The Ryvita Bikini Diet, also known as the Ryvita Bikini Fit Challenge, is a two-week weight loss plan designed by nutritionist Jennie Cockroft for the Ryvita company. The diet includes two daily meals -- breakfast and lunch -- that consist of two Ryvita Crispbread crackers topped with various suggested toppings. Dinner consists of a regular meal, based on a list of suggested healthy entrees. Some 100-calorie snacks are also included at mid-day and mid-afternoon.
Ryvita recommends taking a few things into consideration before attempting the Bikini Fit Challenge. First, Ryvita recommends this diet not be attempted by anyone under the age of 18 or with a BMI less than 25. BMI is a measurement of your height in relation to your weight and is an accepted indicator of weight status. A BMI of 20 to 25 suggests a body weight within normal limits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, Ryvita's recommendation is that the Bikini Diet not be followed by anyone with a BMI less than high-normal.
Breakfast and Mid-Day
The recommended Ryvita Bikini Diet breakfast consists of two Ryvita Crispbread crackers topped with one of a list of possible options. The list includes fruits, cheeses and vegetables in specific quantities. Dieters can choose from selections such as three strawberries, 10 raspberries, 0.5 tablespoon of low-fat soft cheese with three slices of apple, 1 tablespoon of scrambled eggs with 0.5 tomato or 1 teaspoon. Each breakfast contains roughly 300 calories.
Lunch and Mid-Afternoon
Lunch on the Bikini Fit Challenge Diet is almost exactly like breakfast, with the exception of the food toppings that can be included. For lunch, dieters can top two Ryvita Crispbread crackers with 0.5 tablespoon. low-fat soft cheese with a slice of fresh avocado, 0.5 small can of tunafish or salmon with 1 teaspoon. low-fat mayonnaise and one tomato slice, one small slice of ham with 2 teaspoons of tomato chutney or one sliced, boiled egg with 0.5 large tomato and 1 teaspoon. low-fat salad dressing. Each lunch option contains about 300 calories. Mid-afternoon snack options include one small cereal bar or one small bag of a pre-packaged low-fat snack food.
Dinner entrees on the Ryvita diet are healthy and are best selected from a list of recipes provided by Ryvita. Dinner entrée selections include Moroccan lamb coupled with couscous and steamed green beans, garlic mushroom spaghetti with a side of low-fat fruited yogurt, salmon or tuna fish cakes with roasted vegetables, paprika pork with a side of baked potato and broccoli, or ginger chicken with basmati rice and steamed broccoli. All recipes for suggested dinner entrees are available on the Ryvita website. Dinner entrees contain around 500 calories.
What Ryvita Does Right
The Ryvita Bikini Fit Challenge Diet combines a well-balanced selection of healthy food items that include fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy. Ryvita Crispbread crackers are very low in calories, fat and sodium. The diet encourages portion control and variety as well as the incorporation of physical activity. All of these things can help support a healthy lifestyle.
The Ryvita Diet encourages a quick, two-week fix for weight loss and for this reason can be considered a fad diet. It also recommends a strict intake of roughly 1,300 calories per day, regardless of the dieter's actual caloric needs, which differ on a individual basis depending on a person's age, desired body weight, height, gender and activity level. Healthy weight loss occurs with no more than 1 pound of lost weight per week and should focus building healthy eating and exercise habits that are sustainable for a lifetime of good health and weight loss maintenance.