The Aztec Diet
Chia Power: The superfood that gets you skinny and keeps you healthy
"The blood of most people on a classic, carb-loaded Western diet has become a poisonous, angry stew of altered hormones and elevated blood fats, inflammation, cholesterol and sugars." This comes according to The Aztec Diet: Chia Power: The Superfood That Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy.
Author Dr. Bob Arnot believes that foods like pizza, bagels, burgers and soda cause our blood sugar levels to spike, making us feel fatigued and sluggish. These minor symptoms eventually result in more serious illnesses and diseases including stroke, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's and in some cases, even death.
The Aztec Diet offers a solution: By eating the diets of the Aztecs you can break this cycle of bad eating and kill your cravings, brighten your mood, and melt away pounds.
The book touts that Aztec foods are "the healthiest foods on the planet and fueled one of the most powerful empires in history." These foods include beans, corn, turkey, fish, vegetables, fruit and super grains including amaranth, bulgar, quinoa and chia seeds.
Written by author, physician, fitness enthusiast, endurance athlete and medical journalist, Dr. Bob Arnot, The Aztec Diet is designed to maximize the amount of nutrients you take in every day without requiring hours of your time.
The meal ideas and recipe shared are easy to throw together, including Arnot's chia seed blueberry breakfast smoothie which he claims takes 60 seconds to prepare and boasts an abundance of essential vitamins and nutrients.
The key ingredient in The Aztec Diet is the chia seed. The book notes that chia has eight times more omega-3 fatty acids than Atlantic salmon, the most in any whole food; six times more calcium than milk; three times more iron than spinach; and two times more fiber than brain flakes. Not to mention, it has 15 times more magnesium than broccoli and four times more selenium than flax seed.
The Aztec Diet is not only designed to be simple and safe, but effective. Arnot claims the Aztec way of eating will keep you fuller longer, thanks to chia seeds, which naturally expand to seven times their size in your stomach.
The diet also allows you to eat more and weigh less by eating the right foods and cutting the ones that aren't doing you any favors, like refined pasta, pizza and fried foods.
Arnot also promises The Aztec Diet will help your body absorb nutrients slower, which will help further regulate the rise of sugars and fats in the blood after meals. These collective theories are based on scientific research conducted by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan, which found that high doses of chia decreased appetite 60, 90 and 120 minutes after eating. The study also found that chia proved to decrease the usual rise in blood sugar that follows meals rich in carbohydrates.
The book includes a list of which carbs to spring for and which to avoid, all according to a ranking system of 1-10 (healthy carb load); 11-20 (light carb load); and 21+ (carb bombs).
The diet is broken into three phases: Phase 1: The Chia Challenge; Phase 2: The Accelerate with Lunch; and Phase 3: Real Life Aztec Style. The first phase is designed to kick start weight loss, the second to help you adjust to the diet and incorporate more healthy foods into your everyday eating; and the third to help you maintain your Aztec way of life and overall achieved weight loss.
In addition to a clearly-defined daily eating plan that spans two weeks and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner; the book also boasts nearly 100 Aztec-friendly recipes designed by chef Charlotte Hardwick. These recipes include homemade almond milk, turkey burgers, mashed celery root, and flourless almond muffins.
- Written by a bestselling author, physician and endurance athlete
- Based on scientific research
- Includes detailed meal plan
- Includes nearly 100 Aztec-friendly recipes
- Boasts promising health benefits
- Calls for fairly simple ingredients
- Chia seeds can be expensive
- Can be somewhat option-limiting
The Aztec Diet is founded on the principle that Aztec foods are "the healthiest foods on the planet," including beans, corn, fish, vegetables, fruit and super grains like amaranth, quinoa and chia seeds.
The diet is broken into three phases:
- Phase 1: The Chia Challenge
- Phase 2: The Accelerate with Lunch
- Phase 3: Real Life Aztec Style
The first phase is designed to kick start weight loss, the second to help you adjust to the diet and incorporate more healthy foods into your everyday eating routine; and the third to help you maintain your Aztec way of life and overall achieved weight loss.
In addition to a clearly-defined daily eating plan that spans two weeks, the book also boasts nearly 100 Aztec-friendly recipes designed by chef Charlotte Hardwick.
These recipes include homemade almond milk, turkey burgers, mashed celery root, and flourless almond muffins.
If committed, dieters should have no problem feeling satisfied, energized and healthier sticking to the Aztec diet.EXERCISE
Arnot believes in intense workouts over everyday tasks like climbing the stairs or gardening, claiming they do not provide the same health benefits or burn nearly as many calories as intense bouts of exercise.
His recommended amount of exercise includes daily workouts with the exception of an "easy day" on Saturday. Every other day includes activities such as interval training and bike riding, with the emphasis being on elevated heart rate and calorie burn.CONCLUSION
Overall The Aztec Diet seems safe for anyone trying to lose weight and/or achieve a healthy lifestyle.
The theory backing the diet is founded on scientific research as opposed to theory. We found it very approachable with a detailed meal plan and nearly 100 Aztec-friendly recipes. We also loved that the emphasis is on nutrition as opposed to just losing weight.Common Misspellings
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