas and indigestion. If you don't have this problem, then mixing fruits is fine. For dinner, choose only fruits from category four. Avoid eating avocados during the day, as they are high in fat. Instead, consume them in limited quantities at dinner.
Foods to Avoid During the 14-Day Fruit Diet
As tempting as it may be to eat just one slice of pizza or one cookie, refrain from eating any starchy foods except during the Saturday night "free meal."
During the all-fruit diet, avoid eating salt, sugars, refined and processed foods, caffeine and other stimulants, tea, chocolate, breads and grains.
The Fruit Diet Guidelines
In this diet you can only eat fresh fruits that have not been cooked or heated. Choose organic fruits when possible.
Eat as many fruits as you can during each meal to make sure you get plenty of calories. Begin your day by eating a large portion of higher-calorie fruits like mangos, bananas or grapes. The high caloric intake will keep your metabolism elevated for the whole day, keeping your energy levels steady.
Consume one large fruit meal for breakfast and lunch. Wait at least two hours between each fruit meal.
Do not drink fruit juices except for fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice that still contains the pulp. However, if you like, you may blend fruits in a blender to make an all-fruit smoothie--and add water or coconut water if you want.
The only dried fruits you may eat are dates.
For dinner, eat a large raw vegetable salad using as many vegetables as you like. You can accompany the salad with a protein drink or protein food. Mix category four dinner fruits in the salad, eating as many as you want.
You will need to eat your salad without any processed dressings or ingredients. Try making homemade dressings in a blender using avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, or nuts and seeds.
Your salad can contain two to four raw nuts or 1/4 to 1/2 cup avocado.
For EPA and DHA consumption, you may take fish capsules with dinner. Also take a multivitamin at dinner time.
To boost the immune system, take up to 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 1,200 milligrams of L-Lysine with a full glass of water at dinner.
After a week of dieting, reward yourself by eating anything you want for one hour during your Saturday dinner. Remember to eat fresh fruit during the rest of the day.