The Aztec Diet

Can You Lose Weight On The Aztec Diet?

Have you ever wanted to eat like the ancient Aztecs?  Well, here is your chance.

Dr. Bob Arnot, a New York Times bestselling author, came up with the Aztec Diet. It is intended to assist us in incorporating the Aztec culture’s healthy eating habits into our modern life.  the aztec diet

This eating plan focuses on ancient superfoods, particularly chia seeds, which were ingested by the Aztecs.

Chia seeds have a variety of health and nutritional benefits, including:

  • Cravings are eliminated.
  • Inflammation is reduced.
  • Blood sugar levels are more stable.
  • Improved cognitive abilities
  • 8 times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids found in Atlantic farmed salmon
  • Calcium content is six times that of milk.
  • 3 times the iron of spinach and twice the fiber of bran flakes

Basics of the Aztec Diet

 The Aztec Diet is a three-phase program that helps you lose weight and learn to make smart dietary choices. The diet is heavy in protein and low in carbs – particularly refined grains and sweets.

The Aztec diet consisted of a wide array of nourishing foods. Beans, corn, vegetables, fruit, seafood, turkey, amaranth, and quinoa are just a few examples. Chia seeds are one of the most significant, as they are the foundation of The Aztec Diet.

Chia seeds assist to suppress hunger and control blood sugar levels after meals by slowing nutrient absorption.

What I have noticed is that they keep you full for a LONG time.phenq_EN_T_Taiylah-600x300There are phases in this plan.  Let’s take a look:

The First Phase Is The Chia Challenge

With three chia smoothies per day, the first phase kick-starts weight loss and supercharges your metabolism.

Afternoon and evening snacks are permitted. It’s similar to a cleansing in that it gets rid of all the bad stuff  (You will be in the bathroom a bunch.)

Despite this, it has all of the nutrients you require to stay satiated and energized.

This phase should be completed for at least two weeks by everyone. If you need to drop 20 pounds or more, you can stay on it for a longer period of time.

Add Lunch in Phase 2

The second phase substitutes a healthy lunch for the mid-day smoothie. It’s meant to resemble the Aztecs’ eating habits, which included a mid-day meal.

Overeating is reduced when a smoothie is consumed as part of the evening meal.

This will be your phase for the next six weeks. It aids you in:

Establishing new healthy eating habits.  (Check out Women Celebrities Who Promote Healthy Eating)

Break the cycle of a huge dinner at the end of the day.

Phase 3 is Aztec Maintenance

In this phase, you will learn how to maintain your target weight.. You will be given weight management tools such as:

  • A guide to making wise food choices
  • Aztec cuisine for two weeks
  • Recipes that are nutritious

To keep omega-3 levels in the target zone, all of the recipes follow the Aztec diet guidelines. This keeps inflammation in check and guarantees that you continue to reap the diet’s long-term health advantages.

But What Can I Eat On The Aztec Diet?

 The Aztec Diet includes a variety of foods including:

Chia Seeds, Kale, Asparagus, Corn, Broccoli, Bok Choy, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Avocado, Blueberries, Strawberries, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Green Tea, Quinoa, Amaranth, Brown Rice, Lentils, Black Beans, Salmon, Chicken, Turkey, Egg Whites, Feta Cheese, Almond Milk, Walnuts, Kale, Asparagus, Corn, Broccoli, Bok Choy, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Avocado, Blueberries, Strawberries, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Do I Have To Exercise On The Aztec Diet?

 Absolutely.

According to Dr. Arnot, exercise will no longer be painful or uncomfortable if you follow the Aztec Diet. This is because your muscles are fueled by your nutrition and are ready to power your workouts.

You should aim to exercise every day, especially in the afternoon, but early exercise is acceptable as well. Begin slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts. This keeps your metabolism going and allows your body to recover in between workouts.

Pros

  • Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which provide numerous health benefits.
  • Rapid weight loss is likely to occur in the first phase, providing encouragement to stick with the regimen.
  • Provides athletes with tips on how to eat for improved workout performance and recovery.
  • Recipes and a two-week meal plan are included.

Cons

  • The first phase is extremely stringent and necessitates the elimination of the majority of solid foods.
  • As their bodies adjust to a higher fiber intake from chia seeds, some dieters experience bloating and stomach pain.
  • Chia seeds aren’t used in the majority of the recipes.

Conclusion

The Aztec Diet makes use of chia seeds’ capacity to curb hunger and regulate blood sugar levels.

Chia seeds have special qualities that make it simpler to reduce weight without hunger or desires.

Personally, I love chia seeds and eat them by the spoonful each day.  However, this would be a tough plan to stick to and I am sure most people wouldn’t make it very long.

My advice?  Add chia seeds to your daily food intake and cut out all simple carbs and sugar.  Oh, and exercise every day!

 

 

Citations:
1. Arnot, B. (2013). The Aztec Diet. William Morrow & Company.

 

Joel Dreher MS EdS
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