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The Rice Diet

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 5/14/2009

While the Rice Diet is a somewhat controversial diet, many people point to this diet as the source of their weight loss success. With supervision from a doctor or nutritionist, the Rice Diet could very well be successful.

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    The Rice Diet History

    The Rice Diet was created in the 1930s by Walter Kempner, who hailed from Germany. Although this type of diet promises fast weight loss, it’s also a dangerous diet due to the low amount of calories that are consumed on a daily basis. If you are interested in going on the Rice Diet, the best idea is to consult a physician and remain medically supervised throughout your diet program.

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    The Rice Diet Program

    The basis of the Rice Diet is, as the name suggests, rice. Besides rice, those on the Rice Diet consume fruits, vegetables, dairy products and starches. The starch servings are either a half a cup of pasta, a third of a cup of beans or a slice of bread. A cup of milk, a cup of yogurt or half of a cup of cottage cheese counts as a dairy serving. The vegetable should be one cup, while the fruit should be medium in size.

    For breakfast, the Rice Diet calls for a serving a rice, a starch and a fruit. Lunch brings a serving of rice, two starch servings, three vegetable servings and a fruit. At dinner, a person on the Rice Diet should have a serving of rice, two starch servings, two dairy servings, two vegetable servings and a fruit.

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    The Rice Diet Benefits

    Obviously, the Rice Diet is low in calories, however it also has other benefits. It’s extremely low in sodium, which can be helpful to one’s health. Limiting sodium has shown to have positive effects for those suffering from high blood pressure, kidney disease, high cholesterol and heart disease. The Rice Diet is also low in sugar and high in fiber.

    On the whole, the Rice Diet can work as long as medical supervision is a priority. Otherwise, like all low-calorie diets, it’s too dangerous and could cause more long-term harm than good. Most physicians suggest a multivitamin to compensate for the lack of some basic nutrients. Additionally, there a many in-patient weight loss facilities that follow the Rice Diet.