Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.
The Dr. Frank Diet was created by Dr. Frank van Berkum and is a low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet. By eating more proteins and less carbohydrates you should feel full faster, according to Dr. Frank, which helps you to lose weight.
According to Dr. Frank the diet is only useful if you are overweight (with a BMI above 25). The diet is suitable for people with diabetes 2. It is advised, however, you ask your doctor or another professional for advice first if you have diabetes before starting this diet.
On the homepage you can compare this diet with other diets.
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Calculate your BMI easily with this formula:
BMI = [weight in kg] / [height in meters x length in meters].
For example: [60 kg] / [1.60m x 1.60m] = 23.4
A BMI below 25 is regarded as normal. A BMI of less than 18.5 is underweight and a BMI of 25-29 is overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher is obesity.
Protein-rich food, such as (lean) meat, fish and dairy products, should make you feel full faster, which makes it easier to eat less. In addition, it should prevent muscle loss during weight loss.
The Dr. Frank diet contains fewer carbohydrates. Products which contain a lot of carbohydrates are, for instance, bread, pasta and rice. Vegetables containing carbohydrates, such as legumes, corn and peas are also avoided. Instead, Dr Frank recommends dishes or snacks that do not contain carbohydrates, such as asparagus with ham or cucumber with cream cheese. Once you are at your ideal weight you can slowly add carbohydrates back into your diet.
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Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet, especially if you have a high cholesterol level. You cannot follow the Dr. Frank diet for too long, as it lacks fibre and (wholemeal) cereal products.
Dr. Frank wrote the book ‘Snel slank met Dr. Frank'. There is also a part 2 and a part 3 of the book.
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The dr. Frank diet is a carbohydrate-restricted diet that mainly focuses on reducing carbohydrates per meal and this diet is also protein-enriched. Within the Dr. Frank diet, all high-fat animal products are allowed. As a result, you see a possible increase in LDL cholesterol in the blood with prolonged use of this diet. Attention also for people who suffer from reduced kidney function. The disadvantage of a strict carbohydrate-restricted diet such as the Dr Frank diet is that it can often only be maintained for a shorter period of time. This will not change your actual eating pattern. The disadvantage is that after stopping this diet you often fall back into your old eating pattern, which could result in gaining weight again.