The Rosedale Diet

There may be hundreds of different diets, but almost all of them follow one thing: lesser food intake. Taking in less food, and eventually lesser calories, has been criticized as unhealthy and may cause imbalance to your body. However, Dr. Ron Rosedale would like to disprove that.

In his 2004 book "The Rosedale Diet", this metabolism specialist say that low-calorie diets can lead to a longer life and toned figure by consuming less calories yet maintaining a feeling of fullness. Aside from weight loss, the Rosedale Diet is also credited for treatment of diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

The diet recommends eating lean proteins, fiberous carbohydrates, and good fat. What food you should eat depends on which you should eat more, such as fish, shellfish, game hen, goat cheese, olives, nuts, and avocados. As you can see, most of these foods are high in fat. However, not all fatty foods should be consumed more often, as the diet also advises to eat less fried foods, milk, hard cheese, and hot dogs.

Why more fat?

The Rosedale Diet is not just recommending for you to eat more fat, but rather to consume more unsaturated fats to help satiate your appetite. You can also eat carbohydrates, but only in "fibrous" form like those found in green vegetables. Starchy carbs and grains are completely out.

How it works?

The diet works by targeting the hormone "leptin", which is responsible for telling the brain when to start and stop eating and how much to eat. This hormone is created by fat cells, and the idea is to keep a low leptin level so that you body is told that you have eaten enough. When your brain "thinks" you are full, your body starts eating your stored fat and ultimately lose weight.

What to eat?

Dr. Rosedale wrote in his book that your protein intake should depend on your lean body mass. This is equal to about 50 to 75 grams of protein everyday. Unlike most low-calorie diets, Rosedale Diet is not about counting what cabs or calories you have eaten as you only eat when you feel hungry.

What not to eat?

However, the eating plan is very restrictive as all starchy carbohydrates should be avoided in the first three weeks. Certain fruits and vegetables must also be avoided, such as banana, cantaloupe, dried fruit, grapes, honeydew, orange, pineapple, watermelon, yams, pumpkin, white potatoes, and corn.

The need for supplements – Here we begin the "dubious" part of the plan. The book has an extensive section about supplementation, and following them would be very expensive. And with Dr. Rosedale having a business in the supplement industry, it kinda makes you think twice about the "sincerity" of the diet.

Exercise routine

The Rosedale Diet swears that you can achieve excellent results even without any exercising. Although we would love to hear that, it doesn’t really work well in real life. In order to "really" achieve weight loss, an exercise routine should be added along with your diet plan.