Pineapple is on everyone’s lips: Thanks to a special enzyme, it is said to be a real fat burner to help you lose weight quickly. We’ll tell you whether the pineapple diet really does what it says on the tin.
The pineapple diet at a glance
The exotic fruit is not only very popular in interiors and fashion, the pineapple has also received a lot of attention as a diet trend. Accordingly, it should dehydrate, purify and shed the pounds. That something so delicious can be good for the figure almost sounds too good to be true. The key to weight loss is said to be the protein-splitting enzyme bromelain. It is said that it stimulates fat burning in the intestines and promotes digestion. In this way, the consistent consumption of pineapple should help you lose weight.
Fans of the juicy yellow pulp will have their mouths watering with the diet plan, because with the mono diet the name says it all: pineapple in the morning, at noon, in the evening. While you can both drink and eat the sweet fruit, it is very important that you only consume them fresh and raw. Canned fruits and juices are taboo. These are practical because the annoying peeling and cutting are no longer necessary, but they contain a lot of preservatives, added sugar and thus more calories. In addition, the finished products have far fewer vitamins and nutrients than fresh fruits.
Anyone looking forward to “pineapple all-you-can-eat” (as much pineapple as you can eat) will be disappointed with the diet plan – no more than 1000 kilocalories are allowed per day. Since a pineapple has around 590 calories (100 grams of pineapple = 50 calories), you can eat around 2 large tropical fruits within 24 hours. Regardless of the form in which you eat the pineapple, you should make sure you are drinking enough fluids. We recommend up to three liters of water or unsweetened tea daily.
Does the Pineapple Diet Work?
Anyone who opts for a pineapple diet will have success on the scales after a short time. This is mainly due to the reduced calorie intake. As with any crash diet, you consume significantly fewer calories than your body needs during this period. In addition, the tropical fruit contains no protein and, at 0.1 percent, very little fat. As a result, your body mainly loses water during the change in diet. If you stick to the 1000 calorie limit, the small amount of energy you put into your body will cause you to lose body weight rapidly. Anyone who feels vital enough to do some sport while on the pineapple diet will accelerate weight loss.
However, the success of the purchase is accompanied by a bitter aftertaste: The hoped-for effect of the bromelain enzyme could only be demonstrated under laboratory conditions. In order to function as a fat burner in the human organism, the enzyme would have to get into the bloodstream. However, since it does not and the bromelain is inactivated during the digestive process, the hoped-for fat-burner effect does not occur. The lost pounds are unfortunately not due to the increased fat burning, but to the high loss of water and muscle mass.
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Beware of the risks involved in losing weight quickly
The basic principle of the pineapple diet is based on a one-sided diet. This makes it one of the so-called mono diets and can have dangerous effects on your body. If you do not ingest anything except pineapple for a long time, this can lead to an undersupply of minerals, vitamins, fiber and protein. This malnutrition can have unpleasant side effects such as headaches, dizziness and concentration problems. Particular caution is also required for people with sensitive stomachs. The high intake of fruit acid can attack the gastric mucosa. The large amount of fructose can also cause diarrhea or an uncomfortable bloated stomach.
Another negative effect that can set in after finishing the pineapple diet is the well-known and widely feared yo-yo effect. The large amount of fructose that you consume during the diet period quickly goes into the bloodstream and thus stimulates your feeling of hunger. This can lead to you gaining weight again after the diet and in the worst case even weighing more than before.
Under no circumstances should you try the pineapple diet during pregnancy and we also advise against consuming too much pineapple during your period. For one, the tropical fruit stimulates the production of white blood cells, which can increase your blood flow. On the other hand, the enzyme bromelain promotes the detachment of the uterine lining, which can increase the likelihood of a miscarriage.
Conclusion: healthy weight loss with the pineapple diet?
If you want to lose a few pounds before your beach vacation or your best friend’s wedding, the pineapple diet will help you lose weight quickly. However, the hoped-for fat-burning effect does not materialize and instead you lose water and muscle mass. Since the one-sided diet can be dangerous for the body after a short period of time, we advise against the pineapple diet.
On the other hand, we recommend that you integrate the tropical fruit more into your normal diet. Because even if bromelain is not a fat burner, it has an anti-inflammatory effect in the human organism. In addition, pineapple is not only low in calories, but is also a real vitamin bomb. The yellow pulp is full of numerous vital substances such as vitamins C and E, which strengthen the immune system, and magnesium, which prevents headaches and fatigue. The numerous minerals also make the pineapple a strongly alkaline fruit, which bring your alkaline acid balance into balance. The precious vitamins and enzymes naturally also have a positive effect on your skin. To benefit from the healthy pineapple, it doesn’t always have to be a smoothie: Simply sprinkle a few cubes of pineapple over your salad or skewer them with tofu – it not only tastes good, it also looks nice.
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