If you are looking for the promise of quick weight loss, you may want to look into the cucumber diet. While you will find no shortage of variations of this diet online, most of the claims you’ll read in those posts hyping the benefits will lead you to believe you can lose up to 15 pounds in about a week. While that is enticing, I had to dig in with my skeptics hat firmly on my head and see what this is all about.
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The Cucumber Diet Put to Review
I’ll be the first to say that cucumbers are a very healthy option when it comes to dieting. I find them as a solid addition to my house when I consume hummus, eat poke bowls, or just having them to snack on. I often find myself making “spa water” and adding cucumbers to the mix to give the water some much needed taste.
Cucumber Diet Rules
There aren’t any set rules when it comes to this diet other than it’s suggested that you consume cucumbers at most meals. Whenever you get hungry, you eat cucumbers. Since they are low in calories, you can eat them at your leisure and still create a calorie deficit, and that’s a major principle of this diet. Since they do NOT have substantial protein, you will need to supplement that part of your diet, and you can also add some carbs to your meal plans that include stuff like toast, brown rice, or potatoes in smaller portions.
Does This Diet Work for Weight Loss?
Again, there aren’t any studies saying so, but many people have reportedly lost weight.
You will be creating a calorie deficit, so coupled with a strong workout regimen, you should be losing weight each daily, week, or month that you are on this diet. The length of this diet is recommended for 7-14 days, so that will be when weight loss occurs. Remember, this is a short term diet.
- The average cucumber has 45 calories
This means at even 10 per day, you are still under 500 calories in just cucumbers. These are numbers substantially less than other alternatives you most likely eat now.
Most people do regain the weight they lose on this weight loss program.
Negatives to the Cucumber Diet
There are many bad things about this diet that I don’t personally like:
#1: The diet restricts the amount of food groups we consume.
#2: Lacks variety in healthy foods being we only eat cucumbers.
#3: Low in Fat and Protein, which are highly essential.
#4: Not sustainable.
I also don’t want to eat the same thing for every meal. It’s just not FUN. Eating clean can even give me great variety, but this is not variety in the slightest. We need to have some sort of way to get the diversity of foods we want and enjoy while we diet, cut, or whatever you want to call just trying to lose weight!
I thought about going into sample meal plans with this diet, but really, do I need to? The eating plan is pretty simple and outlined above. I find it very restrictive, lacking protein, and boring. Plus, it’s more or less a one week crash diet that will have you regain weight when you quit this diet.
My official take is that this is not a great idea for anyone trying to manage their weight. Instead, eat a balanced diet, get some exercise, and avoid fried foods, alcohol and other empty calories, and consume plenty of water. I’m doing that anyways as I kick my prednisone bloating and move on with my life.