This New 'Astronaut Diet' May Just Help You Fix Your Gut Problems and Drop Kilos In 13 Days!
And no, it doesn't involve you launching off into space.
We know your eye caught the '13 days' bit, and you're probably expecting a fad diet that basically hates food and the consumption of it. While that may seem like how astronauts have it in space, it's not quite true. The Astronaut Diet, as the name suggests, was rumoured to be formulated by NASA nutritionists, so that people travelling to the moon, were able to get their full dose of nutrients, and didn't face any stomach issues which crop up due to unhealthy eating habits. Facing bloating or gastro issues in space doesn't seem like a very welcome situation, for obvious reasons.
This short-term, extreme diet has just surfaced on the weight loss scene, and is still being explored by health and nutrition experts. It's gaining traction as an effective weight loss tool, because it focuses on eating foods that are digested easily and limits the calorie intake of a person to just 500 cals, approximately.
So, How Does It Work?
The logic behind the diet seems to be the same as most other high-protein diets -- to not lose muscle mass while attempting to shed extra kilos. Only here, you take it one step forward and cut out ALL kinds of fats and simple carbs from your diet for a brief period of time, for quicker, short-term results.
Essentially, say goodbye to cooking oil, butter, or foods with sugar like cakes, cookies, et al. Breads, cereals, alcohol, starchy veggies like potatoes, carrots, and rice are also a strict no-no.
And What CAN You Eat?
The Astronaut Diet entails strictly sticking to a wholesome and filling combo of low-carb and high-protein foods like mushrooms, eggs, fish, and water-loaded veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, salads, pumpkin, cheese, soy milk. Once you are following this meal plan, your stomach is supposed to naturally detox, and pave the way to a healthier, stronger version of itself.
Important Things to Remember:
It is of paramount importance to load up on your H2O levels while following this diet. Short-term diets like these usually help you shed your water-weight, which is why the body needs at least two litres of water (even more, depending on your weight) to avoid dehydration. Needless to say, you need to support this with an overall healthy lifestyle that involves adequate sleep, physical activity, and regular consumption of probiotics which will accelerate your results, and make it easier to keep up with this diet for 13 days. Drinking soothing teas like peppermint, chamomile, and ginger will also go a long way in promoting a healthier stomach.
As The Astronaut Diet is catching on everywhere, we would strongly recommend checking with your doc before trying, just to be sure it's safe for you. Different diets work differently on individuals depending on their constitutions, and so must be supervised by a professional always. And if you do try it and lose your goal weight, you have NASA to thank!