Macrobiotic Diet reviewA macrobiotic diet, also known simply as macrobiotics, is a type of weight loss and healthy lifestyle diet that typically involves eating whole grains, vegetables and beans. It is a plant-based, low-fat and high-fiber diet that focuses on achieving a balanced lifestyle.

The macrobiotic diet has existed for many years and is meant to be adopted as a long-term holistic lifestyle. It can be followed by men, women and children. Macrobiotic dieters are encouraged to eat regularly, chew their food well, stay active, listen to their bodies and maintain an optimistic attitude.

The daily diet of Macrobiotic dieters should be made up of 40 to 60% organically grown whole grains (ex. barley, brown rice, oats, millet and corn), 20 to 30% of locally grown vegetables, and 5 to 10% of food should come from beans, bean products (ex. miso, tofu, tempeh) and sea vegetables (ex. nori, seaweed and agar). Other acceptable foods include locally grown fruit, seafood, pickles and nuts.

Foods that should be avoided include red meats, poultry, dairy, eggs, spicy foods, processed food, refined sugar and fruit juices, as well as tropical fruits and certain vegetables like eggplant, asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini and spinach. As for beverages that are discouraged, these include alcoholic beverages, coffee, soda and any other drink that is heavily processed, refined and full of chemical preservatives.

Macrobiotics isn’t just a diet it is a way of life. Followers are encouraged to exercise regularly and to drink only when they feel thirsty. In addition, for this diet, it is standard practice to chew food a minimum of 50 times, pause to express gratitude for food before it is eaten and to eat two or three times daily, stopping before you feel full.

Based on the restrictions mentioned above, it is clear that this diet would be difficult to follow for many individuals, as it would likely require a significant lifestyle change for most people. That being said, the level of effort you choose is up to you. It would be best to ease your way into this eating program than to jump in full tilt.

It is highly possible to lose weight on this diet, however, at the same time it is also easy to consume a high amount of calories if you eat too many carbs as an alternative to meat, which can lead to weight gain.

Furthermore, even though there is no clinical proof that macrobiotics will result in weight loss or lower the risk of several diseases, medical research does suggest that eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of several diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

In addition, for those seeking to understand this diet on a deeper level, it is recommended that they receive coaching from macrobiotic counselors at the Kushi Institute. That said, regardless of your level of interest in this diet, consult with your doctor before trying it.