Food combinations were created on the principle that putting certain food groups together can affect your rate of weight loss. Examples of diets that subscribe to this idea include the Hay Diet and Fit for Life. Instead of restricting calorie intake, these diets instruct you to avoid certain food combinations to improve your health and lose weight. You should always speak to your doctor before beginning a food combination diet meal plan.
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Some basic rules of food combination diets include no carbs with acidic foods, no fats and protein together, no protein and acidic foods at the same time, and no starches and sugars together. You should avoid protein foods and carbohydrates, and limit yourself to a single starch and carbohydrate serving at a meal. Milk should never be combined with any other food groups.
Your breakfast meal plan may start with a fruit and nut combination. For instance, you can have grapefruit and a serving of almonds. Other meal options for breakfast include eggs and spinach, toast with butter and cantaloupe, or berries with sunflower seeds. For lunch, you may want to consider eating low-starch vegetables with a serving of protein. Other lunch combinations may include chicken and a salad, turkey with mixed vegetables, roast beef with lettuce, and celery and cream cheese.
At dinnertime you may want to eat a healthy fat source with a starch, or starches with veggies. Acceptable meals include pasta with mixed vegetables, potatoes with vegetables and butter, cucumber salad with dressing, and vegetables seasoned with olive oil. If you have a protein option — such as fish, chicken, turkey or lean beef — combine it with non-starch vegetables only.
You will find some scientific research that supports some of the theories for food combination diets. For instance, “The British Journal of Nutrition” printed a study conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition that showed some evidence that dairy and starches should not be consumed together. During the study, rats did not utilize casein protein effectively when it was given with cereals, potatoes and legumes. Dairy products contain casein proteins. However, most doctors are likely to recommend reducing calories for weight loss instead of using the complicated principles of a combination diet.