Lemme diet: what it is, how it works and contraindications
The Lemme diet promises everyone important weight loss in no time. But under what conditions? The proposed diet is rich in carbohydrates and proteins but strictly bans fruit, vegetables, sugar, and salt. Let’s see how it works and what are the contraindications of this diet which seems to contradict one of our most cherished assets: the Mediterranean Diet.
Lemme diet: what it is
The diet, invented by the pharmacist Alberico Lemme, has also become famous as the “spaghetti diet for breakfast” because it recommends consuming carbohydrates only in the very first part of the day. Among the various foods, the most banned ones are salt, because it increases the risk of hypertension, and sugar because it stimulates insulin, a hormone that increases body fat.
Furthermore, the association between carbohydrates and proteins is strictly prohibited. The peculiarity of the Lemme diet is that there is no calculation of the calories of the foods and, above all, no limitation in the quantities.
Much attention, however, is placed on the times when meals are eaten:
- breakfast must be made by 9.30 in the morning
- the snack between 10 and 11
- lunch between 12 and 14
- snack between 4 pm and 5 pm
- dinner between 19 and 21
It could seem like the dream diet: “I eat as much as I want, without worrying about calories and I just have to be careful with the clock.”
Instead, the reality is very different and Melarossa has decided to see us clearly.
Lemme diet: how it works
Lemme’s “food philosophy”, as its creator calls it, is essentially a modern variant of the already known “dissociated diet”.
In fact, to achieve rapid weight loss, it is necessary to implement a particular association of the allowed foods and never combine proteins with carbohydrates, even on the same day.
The weight loss that is obtained with the associations provided in the Lemme diet is based on the biochemical principles of food. In fact, the well-known pharmacist claims that every food, once ingested, causes a reaction inside the body which, if used in the right way, can lead to an important weight loss.
The Lemme diet is made up of two phases:
- the first in which it is lowered until the desired weight is reached
- the second, of three months, in which the prohibited food is started again
The rules to follow
Let’s see what food rules we must follow according to the dictates of the Lemme diet.
- No salt, not even in the pasta water;
- Total elimination of sugar, sweeteners, vinegar, milk, and derivatives;
- No bread. Eventually, carbohydrates can be taken by eating pasta, because it can be cooked without salt;
- Never meat and pasta together;
- Pay attention to mealtimes;
- Drink only water, also carbonated, tea and coffee always without sugar;
- Freely consume olive oil, preferably extra virgin, chili, pepper, parsley, garlic, lemon, sage, rosemary, basil, thyme, onion and bran for
- Cook the food with the desired type of cooking, including frying.
The maintenance phase
During the maintenance phase of the Lemme diet, which can last up to three months, it is possible to take some foods that were banned at the beginning of the program, to gradually get the body used to replenish all nutrients.
The following foods are prohibited:
- sugar and sweeteners of all kinds
- cow milk
Lemme diet: what our nutritionist thinks about it
We asked Dr. Luca Piretta, food nutritionist, to explain to us what is behind this diet that is attracting so much attention.
Hours and meal
Trying to adjust meal times is an excellent idea, which stems from recent studies on our circadian cycle. In fact, it has been seen that our body absorbs nutrients differently at different times of the day: for example, in the early hours of the day we are programmed to better absorb carbohydrates.
We must, therefore, have an adequate breakfast, richer than normal in carbohydrates, and not skip it, as almost 30% of Italians do.
Lemme, however, extrapolates this concept in a pathological way and says that you can eat at will in the first part of the day: if you also want a kilo of pasta in the morning. In this suggestion, there is no scientific basis.
Fruits and vegetables
Not indicating a correct intake of fruit and vegetables, as happens with the Mediterranean diet, can lead to a reduction in the consumption of these foods, with the risk of creating vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
It must be remembered that fruit and vegetables are good for your “microbiota”, that is, the set of bacteria that you have inside the intestine and that are responsible for your health. Instead, a diet low in fruit and vegetables creates a low-quality bacterial flora.
In addition, the Lemme diet also provides for the total exclusion of salt which is a food that must be limited, but excluding it suddenly can lead to dizziness, weakness, and sudden drops in pressure.
Lemme diet: because it is bad for your health
The most dangerous aspect is precisely the dizzying drop in weight that is obtained in a very short time, as advertised by the many “exceptional testimonials”.
Weight loss must be gradual: at least 4 kg should be lost in a month, no more. A higher weight loss causes the loss of fat but also of muscle mass and noble tissues and this is irreparable damage.
This absolutely high-protein diet is characterized by a strong imbalance between foods, which leads to an overload of work for the liver and kidneys.
It cannot be followed by those suffering from low blood pressure, pregnant or breastfeeding women because the total absence of salt and sugar hurts.
Not only that, but the diet is also monotonous and excludes essential nutrients to health: the low consumption of fruit expected can in fact cause serious deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.
Finally, it is a diet that is difficult to follow for a long time: the Lemme diet seems to be yet another diet passed off as miraculous, but which has very little miraculous and healthy.
Lemme diet: the VIP diet
“It is always wrong to evaluate the healthiness and effectiveness of a diet based on the weight of kg lost by famous testimonials,” continues Luca Perretta.
Being attracted to a diet only for the rapid weight loss that promises fast weight loss can be dangerous because you do not take into consideration the negative consequences for your health.
The solution: the Mediterranean diet
As recalled by the Melarossa diet, which is based on the model of the Mediterranean diet, food education is the basis of your health and your psychophysical well-being and is a principle that cannot be ignored.
So it is important to have complete, regular, healthy, and balanced meals, eating a little of everything in the right quantities and proportions.
The advice is to set yourself achievable goals and avoid being rushed, thus resorting to lightning diets that risk jeopardizing your health and psycho-physical well-being.