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 Galveston Diet was created by Dr. Mary Claire Haver and was devised for menopausal women. The diet is a programme that includes three components: (1) intermittent fasting, (2) ketosis and (3) the elimination of inflammatory components in your diet.
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Intermittent fasting is the first component of the Galveston diet. Intermittent fasting means that you do not eat anything for parts of the day (or even a whole day). You do drink, but no drinks with (many) calories. So you are allowed water, coffee or tea, for example.
In the Galveston diet, Dr. Haver has opted for 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating. So you consume your daily intake within a period of 8 hours. Haver indicates that it is important that you are consistent: you always fast for 16 hours in a row.
The second component is nutritional ketosis. A ketogenic diet is a diet with relatively few carbohydrates and lots of fats. The underlying idea is that the body will burn fat instead of carbohydrates. Dr. Haver recommends a diet with 10% carbohydrates, 70% fats and 20% protein.
The final component is the elimination of inflammatory components in your diet. Omega 6 is mentioned as an example. According to Dr. Haver, you should not take in too much of this. Hence, products containing too many of these inflammatory components should be avoided.
Examples of products that are recommended are: salmon, leafy greens, grapefruit, citrus fruit, oranges, Greek yoghurt, avocados and nuts.
According to Dr. Haver, the three components work in synergy to burn fat while maintaining muscle.
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Examples of other diets that make use of fasting are the 5:2 diet, the Longevity diet and the Fasting mimicking diet.
Other diets with ketogenic aspects include the Keto diet, the Optavia diet and the Cambridge diet. You can find a list of other low-carb diets here.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet, especially if you have diabetes or bowel problems.
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Difficult to say anything about this diet since the advice is not easy to understand without immediately ending up in a sale. In practice, I do see that women lose weight better and more easily after the transition if they use less carbohydrates and more proteins, this corresponds reasonably with her ketogenic advice. Fasting means that you put less food in your mouth unconsciously and so you start snacking less, so you also lose weight. I could find little about her substantiation of the inflammatory components, so all in all 3 stars.
With the professional help of a dietitian it should be easier to reach your goals. Please contact a dietician in your area or talk to a doctor before starting any diet.
Please take note that most diets do not have a scientific basis.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.
If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.