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The Pineapple Diet: Good Or Bad?

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Within my line of work, I come across people who want to lose weight quickly all the time. They trust in my opinion as a health and fitness expert not just because that is where my background lies, but mainly because I was able to lose more than 50 pounds, and keep those pounds off as well.

My own piece of advice is that those who want to lose weight have to do so by living a healthy lifestyle. It is about eating a balanced diet and getting regular physical exercise. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t use various diets and fitness regimes to give us a little kick start. I recently came across the pineapple diet and my clients have been asking me whether or not they should give this one a try.

What Is the Pineapple Diet?

The pineapple diet is actually known as the pineapple and tuna diet. As you may expect from the name, it does indeed mean that you eat nothing but pineapple and tuna. The theory behind it is that pineapple is a fantastic diuretic, meaning that you won’t hold on to any more fluids, as well as being full of various other vitamins and minerals.

However, you couldn’t live on pineapples alone. Particularly considering that pineapple is also very low calories, it will not fill you up. That is where the tuna comes in, however. Tuna is full of proteins, which is the one thing that is lacking from pineapple. Tuna will leave you feeling full.

Does the Pineapple Diet Work?

Absolutely not! Yes, the theory behind it is quite solid and it is indeed true that your body will not be short of any tunafishessential nutrients. However, the weight you do lose will be mainly water (from the diuretic).

This weight doesn’t stay off, unless you keep eating nothing but pineapples and tuna for the rest of your life!  In fact, even the developers of this fad diet (because it really is nothing but a fad) have said that you have to eat other things as well, perhaps replacing just a single meal a day with the pineapple and tuna. I suppose credit should go to them for admitting their diet is terrible?

The Problem with the Pineapple Diet

There are two problems with the pineapple diet, both related to each other. The first is that, on the face of it, it does indeed work. In just a few days, you will lose quite a bit of weight. However, this is all water, which also means you won’t notice it in your clothing.

The consequence is the second problem: it will make you believe that you are ready to eat again, sine you have managed to lose so much weight so quickly. The biggest problem with this diet, therefore, is the fact that it can lead to very significant yoyo-ing. Once you come off the diet, the water will build back up, but as will any fat you are consuming because you believe you have actually lost weight.

Have you tried the Pineapple Diet?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator - I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.