The 1500 calorie diet is one of the so-called ‘hypocaloric diets’ that are considered longevity. why “This is one of those diet plans that best complements antiaging treatments, as a healthy diet is essential to maintaining the results of cosmetic surgery and drug treatments”, describes Conchita Vidales, head of the nutrition unit at the Martin del Yero Clinic Amselem (Madrid, tel. 915 21 17 71). Of course, this should be a strategy to improve weight and body composition in the short term.
Why? “It’s important not to follow this relentlessly because weight loss is usually associated with loss of muscle mass, which in turn lowers the basal metabolic rate, leading to burning more calories each time or trying to gain the same weight.” It becomes necessary to exercise more.warns Emil López, nutritionist and doctor of pharmacy (Madrid, Vigo, Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostela, tel. 986 11 45 17). So that you can understand, when you go on a diet, the metabolism adapts to a reduced supply of calories. And, when faced with a hypocaloric diet, it optimizes its costs and processes to obtain the most energy from any food or drink. In the end, the extra calories get stored as fat and this favors the rebound effect.
What does it consist of?
1500 calorie diet should be hormonally balanced diet based on fresh and seasonal foods like: “This is how you can activate the burning of body fat and not lose muscle”says Dr. Lopez.
At each meal you should include:
- complex carbohydrates: Popularly known as ‘goodies’ such as whole grain rice, bread, pasta and oatmeal, quinoa, legumes (lentils, chickpeas, peas, beans, soybeans), green leafy vegetables (spinach, artichokes, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, Swiss chard) ), potatoes, nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios), dairy products (cheese, yogurt and skimmed milk) and shellfish (oysters, oysters), and fruits (bananas, pears, plums).
- High biological value protein and healthy fat: Lean meat without skin (poultry, beef, rabbit), fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids, eggs, milk, skimmed cheese and yogurt, olive oil, nuts and avocados. “so that the insulin hormone is balanced and appetite control and reduction of body fat percentage are more efficient”recommends Dr. Lopez.
- Distribution of Calories: You need to eat five meals a day to avoid insulin spikes “Highest percentage of calories left for midday meal”advises Videls.
- simple preparation: To avoid increasing calories in the plate, the method of cooking is very important, “We’ll opt for simple preparation: oven, cooking, griddle, microwave”Calculates the Widels.
- drink water: You should drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water daily to help keep the body hydrated and eliminate toxins. If the water turns out to be too monotonous, you can put a few slices of lemon, lime or celery.
what to avoid
usually, “You should avoid eating saturated fats (pork, lamb, sausage, butter, margarine, cured and fatty cheeses), ready meals and pre-cooked dishes because they contain ‘bad’ fats and salt, sauces (this is traditional It is better to opt for vinaigrette or prepare dishes with yogurt, mustard, lemon, herbs or spices), industrial pastries, juices, soft drinks and alcohol, as they provide a large number of empty calories.says the person in charge of the nutrition unit of the Martin Del Yero Clinic Amselem.
“Its benefits include weight loss, glucose control, lowering triglycerides and cholesterol, improved digestion, renal and hepatic purification, and skin improvement”Conchita Videls says.
When is a good time to put it into practice?
Before the holidays, after them, at the start of a new year… but, most of all, when you have the motivation and commitment to make it happen. “Any time is a good time to start it, as it is varied and would be indicated for anyone who wants to take care of themselves, control their weight and prevent cardiovascular diseases, as well as as well as agingAccording to Widless.
It has no contraindications as long as it is prescribed and supervised by a nutritionist. Yes actually, “It is very important to complete the maintenance phase for at least three months to avoid the rebound effect”Emil warns Lopez.