Despite the fact that seeds are a high-calorie product, this kind of mono-diet has its fans. Seeds and nothing but sunflower seeds – the original version of this nutrition system involves just such a diet. There are more gentle schemes, drawn up, nevertheless, taking into account the main principles of mono-diet: consumption of large volumes of liquid (water, green or herbal tea), rejection of all other products, short duration of the diet.
Since a sharp rejection of the usual nutritional system and the harsh dieting conditions for the body will be stressful, before you begin to comply with it, you should consult with your doctor. The specialist will help you choose the portions of seeds consumed, adjust the duration of the diet for each case, as well as tell you how to get out of it correctly, so as not to provoke a reverse weight gain or health problems.
Who will be useful for seed diet
Since the diet on seeds provides for a strictly limited diet, it has some “weaknesses”, one of them is the duration of the course. From three days to a week – during this period, doctors advise you to adhere to a pome diet, otherwise the harm caused by uniform food and eating seeds on an empty stomach can exceed the benefits brought. In this way, you can lose from one to 5-6 kg of excess weight.
For those who have minor body fat, or who, after a festive feast, suddenly found a few extra pounds on the scales, an express diet on seeds will help to cope with them. If you need to lose 7 or more kilograms, it is better to turn to longer and more balanced power systems.
Seeds Diet Options
A stricter diet implies a complete rejection of any food except sunflower seeds or pumpkin. On the day you can eat no more than 150 g of this product, and in the evening before going to bed a glass of low-fat kefir is allowed. A sparing variety of pome diets allows you to eat a plate of oatmeal for breakfast on water prepared without sugar, salt and spices. Lunch and dinner should consist of pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
Experts advise limiting the number of seeds to 75 g for one meal, however, if hunger is unbearably painful, you can eat seeds until you feel lightly full, but no more than 125 g. For dinner, it is better to choose pumpkin seeds, for lunch, sunflower seeds are suitable.
Seed diet features
Such a food system has its own nuances, by adhering to which, you can achieve the most successful result in the fight against extra centimeters and kilograms:
- the need to drink a minimum of one and a half to two liters of liquid: water, green or herbal tea without sugar. Coffee, mineral water, sugary and carbonated drinks, cocoa are better to postpone until the end of the diet;
- it is better for the body to digest the seeds, which are slightly dried in the oven or in a pan, since the over-cooked ones significantly lose their beneficial properties. You can also eat raw seeds, if this does not feel discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract;
- you need to go out of the diet gradually, with the addition of one type of vegetables daily for 6-7 days. On the seventh day, you can add fruits or berries, on the tenth – lean meat;
- the liquid must be drunk half an hour before meals or one hour after;
- during the diet you need to abandon heavy physical exercises, it is better to give preference to cycling and hiking or light cardiovascular exercises.
The benefits of seeds for the body
Sunflower seeds – a real pantry of nutrients. Unsaturated fatty acids, which are rich in seeds, lower blood cholesterol and have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the cardiovascular system. The product contains a significant amount of vitamins, amino acids, minerals.
Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant, it is important for the health of human mucous membranes and skin.
Vitamins A and D are good for the skin, eyes, bones, nails and hair.
Vitamin B group is necessary for the normal functioning of the nervous and cardiovascular system, skin, metabolism, and the endocrine system of the body. Vitamin B1 reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and blood clots. Arginine helps strengthen the walls of blood vessels and arteries.
Calcium, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and magnesium help lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, and improve the production of red blood cells.
Pumpkin seeds contain manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron and potassium, vitamins C, E, A, K. They have a beneficial effect on the joints, help in the prevention of osteoporosis and arthritis. Pumpkin seeds have anthelmintic effect and strengthen the immune system.
Also in the seeds a lot of vegetable protein, which is lighter than the animal, is absorbed by the body, and more effectively helps to fight against subcutaneous fat deposits.
Not to mention the soothing property of clicking seeds. Some people use it, trying to quit smoking or overcome dependence on sweets.
Chemical composition of the product
The data shown are on the 100 g product.
|Name||Sunflower seeds||Pumpkin seeds|
|Proteins||21 g||24,6 g|
|Fats||53 g||45,9 g|
|Carbohydrates||11 g||13,5 g|
|А||0,03 mg||228 μg|
|V1||2,3 mg||0,2 mg|
|V2||0,25 mg||0,32 mg|
|V3||4,5 mg||1,7 mg|
|V5||6,75 mg||0,35 mg|
|V6||0,8 mg||0,23 mg|
|V9||225 μg||57,5 μg|
|С||1,4 mg||1,9 mg|
|Е||32,1 mg||10,9 mg|
|К||2,7 μg||51,4 μg|
|Hardware||6,84 mg||14,96 mg|
|Manganese||2,03 μg||3,01 μg|
|Copper||1,75 mg||1,39 mg|
|Selenium||565,5 μg||5,6 μg|
|Zinc||5,05 mg||7,45 mg|
|potassium||689 mg||807 mg|
|Calcium||116 mg||43 mg|
|Magnesium||354 mg||535 mg|
|Sodium||3 mg||18 mg|
|Phosphorus||705 mg||1174 mg|
Restrictions and possible harm
Diet on sunflower seeds or pumpkin has a list of contraindications to which you need to pay attention. Among them:
- exacerbations of chronic diseases of any nature;
- diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
Since sunflower seeds are saturated with fats, they create a serious load on the digestive organs. The stomach, gallbladder and intestines can react to such a diet with pain, heartburn and disruption.
The diet during the seed diet is unbalanced, therefore, nutritionists advise taking vitamin and mineral complexes during the course.
Adhering to a diet on seeds for longer than a week will be not only difficult, but also harmful. In addition, nutritionists generally question its effectiveness due to the high calorie content of the product.
At the end of the stressful period of restrictions on food, the body can dramatically return everything that was left during the diet. And the results usually do not exceed 6-7 kilograms, and even these figures are more likely an exception. Less than one or two kilograms is a more common result.
A diet on seeds is an unusual way to lose a few extra pounds. It does not require much time for preparing dietary dishes, and you can have a snack or dinner with seeds at any convenient time, and you do not need to carry a lunchbox with you for this. But behind the apparent simplicity, one should not forget that the diet requires prior consultation with a doctor, and also has a list of contraindications.