The 13 Day Diet: Fad or Faithful?

As you likely already know, your metabolism plays a large role in determining how many calories you’ll burn each and every day. By speeding up the performance of your metabolism, you’ll be able to burn calories and fat faster than ever before. There are tons of foods out there that can help you speed up your metabolism to some degree and they all work exceptionally well. So, what would happen if you combined all of these into a singular diet plan? You would get the 13 day metabolism diet. This diet plan gives you the ability to shed calories faster than ever before. Below, you learn more about this diet, so you can get started right away.

What Is The 13 Day Diet?

First and foremost, you should better familiarize yourself with the 13 day diet plan A.K.A The 13 day metabolism diet. As the name suggests, this diet plan lasts 13 days. It is very strict and it can be difficult to follow. Unlike many others, the 13 day diet tells you exactly what to eat during the dieting period, so there will be no guessing. When taking part in the 13 day diet, you will need to avoid alcohol, cooking oil, salad dressing, sweeteners, and chewing gum. You should also avoid any and all foods that are not listed on the plan. Just remember to drink plant of water during the 13 day period.

Day 1

While there are plenty of foods and beverages available that will boost your metabolism, you will need to break them down over a 13 day period. While you are on this diet, you will need to avoid all foods that are not listed in the plan.

  • Breakfast – cup of caffeinated coffee (no milk, cream or sugar)
  • Lunch – 2 organic boiled eggs and fresh cooked spinach (no limit on caloric intake)
  • Dinner – 1 lean grilled steak


Day 2

  • Breakfast – Cup of caffeinated coffee (no milk, cream or sugar) and 1 slice of whole wheat bread (with or without low-fat butter)
  • Lunch – 200 Grams of ham
  • Dinner – Salad (cucumber and lettuce only), grilled lean steak and fruit


Day 3

  • Breakfast – Cup caffeinated coffee (no sugar, milk or cream) and 1 slice of whole wheat bread (with or without low-fat butter)
  • Lunch – 2 organic boiled eggs, green beams and tomato salad
  • Dinner – Salad (lettuce and cucumbers only) and 1 slice of ham


Day 4

  • Breakfast – Cup of caffeinated coffee (no sugar, cream or milk) and 1 slice of whole wheat bread (with or without low-fat butter)
  • Lunch – Raw or cook carrots (with or without low-fat cheese)
  • Dinner – Plain or natural yogurt and fruit salad (a mixture of fruits)


Day 5

  • Breakfast – Cup caffeinated coffee (no cream, milk or sugar) raw or cooked carrots (with or without lemon)
  • Lunch – Grilled with fish and raw sliced tomato
  • Dinner – Salad and 1 grilled steak


Day 6

  • Breakfast – Cup of coffee (no cream, milk or sugar) and 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • Lunch – 200 grams of grilled chicken (skinned)
  • Dinner – 2 organic boiled eggs and carrots


Day 7

Day 7 will provide you with the freedom to pick and choose. Finally, your freedom has been returned. Just do not get too greedy, because you have several more days ahead. Enjoy day 7. It is only going to get harder from here on out.

  • Breakfast – Enjoy a glass of lemon tea
  • Lunch – Chow down on some fruit and a grilled steak
  • Dinner – Enjoy anything you want, even if it is not on the list!


Day 8

Day 8 is very similar to the days before it. Brace yourself for hunger pains, because you’ll probably feel like you’re pretty hungry at this point. Thankfully, on day eight, you’ll be able to eat a little more than normal.

  • Breakfast – Drink a black coffee with as much sugar as you prefer
  • Lunch – Enjoy 2 boiled eggs with a little bit of cooked spinach
  • Dinner – Finish the day with a juicy, 200-gram grilled steak


Day 9

For day 9, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious ham at the end of the day. And, your lunch will be pretty substantial as well. You’re on the down slide, but you have a few more days to go. Buckle your seat-belt and prepare yourself to finish the 13 day diet.

  • Breakfast – Eat a piece of buttered whole wheat bread and drink a black coffee
  • Lunch – Enjoy a piece of grilled steak and a green salad
  • Dinner – For dinner, enjoy a 200-gram Ham


Day 10

As day 10 arrives on the 13 day diet, you’ll probably feel pretty hungry. Do not worry, because day 10 brings a bit of a reprieve. On this day, you’ll be able to eat a great deal more and food that are more substantial. The day starts similarly and then you’ll be able to enjoy a large lunch and a good-sized dinner.

  • Breakfast – Start the day with a black coffee and a piece of buttered whole wheat break
  • Lunch – You can have a big lunch of green beans, a tomato salad, and two boiled eggs
  • Dinner – Finish the day with ham and green salad. The salad should consist of cucumber and lettuce only


Day 11

Day 11 will begin similarly to the days before it. You should start the day with a black coffee and a piece of whole wheat bread. After that, carrots and a salad will finish the day.

  • Breakfast – Have a black coffee with a buttered piece of whole wheat bread
  • Lunch – Have carrots. They can be cooked or raw and add cheese
  • Dinner – Enjoy a delicious fruit salad with natural yogurt


Day 12 And 13

On day 12 and 13, you’ll begin to notice the changes. However, you’re not finished yet. You’ve got two more days to go. Do not worry, because you’ll be able to eat a tad bit more on the last two days.

  • Breakfast – For breakfast, you should have a piece of buttered whole wheat bread and black coffee
  • Lunch – Enjoy a piece of tomato along with grilled skinned chicken
  • Dinner – Finish the day with 2 boiled eggs and carrots


Is The 13 Day Diet Healthy And Should You Try It?

The 13 day diet tries to bill itself as something that is simply not verified. There is a good chance that the diet will help you lose weight. However, you must ponder how healthy the diet really is. The diet forces the participant to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period and that may not be safe. On average, it is recommended that you should only lose 1kg or 1.5kg each week. So, should you give it a try? Well, the 13 day diet can work, but it is somewhat risky.

On top of that, there is a chance that you’ll gain the weight back after the 13 days have elapsed. Therefore, it might be best to choose a diet that is safer and more permanent. Have you tried the 13 day diet? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below!

*As always, please make sure you talk to your Dr before trying this diet or any other diet.

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Banting Green List

If you are struggling with your weight you have probably tried a variety of weight loss programs with little to no success. The reason most diet plans do not work is because they leave dieters feeling weak and hungry. However, what if you could eat all you wanted and still lose weight? Well, that is exactly what the Banting diet plan has to offer, plus so much more. You might be surprised to learn there are a variety of foods available in the Banting green list that you can indulge on, until you are completely full or even overstuffed and you will never gain weight.

The best part about the Banting Green list foods is they are not expensive. They are very accessible, even if you live in a rural or urban area. In fact, they are just your average vegetables, fruits, high protein and high fat foods that you can find at almost any grocery store.

The Benefits Of This Amazing Diet Plan

Not only will this diet plan have you shedding pounds in as little as a few days, but also there are a variety of other benefits you will receive in the process. For instance, while on this plan you will be able to achieve more effective sleeping patterns, better blood pressure management and reversal of type II diabetes and irritable bowl syndrome.

In addition to this, the diet plan can provide you with more energy, better athletic performance, less heartburn, more mental clarity and less achy bones and joints.

What Beginners Need To Know About This Diet Plan

As a beginner, there are several things you need to be aware of. For instance, throughout the different stages of the diet plan, you will be allowed to consume a variety of fruits. However, you need to be careful when consuming fruits, because they are packed with fructose, which is very similar to sugar.  While the sugar in fruit is considered “good sugar,” it is still sugar and needs to be monitored carefully.

Four Phases

The revolutionary diet plan is divided into four unique phases, including observation, restoration, transformation and preservation. However, to reach and complete each phase, dieters must follow the plan to a tee. The phases actually help dieters see their results, so they know the diet plan is really working.

  1. Observation – This phase basically involves the introductory process, as it allows the Banting dieter to become familiar with the diet plan. During this phase, you will become accustomed to your new lifestyle and the foods you are eating. Try sticking to only food that can be found in the Banting green list.
  2. Restoration – During this phase, your body will begin to utilize the nutrients and vitamins found in the approved foods to prepare for the transformation phase.
  3. Transformation – During this phase, your body will begin to transform into an energized, healthier and more physical being. This generally occurs after 10 days.
  4. Preservation – Once you reach this phase, you will be fully prepared to take whatever life has to throw at you. This is where you can slowly introduce foods in the Banting orange list.

The Full Banting Green List

Remember, the rules go like this. Eat as much as you want from the Banting Green List, monitor amount of food you eat from the Banting Orange list and STAY AWAY from all foods in the Red List. In this article I will only cover the Banting Green List.

Animal Protein

  • Eggs
  • Natural and cured meats (pancetta, parma ham, coppa etc)
  • Natural and cured sausages (salami etc)
  • All meats including poultry and game
  • Broths
  • All seafood (except tilefish and swordfish- due to high mercury content)
  • All offal


  • All vegetables that grow above the ground and are brown (just not butternut)
  • Tomatoes
  • All green leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuces , cabbage)
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Spring onions
  • Olives
  • Courgettes
  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Peppers
  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Sauerkraut
  • Aubergines


  • Lard
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Cheese – firm, natural, full-fat, aged cheeses (not processed)
  • Avocado oil
  • Mayonnaise, full fat only (not from seeds oils)
  • Coconut oil
  • Ghee
  • Any rendered animal fat
  • Macadamia oil
  • Duck fat


  • Hard cheeses
  • Full-cream milk
  • Cream cheese
  • Full-cream Greek yoghurt
  • Cream
  • Cottage cheese
  • Soft cheeses

Seeds and Nuts

  • Sunflower
  • Almonds
  • Pine nuts
  • Pecan nuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Macadamia nuts

Flavorings and Condiments

Stay away from all flavorings and Condiments that contain sugar.


  • Xylitol granules
  • Erythritol granules
  • Stevia powder

That should cover all food allowed on the Banting Green List. If you think I missed a food type or if you are unsure of a food item, please feel free to comment below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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If you want to lose weight and reap the benefits of The Banting diet, it is important that you remember to do away with sugar and alcohol. Regulate your body first, and then slowly incorporate foods to see how your body reacts. Remember that you are in control of your body so you can change and try other food options according to how you feel.

Taking note of the side effects of this diet is also important. During the first week or so you will more than likely experience “The Low Carb Flu”.

The Low Carb flue side effects are as follows:

  • Headaches
  • Carb Cravings
  • Nasea

These side effects come from your body getting rid of toxins as well as withdrawals from all those bad foods and sugars your body has gotten used to over the years.

The rules of the diet are simple and easy to keep up with. All that you need to do is eat food low in carbohydrates, enjoy foods that are high in fats and consume an acceptable amount of protein. The key factor behind this diet is to help your body burn fat for energy as a substitute of burning carbohydrates. The Banting Diet generally comprises of 3 meals and 1 snack.

I have taken the opportunity of creating a healthy, yet scrumptious 7 day Banting diet plan that you can incorporate in your Banting way of life.


2 fried eggs
2 rashers bacon
1 pork sausage
Can of tuna
Steak with broccoli and leafy vegetables

2 poached eggs
Tomato and onion relish
Bacon and tomato sandwich wrapped in lettuce
2 Boiled Eggs
Fish with spinach

2 eggs
3 rashers bacon
1 tomato
Mixed vegetables
Pumpkin with butter
Cauliflower and broccoli
Baby marrow with cheese sprinkled on top

Scrambled eggs fried in butter
Mushroom, onion, garlic, yellow pepper and tomato fried in bacon fat
Vegetables and cold cut meats
Almonds and berries
Scrumptious pork with fresh vegetables

Scrambled eggs cooked in butter
Tomato, onion and garlic fried in olive oil
Steak with Salad
Rotisserie chicken
Greek Salad, fresh lettuce, tomato, cucumber, peppers, feta, olives, balsamic vinegar and olive oil

2 fried eggs
2 rashers bacon
1 pork sausage
Full cream yoghurt
Raw Nuts
Beef with vegetables

Coconut milk smoothie
Chicken breast
Greek Salad
Hake fried in butter and lemon juice
Soft spinach leaves with butter and garlic
Auvergne fried in olive oil

If you have difficulties with losing weight on this diet, you should cut down on your dairy consumption or eliminate it completely from your diet. Dairy products are excellent for those who want to follow the Banting Diet, but if you are lactose intolerant it can stop you from losing weight.

To sum up, the best part about Banting is that it is an lifestyle instead of just a “diet”. While being on the Banting diet you are allowed to eat tasty high fat meals which beats eating like a rabbit in my book any day. With a bit of planning and will power, the Banting Diet will give you the weight loss results you are looking for.

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