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Should you try out a mono diet right before Christmas?

Find out if the "mono diet" is a good pre-Christmas cleanse.

The "mono diet" involves eating only one kind of fruit or vegetable and its juice for a period of time in order to cleanse to body. During this period, no solid food except for the ingredient in question (and water) may be consumed.

Temporary trend or durable diet?

The mono diet is nothing new. Fads such as the "cabbage diet" and the "apple diet" have been around for a few years now, but that's not to say that mono diets have been proved as healthy and/or successful. In 2006, "Freelee the Banana Girl" went viral after claiming that she eats up to 50 bananas a day. Sound crazy? Not for believers in the mono diet!

The theory behind the mono diet

The idea is to eat one type of food for up to three days. No more. This is supposed to speed up the enzymes that break down fat, resulting in rapid weight loss. Advocates of the diet also recommend trying a mono diet to resolve any digestion issues. As for scientific research, except for personal anecdotes, the diet has no support behind it.

A less intense version of the mono diet, the mono meal, involves simply eating one ingredient only, per meal. You could have 2 bananas for breakfast, then 3 plain potatoes for lunch and spinach for dinner. Simple meals, full of nutrients, encourage smooth digestion and can be helpful for those with undiagnosed food intolerances.

The downsides to a mono diet

Many nutritionists and health practitioners out there will advise against following a mono diet. Why? Because the synergy created when eating different food types gives us optimum nutrient absorption. Plus, our body needs a variety of foods to function correctly!

The weight loss experienced by mono-dieters is also generally just due to reduced calorie intake, but doesn’t seem to last in the long run.

The conclusion: We wouldn’t personally recommend a mono diet as a pre-Christmas cleanse. It's understandable that you might want to feel lighter and more comfortable before the holiday season, but why not try to introduce detoxifying elements, like green tea into your diet, instead? It will be much more enjoyable!

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