The cucumber diet is a short-term diet that promises rapid weight loss. There are many versions of the diet, but most claim that you will lose 15 pounds (7 kg) in 7 days. Even though cucumbers are healthy, you may wonder how effective this diet is. This article will discuss the pros and cons of the cucumber diet and whether it is a sustainable way to lose weight. What is the cucumber diet?
The cucumber diet is a short-term weight loss diet. Most versions of the diet claim that following it for 7 to 14 days will result in a 15 pound (7 kg) weight loss.
In fact, diet advocates sometimes use the phrase “7 days for 7 kg”.
The diet mainly includes protein-rich foods such as cucumbers, eggs, chicken, fish, and nuts.
It is recommended to replace most meals with cucumbers, that is, to keep other fruits and vegetables to a minimum.
The diet is not varied, so it is not recommended to follow it for more than 14 days.
Finally, although many people tout its weight loss benefits, no studies support these claims.
Apart from the recommendation to eat cucumbers in most meals, there are no standard rules for this diet.
The diet recommends eating cucumber whenever you feel hungry.
Cucumbers are low in calories, with the theory that you can eat them as much as you want, so there’s still a calorie deficit.
Cucumbers are low in protein, a nutrient your body needs to maintain healthy skin, muscles, and joints. For this reason, dieters recommend combining cucumber with protein-rich foods (1, 2, 3).
Furthermore, added carbohydrates are allowed in foods such as toast, brown rice, and potatoes.
Diet rules vary, so you can choose to be more or less strict about what you eat.