If you’re a peanut butter lover, then the thought of getting to eat peanut butter every day to lose weight sounds like a fabulous idea.
That’s exactly what the Peanut Butter Diet is, a weight loss plan that includes adding two to three servings of peanut butter every day to lose weight. The only question now is – does it work?
How it works
The basic idea behind this diet is ingesting healthy sources of fats (shown to have many positive health effects) via; yep you guessed it, peanut butter. The Peanut Butter Diet works on a specific meal plan paired with calorie limiting, and aerobic exercise. These meal plans, exercise regiments, and calorie reduction plans, need to be followed exactly to achieve the desired results. The calorie reduction and peanut butter serving sizes laid out in this diet plan are different for men and women – with men allowed 2200 calories and three daily servings of peanut butter, and woman being allowed 1500 calories and two daily servings of peanut butter.
How this diet came to be, is as a result of clinical research findings that concluded that monounsaturated fats (like ones found in peanut butter) could be effective in both preventing heart disease, and promoting weight loss.
Does it work?
Although the Peanut Butter Diet can be looked at as an interesting take on utilizing monounsaturated fats to promote fast weight loss, it really is not much different from any other low-calorie plan (with the exception of adding peanut butter of course). However, in the UK the NHS has expressed concerns over the safety of the Peanut Butter Diet, specifically regarding its low-calorie intake, as it is 500 calories below the recommended intake for women, and 300 calories below the recommended intake for men. There is also the fact that although peanut butter is high in monounsaturated fats, there is absolutely no scientific proof that peanut butter will enhance a calorie reduced diets effects.
As far as consumer reviews are concerned, the results have been less than positive, with some even reporting weight gain as a result of using the Peanut Butter Diet. Others expressed having little information to work with in terms or how long they are even meant to follow this diet, and without even an official website for this diet, there is very little details on what went into designing this it. This lack of information, paired with the NHS’s concerns, makes for an overall poor choice.
Recently, many people looking to lose weight have been using the meal replacement shakes instead. Good shakes use only natural ingredients, and are free from preservatives, colors, and unsafe additives – and has proven by many users to be a far more effective for people who are looking to lose weight quickly.
Would you prefer to make healthier food choices?
When it comes to making better choices, the last place we should be looking (in my opinion at least) is on the front of the package. In fact, all you need to know about the products nutritional value can be found on the back of the packaging, where you will find both the ingredients list and Nutritional Facts label.
Eating healthy also means sticking to more ‘real’ foods like fresh fruits and vegetables or purchasing foods that have a short list of ingredients that are entirely recognizable. Try avoiding foods that have unfamiliar, or particularly long ingredient lists, as the chances are that these are more often chemical additives that are not good for our bodies.