There are several diets that actually began as a health treatment.  One example is the BRAT Diet, which has been prescribed by doctors for people who are recovering from diarrhea, upset stomach, and stomach infections.

The gist

The BRAT Diet is an acronym of the foods you are limited to eat while you are having stomach problems:  Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast.  These foods may be bland and low in fiber, but they are easily digested and may help recovering from diarrhea, while those who easily have stomach illness can tolerate them as well.  Since the BRAT Diet is easily digested, it leaves your stomach a lot of time to rest while the amount of stool is reduced.

Other variations of the diet include the BRATY Diet, which included Yoghurt, and the BRATT Diet that added tea into the food list.

You are supposed to eat these foods until your digestive system returns to normal, and by that time you can start transitioning back to a normal diet.  During this transition period, you are not allowed to consume the following:

*  Milk and dairy products

*  Fried or spicy foods

*  Rich desserts

*  Raw fruits and vegetables

*  Citrus fruits and juices

*  Alcohol and caffeinated drinks

Advantages and disadvantages

As a weight loss diet, the BRAT Diet may not be your best option.  You are left with a very limited range of foods that you should consume and is only recommended if you are suffering from stomach disease.  Because of this very restrictive nature, you are least likely to end up healthy as your body can be prone to binging and overeating.

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