The Thonon diet is gaining popularity in recent years. Indeed, it bears the name of the spa town of Thonon-Les-Bains in France. Invented by a doctor practicing at the hospital, this slimming program promises a significant weight loss in the short term. Normally, many people are seduced by the idea of winning a few sizes of clothing, but any positive effect has its price, we know it well. So, is the Thonon diet suitable for everyone? Does it have negative health consequences? Point made on all this in the article below.
How is the Thonon diet
The essential principle of the Thonon diet is based on the consumption of protein-rich foods that are low in carbohydrates and fats. The other specificity is that it is a low-calorie diet, that is to say that the daily calorie intake is much lower than the recommendations for an adult.
The diet is based on two phases: 14 days of menus that must be strictly followed and prepare meals without salt, and a stabilization phase.
|Day 1, 8||Coffee or tea without sugar|
|Day 2, 9||Ham cooked at will|
|Day 3, 10|
|Day 4, 11|
|Day 5, 12|
|Day 6, 13||Chicken grilled at will|
|Day 7, 14||Coffee or tea without sugar||Eat in reasonable quantities what you want, but do not drink alcohol.|
Indeed, this phase consists of a period of stabilization of the weight lost during the first 14 days of the diet. The duration of this second step varies according to the lost kilos. The rule to follow is a week of stabilization by a lost kilogram (for example: if you have lost 10 kilos, you will have to do the stabilization phase for 10 weeks). The daily menu includes 1200 kcal for women and 1500 kcal for men. In general terms, you can eat all the proteins (fish, meat, eggs) + vegetables and fruits at will. On the other hand, we are not entitled to fats or sugars (including alcohol).
Proteins are among the nutrients allowed
And also fruits and vegetables
Whether to follow the diet
According to the inventor of the diet, the loss of weight is equal to 10 kilos in 14 days. During the stabilization phase, weight loss continues: 1 kilo per week. But obviously, this goal is very ambitious, as you will see.
Weight loss can vary widely
If one spends time on different forums and refers to the testimonials, the weight loss is very variable from person to person. While some easily reach the figures promised, others are rather disappointed. In addition, some say they gained weight in the stabilization phase. These binding results can be easily explained with the physical characteristics of each person. For example, men lose more than women. And again, the diet is more effective in people who have more pounds in excess.
For example, some people lose 10 pounds in 14 days, and others, only 2-3 pounds
The undesirable results
Some people do not know it but a quick weight loss does not necessarily correspond to a loss of fat. At least not entirely. It is also accompanied by muscle wasting and a significant loss of water (especially because of the exclusion of salt). The latter, combined with the small energy intake per day (600-800 kcal), can cause a feeling of fatigue, migraines, or even discomfort. Logically, this state of glycogen deficiency is not at all compatible with normal activity and even less with the practice of a sport. In addition, some health specialists recommend that the diet be monitored only in a hospital, under the control of doctors. If you choose to test it, it is mandatory to take dietary supplements rich in omega 3 and vitamins during the whole period.
Lose weight quickly but at what price?
The "yo-yo" effect
In summary, the Thonon diet is one of the regimes that are often pursued with the "yo-yo" effect (post-diet weight gain). It is inevitable if one does not keep then a real hygiene of life (good eating habits). In any case, it is advisable to talk with a health professional because the diet can disrupt your body if you do not proceed with caution. Finally, not all organisms are able to withstand the stress of such a radical diet.
In order to guarantee lasting results, you have to completely change your way of life, and especially your way of feeding
The diet requires the total elimination of salt
Diet vegetables tolerated by the Thonon diet
A great asset of the diet is that, on certain days, you can consume fruits at your leisure
Indeed, this slimming program is not intended for vegetarians and vegans
Daily menu idea