The Rice Diet, Program for Success or Failure?

How often has the battle cry gone out on the diet front: there is a new diet in town! Like sheep following the call of the shepherd, large herds of hopeful dieters are soon sure to converge on this new diet phenomenon and while a large number will not see any results, some will see spectacular results - these days you will see their likenesses on TV and on the Internet - and some will be harmed. Does the rice diet program fall into this category?
When you enter the world of online diet programs, you will sooner or later stumble across the rice diet program. Online diet programs are, of course, as plentiful as sand on the seashore, but once in a while you run across something that appears to have merit. Of course, considering that each and every fad is nowadays amply represented by web pages, affiliate websites, and copious banner ads on even the more prestigious websites, it is truly a situation where the buyer must beware. Add to this the many times that someone might latch on to something that is said on these sites, and which is then repeated at nauseam – it does not really matter if the little tidbit is accurately represented or not – and you can see why many diet fads are both dangerous and potentially harmful.

The idea behind the rice diet program is by now means new. As a matter of fact, it stems from the 1930s when it was first introduced at Duke University. This diet was supposed to combat heart disease, kidney failure, and several others that were directly tied to the intake of food. While the name may be a bit misleading, the rice diet program does in fact allow dieters to eat foods other than rice.

The rice diet program can be broken down into two phases – which sounds startlingly familiar to the Atkins program with its three phases. The first phase is generally considered a detoxification phase which helps the dieter to change the metabolic of her or his body to such an extent that the diet will have a successful impact on the overall system. Other than unscrupulous affiliates who are trying to make a buck off selling the books or other diet materials, those who are doing the rice diet program on a clinical basis will be the first ones to admonish patients that this phase needs to be done with medical supervision, simply because it may be such a shock to an abused system. Of course, this is good advice, no matter what diet you might decide to try at home.

Protein, as opposed to the famous Atkins and South Beach diets, is the enemy, and carbohydrates are your friends. Phase one stresses foods that consist mainly of fruits and grains. When you are ready to move on to the second phase of the program, you will be able to add veggies and beans back into your diet. Additionally, fish and sometimes lean meats are added back – yet only at rare intervals. The diet is mostly vegetarian. Caffeine is strongly discouraged. Sodium is strictly controlled, since it is thought to not only cause high blood pressure and kidney disease, but because it is also assumed to have a hand in increasing your appetite and thus destroying your chances at having a successful diet experience.

Will this diet be a program for success or failure? It depends on how easily you will be able to keep up the strict demands of the program, and stay away from junk food, processed foods, and fatty meats. The odds are good that you will not be able to stay on this diet for very long, unless you are one of the few who is deeply motivated, has a vested interest in eating vegetarian foods, and will take the time and make the effort to eat raw foods and learn new methods.
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